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Environmentally friendly pallet stabiliser

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MATTHEWS Intelligent Identification has been appointed exclusive agent in Australia for Holdtite pallet stabilising labels. Holdtite has a non-slip surface, stabilising individual cartons onto a pallet.

Matthews' Richard Brearley says one way to hold stacked cartons together on a pallet is to tightly wrap them in layers and layers of stretch film.

“Imagine, for instance, cases of wine or cartoned computers, stacked four to six-foot high; either would need anywhere up to 25 rotations of stretch film to hold the load together.

"Nearly every manufacturer has to do this before pallets are then loaded into a truck for transport.

"There are a few inherent problems in this system," Brearley explains. "Firstly, it uses a lot of plastic wrap. Neither the wrap itself, nor disposing of it, is very environmentally friendly. Secondly, there is the timed labour cost in wrapping and unwrapping loads.

“While the manufacturer isn't responsible for labour at the receiving end, any steps they can take to improve processes for their customers will enhance that relationship.

“Thirdly, sometimes damages occur from the stretch film being too tight. Holdtite also reduces breakages and increases productivity.

"Holdtite complies with OH&S issues because there are no messy residues and no damage to the carton presentation.

"Holdtite pressure-sensitive adhesive labels easily integrate into existing production lines: they are 'wiped' or 'tamped' onto the carton before palletising, without interruption to the production process."

The label comes in standard pressure-sensitive rolls of various shapes and sizes (with backing paper) that can be applied using "in-line" labellers, such as the Avery Dennison range.

Labels applied to shipping cartons can also include printed bar codes and human-readable information, using "print and apply" in-line labellers.

Holdtite was developed by Australian manufacturer Dalton Packaging. It is simply placed under each carton to stop it from slipping; cartons are stacked as normal. The label's friction stops the boxes from moving, reducing the stretch film needed from up to 25 wraps down to about four or five.

A minimal amount of pallet wrap is still required with Holdtite because it is a friction product and not an adhesive. This minimal wrap is there mainly to keep the products dust and weather proof.

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