Importance of Digital Machinery in Food Packaging
Digital technology is transforming productivity in the food industry so it is essential that UK companies in the sector embrace digitalisation in order to improve productivity and keep up with their international competitors. Digitalisation simply cannot be ignored; the food industry needs to embrace Industry 4.0 as fast as it can.
From TrakRap’s point of view, digital technology is having a huge impact on our business. For example, thanks to the use of a digital twin, we’ve been able to significantly reduce the cost and time taken to develop our new packaging platform, but this is just the start.
Although digital equipment is expensive, it’s also upgradable and is changing all the time, so traditional depreciation models aren’t applicable here, think of it more as an upgradable software platform. Consequently, manufacturers need to look to new financing models (Finance 4.0) in order to accelerate the take up of these digital systems.
Smart, pay per use, financing models are helping companies to undertake digital transformations that would otherwise be unavailable to them. For smaller companies, for example, models that enable them to massively cut operating costs without any upfront capital, make investments in technology affordable to everyone.
The TrakRap Machines
We are such strong believers of digitalisation in the food industry that our machines use a fully-automated digital system. Not only does this make it an excellent way to reduce costs and improve productivity but it also helps companies in the food industry adopt more sustainable practices, something that TrakRap is a big advocate for.
Our packaging machines use ‘cold wrap’ technology which can help businesses reduce their current plastic material usage by up to 70% and reduce their energy consumption by a staggering 90%. Additionally, it can also reduce cardboard usage by 40%. All of which adds up to a considerable cost and waste reduction, making the process more sustainable.
What is Cold Wrap Technology?
In the context of our machines, ‘cold wrap’ refers to the process or securing products and creating packs of these without the use of heat – this is opposed to current packaging techniques like shrink-wrapping which rely on the use of heat tunnels. Instead, our process uses an orbital wrapping method which uses an ultra-thin, flexible film to protect products.
This must be done at a high speed, otherwise it would be an inefficient packaging system for a business of any size to employ. To guarantee this high speed of operation, our machines are precisely calibrated to use the perfect combination of film tension and speed, fed through at the correct angle required for the product in question.