Sitma Machinery has launched E-Wrap, a paper wrapping machine aimed at e-commerce applications that can reportedly utilise heat-sealable paper and scan 3D objects to create customised packaging.

According to Sitma, E-Wrap is designed to meet the demands of the logistics sector in terms of speed and efficiency. The company adds that the unit can be integrated into various production settings and hubs with different layouts, as well as combined with units for labelling and weighing.

Sitma says that E-Wrap can be used for the automatic management of printing systems for e-commerce applications. Additionally, the machine can apparently insert documents into the package, such as invoices, delivery notes, return labels, coupons, and leaflets.

E-Wrap can also coordinate with complex IT systems at logistics centres that manage data and track products in the supply chain, Sitma explains.

Sitma claims that the E-Wrap’s flexibility is suited to packaging applications as it is able to create either envelopes or packs that fit the 3D form of the objects being packaged. The unit display can reportedly ‘read’ the objects to create customised packaging.

In addition, E-Wrap can utilise heat-sealing paper that does not require an extra adhesive system, according to the company. Sitma says that this simplifies both the management of the production process and the maintenance of the machine.

Sitma will debut the E-Wrap paper version at Ipack-IMA in Milan from the 3rd to the 6th of May, 2022, in Hall 6P, Stand B01 C02.

In 2020, the manufacturer KHS announced that its Innopack Kisters system can wrap food and beverage cans in paper, as an allegedly lower-cost alternative to shrink film and wrap-around cartons.

Mondi also collaborated with the Italian machine producer, ACMI, on a wrapping system for pallets that uses paper, which is apparently stretchable and resistant to punctures, instead of plastic. An LCA commissioned by Mondi last year suggests the company’s paper pallet packaging has a slightly lower climate-related impact, but neither the paper solution nor the plastic stretch film had an overall environmental advantage over the other.