Sustainable and efficient packaging processes are indispensable for all packaging operations today. It is precisely this increasing demand for modern solutions that Bochum-based machine supplier Srotec Ltd is trying to meet with its sophisticated stand binder. However, nothing has changed in the basic process, which has already proven itself, says Managing Director Franz Sroka in an interview.
Together with its Dutch partner Brimapack, Sroka has been a steady exhibitor at Fruit Logistica in Berlin for many years. This year they will be there as well. "In principle, we will present the tried and tested solution. We have been able to increase and optimize the binding quality of our machines to the maximum since our last trade fair attendance in 2020. Therefore, I am looking forward to the event and the exchange with both new and existing customers on site."
Franz Sroka at Fruit Logistica 2020. This year, the stand binding process will again be in the spotlight.
Packaging-free vegetables trending
As various trade fairs are now taking place again, manufacturers such as Srotec have to reckon with supply bottlenecks and cost increases, e.g. for electronics, stainless steel, aluminum and plastics. Despite all this, Srotec cannot complain about a lack of orders. The stand binder has established itself as a perennial favorite. "We receive numerous inquiries from all kinds of producers, whether the produce herbs, carrots, greens or other crops. Essential here is that healthy eating and regional vegetable products are trending. And the consumer wants as little packaging as possible. Our process meets both trends."
Right: Franz Sroka demonstrates the tying process for carrots.
As an experienced machine supplier with years of experience, Sroka is familiar with the requirements of the industry as well as medium-sized vegetable farms. "It is always a matter of setting up the workstations intelligently. Our machine is interesting for these groups as well. Two people can easily work this machine without getting in each other's way. Especially in these times of lack of manpower and staff shortage, it is better to work with smaller units, which also speaks for our solution." The ergonomic aspect should also be emphasized. Working the machine is pretty effortless.
According to Sroka, the process makes a significant contribution to the efficiency and acceleration of workflows for certain products, as well as when used in dirt-laden environments. "Our machine is significantly smaller compared to the complete solution, so it can also be operated on harvesters and in smaller work spaces. By using several machines, large quantities can also be produced."
Replacing a machine is possible in less than two minutes, he said. "Our stand-alone binder will not be able to replace a complete binding line in volume production, but it can be used in a space-saving manner for products that were previously only bound by hand. This means that the application potential of our solution is very large," Sroka concludes.