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Flexible pack with pocket boosts merchandising opportunities

02 March 2011

Stand-up four-corner sealed bags with an additional pocket to hold promotional items or accessories can be made from a single web of film on the new Zenith Duo Bag machine being launched at Interpack by Italian manufacturer PFM Packaging Machinery

Typical applications are snacks such as cheese and processed meat with their own cutlery and wipes, confectionery promotions with giveaways or toys and pasta with sachets of spices or flavouring.

"The Duo Bag is the first stand-up two chamber bag, offering high on-shelf visibility and a whole range of merchandising opportunities in food, snacks and confectionery," points out PFM sales and operations director Chris Bolton. "The single web keeps cost to a minimum."

The bag is based on PFM's established four corner seal Steelo bag but with a fifth panel created from the single web of film and sealed into place at the rear to form the pocket. The corner seals provide pack stability and allow uninterrupted graphics on all faces of the bag.

PFM is also introducing the new C1 DMA series of entry level multi-head combination weighing machines equipped with an additional tier of memory buckets to increase the number of possible combinations and boost accuracy.

The DMA (Direct Access Memory) system is based on computer technology developed for PFM's high speed C3 multihead weighers but engineered to provide low to medium speed markets with the same advantage of increased accuracy but at reduced capital cost.

Further new products at Interpack from PFM include the Blizzard 2000 high speed confectionery flow-wrapper able to handle up to 2000 hard candies a minute and the Zenith Brick bagging machine equipped to handle products that settle after initial filling.

Also on demonstration is equipment for biscuit sandwiching and packaging, a new bakery and confectionery industry flow-wrapper and PFM's Vetta bagging machine equipped for the first time with ultrasonic sealing.


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