Emerson and APPE to Unveil New Ultrasonic Seal Packaging System That Boosts Efficiency, Safety

VertoBagger 2.0 Combines Innovations from Multiple Emerson Businesses To Help Customers Reduce Waste, Energy Consumption and Downtime

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 1, 2015) – Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and American Packaging & Plant Equipment (APPE) today announced plans to demonstrate a new ultrasonic Vertical Form, Fill, and Sealing (VFFS) system designed to help manufacturers in a wide range of industries to reduce product packaging waste and energy use while boosting efficiency and productivity.

The new VertoBagger 2.0 equipment will be unveiled at PACK EXPO, Sept. 28-30 in Las Vegas, at Emerson’s Booth C-2051.

VFFS systems are automated packaging systems that create and fill customized plastic packages with product. The systems are used widely for food packaging and a wide range of other consumer products. Ultrasonic-sealing VFFS solutions provide notable advantages over earlier heat-sealing systems, including better performance and reduced energy use.

VertoBagger 2.0 is the result of close collaboration between multiple Emerson businesses and APPE, with a focus on integrating advanced technologies from a variety of disciplines in a way that has never been done before. The resulting equipment offers a remarkable range of sealing applicatons, from sealing packages as small as 2.5 inches wide by 3 inches long, to 12 inches wide by 20 inches long, with a capacity of up to 180 bags per minute.

The VFFS machine reinforces Emerson’s position as a leading global provider of automation technologies, services and solutions, as well as its vision to combine and coordinate these solutions as a network to help customers and even entire industries operate faster, more efficiently and cost effectively.

“Emerson is a one-stop resource for core components of machinery like VFFS systems, and we see the full potential of these capabilities in the advances achieved in VertoBagger 2.0,” said Derek Thomas, Director and Brand Officer for Emerson Industrial Automation. “In close collaboration with APPE, we brought together experts from multiple Emerson businesses to drive innovation throughout the machine. When combined, these innovations will result in measurable improvements in performance for a wide range of packing applications.”

Advances built into the new VFFS system were designed by experts from:

  • Branson Ultrasonics, a world leader in plastics welding technologies, developed the ultrasonic sealing technology used in the machine that enables companies to reduce waste via smaller package seals, thinner packaging materials and reduced scrap material.
  • ASCO Numatics, a leader in flow control and pneumatic technologies for industrial applications, provided expertise in fluid power and control to maximize safety in operation of the new equipment while reducing energy requirements.
  • SolaHD, a maker of industrial-grade electrical power quality solutions, engineered devices for the machine that supply clean, reliable power to ensure efficient operation by minimizing power disruptions and downtime.
  • Control Techniques, a knowledgeable industry leader in motor, drive, and gear systems, supplied servo motors and controls for the new system to increase machine efficiency and deliver precision motion control.


“VertoBagger 2.0 is a substantial advancement from the VertoBagger machinery that we have offered for years,” said APPE Sales Manager Al Aman. “We’re moving from an intermittent-motion machine to one with continuous motion, ultrasonic sealing and an updated control panel, all of which will contribute to improved efficiency and safety for our customers. We’re excited to show this new platform at PACK EXPO, and we expect strong interest from customers across a range of industries.”

Additional information on Emerson’s presence at PACK EXPO is available at www.emersonindustrial.com/packexpo.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2014 were $24.5 billion. For more information, visit Emerson.com.

About Emerson Industrial Automation
Emerson Industrial Automation (EmersonIndustrial.com), a business of Emerson, provides automation and power generation technologies and services to a wide range of industries. With its global capabilities and deep industry expertise, Emerson Industrial Automation is a trusted partner for products and solutions that increase machine performance, efficiency, reliability, and availability. Its industry-leading brands include Appleton®, ASCO®, Branson®, Control Techniques, Leroy-Somer®, Numatics®, O-Z/Gedney and SolaHD.

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