TF/F/S for Flexible and Semi-Rigid Film(15 companies)
Machines that heat and apply vacuum or pressure to continuous rolls of thermoformable film to form packages such as trays, cups, portion packs, and often their lids prior to filling, hermetically sealing and cutting the package. Examples include portion packs of chocolate pudding or trays of sausages, pasta or medical devices. Are you looking at new tray, blister, or clamshell equipment? Here are some best practices on what to look for.
Aylward Enterprises, LLC
Aylward offers several models and format sizes of blister pack machines to choose from, running at up to 60 cycles per minute. Blister pack machines for pharmaceutical feature tool-less changeovers, are servo motor driven, and are economically priced.
Synerlink’s thermoform/fill/seal machines use heat and air pressure to convert a plastic film into custom-formed cups that are then filled, sealed and cut. From single serve to packs, Synerlink provides solutions for basic to sophisticated recipes as well as for medium to large production volumes. Synerlink’s Arcil, Dairy Pack and Dinieper brands of form/fill/seal cup fillers offer customers the freedom to create any SKU they need, as well as multi-flavor or multi-product packs. Equipment runs cups of PS, PET, PLA and PP at speeds of up to 61,400 cups/hour and features Ultra-clean filling.
Harpak-ULMA Packaging, LLC
Harpak-ULMA Packaging LLC offers equipment with thermoforming capabilities including skin pack, vacuum pack, modified atmosphere, A variety of sizes and designs to meet space requirements, sanitation, and hygienic standards. Equipment can be equipped with Allen Bradley parts and Rockwell Automation controls. Machines can produce multi-cavity packs, easy-open and reclosable systems, and use multiple films in one pack.
IMA Dairy and Food USA
Smart Cup is a continuous motion thermoform/fill/seal machine that is designed to provide maximum flexibility with regards to cup shape and size. The rotary design provides time for filling and time for sealing, which cannot be achieved on an indexing machine. Smart Cup uses a token at the start of the process, so there is no need for a punching tool; this design helps reduce maintenance costs. The token can be made of any thermoforming material: PS, PP, PET, PLA, multilayer.
Körber Pharma, North America
Körber’s HFFS450 is a horizontal form/fill/seal technology designed for quick changeover of flexible and rigid blister packs in medical and pharmaceutical packaging. Körber says the machine can be “individually adapted to future format changes, re-tools and web width changes.” Other thermoforming machines for blisters include the BE4, ideal for applications with small batch sizes, many format changes or that use a wide variety of packaging materials. Featuring a two-lane design, it is designed to have a small footprint, and is modular in that it can be upgraded to a high-speed solution at any time. Other featured thermoform blister machines include the CP 400, marketed as a “high-performance single-lane blister machine” that is “clearly visible, easily accessible, and quick to clean.” The machine’s GMP design concept provides maximum production reliability, while the central format data management via the operating terminal enables fast format changes.
Multivac offers vacuum, vacuum skin, shrink and modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) thermoforming machines designed to handle every level of output, from entry-level and medium-output models to thermoformers for high-volume operations. Multivac’s compact thermoformers for small to medium batches include the R 081, which runs rigid and flexible films in a space of only three square meters. The R 245 is a freely configurable thermoforming packaging machine with a comprehensive range of equipment options and the ability to handle highly complex pack shapes at high output. The R 515 thermoforming packaging machine for vacuum and MAP applications is designed for packing fresh meat in flexible film and can be equipped with the MULTIVAC Track-and-Trace™ system for traceability.
The ORICS FFS-30 Form-Fill-Seal is an inline, intermittent motion sealing system that forms trays, cups and pouches in realtime from rollstock film. By forming trays online, this system has the ability to save the user tens of thousands of dollars by eliminating FFS-30the costs associated with purchasing and shipping pre-formed trays. With a simple tooling change, this flexible system is capable of creating multiple tray/pouch sizes and configurations. Film may be flexible, semi-rigid, or rigid (with some restrictions). Final package may be ambient, vacuumed (drawn tight around the product), gas flushed to create a gas/air filled package or vacuum gas flushed to create a true Modified Atmosphere (MAP) package. Applications include food, pharmaceutical and medical.
Ossid thermoform packaging machines, tray sealers, and vacuum skin packaging (VSP) equipment includes the ReeMatic Series of automatic tray sealers designed to meet the needs of medium to high level processors who produce ambient, modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and vacuum skin pack (VSP) packaging. The ReeMatic 150 has a multi-lane tray loading conveyor customizable from one to six tracks. The ReeMatic 250 has a multi-lane tray loading conveyor customizable from one to four tracks. The tray transport system is driven by pusher rods guiding the trays down the line in a step by step movement, leading onto the defined die-set position.
PPi Technologies Group
PPi Technologies supplies PakSource Global, PSG Sung as well as Caveco trayforming equipment to produce leak-proof thermoformed trays that extend product shelf life. Full presentation of the products natural freshness and organoleptic properties. Limited CO2 emissions due to contained pack volume and weight and less food waste.
The RI-200 Rollstock™ machine is a horizontal thermoform fill-seal packaging machine for applications including food, non-food, and medical products. Features improved vacuum control using Busch vacuum pumps, solid frame construction (aluminum or stainless steel), Mitsubishi or Allen Bradley touchscreen controls, and a die system with multiple cut-off lengths and widths. Configurations are customizable.
Starview Packaging Machinery
Starview has a large selection of standard and custom skin packaging sealing machines for non-food applications. Company offers shuttles and inline machines ranging from manual tabletop and semi-automatic units to fully automatic systems, in many standard and custom sizes.
Syntegon’s new paper-forming technology offers a sustainable packaging option for applications where plastic has been the material of choice. Manufacturers are edging closer and closer to plastic-free solutions with predominantly fiber-based packaging materials that are tailored to the given product. Based on organic materials, FibreForm® paper from BillerudKorsnäs enables up to ten times deeper embossing than conventional paper. This creates eye-catching 3D effects for sandwich spreads, confectionery, cookies, facial cream and more. Unique shapes can also be formed from paper for various food- and non-food applications with the new TPU paper form, fill and seal machine from Syntegon Technology and the 3D formable FibreForm® paper from BillerudKorsnäs.
VC999 Packaging Systems Inc.
The new R-Series Rollstock Thermoformer from VC999 is built upon over 50 years of packaging industry knowledge and designed to be faster, cleaner and safer. Other models include the P-Series, featuring modular body components that are interchangeable for major line changes and product revisions. Thermoformers are capable of vacuum, MAP, and skin in rigid and flexible formats all in one machine and are designed with stainless construction for excellent washdown, exceeding IP69 cleanliness standards. Forming and sealing die lifts utilize an amazing design to deliver powerful, even pressure. And all p-Series machines and safety features are controlled by a fast PLC human machine interface (HMI) that is both user friendly and flexible.
Weber wePACK 7000 is a thermoform packaging machine that has been optimized for cutting and slicing processing and packaging applications on sliced meat, cheese and snack lines. Capable of modified atmosphere (MAP), vacuum, skin, envelopment and multilayer applications, the wePACK 7000 features portion position detection via scanner that allows for automatic position correction, helping to reduce manual intervention.
Zed Industries, Inc.
Zed Industries makes a range of thermoformers for pharmaceutical, medical and other packaging. Featured systems include the Zed model SC series thermoformers of inline pressure formers that combine preheat, pressure forming, and trimming. The SC series produces packages for clamshells, medical trays, blisters, plastic food containers, pharmaceuticals, and horticultural containers along with a variety of other packaging. The packaging machines are built to withstand the demands of 24-hour production.
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