Associated Labels and Packaging (Coquitlam, British Columbia) has installed Canada’s – and the world’s – first Ares 400-SUP Pouch Machine from bag-converting equipment manufacturer Hudson-Sharp, part of the Paper Converting Machine Company (Green Bay, Wisconsin). The first global installation of Hudson-Sharp’s newest narrow model Stand-Up Pouch (SUP) machine will provide Associated Labels and Packaging with additional capacity, support the company’s growth into new markets, facilitate faster changeovers, and produce recycle-ready structures with low scrap rates. “We are extremely happy with our new Ares Pouch Machine,” said Kyle Vleeming, Flexible Division Manager at Associated Labels and Packaging. “We chose to purchase an Ares because of its ability to tackle short runs and its recyclable SUP technology. Hudson-Sharp’s history with manufacturing machines that can run poly stand-up pouches with ease was also a deciding factor.”
Family owned and operated since 1980, the company specializes in custom bottle labels (flat pouch, sachet, shrink-sleeve and bar-wrapper), as well as packaging for containers of all sizes. Substrates utilized include paper, foil, fluorescents and metalized polymers. The company uses a three-pronged approach to sustainability (Recyclable, Compostable, Reduced Shipping Weight) that aligns with its clients core values and the products it brings to market. The company also sources its films, adhesives and substrates from local suppliers to improve timing and reduce its carbon footprint. The Ares 400-SUP is the newest pouch machine from specialist Hudson-Sharp, designed for short and medium runs. All of its pouch machines feature modular designs for versatile machine configurations that are capable of producing a wide variety of pouch styles. The Ares 400-SUP can accommodate recycle-ready PE, laminated films, paper and bio-films at a low scrap rate. Industry 4.0 options include video trouble shooting and data monitoring to reduce downtime. Hudson-Sharp has four major production centres worldwide – in the U.S., England, Italy and Belgium.