Soft drinks producer A G Barr has reportedly seen film usage shrink by 10 per cent following the delivery of two new Robopac Rotoplat 506 PFS power pre-stretch pallet wrappers from Aetna Group UK.
Colin Gransbury, depot manager, AG Barr, said: The machines replaced ageing equipment from another supplier and started work on the same day they were delivered to the Newcastle and Sheffield depots.
The machines are wrapping drinks from the companys full product range, including Irn Bru, Tizer, Strathmore and Rockstar, with a capacity of up to 20 pallets/hour.
We deliver on our own vehicles, direct to the retail trade across the north east of England and Yorkshire, so it is important that the presentation is good as well as the pallet being secure, he added.
The Rotoplats were purchased because of the film savings we could achieve, but an added bonus was ease of use - programs are pre-set for different sizes and configurations.
The company estimates it will make annual material savings of almost 12,000. Currently each wrapper is handling between 80 100 pallets of mixed stock or single product lines per day. A G Barr has four Rotoplat machines in operation at its depots.