Arpac has used its experience in case and tray packing to ensure the designs of its shrink wrappers complement a wide range of tray packing machines.
This ensures the systems, which are available in Australia & New Zealand through Walls Machinery, are more versatile, compact and user-friendly to give customers greater freedom to automate and
Tony Hacker, General Manager of Arpac Europe, explains how this program came about, “Customers kept telling us about the pressure they are under to produce different packaging styles to create competitive advantage or new shelf-appeal, as well as cut costs and operate ever more complex machinery with untrained or temporary staff. So we decided to come up with systems and machine combinations that would help them deal with these new demands”.
“It is often assumed that when replacing a standard case with a shelf-ready format that a fully enclosed corrugated pack is still required,” Tony tells us, “Whereas in fact a tray with shrink wrap is often perfectly acceptable and lower cost. This is not new to the beverage and canned produce industry but there is still work to be done with other products such as those with cartons as primary packs.”
It is easy to inter-connect the controls of Arpac’s machines with others, which means that the customer can choose to run the tray packer and shrink wrapper separately or as one system. Arpac can go further by capturing warning signals, status signals and production information from upstream and down-stream machines and feed it to a central computer system either on a pull or push system. The result is all the flexibility of a modular system with the productivity of a combined system that produces shelf-ready packs using a mix of corrugated and shrink, thereby delivering low production and low packaging costs.
Typical of these machines is Arpac’s 708 shrink wrapper, which can accept two inputs from two separate tray packers, thereby saving the space and cost of a second shrink wrapper. Arpac and Walls Machinery believe that the provision of this kind of technology will encourage customers to review their current shelf-ready packaging designs to assess more fully whether two-piece corrugated packaging really is the answer or indeed, whether a combination corrugated tray with shrink wrap might be a more cost-effective solution.
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