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November 5, 2020updated 06 Nov 2020 12:27pm

Sonoco introduces new machine for medical packaging applications

Diversified packaging company Sonoco’s Alloyd Division has launched a new, roll-feed, cut and seal machine for medical packaging applications.

Diversified packaging company Sonoco’s Alloyd Division has launched a new, roll-feed, cut and seal machine for medical packaging applications.

The patent pending machine leverages Tyvek. The system said to deliver ‘faster and efficient’ production capability for sealing Tyvek-based packaging by bringing automation to the production environment.

It will also reduce cost of materials and scrap, the company claims.

Compatible with all common Tyvek heat sealable lidding, Tyvek 2FS, 1059B and 1073B, the machine complements the existing line of Aergo 2 and Aergo 2 Plus heat sealing machines.

Sonoco global plastic segment vice president Jim Lassiter said: “Any time you can increase speeds, seal quality and seal accuracy, while also reducing material scrap and tooling costs, it’s a win, win, win.

“Precision and performance are so critical in medical packaging where there is very little, if any, room for error. The fact that the addition of this machine to the production process is able to dramatically reduce, or in some cases, completely eliminate operator error, delivers peace of mind for customers because they can have greater confidence in the performance of their final package.”

The machine is equipped with an automatic Tyvek feeder that accelerates production speeds of semi-automatic equipment and allows for the use of thinner Tyvek.

Made from 100% high-density polyethylene (HDPE), Tyvek can collect scrap and recycle mechanically into a range of other products.

The system can handle a maximum width of 14 inches. Last month, Sonoco agreed to divest its Europe contract packaging business for $120m in cash to streamline operational structure.

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