Howden Kitchens Ltd of East Yorkshire has recently taken delivery of a brand new bespoke shrink wrapping machine from British manufacturers, Shrinkwrap Machinery Co Ltd, based in Poole, Dorset.
Howden required a machine to wrap their 3 metre long kitchen work tops in a fully enclosed, shrunk wrapped pack. The work tops were to be wrapped side by side through the machine to increase the speed of wrapping. The machine is adjustable allowing for single breakfast bars 2.4 metres long and 900mm wide to be wrapped on the same machine.
The design compromises of a 1700mm wide sleeve wrapper coupled with a unique 4 head side seal device. A centre cutting wheel splits the two wrapped packs after side sealing and before final shrinking.
This is the largest machine Shrinkwrap has ever designed and built, including the shrink tunnel; a huge 14 metres in overall length and 2.2 metres wide. The machine is controlled by a Telemechanique TSX 57 premium PLC and all motors controlled by Altivar inverters.
The machine’s operating specification was Howden’s own choice designed to integrate into their existing operating systems within their factory.
Howden specifically sought out Shrinkwrap as an established British Manufacturer to build the machine; back up, service and support being a high priority for them in such a high volume operation. The project team had input on the machines functionality and operation throughout the build process, another critical factor for them in the decision making process. Dave Sargeson, Project Manager commented ‘the engineering quality of the machine is outstanding and the installation was a great success. We are delighted with the overall results and performance of the shrink wrap machine’.