PERFORMANCE, PACKAGED

Matrix Patents a Device that Nearly Doubles the Speed of Filling Snack and Health Food Bags

Sep 20, 2012

SAUKVILLE, Wis. — Matrix Packaging Machinery, powered by ProMach, now offers snack and health food packagers the patented SmartGate™ product concentrator, which can improve the throughput of narrow bags and generate greater profitability per run. Form-fill-seal bagging operations running at 60 narrow bags – 3.5 inches across or less - per minute can expect speeds between 100 to 120 units per minute on Matrix machines featuring SmartGate.

“When filling very small bags that do not contain a lot of product, it’s difficult for a contract packager or brand owner to make much money per bag,” said SmartGate co-developer Michael Krummey, who holds dual roles at Matrix in controls engineering and research and development. “And smaller bags are harder to run at high speeds because the product is typically too spread out. That is where SmartGate really helps. It concentrates the food and delivers a shaped charge faster than ever before.”

SmartGate can reduce the time it takes for a total charge of food to be packed in a narrow bag by close to 70 percent. With the SmartGate concentrator, bags have a higher percentage of in-specification seals – fewer open bags – and operations personnel spend less time on problems and more time on value-adding activities.

The device can be removed from Matrix machines when wider bags are run on the packaging line.

View the SmartGate product concentrator in action. For more information on improving profitability when filling narrow bags call Matrix at 262-268-8300 and visit www.MatrixPM.com.

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