Perfecseal, a medical packaging converter and thermoformer with operations around the world, recently added equipment at all its plants.
The firm installed a new header bag manufacturing machine, a medium-web, five-color, flexographic printing press and web inspection equipment at its Philadelphia plant, according to a company news release.
Perfecseal of Philadelphia is a division of Curwood Group, a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based film manufacturer Bemis Co. Inc. Bemis claims to be the largest flexible packaging firm in North America, with annual sales of $1.7 billion.
The header bag equipment handles a variety of materials, sizes and design configurations. Header bags have a peelable strip at the bag's top for sterile applications such as procedure kits and trays for the medical industry.
The printing press gives Perfecseal's Philadelphia outfit added capacity for printed roll stock and the ability to run films and reinforced structures. The machine can produce printed die-cut lids.
In addition, the company added pouch converting capacity to plants in Oshkosh, Wis.; Londonderry, Northern Ireland; and Philadelphia.
The recent investments follow a thermoforming expansion at Perfecseal's Carolina, Puerto Rico, plant earlier this year. The firm moved one thermoforming line from its Mankato, Minn., plant to Carolina, and purchased new equipment for Mankato.
Perfecseal said it also plans to open a plant at an undisclosed location in the Asia-Pacific region.
``We want to offer our entire product line worldwide,'' said Perfecseal spokeswoman Barbara Bullard.
Perfecseal employs 600 at its six plants. The company is a large packaging supplier to the health-care industry, printing roll stock and converting glycol-modified PET, high density polyethylene and high-impact polystyrene sheet and other materials into trays, lids, pouches and pressure-sensitive labels.