Basingstoke based Gordian Strapping, one of the UK’s leading end of line packaging machinery specialists, has provided a system solution for pack2pack, Europe’s largest drum re-conditioner, at its site in Avonmouth near Bristol.
pack2pack, which was acquired by Greif Inc. in August 2011, collects and reconditions or recycles steel and plastic drums, IBCs and other industrial packaging. The group also produces small new packaging (pails and cans) made of tinplate. This enables the provision of a fully integrated and service-oriented approach within the industrial packaging market in Europe.
The improvement to pack2pack’s end-of-line packaging system was the installation of two OMS manufactured strapping machines. The strapping machines secure four empty 205L steel drums onto a pallet before they are dispatched to pack2pack’s customers. The benefits of the new system are: reduced manual handling, less waste strapping, a leaner automated process and provision of immediate palletisation capability of up to 70 pallets per hour.
The first machine is an OMS Pallet Dispenser, which dispenses bespoke sized pallets onto the line. The second machine, an OMS Model 06S Horizontal Strapping Machine applies a horizontal strap around the 4 drums. The final machine, an OMS Model 875/AB Side Seal Strapping Machine, then applies a vertical strap over the drums and through the pallet. Both machines are equipped with a TR14HD Heavy Duty Strapping Head.
The vertical strap is applied at an angle in order to facilitate the use of pallets with a centre bearer. In order to achieve this, the design of the Side Seal Machine was adapted meaning that the strapping head itself is positioned at an angle.
Neil Spratt, pack2pack’s Avonmouth’s Plant Manager commented:
“The new system allows us to automate a previously manual strapping process. It provides a leaner, more efficient and immediately available end-of-line packaging process”.
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