Blackstar Materials Handling Systems new collaboration with Messersi Packaging has got off to a flying start, having secured the first UK order and installation for a Messersi strapping and stretch wrapping system.
Based in Italy, Messersi are renowned worldwide as suppliers of quality stretch wrapping and strapping products. Blackstar Handling who currently provide bespoke materials handling systems will be an official distributor and installer of Messersi Packaging equipment, including consumables, in the UK and Eire.
Messersi who are well represented across mainland Europe and the Far East were looking for representation in the UK, and felt that Blackstar Handlings comprehensive product range and blue chip customer base, would compliment their range of strapping and wrapping products.
Mr Ian Pegler, Managing Director of Blackstar Handling Systems said " Over many years Blackstar has gained a wealth of experience supplying full matrerial handling systems, and intergrating our pallet handling equipment with all the major suppliers of stretch wrappers and strappers very succesfully. So when we were invited to work with Messersi Packaging to supply complete material handling systems, the opportunity could not be missed.
In this harsh financial enviroment and with budgets very tight Blackstar Handling see this as a huge opportunity to offer excellent quality products at very competitive prices, as well as the opportunity to expand our business and offer new and existing customers comprehensive and cost effective solutions. This will include support and servce by fully trained engineers based at our centrally located factory"
Blackstar Handlings first installation of Messersi equipment has been for The Box Shop, who are Scotland’s largest independent manufacturer of cardboard boxes, and suppliers of packaging solutions.
Blackstar Handling supplied a material handling system for their factory in East Kilbride last year. Hence when The Box Shop required a second system for their new factory which is adjacent to the existing plant, they approached Blackstar Handling to design and install a cost effective, finished goods system
Mr David Protheroe a Director of The Box Shop commented; "The new pallet line is a great success and production is running smoothly. The build quality is excellent and Blackstar and Messersi have been able to accommodate several last minute changes to the system. The engineers worked quickly and effectively to get the system ready for our casemaker switch-on date and we are delighted with the results."
The pallet handling equipment supplied by Blackstar Handling includes, turn units, conveyors, modular belt conveyors, a pallet centraliser, a gravity decline conveyor, pallet squaring boards and fork truck barriers.
The conveyors transport the completed work from the case-makers through the Messersi P90 twin lance compression Strapper, and RA300 Radial Arm Stretch Wrapper, out and ready for dispatch. The full system was enclosed by Blackstar’s fencing and safety light guard system.
Blackstar’s design engineers worked closely with Messersi’s Italian based design engineers, and their on-site installation engineers, to ensure the full system was completed on time and ready for commissioning by the middle of April 2013, to coincide with the start-up of the new case-makers.
Both Blackstar Handling engineers and The Box Shop operators were fully trained by Messersi in the operation of the new strapping and wrapping system.
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