Packing technology to debut at Logistics Link

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Ambassador Antalis will debut its new Masterline ePacker at Logistics Link Live ahead of its official launch later this summer.

It is a table-top air cushion machine weighing only 6kg, enabling five different types of air cushions can be processed to meet all protective packaging needs.

In addition, the company will showcase the latest addition to the Lantech shrink wrap systems. The Q300XT shrink wrap system follows the Q-300 model but with added automation, allowing for the patented cut and clamp to capture stretch film and cut it at the end of the wrap cycle automatically.

Ambassador Antalis reckons the Q300XT can save up to two minutes of labour for forklift drivers per load.

Also on display from the Masterline range will be the 410T Strapping Machine and the 320 Case Sealer. The 410T is an easy-to-use semi-automatic table strapping machine, designed for the sealing of shipping packages, strapping of cardboard boxes and bailing. Its advantages include a simple reel swap, manual adjustable strap tensioning, a quiet sealing head and mobility for flexible applications, as well as simple installation and operation and ease of use.

The 320 Case Sealer provides automatic closing of boxes on the top and bottom with tape. Void fill solutions will be represented by WrapPak – the paper packaging converter that gives protection and securely wraps products and provides lining or separation functionality. The Airspeed 5000 Air Cushion Machine produces pillows for void-fill, cushioning and containment needs.

Taking place on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th June 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, this two-day solutions and networking event is designed for logistics, warehouse and distribution managers to find the latest innovations in logistics and supply chain, including: warehouse management and automation; packaging; materials handling; picking; sortation; training; software; RFID; mobile technology; consultancy, and more.

Alongside the exhibition is the Logistics Manager Summit on Cost and Efficiency.
Mark Edwards, global freight manager of Activis will look at Managing global freight costs while maintaining product quality. He will provide an overview of the specific challenges facing the pharmaceutical sector, before examining how Actavis had adapted to the increased burden of regulation? What were the impacts on product distribution and are there lessons for other industries?

Justin Kirkhope, project manager, logistics strategy at the Co-operative Food will examine the benefits to the business and logistics operations of a strong sustainability agenda. In particularly he will look at how to strike a balance between capital projects with quick wins and investment with longer term benefits beyond cost savings.
The Summit is chair by Professor Ian Shellard, supply chain strategy consultant and former director global physical logistics at Rolls Royce.

Other sessions include: Nearporting – cutting costs the old fashioned way; and Continuous improvement – methodology and implementation. Finally, there will be a panel discussion looking at the optimum areas for cost reduction.

The Summit runs alongside the Logistics Link Live exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham on Thursday 5th June 2014.
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