Krones has unveiled a new strap handle, LitePack that wraps around PET containers to enable the bottles to be held together without shrink film.
The German company claimed that compared to shrink film some estimates suggest users can cut costs by more than 50%.
To begin using LitePack, manufacturers need to invest in the Evolite packer, the specialist machine that applies the strapping to PET bottles.
Evolite packer comprises a container infeed module and a container strapping module and provides the technology required for handling the new LitePac packaging design.
Krones said in the infeed module, the containers are divided into two continuous lane flows. Four strapping units then create the LitePac packs in the container strapping module.
LitePac addresses market trends for the secondary packaging of PET containers in regard to eco-compatibility, resource-economy, reduced energy consumption and cost savings.