ITW Hi-Cone, which makes plastic ring cluster systems for beverage multipacks, has announced a change to the reels onto which the multipack holders are wound for transport and dispensing to the machines on the packaging production line.
The new “jumbo” reels will hold an additional 5,200 pieces per reel, double their previous capacity. This is expected to result in fewer delivery runs as each truck can now hold 42 percent more material for the same number of pallets.
The multipack holders can now be applied over longer periods of high-speed running. According to Hi-Cone this will considerably reduce the number of manual interventions and therefore handling injuries.
With more units per pallet, fewer internal trips are needed from the materials warehouse to the production line, says the company. Depending on the size of the packs produced, there are up to 2 million extra units per transport container. This means not only less packaging waste but a substantial reduction in the volume of carbon emissions, says Hi-Cone.
David Brophy, Hi-Cone's Key Account Manager, UK & Ireland says: “Jumbo reels allow our customers to make fewer orders per year, saving them time and cost as a consequence. With the new system, our reels need replacing far less often, which means reduced handling costs and less wasteful outputs”.
Hi-Cone, a unit of Illinois Tool Works Inc., is based in Itasca,Ill. Its UK and Ireland office is at Bracknell.