Gordian Strapping has supplied a Motion MPS robot pallet wrapper to Respirex in Redhill.
Respirex are a world leading supplier of personal protective solutions, specialising in the design and manufacture of high-performance chemical, particulate and respiratory protective clothing and specialist protective footwear. From their UK factory they supply a broad range of blue chip customers around the world and have built a reputation for unrivalled service and support for their product.
Respirex were looking for a semi-automatic wrapping machine to improve efficiencies in their dispatch department. Space constraints meant that a traditional turntable wrapper was too big. A robot wrapper, which can be stored neatly away in a corner when not in use, was the ideal solution.
The Motion MPS is a self-propelled robot that can wrap pallets of any size, weight or shape. It wraps up to 180 pallets per charge and has a charging time of 8-10 hours. The machine features a beeping sound and flashing light whilst in motion and has an e-stop with motor brake. Tension and rotation speed is adjustable, which is ideal for sharp cornered pallets or for applying corner protection boards.
The machine uses power pre-stretch film, rather than hand pallet wrap, which Respirex had been using previously. It stretches the film by up to 250%, laying it onto the pack with a measured resistance to ensure optimum pack presentation and load securement without damaging the packs. Stretching the film results in substantial cost savings and less packaging waste and because the film is being stretched, less reels of film need to be held in stock.
Before the robot wrapper was installed, Respirex were wrapping around 20 Euro Pallets a day by hand, some of them up to 1.98m tall. Automating the wrapping process means that the warehouse team can prepare the next pallet while one is being wrapped, thereby saving time.
Ayaz Asad Khan, Warehouse Logistics Manager at Respirex commented: “The robot wrapper has increased efficiency in our dispatch department and we’ve also seen around a 60% reduction in the amount of stretch film that we use. It’s been a brilliant investment”.
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