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Pallet Wrapping Machine for Zotefoams Midlands-based Orion Packaging Machinery (UK) Ltd, the UK's leading manufacturer supplier of stretch wrapping equipment, has secured a major deal with one of the country's largest polyethylene foam manufacturers.

Croydon-based Zotefoams plc manufactures cross-linked block foams which are used in a wide range of markets including sports and leisure, packaging, transport, healthcare, toys, building, marine and the military.

The foam is manufactured in sheets which are laid horizontally onto pallets and then stretch wrapped for protection and securement before leaving the facility.

Zotefoams' existing wrapping machine was an old model which has served the company well over a number of years but did not offer the speed needed to keep up with growing demand for the company's products.

Zotefoam contacted Orion who responded quickly to design, manufacture and install an automatic turntable pallet wrapper which has now been fully integrated into mainstream production and is operating seven days a week to deliver optimum wrapping quality and consistency.

The machine is a bespoke LP500 featuring powered prestretch to make best possible use of the wrapping film, as well as an automatic top sheet dispenser to ensure the final wrapped pallet is waterproof. Zotefoams has also agreed a long-term maintenance contract with Orion.

Geoff Berry of Zotefoams explained: “Our foam needs to be secured to the pallet and protected from the elements but we had insufficient means of achieving this to meet demand. Orion immediately assessed our needs and then built and installed a machine within a matter of days.

“They've provided training for operators who are finding it very easy to use and given the excellent quality of wrapping and reduced consumable costs, we are delighted with our purchase.”

Orion Packaging Machinery is a UK owned manufacturers of stretch wrapping equipment for palletised and unpalletised goods. Orion produces a comprehensive range of automatic and semi-automatic systems, these are available as stand-alone units or can be integrated into a production line.

Orion has diversified its business into materials handling. This gives customers the opportunity to access a complete offering for product movement and packaging prior to dispatch.


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