Good news travels fast
News of new-to-the-world innovation travels fast, and the global tissue-producing community has become quickly acquainted with Together. The result is that numerous orders have been placed internationally for this game-changing solution, and the first startups have taken place. To see a live Together installation is to appreciate the unprecedented degree to which, through this solution, packaging has been integrated into converting in terms of layout, automation and with build quality which matches that of the converting line. “This is no longer about packaging and converting, but one system – says Zagnoni. We have talked to the market and, more importantly, listened. We have used this experience to drive innovation and turn market needs into high-performance solutions by maximising the synergies between Futura and Plusline. Starting from the trim cutter, Together is a compact, multi-patented, multi-talented solution which increases automation, safety, efficiency, flexibility, longevity and finished-product quality, while it reduces damage, waste, downtime, manpower and complexity”.
Part of the waste reduction can be attributed to optimizing the use of poly reel. Not only is reduced poly thickness possible thanks to superior handling of the material, but less overlap is required for sealing. Customers are looking at an almost 50 percent reduction in packaging material, bringing financial and sustainability benefits. And if paper packaging is preferred, it’s no problem for this highly flexible system.
Plusline has also been the catalyst for an extension of higher-level automation into packaging.
Futura’s Andromeda remains the only system on the market which fully automates all processes from the jumbo reel to the rewinder, including maintenance activities, in complete safety for the operator. In packaging, the shortest time required for product changeover has been 30 minutes, more typically an hour at best. But on Together from Futura and Plusline, changeover on the fully-enclosed line is actioned from the PLC – the only manual operation is changing the poly reel, which requires 5-10 minutes.
“As Industry 4.0 permeates our industry, customers are increasingly aware of the possibility which high-level automation offers to reduce costs and increase process visibility.
Together extends this to packaging – says Zagnoni. Plusline together with Futura are dedicated through teamwork to the introduction of radical innovations, which drive efficiency. What we have delivered with Together is just the start but expresses our collective vision and belief. Both Plusline and Futura’s service and support capabilities have been extended thanks to the synergies between our two companies, while our collective research and development efforts mean evolution really doesn’t stop”.