Research Category: Bulk Material Handling
Location: Lantech, United States
Patented features include Load-Seeking™ Film Clamp to maximize load containment and Pallet-Grip® system to securely lock load to shipping pallet.
Two of the material handling industry's "most wanted" options are now standard
features on all Lantech conveyorized rotary-arm stretch wrappers (Models S-1200,
S-1500, S-2500, S-3500 and S-4000). Pallet-Grip® and the Load-Seeking™ Film Clamp are “top-rated” features for maximizing load containment and reducing product damage, according to Allison Myers, Lantech Product Manager. "Our
customers are under tremendous pressure to meet sustainability objectives with less shipping damage and decreased stretch film use," Myers said. "In short, they're asking us for tools that enable them to get more containment bang for every buck spent. Pallet-Grip and the Load-Seeking Film Clamp are just the right
tools for the job."
Pallet-Grip allows automatic stretch wrappers to wrap below the deck of the
shipping pallet – locking the load to the pallet – while still wrapping to the
machine's full 80-inch height capability. Similarly, the Load-Seeking Film Clamp
ensures maximum stretch-wrap containment force when used on conveyorized
wrapping systems, which are sometimes compromised with slack film because the
distance between the load and film delivery system can vary.
Both new features are patented Lantech technology. Pallet-Grip rolls several
inches of the film web into a cable and places it at a specified height below
the pallet deck, while the remainder of the film web captures the load above the
deck to create the most effective containment system on the market. Precise
placement of the film cable ensures truck forks won't tear it. It captures any
style of pallet from four to six inches high. "Pallet-Grip is proven to minimize
load shifting during truck shipment," Myers stated.
The Load-Seeking Film Clamp captures the film tail at the end of every wrap
cycle, and then it automatically "finds" the next pallet on the conveyor as it
moves into position, holding the stretch film for an ideal start on each new
load. "The Load-Seeking Film Clamp allows center-lining of pallets on the
conveyor and is extremely reliable at capturing the film tail," Myers added.
Lantech's packaging and productivity solutions include semiautomatic and
automatic stretch wrapping; automatic case handling; shrink packaging; and
pallet-load conveying systems. Lantech is the originator of stretch wrapping
technology and world's largest manufacturer, with 65,000 systems placed around
the world and 175 U.S. and foreign patents. Headquartered in Louisville,
Kentucky, with manufacturing operations in the U.S. and Europe, Lantech products
are sold and serviced by a worldwide network of 175 distributor locations.