“Build a better silage stretch wrap”.

That is what RapFast Ltd in Dublin have set out to do, and they have made a big breakthrough by winning €50,000 of the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding. It can be spend on a feasibility study of RapFast’s project to make EQ Supreme, a cost-effective, ultra-thin silage stretch wrap able to completely eliminate feed losses due to mould. The Horizon 2020 funding includes business coaching.

If the feasibility study shows EQ Supreme could be developed into a successful product on the open market, EQ Supreme can apply for Phase 2 funding, usually between €500,000 and €2.5m. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme.

RapFast’s objectives in the EQ Supreme project include reducing the amount of stretch film needed, without reducing performance in terms of silage preservation.

This thinner film allows more to be wound onto each reel.

There can be up to 2,500m of RapFast’s EQ Supreme on a roll, compared to as little as 1,200m of some traditional bale wraps.

If a 2,500m roll is used, there is less un-boxing and changing of reels, a procedure which can take seven minutes.

This could save 60 minutes for a user wrapping 350 bales a day, and a full day’s film requirements can easily be carried on the wrapper.

 

Source: Irish Examiner

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