NORTH AMERICA – US-based flexible packaging and material science company ProAmpac has partnered with JBT Proseal to launch North America’s first in-line sandwich packaging testing lab at the former’s Collaboration & Innovation Center (CIC).

The lab will be equipped with Proseal’s GTSV, a modified atmosphere in-line carton sandwich wedge erecting and sealing machine.

Designed to form and seal fresh sandwich packaging, Proseal’s GTSV machine will be used to optimize packaging design while allowing customers to run trials on new packaging formats without disrupting commercial production operations.

The machine is capable of processing up to 50 packs per minute in the Vacuum/Gas cycle while the Atmospheric Seal mode is capable of processing up to 70 packs per minute.

In addition to enhancing the packaging design, Proseal’s GTSV enables trial runs on new packaging formats without compromising commercial production operations.

ProAmpac food service/fresh food packaging global market manager Irma Randles said: “The recyclable fiberboard sandwich packaging format is in early-stage adoption in North America.

“Having a facility to showcase the packaging functionality on a commercial scale sealing line allows our customers to experience this new technology.

“The fiber format has been an industry mainstay in the UK for years and continues to grow. However, Proseal’s GTSV is the first in-line sandwich high-speed sealing machine in North America.”

ProAmpac’s Sandwich Wedge, which is available in day fresh and modified atmosphere, features a fibreboard packaging with thin film lining for product viewing and freshness.

The Sandwich Wedge is primarily made from certified renewable sources and can be introduced to paper recycling streams after removing the film.

Kathy Lawrence, category sales manager at JBT Proseal said: “We have been working with ProAmpac for 20 years in Europe, and we are excited to extend our solutions and service partnership to North America.

“When customers see the Proseal machine erecting and sealing ProAmpac’s wedge packaging, they will be astounded at the speed, efficiency, and look of the product.”

Last month, ProAmpac partnered with a non-profit company, Recon2 to increase recycled content in its packaging.

This partnership intends to incorporate the Recon2 recycled content technology for quantifying recycled content into flexible packaging platforms.

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