Banding machines can be a surprisingly effective method for quickly packaging textiles and laundry. The use of a small band of flexible, yet durable, banding material can significantly reduce costs compared to using full plastic bags to encase textiles and laundry. Even better, banding material can also reduce your environmental footprint much more so than traditional textile packaging.
To get the most out of a banding solution for textiles, there are a few things that laundry companies and textile manufacturers may need to do, including:
1: Choosing the Right Banding Material for Your Textiles
There are several kinds of banding material you can choose from when bundling textiles or laundry. These banding materials generally fall into one of two categories:
- Printed Banding Materials. These are materials that have surfaces printed with branding/product information or other designs. They can be great for promoting your brand identity, or even just thanking customers for their business.
- Plain Banding Materials. These materials are left without any kind of messaging on the band. These plain materials are often used for quickly separating bulk products. One advantage of plain banding materials is that, with these materials, you don’t have to worry about aligning text or images on the bundle, so setup is a bit faster than it would be with printed materials.
For most laundry companies, using plain banding materials for bulk items is an excellent way to keep products together for shipping/delivery. However, these same companies can use printed banding with a general “thank you” message to add a personal touch to customer laundry.
Textile companies can use printed banding materials to showcase their company branding on store shelves. Printed bands can also be used to provide product information about the fabric, such as materials used, washing instructions and more.
Aside from plain or printed bands, it’s important to pick the right material, as well. In laundry & textiles, flexible film-type bands can easily conform to the shape of the product. However, some companies prefer the look of paper-based banding for their products.
2: Bundling Laundry Products
One of the challenges in bundling laundry, such as shirts or pants, using a banding machine is that clothing products are not very solid. When bundling such delicate items, it’s easy for the product to lose shape and make the band come loose—unless you’re bundling multiple stacks of laundry at once.
By bundling stacks of laundry at once, it’s possible to ensure that the stack doesn’t lose shape and the band stays secure—making the stack easier to carry.
Another benefit of bundling products is the ability to apply two bands in a cross pattern on the laundry. This helps to keep even small bundles from losing shape and falling apart. Some banding systems can do this for you automatically, while others may need manual assistance to face bundles the correct way.
3: Take Advantage of Automatic Stack Height Detection
In some textile production lines, and many laundry ones, the height of the fabrics/clothes/bedding to be bundled can vary from one bundle to the next. This means that one bundle might require 2 feet of banding material, while the next only needs 1.5 feet of banding.
Banding systems with automatic stack height detection make it easy to change the amount of banding they use on the fly, bundling stacks of different heights without missing a beat.
However, this feature is best combined with either plain banding material or printed material, with a repeating message where the exact placement doesn’t impact the overall presentation.
Benefits of Banding Textiles and Laundry
Using banding machines to bundle textile and laundry products has several benefits over using shrink-wrap and other, more traditional packaging materials.
First, it can help laundry companies with their eco-friendly images. Dry cleaners, in particular, have had a difficult time with their “green” image because of the carcinogenic chemicals traditionally used in their laundry processing. While new eco-friendly processes have been introduced, the waste of shrink-wrap and plastic bags remains. Using bands instead of bags reduces material waste, helping laundry companies show their commitment to green initiatives.
Additionally, banding strips can save considerable money on materials. By reducing the amount of packaging used, textile producers and laundry service companies can reduce how much they spend on product packaging.
Finally, printed banding gives laundry and textile companies a chance to interact with their customers through their product packaging—reinforcing their branding by banding. Even something as simple as a “thank you” message on a band can be that extra bit of effort that puts a company at the forefront of a customer’s mind.
By using banding machines in the right way, both laundry businesses and textile companies can be more efficient and improve engagement with their customers!