Six-sided packaging of insulation panels without utilising heat shrink

Steinbacher Dämmstoff GmbH has installed a new packaging line for insulation panels. A RoRo StretchPack® solution has replaced two packaging lines for packaging multiple panel sizes. Improved packaging and automation are the headlines behind installing the new packaging line.

Previously, the standard-size panels were packed by putting a sleeve around a bundle of panels, and the large-size panels were packed utilizing heat shrink. Neither of the packaging methods provided full waterproofness. Production manager at Steinbacher in Erpfendorf, Mr Markus Brandstätter tells: ”It is important for us to have waterproof packaging. Our end-customers do always store the panels outside on the construction site, and in peak time we do not always keep the panels under the roof before shipping.”

Six-sided packaging – sealed and waterproof

The new RoRo StretchPack® solution is horizontal 6-sided packaging utilizing a tubular stretch hood film. Only the two film ends need to be welded to achieve full sealing and waterproofness. It is all done in the same process. The solution is developed by Tentoma, inspired by the well-proven vertical stretch hood packaging, typically used for packaging pallets.

Removing heat shrink packaging provides energy savings

Improved sustainability is a focus area for Steinbacher. Mr Markus Brandstätter says: ”Previously 20-30% of the packaging was done using heat shrink. This is now replaced by RoRo StretchPack® packaging. By direct comparison between our previous packaging solution and RoRo StretchPack® packaging, overall, we have reduced energy consumption by about 50% on the packaging line.”

Steinbacher is also monitoring the film consumption per pallet. Even though that Steinbacher has gone from 4-sided to 6-sided packaging, they have got a film reduction per pallet by using RoRo StretchPack®.

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