Talk about modern product packaging and you
are talking about stretch films. Brite Euram partner Manuli is far
the European leader in the production of Low Linear Density PolyEthylene
(LLDPE) stretch films, still a rapidly growing industry.
This project completely revised the stretch
film production process, focusing on automation and control. The
improvements resulted in a 50% reduction in production lead time,
a 45% reduction in required machining hours, a reduction in the
number of required specialised personnel and an overall reduction
of 10% in labour costs. Other improvements included increased productivity,
improved and more consistent quality, a more reliable production
schedule, early warning and easy diagnosis of problems and a reduction
of waste in the form of rejected product.
All of the four main partners contributed
significantly and their efforts are now continuing, thanks in part
to new Italian laws favouring industrial R&D as a continuous
structured process rather than a series of spot events.