World's Fastest Single-Serve Liquid Pouch Filler on Display at Pack Expo 2014

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T.H.E.M. Introduces the Sanko ZERO 1 Liquid Pouch Packaging Machine

Technical Help in Engineering and Marketing (T.H.E.M.), a leading North American provider of single-serve flexible packaging solutions, will showcase the Sanko ZERO 1 high-speed liquid and paste packaging machine at Pack Expo 2014, November 2-5, South Hall, Booth 4107, Chicago, IL. Capable of running at speeds over 2300 packages per minute, the ZERO 1 delivers over twice the output rate of traditional form-fill-seal pouch filling systems without leakers.

Ideal for a variety of single-use liquid and paste products such as food condiments and salad dressings, this high-performance liquid filling machine features incredible flexibility. Unlike other liquid filling machines, the ZERO 1 allows fast and easy change over to accommodate different package sizes. Changing package length, filling volume, perforation and cut position can be made through simple operator commands on the LCD touch panel display.

As the exclusive representative for Sanko Machinery in North America, T.H.E.M. is now offering the ZERO 1 to a broader base of North American consumer packaged goods companies. “The ZERO 1 is not only a high performance machine, but also very economical,” noted Neil Kozarsky, CEO and President of T.H.E.M. “It offers our core food and beverage customers a significant increase in output rates, with the added advantage of flexibility, along with measurable savings attributed to less waste of packaging material. It’s an ideal solution for non-food market segments too.”

The Zero 1 is a welcome solution for liquid products that are prone to generate bubbles during the form-fill-seal process – such as oil and vinegar – employing a proprietary process in the sealing rolls. This unique solution augments the sealing function by providing repeatable and robust seals, enhancing both machine performance and product quality. Because there are minimal fluctuations of sealing temperature, the ZERO 1 is able to maintain seal integrity at high speeds.

In addition to the touch-screen operator interface, standard features of the Zero 1 include the ability to run registered film, a splice detector, an end of film sensor, a broken film sensor, an I-Notch device, air expelling guide rollers, automatic film tracking, safety interlocks, and a double roller sealing system. Among the machine’s available options are: CIP, a perforation cutter, saw tooth end cut pattern, a divider of packages by preset number, a film path enclosure, four-side sealing, a system to accumulate packages by preset number, intricate top seal patterns, and clearance adjusting knobs for vertical and second horizontal sealers. Another key option offered by Sanko on the Zero 1 is a web splice feature that eliminates the need to stop production when changing rolls.

T.H.E.M. will also showcase several additional packaging innovations at Pack Expo 2014, including the Snapsil® easy-open container, the Zipbox® resealable box, single use pouches, and flexible stick packs, the technology for which T.H.E.M. is best known. .

Snapsil Semi-Rigid Single-Serve Package
The Snapsil semi-rigid container, developed by Australian-based Snapsil Corporation and used for single-serve consumer products, features a patented audible “snap-opening” function that allows consumers to open the package with one hand.

ZipBox – The Resealable Box
Developed in conjunction with global technology and commercialization partner Zip-Pak, a Division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), ZipBox combines the stability of a carton with the convenience of a resealable flexible package, eliminating the need for a separate inner liner. This unique package meets the emerging need for better cube utilization, shipping and energy efficiencies, and enhanced consumer convenience.

Liquid & Dry Pouch and Stick Packaging
T.H.E.M. will showcase its complete range of single use pouch and stick packaging solutions along with representatives from Sanko Machinery Co., the largest manufacturer of stick packaging machinery in the world.

T.H.E.M.’s NJ-based facility provides contract manufacturing and packaging services for a number of global consumer brands and retailers in the form of flexible stick packs, pouches and other single-use flexible packaging formats. In addition to food and beverage products, the company supports nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and energy supplements.

The company’s form-fill-sealing operations accommodate both liquid and dry products, and are designed to take customers from initial trial run, to scale-up, to full commercial production, in addition to supporting product line extensions and limited edition offerings. T.H.E.M.’s facility is FDA-registered, Kosher and USDA Organic certified, and also certified to package dietary supplements. Recently the plant obtained Safety Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 Certification. In addition to contract packaging, the company also provides R&D and engineering services, as well as flexible packaging machinery.

Partnering in the Name of Innovation
T.H.E.M. is the exclusive North American representative of Sanko Machinery Co., Ltd. , and routinely partners with other leading packaging organizations to bring new and innovative single-use consumer packaging to the North American market. T.H.E.M. partners that will also be exhibiting at Pack Expo this year include:
Bemis Company, Inc.
Hartness International, Inc.
Multivac Group
Zip-Pak (an ITW Company)

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About T.H.E.M.
Technical Help in Engineering and Marketing (T.H.E.M.) was founded in 1973 as one of the first providers of innovative packaging solutions in North America. The company is best known for commercializing Sanko Stick Packaging in the United States. Working in conjunction with select packaging and equipment manufacturers, T.H.E.M. offers a comprehensive array of packaging solutions designed to take brands from initial concept to full-scale national or global production. T.H.E.M. has a fully operational, on-site R&D center located at its Marlton, NJ headquarters, with pilot production, scale-up, and full-scale contract packaging capabilities.

For more information on T.H.E.M.’s flexible packaging machinery and contract manufacturing services, please visit: http://www.them.net.

For more press information, please contact:

Ed Delia, President
Delia Associates
T: 908.534.9044
E: edelia(at)delianet(dot)com

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