Laundry Shrink Wrap Machine

The Brief

Commercial laundries across the UK use shrink wrapping as a method of protecting clean, ironed and folded laundry during packing, storage and transit, the benefit passed to the end user allowing them to store laundry on site in its original clean condition.

Shrinkwrap Machinery Co Ltd installed the very first machine into a commercial laundry over 30 years ago, leading the way and quickly establishing the industry standard for the presentation and packaging of clean laundry.

The Solution

In 2016 Shrinkwrap launched their brand new inline automatic shrink wrapping machine specifically designed for the laundry industry, it has a number of additional features which assist in delivering excellent pack side closure and works with a very thin 13 micron shrink film, increasing the film yield for the customer.  Energy consumption is a big topic and the team at Shrinkwrap have worked hard to improve the efficiency of the tunnel, increasing insulation, reducing dead air space and lowering the number of heaters required.

The machine has also been updated in terms of its appearance.  A new sleek, visually appealing design that will complement any factory floor or packaging area with clear view easy access doors for ease of maintenance.  Speed wise this machine will happily work its way through 1200 packs per hour using the 13 micron film; our progressive infeed machine will increase that to 1500 packs per hour where there is a requirement. The laundry shrink wrapper also occupies a relatively small floor space measuring only 3.7m in length and 1.3m width. Standard laundry bundles, require a 900mm wide sealing bar.

The machine features;

  • Close coupled inverter controlled conveyors
  • Inverter controlled film feed system
  • Film layout assistance aids pack side closure
  • Hot knife cross cut and seal
  • Moving gantry for faster wrapping speed
  • Mitsubishi PLC control
  • Operator touchscreen HMI
  • Welded steel frame
  • CNC machined components
  • Safety interlocked access doors
  • The top, side and base of the tunnel are all insulated to improve energy efficiency
  • Air flow in the heat tunnel is structured so as to assist pack closure, limiting bullseyes
  • A pyramid shaped internal tunnel chamber reduces the volume of air required in the tunnel
  • An additional set of tapered silicone curtains are fitted which will further reduce loss of heat from the tunnel exit

You can view further details of the machine here Laundry Shrink Wrapper

The Outcome

“We have been a customer of Shrinkwrap Machinery for a number of years and have always been very happy with the service and products they provide. Being an independent local business, we find they are passionate about their business, knowledgeable about their products and care about the after sales service that they provide. Shrinkwrap always fulfil our requirements whether it is for our depots in the South or in Glasgow.

We have employed the new machines at various sites across the UK since 2016, although this machine sits on a smaller footprint it delivers a higher pack output and uses less power.”

Alan Mulholland, Group Operations Director for Johnsons Stalbridge Linen

Here a couple of further examples of our work in the commercial laundry industry.

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