What is FFS technology

Combining two successful concepts - on the one hand the FFS filling principle for bulk goods, on the other hand packaging material made of ribbon fabric - Dow, Starlinger and Haver & Boecker have tackled this challenge together.

Ribbon fabric is a packaging material made from stretched plastic ribbons. Sacks made of ribbon fabric are insensitive to pressure, break-proof and kink-proof. Even if they are moved with hooks or damaged by nails, they will not tear and the valuable contents will remain in the sack. In addition, ribbon fabric is very thin compared to conventional foils, which is why it is light, but still robust and durable - and that with low raw material consumption. In addition, it is completely recyclable.

FFS technology (Form, Fill & Seal) is a fully automatic, cost-effective packaging method for powder, granulate, flakes and many other bulk goods. On the filling machine, bags are made from endless plastic film tubes, which are immediately filled with the respective product and then sealed. The top of the filled sack and the bottom of the following sack are welded at the same time. The great advantage of the FFS method is that the bags are closed by welding. FFS machines need neither needles (can break easily) nor thread (has to be refilled again and again). As a result, no thread remnants mix with the contents and the bags are hermetically sealed because there are no needle holes.

Up to now it has not been possible to use fabric made from plastic tapes on FFS filling systems. Thanks to joint efforts, it has now been possible for the first time to use ribbon fabric, which was produced on Starlinger machines from Dow granulate, on Haver & Boecker's FFS filling systems. The so-called "woven * FFS" technology is aimed specifically at filling companies in the chemical industry as well as the building materials and food industries.

The advantages of woven * FFS bags are: Robust but light packaging material
Protection of the packaged goods through the completely sealed, watertight packaging
Thanks to the fully automatic FFS machines from Haver & Boecker, the operating activities are limited to changing rolls and formats.
Optimized bags: Constant monitoring of the bulk density and corresponding adjustment of the bag length.
Clean sack surfaces and greater safety during transport thanks to compactly filled sacks.
The lower consumption of raw materials helps to save resources and money.

When developing "woven * FFS", Dow, Starlinger and Haver & Boecker said they paid particular attention to making the changeover from PE film to ribbon fabric as easy as possible for the bottlers. Customers who already have FMS systems from Haver & Boecker shouldn't have to make any major retrofits. In order to take advantage of ribbon fabric, only a few minor changes to the FFS system are necessary - and simply the use of a different roll of material.

Even companies that have processed tissue due to customer and market requirements and were therefore unable to use FFS filling systems should now have the opportunity to use this fully automated, cost-effective packaging concept. The high production capacity of these systems and the time and cost savings in operation and maintenance mean that the investment in this new system pays for itself in a short time.

The new packaging concept will be presented for the first time at K 2010.

Additional Information:
Starlinger: www.starlinger.com
Dow: www.dow.com
Haver & Boecker: www.haverboecker.com

K 2010, October 27th-November 3rd, 2010, Düsseldorf,
Starlinger: Hall 16, Stand B47
Dow: Hall 08A, Stand K48
Haver & Boecker: Hall 12, Stand A32