WIPAK AND ORFER ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION TO AUTOMATE PALLETIZING AND PACKING LINES IN FINLAND
Digitizing and automating production lines
Wipak and Orfer have announced a collaboration to automate Wipak’s palletizing and pallet packing lines at their factory in Nastola, Finland. This collaboration represents a significant investment in Wipak’s ongoing digitalization and production automation initiatives.
The new delivery includes a modern, automated line with cutting-edge technology, featuring advanced labelling and quality assurance systems. Notably, the system includes an interface to seamlessly integrate the production line with Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). Specifically designed to handle a wide range of products, including flexible film and boxed items for both the food and medical sectors, the system is poised to enhance efficiency and streamline Wipak's operations.
This collaborative effort aims to enhance productivity, reliability, and dispatch quality while also fostering improved working conditions within Wipak’s logistics operations. The project, expected to be completed by mid-2024, will employ both Orfer and their partners.
Wipak and Orfer’s partnership dates to 2015 when Wipak embarked on a technological overhaul of their Nastola factory and introduced a new packing line. Orfer played a pivotal role in this transformation, ensuring the production line became more efficient and streamlined. In 2017, the collaboration was further reinforced when Orfer supplied Wipak with another fully revamped robotized packaging and palletizing line.
Leveraging decades of expertise in robotic palletizing, Orfer is enthusiastic about contributing to Wipak's ambitious project. By upgrading the integrated pallet and box handling system, Wipak aims to elevate its operations to new heights of productivity and efficiency.
About Wihuri Packaging
Wihuri Packaging is part of the family owned Wihuri Group, a Finnish conglomerate with a long history dating back over 100 years. Wihuri Packaging Industry consists of two strong players: Wipak Group in Europe and Asia and Winpak in North America.
Wipak Group has been more than 50 years one of the world’s leading producers of packaging materials and solutions for the food and medical supplies industries. With 11 production sites across Europe and Asia, and an extensive retail network spread across the world our international team of nearly 2,000 employees is working together on our strategy to be the first flexible packaging company to reduce its CO2 footprint to ZERO.
Winpak is part of a global packaging group with twelve manufacturing facilities in North America. Winpak manufactures and distributes high-quality packaging materials and innovative packaging machines, primarily used for the protection of perishable foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals, medical and personal care.
Orfer, a family business established in 1970, has packaging and pallet automation systems at the core of its operations. With its headquarters, product development, and production facilities located in Orimattila, Orfer extends its global reach through a subsidiary in Canada.
As the official importer of Kawasaki and Shibaura robots, the company's exports contribute to approximately 50% of its net sales. Supported by a team of 100 professionals, Orfer not only delivers 24/7 global customer support but also offers a comprehensive range of lifecycle services for its systems. The company's mission is encapsulated in its slogan: "Driving Sustainability in packaging and logistics."
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