The new machine has two settings: completely automated for wrapping up to 60 pallets per hour or semi-automated for wrapping 10-15 pallets per hour
Packaging and paper firm Mondi has partnered with Austrian mechanical engineering company EW Technology to launch a new machine for paper pallet wrapping.
The machine has two settings: completely automated for wrapping up to 60 pallets per hour or semi-automated for wrapping 10-15 pallets per hour.
It is claimed to be more efficient and sustainable on small-to-medium production lines.
The machine will enable firms to replace plastic pallet wrapping with a recyclable and renewable paper solution.
It takes a full reel of Mondi’s Advantage StretchWrap paper, enabling clients to substitute the industry-standard multi-layer plastic for pallet wrapping.
Advantage StretchWrap is 100% virgin paper, made from renewable materials, and is recyclable in Europe’s existing paper waste streams.
It does not have any plastic or coating, but it still has a lot of strength and can absorb a lot of tension, said Mondi.
The packaging firm initiated an independent life cycle assessment (LCA) to compare the paper pallet packaging to traditional plastic stretch film and found that it outperformed virgin plastic stretch film in several impact categories such as a 62% lower carbon footprint than virgin plastic stretch film.
Mondi Advantage StretchWrap product manager Babicz Bartosz said: “We work with brands across various industries and recognised that companies seeking to be more sustainable and with smaller outputs require a customised machine for paper pallet wrapping.
“This machine will mean that customers can successfully and safely wrap their products in paper for transportation, work towards a more circular system and make a positive contribution to the environment.”
EW Technology co-founder Philipp Ertl said: “Sustainable projects are close to our hearts and as a young team we are determined to make a positive contribution to the environment.
“By taking a collaborative approach with Mondi we were able to learn exactly what was needed and work together to deliver a unique new offering in paper wrapping technology for palletised goods – one that will benefit companies across many industries.”