What Makes Product Banding So Great?
Last year, Banding Systems’ Bandall technology was voted most innovative by attendees and other exhibitors at Canadian Packaging Magazine’s Top 50 Packaging Ideas Expo.
While this is an achievement that the company is very proud of, it might leave you wondering: “why is this becoming such a hot trend in packaging technology for both food manufacturers and grocery retailers?” What is it about product banding that makes it worthy of such a recognized and prestigious award?
Well, it’s simple: With 25 years of innovation and R&D, Bandall offers the most efficient banding technology available today. Food companies and consumers across North America have responded enthusiastically as banded products hit the supermarket shelves!
1: Minimization of Material Waste
Using product bands to label or to bundle products together minimizes material waste and cost, as the bands are much thinner than pressure-sensitive labels plastic, or cardboard alternatives. In fact, banding can cut wasted material costs by up to 20% and labor costs even higher!
This material waste not only contributes to pollution in landfills across the world, it also costs manufacturers excessive amounts of money to cover the cost of raw materials.
Bandall’s patent technology allows for the thinnest, most cost effect materials to be used. The film is available in a variety of materials including recyclable bands making Bandall a very environmentally-friendly labelling and bundling option. This brings us to our next point…
Product banding solutions are incredibly modular and adaptable. There are a multitude of ways to incorporate the Bandall banding technology into your production line, whether you require a fully-automated or semi-automated banding machine.
Additionally, there are a number of different material types to choose from for your banding film, including:
- Printed banding materials
- Unprinted banding materials
- Recyclable product bands
- Form-fitting MDO PETg bands
Just to name a few.
Each of these materials provides unique benefits that can be used to best suit your product packaging needs.
For example, printed banding materials are great way to brand your product on the shelf with ample space for nutritional/product information, promotions, and any other consumer messages. MDO PETg bands, on the other hand, are ideal for bundling heavy packages (weighing up to 10 kg) that lighter banding materials are not able to manage.
This element of customizability makes it easy to integrate a banding machine into virtually any packaging line.
Beyond the ability to customize any banding system to fit your product lines, banding machines are highly adaptable in their applications. When banding a stack of products, the banding machine pulls the banding material until it reaches a desired tension and seals the band around the circumference of the bundle.
Let’s say you are bundling a multi-pack that is three packages stacked together and wanted to switch to bundling only two packages together. The banding machine would make that adjustment instantly, simply by pulling the banding material tightly around the newly created two pack.
In this instance, there would be no additional work or resources required except simply changing the amount of products being placed in the Bandall system. Since the bands are so thin, a production line can band up to 4000 products before having to change the band roll. A trained operator is able to do this in 3 minutes and the production line resumes with minimal downtime.
The future of product banding is here, and Banding Systems is proud to be a part of that future!