Canadian Plastics

Close relationship with Battenfeld Gloucester brings benefits to Haremar Plastic Manufacturing

By Tom Venetis, editor   



When Vaughan, Ont.-based blown film specialist Haremar Plastic Manufacturing Ltd. began planning a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Toronto, Haremar decided to call on its long-time equi...

When Vaughan, Ont.-based blown film specialist Haremar Plastic Manufacturing Ltd. began planning a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Toronto, Haremar decided to call on its long-time equipment supplier Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. to help with the design.

This might seem an odd choice to some. But Mark Lichtblau, corporate vice-president of Haremar said it was a logical decision as Battenfeld helped Haremar optimize the design and layout of the new 139,000 sq. ft. facility so the company could best utilize its manufacturing space, as well as increase production and quality.

Since the Gloucester Mass.-based Battenfeld Gloucester has supplied Haremar with equipment and services for 25 years, Lichtblau believed it made sense to have the company come in early on during the design and layout of the new facility. This was so Haremar could use Battenfeld Gloucestor’s expertise in optimizing the placement of the equipment and other support mechanisms so Haremar could achieve maximum production value and cost savings from the machinery and the facility.

“We took into consideration that we manufacture garbage bags, consumer and retail products and food packaging,” Lichtblau said. “So (with Battenfeld Gloucester) we developed a ‘dynamic’ building where we have inbound and outbound traffic, supplies, raw materials and production laid out in such a way that we can be very efficient.”

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Lichtblau said Battenfeld Gloucester suggested making the support columns in the new facility wider apart so the different product manufacturing lines could be laid out more efficiently. Another suggestion was installing roof traps so that it would be easier to install new machinery. Since not all the machines in the new facility required high ceilings, Battenfeld Gloucester suggested only part of the facility needed 50-ft. ceilings while the rest could comfortably work fine with lower heights, thereby saving Haremar money on construction costs.

Haremar even visited Canadian National Railways to learn how to best design its facility to facilitate using rail lines for transporting raw material.

Haremar installed two Battenfeld Gloucester blown film lines, which came with several equipment options, including horizontal hauloffs that came with a fully supported based and turning bars that are not suspended from a single overhead bearing. This leads to improved and more stable hauloff, and improved film quality.

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