TrakRap Delivers Results in Dale Farm Trial
We have recently developed a new packaging innovation capable of minimising waste and reducing carbon emissions – whilst using the same amount of energy as the domestic kettle.
Established as an alternative to shrink wrapping, TrakRap is a new and unique secondary packaging system, developed to help supermarkets achieve their commitment to deliver lighter weight, lower cost and more energy efficient transit and retail ready packaging. It eliminates the use of heat, as applied in shrink wrap systems, substituting it with seven microns thick C8 LLDPE – a 100% recyclable polymer film that is lighter and, when combined with innovative TrakRap corrugate tray designs, uses less cardboard, making it suitable for ambient, fresh and frozen products. Flexibility on operating speeds has also proved to be a major advantage.
During an extensive trial with Dale Farm, part of the United Dairy Farmers Group, we replaced three shrink wrapping machines, used to package Yoghurts and Crème Fraiche ready for transport and distribution, with our own machines. During the 12 month trial, Dale Farm’s film usage was reduced by a massive 68%, achieving a CO2 reduction of 87 tonnes per annum and a lower cost per pack. Impressive results!
In addition, the company has reduced its pack wrapping energy usage by 95%. Typically food industry heat tunnels are rated around 30Kw/hr and over a two shift system, 3 tunnels can burn up to 125Mw of electricity each year. The TrakRap system uses virtually no energy when idle and 2Kw/hr when operating at full speed, using only 5Mw of electricity to do the same work.