GLOUCESTER, MASS. (Jan. 12, 2 p.m. ET) — Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. has installed a retrofitted Gloucester film line at Automated Packaging Systems Inc.'s blown film plant in Garfield Heights, Ohio.
Automated Packaging replaced an older blown film system. Gloucester Engineering upgraded a number of components on the retrofitted line, including an Extrol 6016 with an integrated internal bubble cooling controller, power and control panels with air-to-water heat exchangers, a ContraCool extruder with a continuous screen changer, an oscillating monolayer IBC die, an UltraCool II Air Ring and a bubble cage.
Automated Packaging, based in Streetsboro, Ohio, makes film that it converts into bags that are sold along with its broad line of bagging and sealing equipment, and machinery to make air pillows for packaging.
Automated Packaging will use the line to make converter-grade film using materials as metallocene-based linear low density polyethylene, LLDPE and blends.
Gloucester Engineering President Carl Johnson said the film machinery maker in Gloucester, Mass., has supplied Automated Packaging with equipment since the early 1980s.
Tim Braithwaite, Automated Packaging's vice president of plastics operations, praised Gloucester.
“The line operators appreciate the quick changeovers, easy setup and reliable operation of the new components. And we all appreciate the improved quality and rate of product being produced,” he said.