Shrink Sleeve Technology, Vertical Form-Fill-Seal on Display at WestPack

At WestPack February 12-14 in Anaheim, CA, two business units of Pro Mach will showcase new packaging technology.

Axon in Booth #5235 will exhibit two Aurora models – Prime and Premium – to apply full-body shrink sleeves at speeds up to 150 and 300 per minute, respectively. The stainless steel frame options in 304 grade for wet-filling rooms and 316 grade for increased corrosion resistance are ideal for full shrink sleeve labeling for nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, and other products.

Aurora applicators deliver simplified operation, maintenance, and line integration through the industry standards defined by Packaging Machinery Language (PackML). The units also feature a modular EtherNet/IP control platform from Rockwell Automation.

Axon also offers steam tunnels and conveyors to help customers pull together a unified line that delivers high throughput, superior quality, and low waste.

“Axon has the broadest range of shrink- and stretch-sleeving equipment in the industry – from flexible electro-pneumatic to higher speed, higher volume servo-driven machines,” said Brad Wegner, vice president and general manager, Axon, in a press release. “We have equipment to satisfy any production requirement and are able to grow with the customer. Our focus is on maximum uptime and maximum customer satisfaction.”


At Booth #5243, Matrix Packaging Machinery will demonstrate the Mercury HS, a form-fill-seal machine capable of speeds up to 140 bags per minute depending on the application. The Mercury HS forms, fills, and seals bags with widths ranging from 1.75 to 11 in. (44 to 280 mm) and lengths from 2.5 to 15 in. (60 to 390 mm). Standard features include stainless steel construction, Matrix “SmartJaw” ST horizontal sealing technology, color touch screen operator panel, English/Spanish operator interface, and an Allen Bradley MicroLogix PLC control system. 


“Whether the need is for a replacement machine or for a new line, the Mercury HS is unmatched in overall value of price and performance,” said Marc Willden, vice president and general manager, Matrix Packaging Machinery, in a press release. “If co-packers and brand owners have different specifications in terms of speed, bag size, and cost, Matrix offers more than a dozen different standard models, and one of those solutions will work.”


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