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Strapping System for PGH Bricks Thomastown

Strapping System for PGH Bricks Thomastown
Client: PGH Bricks Thomastown
Industry: Brick manufacturer
Packaging solutions provided: Inline Strapping Machine
Date of installation: March 2018

Alex Nikolovski from PGH Bricks explains “We were looking not only for new strapping equipment but also performance guarantees. We wanted to remove the manual lifting process of changing coils”.

Customer Requirement

After 15 years the strapping equipment at PGH Bricks Thomastown had come to a natural end of life. During the scope of works Fromm technicians worked closely with the Alex Nikolovski (Plant Manager) and George Loutsis (Maintenance Manager) at PGH Bricks to determine their needs to ensure we met their requirements. 

Alex Nikolovski from PGH Bricks explains “We were looking not only for new strapping equipment but also performance guarantees. We wanted to remove the manual lifting process of changing coils”.

Fromm Packaging Solution 

Fromm Packaging engineered new automated strap dispensers and moved to super jumbo strapping coils reducing downtime and injury risks between each coil change. The strap remains on the transport pallet and placed onto a turntable that then feeds the strap to the strapping machines as needed. PLC controls are provided so the massive coils don’t unwind and the strapping heads draw the correct amount of material as required. In addition to this the strapping coils were placed a distance from the strapping station, so a special chute design was used to move and protect that strap over the distance. The system requires virtually no human interaction and alarms are in place to indicate when the strap coils need to be changed. The strapping head features self-cleaning (air blows onto the welding punch after each cycle).

“This new strapping system has reduced the amount of downtime required between each strap coil change, reduced the heavy lifting and associated OH&S issues for changing coils and finally installing a system to remove debris from the strap tracks has resulted in less product failure”, explained George Loutsis (PGH Bricks).

Fromm wanted to offer an all-inclusive package of equipment, service and spare parts at a fixed cost. Richard Layton from Fromm Packaging said “it was important to work with Alex and George understanding they knew that the monthly costs on the strapping are fixed. This is a cost effective way to do business in the future”.

 

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