Bagging & Packaging

Buyer's Guide

Published in the September 2011 Issue Published online: Sep 14, 2011 Tyler J. Baum, Editor
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Chinook Procheck System

(800) 219-2245

The Procheck System carton check-weigher from Chinook Equipment will automatically check cartons in motion as they pass over the check scale. Rejects are automatically diverted to a parallel reweigh station where an operator can adjust the weight of the carton on a separate static scale.

After necessary adjustments in weight are made, the carton is returned by the operator to again go over the automatic check-weigher and on to the carton closer. This system also includes automatic traffic control so that only one carton at a time is on the check-weigher. The operator can be freed up to do other work, as this system can be set up to allow 10 or more cartons to be held in the re-weigh area.


TriSteel Felt Drying Table

(800) 279-2689

The TriSteel Felt Dryer provides excellent drying capabilities while exceeding certain aspects of Sponge Drying Tables. Felt rollers are less likely to be damaged and replacement time is greatly reduced vs. sponge donuts. Water absorbent felt sheets are wrapped around stainless steel rollers for a complete drying roller. A lower rack of stainless-steel squeeze rollers tensioned by springs and manually adjusting the height of the squeeze rack put constant pressure to the drying rollers. A plastic wiper is also employed to wipe excess water off the squeeze rollers. The machine is designed and built with a heavy framework, premium motors and gear reducers, hardened sprockets and roller chain drive.

Volm Ultratech Mesh

(715) 627-4826

A third-generation, family-owned American business, Volm Companies, Inc. has served produce packagers for more than 60 years. It is a company that sets trends and breaks new ground in both packaging technology and customer service.

Volm offers a complete line of packaging options. One of the latest innovations is Ultratech Mesh, a lightweight and strong material delivering performance, breathability and stability while using less material and consuming less fuel in production and transportation.

Volm also sells and supports packaging equipment and systems. Being a forerunner in this field has contributed to a natural market leadership in consultancy services, delivered by the Volm Equipment Team (VET) of productivity experts.

Volm operates its own manufacturing and distribution facilities as well as a large, dedicated trucking fleet. The combination ensures cost control and on-time deliveries. The company is also known for in-house, high-end graphic design and printing of labels and films.

These qualities have helped make Volm a trusted, comprehensive resource for growers, distributors and retailers alike. Volm is big enough to handle the demands of the largest companies, yet small enough to provide personalized attention and one-on-one customer service to every customer, no matter their size.


NNZ Inc.

From a stand-up, bottom-gusseted film bag to a pillow pack, it seems that one of the main ingredients is a large area for high-quality printing that can be used for recipes or a picture of the finished product.

"The USPB has determined through marketing studies that eye-catching print, such as a finished steaming baked potato with melted butter and toppings is what appeals to the shopper. While being able to see the quality of the potatoes is important, they also want to see what they can do with the potato once they get it home," says Steve Greenfield, Director of Sales & Marketing.

The use of a vertical form fill-and-seal machine accomplishes this because one machine can offer so many different styles of bags. In addition, just by changing the type of film used, a packer can accommodate their customer's needs, whether it be a microwaveable stand-up pouch using laser or micro-perforated polypropylene film, or a polyethylene pillow pack with high graphics.

Ag-Pak NEWTEC 4014XB Weigher

(716) 772-2651

For over 45 years, Ag-Pak has supplied industry-leading produce packaging equipment. They offer weighing, bagging, optical sorting, washing and polishing equipment from the world's best manufacturers, featuring NEWTEC and Haith.

The Ag-Pak NEWTEC 4014XB weigher is a scale that will provide a new industry benchmark in speed and efficiency, while delivering the accuracy and user-friendliness for which NEWTEC has always been known. The 4014XB is a 14-head scale, designed for large product, and can be configured with two Ag-Pak AP6000 double-wicketed poly baggers, two C-Pack 929 clippers or VFFS machines. With weighing speeds of up to 80 portions per minute, this equipment will set benchmarks for the lowest equipment price-per-bag per minute and the highest productivity per square foot of floor space. The 4014XB is constructed in stainless steel and has an easy-to-use touch-screen display.

