On the face of it a new dual-lane shrink bundling system at Chesebrough-Pond's Clinton CT plant seems to yield a relatively modest improvement over the single-lane system it replaces. The new equipment permits C-P to run its Rave pump hairspray packaging line at 200+ bpm compared to a standard of 175 bpm before. But it's not just line speed that's at issue. The new equipment is far more productive than the earlier line resulting in more product in the warehouse. This gain in productivity has helped to reduce the overall "supply chain" thereby increasing customer satisfaction. "The cost of the new machine was justified on the basis of increased output for the line" says Steve Martinik who is responsible for equipment purchasing and maintenance at Clinton. The line speed increase can be largely attributed to the dual lanes. The key reasons for the true increases in production are several product handling systems built into the new bundler by its manufacturer Packaging Machines Intl. (Elk Grove Village IL). These include: * The machine is outfitted with three sets of dual helixes or twin timing screws to carefully feed bottles to each of the two wrapping stations. * A new movable bridge assembly helps transport the group of six bottles as it's overwrapped with shrink film. This virtually eliminates the chance for misalignment or even toppling of a bottle. * A unique downstream combiner ensures that the two lanes of bundled bottles merge back into a single spaced lane without any chance of collision or damage. * A new coated seal bar helps minimize the downtime that's usually associated with application of nonstick tape to sealing jaws. * To nearly eliminate any downtime for film changes C-P specified a unique scissors-lift table that makes loading of film not only fast but almost effortless. This permits workers to create a flying splice so the machine need not even slow down for film changes.