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Chicago, IL, (May 2014) — The dairy industry is expected to reach annual global revenues of $494 billion in 2015 – with the U.S. accounting for approximately 25%[1].  Keeping up with high volume demand means dairy plants must run very efficiently. Ensuring products are quickly processed, packaged and out the door is essential to its shelf life. ‘Getting things done before the ice cream melts’ is no euphemism in the dairy industry. However, before products reach store shelves, product loads must be secured for transport. With the average dairy plant wrapping between 60-120 loads per hour, the ideal solution is Muller’s Octopus automatic rotary ring stretch wrapping equipment.

“The Octopus line of stretch wrappers offers the speed and reliability necessary in dairy operations,” says Ryan Womble, National Equipment Account Manager, Muller.

Any downtime at the stretch wrapper can cause a myriad of problems upstream, greatly affecting product shelf life. Having a solution that can withstand harsh plant conditions is critical. The Octopus ring wrapper operates daily in cold and moist environments, and its aluminum frame structure further provides dependable construction with minimal maintenance required.   

“More than 80 Octopus machines have been successfully incorporated in dairy plants across the country,” says Womble. “Most of those machines have operated continuously for years without any major issues—making them ideal for the busy and demanding dairy industry.”

Replacing the need for polyester straps, a common solution for securing dairy cases for fluid milk products, Muller’s Octopus line is also available with multiple options like its Flexi-Rope. This patented device can also be retrofitted to existing equipment. It works by roping the film from both sides of the web as it wraps- creating product breathability while simultaneously securing loads. The recently designed Octopus “S” Series also features a load stabilizer, new load lift conveyor and the highly anticipated No Touch No Tail (NT²) film seaming device- an effective and efficient alternative to heat seal pads or wipe down systems. The Octopus ‘S’ Series comes equipped with the new patented Easy S Film Carriage which enables simple film loading, maximizes pre-stretch performance and minimizes wear.  In fact, all Octopus models are designed to provide roughly 25% in film savings. With plant real estate at a premium, the small footprint of the Octopus provides another advantage.

Dairy plants are unique in their needs. Most plants are packed tightly with high speed production. The sensitivity of the product further complicates the supply chain. With the Octopus line of stretch wrappers, Dairy producers can rest assured products will be quickly and efficiently secured.

For general information about Muller contact directly via email: sales@mullerlcs.com, or by phone: 1-800-OCTOPUS (1-800-628-6787).

About Muller                                                                                                                                                          
Muller is a leading manufacturer of load containment solutions. Headquartered in Arlington Heights, IL, the company provides a single source to properly secure pallets. Mullers highly regarded OctopusTM stretch wrapper line, along with other reliable equipment such as the CobraTM and RaptorTM, provide customers with a wide range of solutions. Muller products are sold around the world under the brands Yellow Jacket, Haloila, Mima, GaleWrap, Lachenmeier and Lock n’ Pop.

 



[1] PMMI-2013 Dairy Industry – A Market Assessment