Matrix Packaging Machinery is set to introduce its form-fill-seal machine, which is capable of speeds of up to 140 bags per minute.
The new Mercury HS machine's standard features include stainless-steel construction and Matrix 'SmartJaw' ST horizontal sealing technology, and it forms, fills, and seals bags with widths ranging from 1.75in to 11in and lengths from 2.5in to 15in.
Features also include a colour touch-screen operator panel, English / Spanish operator interface, as well as an Allen Bradley MicroLogix PLC control system.
The Mercury is claimed to have a small footprint compared to other high speed machines, which helps to economise floor space.
Each machine offers a self-centring film drive down system, automatic edge guide film tracking and short travel, angled incline film upwind, all of which provide precise film movement and trouble-free operation.
Matrix Packaging Machinery vice president and general manager Marc Willden said the Mercury HS is unrivalled in overall value of price and performance, whether the requirement is for a replacement machine or for a new line.
"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," Willden said.
The system also consists of tool-free quick-change core chucks that enable fast changeover between jobs.
At West Pack to be held from 12-14 February 2013, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, US, the company will exhibit its form-fill-seal machine integrated with the new Yamato Omega multi-head weigher.
US-based Matrix, a division of Pro Mach, has machines in operation throughout the world, handling a wide range of products in very diverse conditions.
Image: The Mercury HS machine is capable of speeds of up to 140 bags per minute. Photo: Matrix Packaging Machinery, LLC.