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2017 MHhuddle Conference

The Material Handling Huddle is an opportunity for you to build more profitable businesses through networking and education. Increase your knowledge of issues, regulations, products and services vital to our industry. Develop and improve relationships with other dealers and manufacturers.

Join us at the Holiday Inn-Rolling Meadows, Ill. for an educational one-day conference, June 7, with key industry leaders giving you ideas to take back to your business tomorrow. This four-session format will include topics that are trending in the industry. Take part in networking opportunities before and during the event, plus a vendor mall for ideas on products and services to expand your product line.

2017 ProMat Guide


ITW Muller Helps Customers Reduce Downtime from Operator Intervention by 50% with New Octopus SideKick™

ITW Muller, a leading manufacturer of both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch wrap film, introduces its Octopus SideKick™. A true partner for the Octopus line of stretch wrapping machines, the SideKick is a second carriage that can be added to almost any new or existing Octopus machine.

The SideKick operates as an independent film carriage that will automatically rotate into primary wrapping position upon the film being depleted or breaking. This automated feature eliminates one of the biggest sources of downtime- waiting for the operator to respond after a film issue. Because the Octopus can now run two rolls of film before needing attention, the operator only needs to address the machine half as often- freeing up time to manage other tasks. “We are always looking for ways to help our customers increase productivity,” says Dan Schmidt, Business Development Manager at ITW Muller. “The SideKick is a simple solution that can lead to big savings.”

The SideKick is easy to maintain as it does not require an additional cut, clamp, or heat seal system. In addition, one carriage could be removed for maintenance while the second carriage continues to wrap. It’s also easy to operate since it’s completely automatic and is designed with minimal moving parts. “The SideKick acts as an insurance policy against one of the film carriages going down or getting damaged,” adds Schmidt. “It’s also a terrific alternative for customers who don’t have room for the Auto Roll Changer (ARC) since the SideKick does not add to the footprint of the machine.”

For more information about ITW Muller, its products and services, visit online: or contact directly at email:, phone: 800/OCTOPUS (1-800-628-6787).

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