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Wienerberger Todhills

Gordian Strapping, one of the UK’s leading end-of-line specialists in pack and pallet securement, has supplied a new vertical strapping system to Wienerberger at their Todhills Plant in Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham.

Wienerberger is the world’s largest producer of bricks, and No. 1 on the clay roof tiles market in Europe, with 229 plants in 27 countries.

Wienerberger Todhills required a new strapping machine to replace ageing equipment on their void pack production line, thereby ensuring that well-presented and secure packs could be produced at a rate of 60 units per hour. It was also imperative for spare parts to be available quickly, either from Gordian’s head office in Basingstoke, or from the local engineer.

As an existing packaging machinery supplier to Wienerberger with a proven track record, and a dedicated team of 13 service engineers strategically based across the UK, Gordian Strapping was an ideal partner.

Gordian supplied an OMS 043 vertical strapping machine, fitted with a TR19 High Tension Strapping Head. Gordian also supplied a spare strapping head, which enables production to continue while one head is being serviced off-line. The new strapping machine applies 5 vertical straps per pack.

The OMS TR19 HT Head, which can apply a maximum tension of 7000N is designed for use with Polyester Strapping, and is proven throughout the building products industry. The Heat Seal technology in the Strapping Head means that a major service is only required every 200,000 cycles. Furthermore, the head is compatible with a variety of different strap grades. At <70 dB the strapping machine is also extremely quiet.

The new strapping machine has resulted in less downtime and improved productivity. We have been delighted with the installation process and the performance of the machine” Ian Haley, Engineering Manager at the Todhills Plant.

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