Canadian Packaging

Haliburton International Foods uses new Liquiflex bulk food pouch equipment

Becomes first U.S. company to install Curwood's new high-speed Liquiflex VFFS continuous motion packaging equipment for bulk foodservice pouch applications, doubling speeds and saving money.


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Oshkosh, WI—Haliburton International Foods, Inc., a leading manufacturer of food products based in Ontario, California, is reporting significant gains in productivity and cost-control using the new Curwood Liquiflex AV-2.2-CB-HF series packaging equipment.

Featuring a highly-efficient continuous box (CB) motion design, the new high-speed VFFS (vertical form/fill/seal) bulk foodservice pouch packaging machine is the latest model in Curwood’s market-leading Liquiflex AV equipment series.

Haliburton is the first U.S. food company to install and evaluate the new high-speed technology.

The company, which packages a wide variety of food products for retail, foodservice and industrial customers, uses the new VFFS pouch machine and Liquiflex Advance barrier films for bulk hot fill and cold fill soups, salsa and sauce applications in pouch sizes from one to 10-pounds.

According to Haliburton, who accepted delivery of the machine in May of 2012, the new Liquiflex machine has exceeded expectations with significant improvements:

  • Acceleration of packaging throughput to over 80 packages per minute, which more than doubles head-to-head productivity from previous packaging rates;
  • Outstanding processing and weight control, which allowed Haliburton to reduce product giveaway by two-thirds;
  • Quick change-out between product sizes and types for improved versatility, flexibility and speed in responding to customer demands, with significantly reduced downtime;
  • Up to 30 percent source reduction through thinner, proprietary 13-layer Liquiflex Advance barrier bulk liquid films.

Haliburton president and chief executive officer Ian Schenkel says: “The nature of our business requires us to be fast and flexible to meet changing customer needs in the most cost-effective way possible. The Liquiflex AV-2.2-CB-HF machine is the first of its kind VFFS machine that could bring us to the 80-plus packages per minute level. It also delivers added flexibility to respond to customer and market needs. It’s been a pleasure to partner with Curwood to innovate packaging and process solutions that create value for our customers while providing a true business advantage.”

Supported from initial installation through commercial production by Curwood field and technical service, the Liquiflex film/equipment platform quickly proved its mettle, prompting Haliburton to lease four more machines for delivery fourth quarter of 2012.

Curwood’s Liquiflex AV Series VFFS equipment combines accelerated speed and performance with advanced engineering to simplify setup, operation, changeover and maintenance. Liquiflex AV Series machines complement Curwood’s Liquiflex Advance bulk liquid pouch film, a proprietary 13-layer structure with redundant nylon, PE and EVOH layers for unprecedented strength, abuse resistance and barrier.

Available exclusively through Curwood, Liquiflex AV Series equipment features a space- efficient footprint and incorporates standard Rockwell Automation Allen-Bradley controls for proven, reliable operation and ease of service. The machines are available in four servo-driven models, including the new high-speed CB “Continuous Box Motion” option, and can be easily customized for code dating, conveying, weighing systems or other enhancements.

The equipment platform is field-proven in over 400 machine installations worldwide and incorporates advanced, simple-to-operate controls and features.

About Haliburton International Foods

Haliburton is a leading manufacturer of food products for retail, food service and industrial food companies. The company’s unique line of products includes individually quick-frozen roasted vegetables, vegetable blends, soups, salsas, sauces and aseptically processed industrial food ingredients.

About Curwood

Known for its technological leadership in high-barrier packaging, Curwood is a preferred supplier of innovative packaging materials and systems for food, beverage, household, industrial and personal care industries. Headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Curwood is part of the Bemis Company family of companies. For more information call: 1-800-544-4672, visit www.curwood.com or contact via e-mail at liquiflex@bemis.com.

About Bemis Company

Bemis is a major supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials used by leading food, consumer products, healthcare and other companies worldwide. More information is available at www.bemis.com.