• September 27, 2019
  • Paper

5 reasons to use Stretch Hood to protect paper, cardboard or cellulose products

The paper industry faces very important challenges such as the circular economy, technological innovation and a more specialized production, with a growing demand for value-added products such as specialty papers. In this context of change, packaging and logistics have much to contribute to the industry, being key parts of their supply chain.

As experts in packaging systems, we outline in this article the 5 keys of the innovative Stretch Hood packaging system to meet the logistics challenges of the paper industry.

Transport safety and protection of the final product are the most important requirements for the sector, but in recent years the paper industry has also sought to obtain a final product with greater added value and sustainability. Let’s look at the avantatges that the Stretch Hood system offers to respond to these challenges:

1. Optimal logistics: Protection of the product against external agents

When storing and transporting paper and cellulose products, it is essential to have a packaging that provides total protection to avoid product deterioration and, consequently, losses for the company. 

The Stretch Hood system is one of the most advanced in pallet wrapping, as it allows the load to be completely sealed and protected against inclement weather (such as rain and humidity) and other factors (such as dust). In addition, the Stretch Hood film includes an anti-UV filter for outdoor storage, which protects the boxed paper or cellulose reels from the effect of the sun.

This is an essential solution to achieve total protection of paper and cardboard, as well as preserving hygiene in cellulose and sanitary products.

2. Maximum safety in transport: Objective to eliminate breakages or losses

Another important requirement of the logistics of the paper industry is a packaging that provides maximum security for transport. It becomes essential then to use systems that provide support, stability and protection to the palletized goods in order to avoid losses, breakage or fractures of the cellulose reels, cardboard piles or paper boxes. 

The Stretch Hood system provides additional support to that provided by the strapping system or the palletizing of the load itself. Stretch Hood wraps the load with a tubular film that expands and adapts to the dimensions of the load, providing additional support. In addition, it does not lose the grip through time, as it could happen with other similar systems such as the wrapping system.

3. Value-added product: better visibility of the paper brand

As we have said, the paper industry is evolving to respond to the needs of the market, offering more specialized and quality products. Along these lines, the presentation of the palletized product, with transparency and flawless packaging, has a lot to contribute to offer added value to the customer.

One of the highlights of Stretch Hood system over other solutions is being the only one that provides a totally transparent wrapping, without folds, wrinkles or remains of plastic. This system is highly valued by paper companies, which are closely related to the packaging sector, as they take care of the details of their brand from its production to the delivery to the customer.

In addition to promoting corporate identity, Stretch Hood also provides code reading and traceability, thus helping to improve logistics management. 

4. Making the industry challenges a reality: Technological innovation and automation 

The paper and cardboard industry is committing to renew and invest technologically in the production and presentation of its final product. In recent years there has been a transformation from semi-manual processes to greater automation of its factories.

In this sense, Innova’s Stretch Hood packaging line is an ideal solution for this journey to a greater automation and 4.0 connectivity. The Stretch Hood line has additional holding systems such as strapping, compacting, wrapping and transport that are integrated into the existing production line and serve as a connection to its intelligent warehouse and ERP systems.

5. The future of paper: sustainability also in its final packaging 

Last but not least, one of the issues of greatest concern to the forestry and paper industry is that of sustainability and the circular economy. The sector is investing in the circular bio-industry of cellulose and paper, recovering and recycling paper and cardboard waste back to its factories. Everyday more companies are incorporating sustainable processes and machinery, also in the final packaging of their products.

Nowadays Stretch Hood is the most sustainable pallet packaging system, as it reduces the use of plastic and CO2 emissions. According to studies carried out by Innova, Stretch Hood means a reduction of up to 50% in the use of consumables, compared to thermo-shrinkable and wrapping systems. 

Stretch Hood only uses the strictly necessary film for each wrapping, avoiding waste and excess film consumption. Regarding carbon dioxide emissions, Stretch Hood is a non-polluting system as it does not require shrink-wrapping systems or oven facilities, as is the case with shrink-hood. Innova also offers eco-advice to our customers on the use of recyclable and biodegradable consumables.

In short, advanced packaging systems such as Stretch Hood have much to contribute to the logistical processes of the growing and evolving paper industry. Contact us and our technical team will carry out a feasibility study of Stretch Hood for your product without commitment.