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Hooper Engineering: Hooper Engineering: Innovative Form/Fill/Seal Equipment

In an attempt to reduce costs, manufacturers are switching from preformed trays to thermoform-fill-seal.

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The ability to run heavy gauge material on Thermoform-Fill-Seal equipment is now more important than ever. More and more manufacturers are switching from preformed trays to thermoform-Fill-Seal (TFFS) in an attempt to reduce costs. Hooper Engineering, Inc., recognized this trend and developed a zoned radiant heating system that complements medical and industrial applications. Hooper’s N2500/SS runs 50 mil thick rubber modified HIPS at 12 to 14 cycles per minute. Heating options from single zone upper radiant heaters to 36-zone sandwich radiant pre-heaters are available. The key to successfully running heavier gauge material is to heat it evenly before forming. Multiple zones allow the user to evenly control heat penetration which creates a more uniform flow of material. One customer recently achieved a 35% reduction in packaging costs by switching from preformed trays to TFFS. Hooper Engineering, Inc. – Bradenton, Florida www.harpak.com
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