ITW Muller celebrates 30 years of octopus stretch wrapping machines
The world’s first automatic pallet wrapping machine using ITW's successful and innovative ring technology.
July 15, 2013
by Canadian Packaging Staff
Arlington Heights, IL—ITW Muller, a leading manufacturer of both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch wrap film, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Octopus rotary ring stretch wrapping machines.
Originally developed by sister company Haloila, in 1983, the Octopus was the world’s first automatic stretch wrapper utilizing rotary ring technology, revolutionizing the packaging industry.
Thanks to continuous innovation and product development, the Octopus has remained a global leader within the pallet wrapping segment, with over 5,000 Octopus stretch wrappers installed worldwide.
“What made the Octopus famous 30 years ago still holds true today; however, technological advancements and a commitment to quality have allowed us to evolve and produce an even better, faster and more efficient machine,” says ITW Muller business development manager Dan Schmidt.
What began as one unique model 30 years ago has grown into a full line of Octopus machines capable of handling anywhere from 45-150+ loads per hour.
The company has also been successfully incorporating its machines into varying industries, ranging from food to construction. The high performance pre-stretch design famous in all Octopus equipment is also known for saving customers up to 25 per cent in film usage over other wrapping machines.
In addition to expanding and improving the Octopus line, ITW Muller has also built a wide range of unique options and upgrades to compliment the celebrated machines. From Tail Tucker and Logo Wrap to OctoMAX, customers can now retrofit their Octopus to meet growing demands.
“While the anniversary is a good time to look back on past achievements, we are focused firmly on the future,” says Schmidt. “We continue to look for new ways to enhance and improve all our products and services and look forward to the next 30 years of innovation.”