DANBURY, Conn., April 23, 2014 – Rinco Ultrasonics, a leading manufacturer of ultrasonic welding equipment, has announced that its FPA series of ultrasonic pouch sealing systems has earned the CE (Conformité Européenne) mark which demonstrates compliance with numerous EC directives. The CE marking is required for many products and demonstrates compliance with EU safety, health, and environmental requirements and allows Rinco to sell its FPA series of ultrasonic systems throughout the European region.
“This is an important achievement which enables us to grow our business in Europe,” said Gordon Hull, managing director of Rinco Ultrasonics. “By meeting these regional market demands, we plan to further expand our OEM and end user base.” As part of the CE compliance, Rinco was required to carry out a conformity assessment, set up a technical file, and issue the EC Declaration of Conformity (DoC).
The company’s new FPA series of ultrasonic pouch sealing systems elevate ultrasonic welding to a new performance level, enabling users to increase seal strength, improve aesthetics, and broaden the processing window versus competitive ultrasonic sealing and heat sealing processes. The systems target flexible packaging for dry and liquid foods, personal care items, electronics, and medical.
The FPA-4500 was designed specifically for sealing pouches with up to four and a half square inches of seal area while the FPA-4500S was created for use in duplex and triplex applications where a narrow profile is required. Rinco’s entire FPA series of ultrasonic sealing systems have been designed to replace existing heat sealing equipment on liquid filled pouch form-fill-seal (FFS) machinery or pre-made pouch systems.
These systems incorporate Rinco’s patented PPS0145 seal technology which significantly expands what is possible in ultrasonic film sealing. Each FPA system features a highly rigid actuator capable of rapidly generating the clamp forces required to seal pouches with minimal cycle time.
The technology propels ultrasonic welding to an entirely new level, broadening the design and manufacturing options for OEMs and co-packers, simplifying the process, and making it less costly to operate, according to Hull.
Rinco’s unique PPS0145 interlocking film sealing technology permits seal patterns with greater surface area than competitive ultrasonic seals. In addition, it allows production of contour-shaped seals, unlike the straight line seals offered by competitive ultrasonic equipment. These seals can take almost any configuration, offering end users a range of branding options to differentiate their products, according to Hull.
The new ultrasonic film sealing system produces seals with greater surface area than competitive ultrasonic systems and provides the widest processing window of any ultrasonic sealing system currently on the market. Seals anywhere from 2-mm to 25-mm are now possible compared to 1- to 2-mm previously, according to Hull. With the interlocking design and robust equipment, Rinco can offer wider ultrasonic seals which are more preferable by end users, without the need for follow-up heat sealing, thus saving time and cost.
The patented ultrasonic seal technology also delivers an increase in bond strength over conventional ultrasonics. Depending upon the film used, Rinco has determined that its interlocking pattern can provide a 20% stronger bond than conventional ultrasonic seals.
The FPA series actuators are designed specifically for the packaging industry as a drop-in retrofit to convert heat sealing stations to ultrasonics. They are extremely rigid to accommodate the demands of sealing thin films, and various sizes are available to suit any horizontal sealing application.Rinco manufactures the FPA series ultrasonic pouch sealing system at its Danbury facility.
About Rinco Ultrasonics
Rinco Ultrasonics is a specialist in the design and manufacturing of ultrasonic bonding and cutting machinery. Since 1997, the company, based in Romanshorn, Switzerland, has been an affiliate of the Crest Group, making them American owned. The company operates internationally, employing more than 100 persons worldwide. The company’s products are used to weld plastic components and to cut synthetic textiles as well as food products. The modular design of the systems enables them to be easily retooled and upgraded. With a wide range of frequencies and power outputs, Rinco can offer a suitable system for almost any application. With nine wholly owned subsidiaries, including the Danbury Conn. operation in the U.S., Rinco offers a global presence and wide-reaching technical support. For more information, www.rinco-usa.com.