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Pallet Handling - A revolution in innovation

Plastic straps are used widely in the food and beverage industries to secure goods on pallets during transportation. Safely removing and disposing responsibly of the straps is a challenge facing the sector.

At L.B. Foster Automation & Materials Handling our debander solutions include custom-designed machines that remove pallet retaining straps both vertically and horizontally. Straps are located automatically, cut, removed and shredded for recycling.

A new marketing campaign promoting our innovative debander solutions is now running across the food and beverage industry. The campaign focuses on the benefits of debanders, including increased safety at work for operatives, improved efficiency and enhanced responsibility concerning plastic recycling.

Chris Brown is Head of Sales at L.B. Foster Automation & Materials Handling. He says: “The campaign is all about raising awareness of an engineering solution that really impacts on the bottom line efficiency of businesses handling large numbers of pallets with retaining straps.

“Not only does the debander make life easier for the operative who has to manually remove straps using a blade; debanders increase safety as the straps are often under a great deal of pressure and, when released, can cause whiplash injuries.

“The debander also removes and macerates removed straps, which can then be recycled. Add to that increased throughput and the benefits of investing in a fully automated solution makes sound business sense.”