Canadian Packaging

Foam-in-Bag packaging gets automated

Sealed Air reinvents Foam-in-Bag System with new barcode scanning enhancement.


July 21, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Sealed Air Corporation of Danbury, Connecticut, has enhanced its SpeedyPacker Insight foam-in-bag system with barcode scanning capabilities, resulting in greater package consistency, increased productivity and an improved bottom line for its customers.

The new interface allows customers to utilize their existing unique product identification bar code to automatically initiate a pre-programmed package design and cushion sequence. By automating this process, Sealed Air has reduced the potential for under packaging, which can lead to damage, as well as over packaging, which results in costly packaging waste.

Because packers no longer have to choose which cushions go with which product, the learning curve for new and seasonal labor is dramatically reduced.

To program the system, companies simply input design and sequence information into a computer spreadsheet and upload onto the SpeedyPacker Insight system through a USB drive.

A single USB drive can be used to download the information to multiple systems in high-volume operations, eliminating the need to manually program each system through the operator touch screen. Once the spreadsheet is loaded, the system can store unique information for tens of thousands of barcodes, while changes and additions can easily be made in seconds by downloading updated spreadsheets.

To make the barcode programming as effortless as possible for customers, Sealed Air’s expertly trained sales and account representatives can perform a complete packaging audit of customer operations to ensure seamless integration.

“We know our customers are looking for easy and low cost ways to incorporate consistency, efficiency and cost control methods into their packaging operations without interrupting their existing product flow,” offers Tim McInerney, Sealed Air product manager for Instapak foam packaging. “By integrating bar code scanning into our existing SpeedyPacker Insight system, our customers will benefit from a faster, easier and more productive packaging process.”

The SpeedyPacker Insight system is a fast and flexible solution capable of producing traditional foam-in-bag cushions as well as Continuous Foam Tubes (CFTs) for virtually any application. Ideal for online and integrated production assembly lines, the system can be used with any of Sealed Air’s 14 unique Instapak foam formulations and SpeedyPacker film.

For more information on the Instapak SpeedyPacker Insight System and its capabilities, call 1-800-648-9093 or visit www.instapak.com.

About Sealed Air Corporation

For more than 50 years, Sealed Air has been a leading global innovator and manufacturer of a wide range of packaging and performance-based materials and equipment systems that now serve an array of food, industrial, medical and consumer applications. Operating in 51 countries, Sealed Air’s international reach generated revenue of $4.5 billion in 2010. Its globally recognized brands include: Bubble Wrap brand cushioning, Jiffy protective mailers, Instapak foam-in-place systems and Cryovac packaging technology. For more information about Sealed Air, visit www.sealedair.com.