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Horizontal thermoform fill and seal: Calculating the real costs

Compared to other styles of packaging machines, the immediate benefits of HTFS machinery—more output plus less time and decreased manpower—are obvious. The long-term gain of decreased per-package costs (encompassing material and production-cost savings) also are appreciable.

Specifically, HTFS is faster than horizontal flow wrap and more versatile than vertical-packaging machinery. And, while each application possesses its own specifics, in general there is a packaging-cost savings ranging from 30%-70% when switching to HTFS.

Even better, servo-driven HTFS machines edge out their pneumatic counterparts. When a machine’s primary functions are pneumatically driven, the compressed-air requirement is high, ranging from 20 cubic feet per minute for a small machine to 80 cubic feet per minute for a larger, higher-speed one. Servo-driven versions, however, typically consume 80% less compressed air per cycle.

Yet some company leaders still believe the technology is out of reach price-wise—until they weigh the true costs of doing business as-is.

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