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MUST Method

  The MUST Monitoring System allows the customer to utilize performance grade stretch films properly, resulting in load containment and reduction in break, damage, and loss.  

Kyle Pischel
MUST Technical Director

Kyle Pischel

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Kyle Pischel

Kyle graduated in 2010 from Michigan State’s renowned packaging program. He also strengthened his skills in electrical engineering during his time there and was well positioned for a career in technical sales and consulting in the packaging industry. After graduating, he gained a great deal of insight during an internship for Coca Cola working in the innovations department and focusing on secondary packaging, including stretch wrapping.

Kyle met Ted Mendelsohn and Doug Turley, both heavily involved in stretch packaging for Atlantic, during his time with Coca Cola. After his internship completed, he began work at Atlantic and trained with Ted on the MUST (Materials Usage Standards Tracking) system for stretch wrappers. At the time, MUST was used primarily for Coca Cola so Kyle continued his focus with the beverage industry, specifically on the technical side of stretch wrapping in terms of auditing, implementing, and troubleshooting issues based on data collected from MUST.

Today, Kyle is primarily involved in educating and consulting with our customers on the importance of proper stretch wrap applications that will cut costs significantly when it comes to damage reduction, dunnage reduction, and process efficiency. As industries move towards reducing secondary packaging, proper stretch wrap application has become increasingly more important. Kyle is instrumental in showing our customers the effects of optimal stretch wrap in their packaging and making data-based recommendations that will improve their own end-user experience.


MUST Stretch Wrap Monitoring

Atlantic's MUST monitoring system helps our customers achieve significant cost savings on their stretch wrap application by gathering data on film usage and alerting pallet wrap operators when the film application is outside of the benchmarks. Less film is wasted and loads are wrapped consistently every time.

In addition to cost savings, our customers also benefit from the expertise of our stretch wrap technicians who can recommend the best film and the proper settings for every stretch film application. This means optimal load integrity with reduced loss and damage during shipping.

The MUST system can be retrofit onto any stretch wrapper available today so our customers can get the full value out of their existing equipment.

Learn more about our end-to-end approach to stretch wrapping with the MUST Method.

Stretch Wrap Optimization

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The MUST stretch wrap monitoring system has helped so many of our customers streamline their pallet wrapping operations by developing standards for film application (See: Beverage Industry).

Setting Standards

These optimized standards are based on the expertise of our stretch film specialists and testing done in our Film Lab. After a careful audit, our experts recommend the precise film properties, amount of film, and film application that will result in the best possible performance for your usage.

Maintaining Performance

With the benchmark settings determined for your stretch film application, our team installs the MUST system onto your new or existing machine.

The system monitors every load that is wrapped on a given stretch wrapper, and the amount of film applied to a load is recorded and graphed in real-time. MUST Monitoring gives pallet wrap operators the necessary tool to ensure that no load ever leaves their facility with improper stretch film application.

Load Consistency

Load consistency helps to reduce variability and waste with stretch film application.

Benchmark Settings

Without benchmark settings and monitoring of load consistency, there is potential for over application of stretch film which drives costs up (See our Case Studies here). There is also the potential for under application of film which can result in load failures and costly damage. It is nearly impossible to detect consistency and load percentages simply by looking at the wrap pattern.

The MUST monitoring system protects the pallet wrapping operation from variations resulting from day to day operator changes or film carriage performance that might cause deviations from the optimal wrap pattern settings. It does this by tracking film usage and alerting the operator when the stretch wrapper is operating outside of the benchmark settings.

The true value of the MUST system is that it identifies variations in film usage and application, then initiates a response to resolve the problem.

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  In order to provide a perfect packaging solution, we have to understand the product, the way the packages are built, the way the loads are contained, and how they are stacked together. We have to know how the stretch machine works and what it's supposed to do. And we need to know the properties and benefits of the film.
Atlantic connects those dots.  

Bruce Laughter
Stretch Systems Programing

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Bruce Laughter

Bruce specializes in programming and working on automatic high-speed stretch wrapping equipment for Atlantic and our customers. He has a background as a systems integrator and controls engineer, writing PLC programming code and creating different logic to make machinery work together. In that line of work, his expertise was integrating multiple pieces of machinery together and creating an operator interface that would control the full system.

Bruce then moved into the packaging industry where he applied his skills and experience to working on stretch equipment. With his perspective as a controls engineer, he found that he had an inherent understanding of how the machinery works and how it can be manipulated to meet the very specific needs of each packaging environment and application.

Bruce is now a vital part of our Atlantic team with the ability to see beyond a specific equipment problem to find ways that processes and systems can be improved for optimal performance of the packaging line. Bruce is also our lead technician for Atlantic’s MUST program where he helps establish benchmark settings on stretch wrappers, monitors activity, and ensures that the film and the machinery are working together in a way that is most ideal for the application.


Improved Sustainability

In a time when all businesses are seeking measures to improve their sustainability, Atlantic delivers a tool that tracks stretch film usage to help operators maintain optimal performance. Use of the MUST tracking devise results in significant reductions in wasted film, eliminating substantial amounts of plastic from entering the waste stream.

When businesses can improve their sustainability, they limit their impact on the environment and slash material costs, resulting in higher profits and a more environmentally friendly footprint.

Maximum Load Integrity

As optimal pre stretch percentages degrade on a stretch wrapper over time, there has been no way to measure this issue without physical testing. These subpar conditions can exist for long periods of time before they are corrected.

But with the MUST Monitoring System, every load that is wrapped on a given stretch wrapper is tracked. The amount of film applied to the load is recorded and graphed in real time.

If the load is wrapped out of the engineered benchmark, production knows immediately and can make the necessary adjustments.

MUST promotes maximum load integrity through real time data and alerts. With this system in place, there is no longer any reason for a load to leave the facility without optimal wrapping for best protection of the product through transit and storage.

Lower Costs

An important benefit to customers utilizing the MUST stretch wrap monitoring system is the significant reduction in costs associated with pallet wrapping.

MUST ensures that our customers gain control over their material costs. Less film goes to waste due to load consistency while damage and loss during transport are virtually eliminated due to load integrity with each application.

MUST ends the unknown when it comes to stretch wrap applications. It reveals the true unit cost of every pallet wrapped.

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Reduced Damage

One of the most important benefits of installing the MUST stretch wrap monitoring system is the tremendous costs savings that you can incur by virtually eliminating damage during transit that would otherwise occur with an improperly wrapped pallet.

Unsaleables account for $2.6 billion annually among U.S. manufacturers. Use of the MUST monitoring system, in conjunction with matching the proper film to the specific application through our Film Lab, seeks to significantly reduce the amount of unsaleables that can occur due to product damage during shipping. The system does this by alerting the operators of the stretch wrap machines any time there are variations in film usage and application from the set benchmarks.

Proper Pallet Wrapping Plays Critical Role

According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the trend in reduced packaging we’ve seen over the last decade will continue, creating greater potential for unstable, difficult-to-contain loads. Now more than ever, the importance of containing a load with the best possible films and the best possible prestretch settings and wrap patterns is critical. MUST helps ensure that these settings remain consistent for every load wrapped in order to achieve the optimal safety of the products during transit.

Install MUST and be confident that your products will reach their destination safely.

Learn more about our end-to-end approach to stretch wrapping with the MUST Method.