Meet Morrisette’s Patented Shrink Smart Machine
For decades, the countless packaging experts who have walked through the halls of Morrisette have maintained a shared perspective on innovation. It excites us and drives much of the success we have experienced in packaging. We’re not afraid to try something new and push the limits for what’s possible.
One way that we have proven our dedication to innovation is through developing new equipment. Introducing our patented Shrink Smart machine – a new way to seal and perforate poly bags. What makes this machine especially unique is the way that it feeds the film into the machine. It alternates the seal and the perf mechanism so that you can seal and perforate a bag just like you would if it’s on a roll. The seal and perforation happen somewhat simultaneously.
Shrink Smart is extra special to Morrisette because the idea was developed by one of our dedicated packaging experts in the Hickory, NC area (the beating heart of the furniture industry)!
How it All Started
Packaging for upholstery can be technically complicated and can get very expensive due to size and scale. Our goal is to drive costs down and create packaging solutions that are simply better for the business. For furniture companies, it is not uncommon to see companies using multiple perforated bags on rolls. There can be 5 or more sizes of rolls needed to accommodate the products being sold. As you can imagine, this takes up a lot of space with pallets of rolls of bags ready and waiting to be used.
We saw this problem countless times and we were ready to implement a solution. The Morrisette Solution
The goal behind Shrink Smart was to create a better machine that would be able to help our customers, especially in upholstery with a better solution for bagging their products. While the machine was specifically designed for the upholstery industry, other companies can use it too, including bedding, cushioning, and more. The overall result is a reduction in waste, driving down costs, and freeing up warehouse space. Customers can expect a 10-14% savings with a change from racking perforated bags on rolls.
Another benefit is safety by minimizing the operator’s risk of being injured. The efficiencies of speed are evident at 75% greater efficiency than other options. In effect, operators can be doing other things instead of changing out rolls and racking bags. For our customers, their overall buying habits change, giving them the ability to streamline the pallets of film they need to have on hand. To this day, the machines are uniquely made to order in North Carolina and are being used by many manufacturers along the East coast.
Take a Look at the Machine…
Capabilities of the Shrink Smart Machine
From a master roll the machine advances the film to the custom length desired for the application. As we mentioned, the seal and perforation happen somewhat simultaneously so the machine can work dynamically. The machine accepts widths up to 60 inches and can be modified to be smaller or larger. Center Folded or gusseted films complement ShrinkSmart’s capabilities that an operator can trust with each new on demand request.
The machine itself is packed with features that complement our customers’ needs. Since it is made to order the control module can be customized however needed. It can handle wireless capabilities, optical detection, RFID tags, and more. It has unlimited preset program potential and can be manipulated in the moment and on demand (change bag size, etc.). It is low maintenance and extremely reliable.