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Firstan Ltd – Huntingdon England


Firstan is the UK’s leading independent carton packaging manufacturer producing over 500 million cartons annually primarily serving the pharmaceutical and food retail industries.

To improve efficiency in the firm’s stripping department, Huntingdon-based Firstan Ltd, recently purchased four complete Cartostrip diecut waste stripping systems. “In addition to the stripping tool, the system has a turntable allowing the waste to be directed in one direction and a balancer which eases use and prevents damage,” remarks Richard Alcock, M.D. of Cartostrip, who helped them re-design the layout of the stripping department so the units would work at optimum capacity. The systems operate in individual separated bays to ensure there is no cross contamination between the products being processed. Each bay also has a floor-mounted waste suction facility that automatically removes the stripped waste from the guns and transports it some 100 meters into a twin compactor system. Firstan’s original waste extraction system was upgraded with the latest technology – Rotary Separator – that can process larger waste faster, without blocking. Reliability and efficiency is extremely important in such a busy manufacturing environment.

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