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Case Study – Strapping Machine and Stretch Hooding System for Leading Concrete Supplier

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In 2018, Gordian installed an impressive automated strapping machine and hooding system solution to S. Morris - one of the UK's leading concrete suppliers. 2 years on, the machines have proved to be a big success.

Introducing S. Morris

S. Morris Ltd. is a leading supplier of ready mixed concrete, floor screeds, concrete block and aggregates. Established in the 1920s by Siddie Morris, the grandfather of the current Managing Director, this independent family-owned manufacturer operates from 4 plants across Somerset and Wiltshire and offers unrivalled value for your building material requirements. 

Back in 2012, S. Morris required new strapping and stretch hooding equipment as part of an overall investment programme, which included a new automated concrete block production line.

The solutions

We supplied an 06RP horizontal strapping machine, an 08RP vertical strapping machine and an IS43 stretch hooding system on the first packaging line and another 06RP strapper on the second packaging line. The equipment was all manufactured by OMS,  whom Gordian has represented in the UK for over 35 years and are one of the European leaders in palletised packaging systems.

This video shows the second packaging line and the OMS 06RP system in action, where concrete walling blocks are strapped horizontally with polyproylene straps. In the other packaging line, concrete-facing bricks are delivered along the conveyor belt and need a slightly more complex system.

They are first vertically strapped by the OMS 08RP strapper, then horizontally strapped like the blocks in the video above, before finally being stretch hooded by the OMS IS43. The IS43 stretch hooder applies the film with the gusset corners on the inside, ensuring optimum pack presentation.

The two strappers come with the impressive OMS strapping heads, which are designed to cope with the demanding conditions in the building products industry and only require a service every 200,000 cycles.

Packaging Solutions with Gordian Strapping

If you’re searching for an advanced strapping machine, we can offer you the best solution. Feel free to browse our strapping and banding materials as well. 

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