Matrix Introduces a New High Speed Vertical-Form-Fill-Seal Solution at United FreshMay 22, 2015
Matrix Packaging Machinery, powered by ProMach, features at United Fresh 2015, June 8-10 at McCormick Place, Chicago, a new solution to boost throughput and quality when packing in vertical-form-fill-seal bags. The company also showcases an exceptional fill-and-seal pre-made pouch machine. Both of these wash down ready units are ideal for packaging operations looking for rugged, high throughput, fully-automated packaging machines. (Matrix Booth # 2215)
Offering vertical-form-fill-seal speeds of up to 140 bags per minute, high uptime, and low annual operating costs – less than $1,000 per year – the Mercury HS is the top selling Matrix packaging machine. Matrix continues to enhance the value of the Mercury HS for customers with its latest innovation of an option for advanced ultrasonic welding that top seals bags.
Ultrasonic welding applies precise ultra-high-speed vibrations along a seam. Friction on the internal layers of a bag generates heat, which melts and bonds the innermost layers. In effect, ultrasonic vibration heats the seam from the inside out. Ultrasonic welding is quick and precise, forming a high quality seal with superior mechanical strength. Less energy is consumed with ultrasonic than conventional sealing for lower operating costs. If the machine stops with the jaws on a bag, there is no risk of overheating the film.
In many applications throughput will be higher than ordinarily achieved, not only because the process is faster, but also because there is practically no dwell time required to cool the seam. Low, localized heat makes ultrasonic welding ideal for produce, dairy products such as cheeses, snacks, frozen foods, candy, and other heat sensitive items. In terms of a mechanically strong seal, high speed vibrations clear away or make irrelevant small particles of product adhering to the inside of the bag near the seam. Ultrasonic welding seals most, if not all, multi-layer constructions, as well as polyethylene used for frozen food bags.
At start up, the first bags through are sealed properly, unlike heated clamping jaws, which may take a few cycles to achieve optimum temperature. Precision sealing also means less film consumed overall. Sealing jaws remain cool with less debris adhering to the surface of the jaws for more hygienic conditions. Operators can access the jaws quickly and not wait for cool down should maintenance become necessary.
The Mercury HS forms, fills, and seals bags with widths ranging from 1.75 to 11 inches (44 to 280 mm) and lengths from 2.5 to 15 inches (60 to 390 mm). Standard features include stainless steel construction, color touch screen operator panel, English/Spanish operator interface, and an Allen Bradley MicroLogix PLC control system. Compared to other high speed machines, the Mercury has a small footprint, which helps to conserve valuable floor space.
Each Mercury HS offers a self-centering film drive down system, automatic edge guide film tracking, and short travel, angled incline film upwind, all of which contribute to precise film movement and trouble free operation. Tool-free quick-change core chucks help to ensure fast changeover between jobs.
The Toyo Jidoki TT-8D-N pre-made pouch fill and seal machine is designed for stand-up, flat bottom, and fifth-panel style bags. This newly designed machine incorporates Toyo Jidoki’s proven technology with flexibility for shaped pouches to meet changing presentations in the marketplace. The TT-8D-N pre-made pouch filler sealer is rated at up to 55 flat, standup, and press-to-close pouches per minute. Pouch size ranges from 4.7-10.2 inches (119-259 mm) wide to 5.1-15.7 inches (129-398 mm) long. The machine is easy to clean and wash-down. Options and accessories include:
- Date printer
- Air squeeze device
- Nitrogen gas flush
- Liquid filling systems
- Zip open/close device
- Seal area cleaning
- Double pouch detection
- Pouch opening detection device
- Pouch pick up position detection
- Product in seal detection
- Product feeding hopper
- Product discharge conveyor
For more information about Mercury HS with the ultrasonic sealing option and the Toyo Jidoki TT-8D-N and the many other vertical form-fill-seal, rotary bagging and pouch filling, and stickpack and sachet packaging solutions from Matrix, call 262-268-8300 and visit www.MatrixPM.com.
Rugged, cost competitive, and easy-to-use, Matrix packaging systems include vertical form fill seal equipment for all types of flexible packaging, as well as INV PACK stickpack and sachet machines, Toyo Jidoki pre-made pouch machines, and FLtècnics rollstock pouch machines. As part of the ProMach Flexibles business line, Matrix helps our packaging customers protect and grow the reputation and trust of their consumers. ProMach is performance, and the proof is in every package. Learn more about Matrix at www.MatrixPM.com and more about ProMach at ProMachBuilt.com.
Media ContactChristine Duncan | 1-262-268-4961
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