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Producing packaging machines with
the highest level of flexibility in sealing
is another important consideration,
Crouch said. The industry learned
during the pandemic that the supply chain can change quickly,
leading to the use of many types of film structures.
Pilonieta echoed the importance of working with many
types of film structures.
" There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different
structures of film that can be used on a flow wrap machine,
and the composition of those structures can really play a good
determining point of successful production, " Pilonieta said.
" There's a never-ending search for a good combination to be
more environmentally friendly. "
Making these combinations cost-effective is also important.
" There is a big interest and effort from both suppliers
of equipment and suppliers of film to have a happy medium
in which we can have a sustainable product from a film
manufacturer that is going to be able to run on a piece of
equipment that is still going to give you the results you are
expecting and still be cost effective, " Pilonieta said.
Helping the dairy industry's smaller producers scale and
make production easier is a rewarding part of working in flow
wrap, Pilonieta added. He said a small dairy farm the company
worked with used a flow wrap solution, making it possible to
bring its products to a wider audience.
Overall, delivering user-friendly solutions for operators
with easy changeover and cleanability are areas that will
drive innovation for flow-wrap technology in the future, he
said. Ultrasonic sealing technologies are being tested in other
industries, and this is a technology he thinks will also come to
the dairy marketplace.
In the future, Harpak-ULMA plans to develop flow wrap
packaging that can be reclosed and resealed, and Crouch said
the company is anticipating what new film structures might
come to the market.
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