US-based flexible packaging supplier Prolamina Corporation has installed advanced pouch-manufacturing equipment, a custom-built Totani BH80, to increase production speed.

This new addition will make Prolamina’s Wisconsin facility the second to be equipped with a Totani.

The pouching machine has been designed by Prolamina in collaboration with Totanis to support the demand for its proprietary product PRO-POUCH.

Prolamina vice-president of sales Matt Conlin said: "We capitalised on our experience with our existing Totani machines and partnered with Totani’s engineers to design a machine with high speed and versatility that will support our growth initiatives in the pouching market."

PRO-POUCH has a W-fold or auxiliary gusset and is completely leakproof with pre-welded fitments. These stand-up pouches are vertically integrated with print and lamination for a cost-effective turnkey pouching solution that can include custom closures, such as zippers.

"We’ve seen tremendous growth in pouching as more and more CPG companies move away from rigid containers."

Prolamina CEO Greg Tucker said: "We believe the Totani BH80 to have the greatest in-line speed on the market and, coupled with our existing Totani machines, we are well aligned to support the growth of our world-class customers.

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"We’ve seen tremendous growth in pouching as more and more CPG companies move away from rigid containers.

"This million-dollar capital investment reflects the health of the flexible packaging market."

The new equipment allows for a four-up format that helps in the production of pouches of different sizes and closures. Pouches ranging from basic three-side seal to traditional stand-up pouches with a zipper facility form part of the configuration.

The BH80 with upgraded sensors and camera systems will also be able to closely monitor crucial areas of quality to ensure correct specs.

Image: Prolamina’s new Totani pouch machine producing PRO-POUCH, the company’s proprietary stand-up pouch product. Photo: courtesy of Prolamina.