Packaging is a part of our daily life. The current buzz words in the Packaging Industry are eco-friendly packaging and sustainability. Due to a great number of stringent regulations and increasing market competition, the packaging industry is faced with major challenges. Equipment manufacturers must conform with statutory and market requirements, while the packaging customer demands a wider array of innovative products, higher quality standards, more flexibility and speed. All at the same time making sure the retail user is happy with the final packaged product. From Puma to Kraft, companies are looking for ways to meet the new sustainability goals they have set and the user expects.
The introduction of PUMA’s innovative packaging and distribution system will reduce the paper used for shoeboxes by 65% and carbon emissions by 10,000 tons per year — the remaining packaging materials used will be fully sustainable by 2015.
Over the past four years, Kraft Foods employees have reduced net waste from manufacturing plants by 30% from 2005 levels, exceeding a goal of a 15% reduction by 2011. Employees are constantly raising the bar—improving efficiency and changing behavior, business practices, and culture—and creating new partnerships to turn waste into something of value, the company relates.
There are even new choices in packaging conveyors that can help companies create a more sustainable packaging system—with lower costs over the long term, the critical flexibility they need, and a healthy reduction in their overall energy footprint.
The goal of packaging companies is therefore to achieve highest productivity with lowest marginal costs. To secure a competitive advantage, improve their productivity, and avoid unexpected production halts, companies within the packaging industry embrace innovative technologies. Choosing the right conveyor and processing belts will make the difference in achieving major process improvements, higher productivity and lower maintenance costs.
Habasit belts cover the entire packaging industry. From Vertical Form Fill Seal Machines where seamless belts are used with exact precision to Checkweighers where accuracy and antistatic properties are both important. From Filling and Capping Machines where plastic modular belts are used for the bottle in-feed and out-feed section to Case Packaging were a variety of PVC, TPU and NBR covers are available for the perfect conveying solution. Habasit has a belt for every application along the packaging line.