Less is more

Resource-efficient material usage in production reduces waste, protects the environment and saves costs. The film, Less is more – Packaging machines that conserve packaging materials, introduces two innovative systems that remarkably reduce packaging materials.

Project Automation & Engineering GmbH in Kranenburg, North Rhine-Westphalia has developed a machine which encloses and contains PET bottles with merely a plastic banderol instead of the customary all around shrink-wrap packaging. This new procedure, equally appropriate for other loose goods, is an excellent packaging alternative, reducing packaging material by approximately 75 percent.

Watttron GmbH, a spin-out of the Dresden Technical University’s Institute for Processing and Mobile Machines (Institut für Verarbeitungsmaschinen und Mobile Arbeitsmaschinen der Technischen Universität Dresden) and the Fraunhof Institute for Processing Machines and Packaging Technology (Fraunhofer Institut für Verarbeitungsmaschinen und Verpackungstechnik) in Dresden, has developed an innovative heating technique, cera2heat, which is an integrated, modular matrix heating system. Point accurate heat area tempering allows plastic packaging foils to be more precisely heated, attaining a much more material-efficient plastic moulding. This conserves material and energy by approximately 20 percent.

Produced by VDI Zentrum Ressourceneffizienz GmbH.

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