At Fruit Logistica 2020, GKS Packaging is introducing the LEAF, a new packaging machine for making paper bags. LEAF is the first vertical form, fill and seal machine that is purely designed to achieve the best results when producing paper bags from material that is 100% recyclable and 100% compostable.
"We saw the need to develop a special machine," says Ivo Geukes, owner of GKS Packaging. "We have not just modified an existing machine to achieve acceptable results from compromises. But instead, we have developed a special machine to guarantee the best results with paper.
"The GKS engineering team has done a fantastic job by completely redesigning the basic functions of the machine, forgetting for a moment that plastic even ever existed. With this in mind, we have achieved maximum performance of all machine functions. The result is making a perfect seal under high pressure, stable paper transport, perfect shaping and optimum folding of the bag. LEAF has simply been completely redesigned to do what it needs to do, produce perfect bags with paper, without compromise," says Ivo.
Not only is the machine specially designed for paper, the CO2 footprint and the environment have also been taken into account.
The film roll frame is made entirely from recycled ocean plastic, which limits plastic waste. The complete machine is made from recyclable materials. LEAF works with all paper materials that are coated with a minimal seal coating on the seal surface. Paper mesh can also be processed that can be inserted in-line and sealed behind a window in the bag.
The perfectly sealed and shaped bag, with relatively thick paper, is guaranteed thanks to a specially designed format set in combination with extremely high sealing power.
LEAF is the first vffs (vertical form fill seal) machine with iPad interfaces on both sides of the machine, offering easy access and worldwide availability at low costs. LEAF has an open modular design in which the most common and desired options are standard on the machine. For example: handle, block bottom, insert mesh material, foil cutting and mounting table for fast paper roll change and automatic lateral paper adjustment.
For more information, you can go to the Fruit Logistica at the GKS stand (Hall 3.1, Stand B-05) or Schomaker stand (Hall 9, Stand B 08).