New extrusion unit for Ampac Flexibles

By Mike Stones

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Increased output and greater packaging flexibility will result from the installation of a new Windmoeller & Hoelscher extrusion system at Ampac Flexibles’ Auburn, Washington site, claims the company.

The Varex extruder is said to increase Ampac’s multi-layer film capacity and to help improve services to the fresh and frozen food markets as well as providing quality sealant webs to the converter industry.

Our new W&H line is the latest state-of-the-art technology in blown film production providing high quality film and outstanding ergonomics​,” said Dan McFarland, president of Ampac’s Performance Printed Films group.

It also fits Ampac’s sustainable goals with high efficiencies and short start-up and change-over times resulting in reduced material waste and higher productivity,” ​he continued.

Barrier film

According to W&H, the Varex blown film extrusion system can be tailored to specific roles with applications from 8 micron PE-HD liner film to 9-layer barrier film.

In addition to the new line, Ampac has also upgraded the existing extrusion system that was installed in 2004. Commenting on the investment, Sal Pellingra, the company’s innovation and marketing director said:

We are committed to meeting our customers’ increasing requirements for high quality extrusion and flexible packaging at a price and delivery that will keep them competitive in a quickly changing market place​.”

W&H’s service of retrofitting older generation blown film extrusion lines focuses on incorporating new components and modules within existing units resulting in increased output, improved film quality and efficiency with improved work rates, greater flexibility and less waste, says the company.

Automation modules

Retrofit options include resin feeding, gravimetric feeding, extruders, dies, sizing cages, haul-offs, winders and automation modules.

Windmoeller & Hoelscher, sited in Langerich, Germany supplies advanced flexographic and gravure printing processes, blown and cast film extrusion systems, multiwall bag making machines and form, fill and seal equipment for the flexible packaging industry.

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