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Acquired by Thiele Technologies in 2009, Hudson-Sharp continues to be dedicated to helping converters make value-added high-quality bags and pouches

The Hudson-Sharp Machine company is a world-wide leader in the design and manufacture of plastic bag making machinery, pouch making machinery, and reclosable packaging solutions that has successfully installed more than 6,000 quality machines worldwide. With manufacturing facilities in Green Bay, WI, USA and Zellik, Belgium as well as sales and service facilities in Brazil, Mexico, Australia, and the Philippines, Hudson-Sharp has been providing quality machines and service for over a century. Acquired by Thiele Technologies, part of the family of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, in 2009, Hudson-Sharp continues to be dedicated to helping converters make value-added high-qualityn bags and pouches.

Hudson-Sharp is a world leader in wicketing lines used for manufacture of femcare bags, diaper bags, bread bags, chicken bags, soft tissue bags, etc. Various styles and options are available for hygiene bags such as with strap handle, cross handle, chevron corner seal, draw tape, conventional diaper bags, special toilet paper bags, etc. The company’s in-depth expertise in handling co-extrusion film with patented innovations has put them ahead of the rest. Hudson-Sharp offers wicketing lines with speeds up to 500 bags per minute
with latest servo technology (7 servo motors) and excellent tension control. It also provides alternative servo dancer or anti-bounce infeed with increased capacity according to application.

Quick changeover: A major highlight of the technology is the menu-controlled bag selection to store all production parameters and bag specifications. The machines offer capacity for up to 500 custom machine set-up programs. Machine speed, seal temperature, seal time, draw length, blow down and hole punch timing and stack count are adjustable on the fly. One-step conveyor for fully automatic wicket pin distance change saves at least half an hour every time and increases production flexibility.

Low scrap: The lines have minimum of one holers, thanks to special package for high-speed special accurate stacking. There is a feature of auto correction for automatic positioning of attachments as well.

Reduced downtime: New seal bar cleaning system can be programmed to automatically remove debris such as masterbatch and inks from stainless steel seal bar with suction system for debris integrated.

Accurate bags: The technology offers bag quality inspection system for automatic detection of one holers and dog-ears. The lines offer minimum one holers and accurate film handling and bag development while maintaining tension control of the web at all speed.

Consistent sealing at high speed: There is two-level static loading of film at print repeat for improved consistency of seal quality. Additionally, the servo-driven seal head provides constant and key-in seal times independent of machine speed.

Versatility: All models are capable of sealing LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE; PP, coextrusions and blends in a great variety of gauges. There is special equipment available to run micro perforated BOPP, hot pin sealing device for blocked bags with tear off perforation, available as option full range of high speed servo-driven attachment for square and round bottom to run bread or chicken bags/chevron corner sealer /pre-sealer for seal reinforcement and also for handle cut-out for various shaped handles.

Wide footprint: Hudson-Sharp has a fully trained engineer in India given the fact that the number of CI flexo presses being installed in India is rising and demand for wicketers is ever growing. In India, the company is represented by Scanvik Packaging, which is based in Mumbai.

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