Haliburton International Foods Taps Curwood’s Newest Liquiflex® Packaging Technology to Accelerate Speed, Agility and Cost Savings

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Source: Dennis Burian: Bemis Company, Inc.
Date: 10/28/2012

Haliburton International Foods is the first U.S. Company to install and evaluate Curwood's new high-speed Liquiflex® VFFS continuous motion packaging equipment for bulk foodservice pouch applications. In the past five months alone, the company has more than doubled run speeds, downgauged packaging material as much as 30% and significantly reduced product giveaway.

Oshkosh, Wisconsin – October 28, 2012 - 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 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.

Curwood’s new Liquiflex® AV-2.2-CB-HF Series Packaging Equipment has reported significant improvements for Haliburton International Foods through it’s highly efficient continuous box motion design.

According to Haliburton, who accepted delivery of the machine this past May, the new Liquiflex® machine delivers on—and exceeds—expectations. 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 1 to 10 lbs.

In just five months, Haliburton Foods reports 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% source reduction through thinner, proprietary 13-layer Liquiflex® Advance™ barrier bulk liquid films

Haliburton President and CEO Ian Schenkel said, "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+ 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."

Haliburton Foods purchased the new equipment to anticipate expanded production of a new facility, slated to be completed November 1. 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 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.

Both Liquiflex® Advance™ films and Liquiflex® equipment are backed by Curwood’s nationwide network of dedicated field service experts and U.S.-based supply for unrivaled customer support.


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About Haliburton International Foods

Haliburton International Foods, Inc., 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.

Committed to quality and driven by innovation, the company employs a team of chefs and food scientists to develop innovative products, processes and packaging solutions. Founded in 1992, the company is headquartered and has manufacturing operations in Ontario, California.

About Curwood

Known throughout the world for 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. Curwood maintains strategic manufacturing and service centers throughout North America, South America and Europe, and is well-positioned to meet global distribution and marketing needs. Headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S.A., Curwood is part of the Bemis family of companies.

For literature detailing features and parameters of the Liquiflex® system, or for information on Curwood’s complete offering of packaging for liquids, call Curwood customer service at (800)544-4672, email liquiflex@bemis.com or visit www.curwood.com.

About Bemis Company

Bemis Company is a major supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials used by leading food, consumer products, healthcare and other companies worldwide. Founded in 1858, the Company is included in the S&P 500 index of stocks and reported 2011 net sales of $5.3 billion. The Company’s flexible packaging business has a strong technical base in polymer chemistry, film extrusion, coating and laminating, printing and converting. Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, Bemis employs approximately 20,000 individuals worldwide. More information about the Company is available at our website, www.bemis.com.