Boise, Inc. Corrugated Containers

(208) 677-7724

Boise Inc. maintains a razor-sharp focus on producing high-quality corrugated containers that do exactly that protect precious cargo.

With five corrugated container plants in the Northwest, a corrugated sheet feeder in Waco, Texas, and a corrugated sheet plant in Sparks, Nev., Boise, Inc is poised to handle all potato packaging needs.


IPAK Black and White Light Diffusing Film

Idaho Package Company

(208) 529-0891

This is also a laminated film that diffuses harmful light rays that cause greening in potatoes. The film is used in a Fox Combo bag that is partially mesh and partially film. The bag comes fully wicketed so it can be run on automated bagging equipment. The retailer displays the product film side up and gets the benefit from point-of-sale graphics printed on the bag and the light diffusion and protection from greening that allows for longer shelf life of the potatoes. The outer layer of the lamination is white, which further enhances the graphics. The mesh side allows for transmission of moisture and atmosphere so the product breathes properly to also extend shelf life. The package is fully recyclable after use. There are several large retail chains currently using or moving to this product to help reduce shrink at the store level.

Ernst Expanding Roll-Sizer

Ernst Manufacturing Co.

(661) 831-7553

The Ernst Expanding adjustable Roll-Sizer is designed to speedily size produce by means of precision-controlled rollers. Spacing of rollers is regulated by control handles conveniently placed on the sides of the sizer. Smallest sizes are removed first, then each larger size is removed progressively as the produce flows through the sizer. Produce is carried away by conveyor belts passing through the sizer. Most Ernst sizers have over 200 bearings, to prevent wear. It is not uncommon to find Ernst Sizers working in the field for over 30 years. The Ernst sizer achieves its accuracy by having the same size opening between its rollers throughout the one drop-out size.

Haines Dual Bulk Sack Filler

(607) 566-2234

The Haines Dual Bulk Sack Filler features a dual bag design that allows continuous operation of the unit. It has hydraulic operation of the lift units, a hydraulic bag release and high-capacity belted rear elevator.


Thomas E. Moore, Inc.

(302) 653-2000

Thomas E. Moore, Inc., based in Dover, Del., is a produce packaging equipment manufacturer and distributor. They specialize in equipment designed to convey, wash, size and package all types of produce, with a concentration on potatoes.

They are an exclusive distributor for Verbruggen palletizing equipment which is based out of The Netherlands. Verbruggen palletizers are showing up in many progressive packing sheds in the United States. Automatic palletizing is becoming a necessity for many packers because of the many advantages it allows. Verbruggen palletizing equipment offers the packer an economical, low-maintenance method of stacking all sizes of potato bags, boxes and RPC's. These palletizers are offered in several different models, and are available in semi-automatic or fully automatic systems.

Midwestern Ventilated Bulk Bags

(877) 311-3422

As one of the leaders in distributing polypropylene and packaging supplies, Midwestern Bag & Supply provides a wide range of packaging solutions for the potato industry. Ventilated Bulk Bags have been Midwestern Bag & Supply's premier product.

Midwestern Bag & Supply also offers reconditioned Ventilated Bulk Bags (F.I.B.C.), small polyethylene, mesh and paper bags. Midwestern Bag and & Supply can also provide custom bags upon request.

Midwestern Bag & Supply is able to stand apart from the competition by offering customers additional options when it comes to their bulk packaging needs. By utilizing our global distribution network, Midwestern Bag & Supply is able to exceed expectations by accommodating custom orders and delivering exceptional prices without sacrificing quality. Each bag order is strength-tested to ensure quality and safety.

Located in the Midwest, Midwestern Bag & Supply is the ideal shipping point to growers across the nation.