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Fromm solves safety challenge for wrapping & palletising wire bundles

Supplier: Fromm Packaging Australia
16 December, 2015

Our customer is a manufacturer of fencing & wire products and required a turnkey wrapping solution for unstable wire bundles on pallets.

Fromm Packaging Australia installed an automatic stretch wrapping machine on a very short conveyor line, complete with staging areas, infeed & outfeed conveyors, automatic top sheet applicator and a complete safety circuit.

Wrapping and palletising wire bundles can cause major safety concerns when wrapping by hand, with many sharp edges & pieces of wire for employees to injure themselves on. In order to reduce these safety concerns, our customer wanted to eliminate human interaction within the packaging process.

As a result of strict space constraints we built a compact packaging line that can be managed by a single forklift operator. We started the packaging line with a staging area which feeds directly into the stretch wrapping machine. Shortly after the wrapping process begins, the pallet top sheet applicator will automatically place a top sheet, then the wrapping process will continue, creating a water proof, dust proof and secure pallet. Once finished, the secured pallet will move into the final staging area where the forklift operator can retrieve the pallet.

The benefits of this packaging line to our customer is a dramatic reduction in personnel required for the wrapping process, higher pallet throughput, controlled packaging costs, increased pallet integrity & improved WH&S conditions.

This installation was designed by the Fromm Packaging Australia team. The designs were then sent to Fromm's global manufacturing centre where the machine was built and tested to meet Fromm’s strict quality assurance standards. Once shipped to Australia, the installation process was completed & working within a week.

A project such as this can be installed and commissioned for under $150,000, plus GST. The costs of these installs are almost always justified when considering the personnel and process improvements it can have on a distribution centre.