A new company, InNovaCo LLC, is marketing its PackPod as a small, portable box-making machine that is ideal for custom injection molding companies.
President Dave Wood said lots of custom molders make their own boxes manually.
Other companies produce large, fully automatic machines for making cardboard boxes (known as “case erecting” in the trade). But those machines are large and fixed to one site in the plant, he said.
A custom molder needs to move the box machines around.
“The problem with these types of applications is the volumes are not that high,” Wood said.
PackPod works entirely on pneumatic power, so it can be easily connected at various points around the plant, he said. It does not need to be plugged into an electrical outlet.
The machine is semi-automatic, so it can handle different sizes of cardboard boxes.
InNovaCo began operations last summer at the
Wood was one of the owners of box-machinery maker Wexxar Corp. who sold that Canadian company in 1998 to Pro Mach Inc., a Cincinnati-based packaging machinery manufacturer.
Tom Malec, formerly vice president of sales at RDN, now is sales manager of InNovaCo.
Once PackPod makes the boxes, the operator uses the machine to apply sealing tape to the top of the box.
“This gives a machine-made case that's professional looking and squared-off,” Malec said.
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