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Stretch film monitor optimises film use

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Stretch film monitor optimises film use
Monitoring system for use in machine wrapping operations optimises film use
In Use – Commercially available

Benefits
Packaging Reduction, Resource efficiency (e.g. filling line efficiency)

Product Categories
Drinks, Food, Home Improvement, Household & Personal Care

Relevant Materials
Plastic – Flexible

Relevant Packaging Formats
Shrink and stretch wrap, Other

Supply Chain Phase
Packing

Details

A company has developed a system utilizing proprietary hardware and software to monitor and measure equipment and film effectiveness for machine wrapping operations. The system enables customers to maximize the performance of their machine by making sure the optimal settings, prestretch gears, number of wraps and amount of film are set at all times. It also maximizes savings by monitoring the performance of their film.
 
The system provides real-time simple and actionable information. If something goes wrong with either the machine or film, the system is connected through the Internet and will immediately notify the user via e-mail. The information is also available on an enhanced operator interface or HMI display. Users can visit their personal online portal to view historical data and download reports. 
 
The monitoring system is marketed under the OctoMAX™ trademark by ITW Muller.
 
The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources only (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles) and is subject to completion of a validation process with the technology supplier. 

Potential Benefits

This innovation has good potential to save stretch film in machine wrapping operations by closely monitoring the application of the film to ensure that it remains in tollerance constantly.  Ensuring consistency in wrapping operations is difficult and this innovation represents a good use of technology to tackle a real world issue.

Intellectual Property

The monitoring system is marketed under the OctoMAX™ trademark by ITW Muller. The hardware and software in the system are proprietary technology of ITW Muller.

Consultant View

Research commissioned by WRAP in 2012 has identified that many operators could achieve savings in stretch film by optimising their existing wrapping operations and ensuring that machine tolerances do not slip. Machine wrapping operations typically have high volume throughput and therefore ensuring that the film is applied at the right tension and number of wraps is critical to ensuring resource efficiency. WRAP's report found that if all wrapping operations adopted best practice then significant environmental and cost savings could be achieved.
 
This monitoring solution is a potential enabler for realising these benefits. Although it has been specifically designed as an enhancement to the ITW Muller Octopus line of stretch wrap equipment the manufacturers state that is can be retrofitted to most existing machines.
 
Reviewers should consult the REID database for other examples of optimisation in stretch wrapping operations and examples of how films are being improved. Solutions featured include light weighting of films and improved resin mixes. The report commission by WRAP should also be reviewed. This publication is available online at the WRAP website, www.wrap.org.uk

Contacts and Further Information

ITW Muller Corporate Headquarters
3456 N. Ridge Avenue, Suite 400
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Tel: 001-800-628-6787

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