It’s no surprise that time is often of the essence when it comes to designing and building a new machine. Hudson-Sharp recently validated that statement during the design of a special machine to add a closure mechanism to pre-made pouches. To help save time, the company turned to Dorner Mfg. Corp. to design the in-feed conveyor system – a move that freed up Hudson-Sharp engineers to allocate additional time on engineering the more critical aspects of the machine.
Green Bay, Wis.-based Hudson-Sharp is a manufacturer of plastic bag, pouch, and re-closable bag machine technologies. Its product offering includes plastic film converting equipment to make a variety of flexible packaging, plastic bags and pre-made pouch styles for bread, merchandise, hygiene, deli, large format, stand-up and other applications. In 2009 the company was acquired by Thiele Technologies, which is part of the Barry-Wehmiller Family of Companies.
The purpose of this specialty machine called a post applied slider is to add a closure mechanism to the top of existing large format flexible pouches and bags. While there are machines that do apply closure mechanisms to smaller pouches, there is a growing market for a machine to perform this process on large format pouches measuring as tall as 36 inches, said Moroni Mills, marketing communications specialist, Hudson-Sharp.