Gunnar Franke, with Signode for over 30 years, gives us exclusive insights into the benefits of high-strength plastic strapping in our industry interview. He also provides expert tips for companies to ensure a smooth transition from steel to plastic strapping.
Signode is the world's leading manufacturer of transit packaging solutions, providing customers with safe and economical product solutions. With a wide range of consumables, tools and equipment for transit packaging, Signode carries a broad product portfolio of its own brands for the safe storage and transit of goods. As a Signode premium partner, erka Verpackungssysteme GmbH has now been working closely with Signode for over 20 years.
But there is also a technical factor that is decisive, which cannot be provided in any way by steel belts: the so-called elastic recovery - also called "working range". Plastic straps are capable of generating elastic recovery when used correctly. Thus, in the case of packages that shrink due to dynamic stress during transport or thermal stress, the strapping can follow the shrinking package and the strapping remains tight.
Another point that is often neglected concerns the further storage of products. How often are the same products stacked on top of each other, for example? The stacking pressure may thus increase many times over on the product below. This must definitely be taken into account in the overall consideration. But of course, cost-effectiveness must also be considered. Plastic strapping is generally considerably cheaper than steel strapping. However, in the case of a changeover, all the tools and equipment required for strapping must also be replaced. Here, the amortization of the equipment plays a major role.
Steel strapping is the most environmentally friendly packaging material of all, as it can be reused and recycled almost endlessly. But also our plastic and paper products are increasingly made to a very considerable extent (up to 100%) from recycled materials. However, in order to maintain the quality at our promised and specified level, we also have to keep adding some virgin material to improve the quality. Currently, we are working on producing biodegradable, microplastic-free, plastic straps. Biodegradable is relatively simple, but if microplastics remain in the decomposition process and enter the food chain afterwards, this is counterproductive and does not lead to the desired results.
Another challenge we are working on is new solutions for e-commerce. For example, we are developing ideas for strapping lightweight individual packages that can be closed with paper straps instead of plastic straps.
Thank you very much for this detailed interview, Mr. Franke! We are looking forward to further expanding our long-standing partnership with Signode in the future.
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