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The magic of linear servo motors comes to pouch filling

Packaging World | By Pat Reynolds

With customers clamoring for pouch-filling equipment that makes it possible to move efficiently from one size pouch to another, this OEM found its solution in a new breed of servo motors

Cloud Packaging Solutions is a leading manufacturer of high-speed horizontal pouching, thermoforming, and filter-pack machinery. As is the case at plenty of other OEMs, management has been listening to calls from the marketplace for automatic size changeover. So, as Vice President Sales Mike Werner puts it, “We dove into the technologies that would provide us with that capability.” (For more on multifunctional equipment and quick changeover, see what machine builders and buyers have to say about how vitally important it is in PMMI’s Vision 2025 at

And that’s how CloudTRAC, which made its debut at PACK EXPO International last October, came into being. Fully automatic, servo-driven, chain-free, and auto-configurable, Cloud describes it as a revolution in Stand-Up Resealable Pouch machine technology suitable for products ranging from pet treats to confectionery products.

Its key enabler is the iTrak linear servo technology from Rockwell Automation, an approach to motion control that dispenses with traditional mechanics and motor control to enable the independent control of multiple independent movers on straight and curved paths. Unlike machines relying on conventional motion control architecture, which require manual adjustments, change parts, and operators wielding tools to remove one set of tooling before putting another set in, this machine can go from one bag size to another at the press of a button on the control panel. Bags can be anywhere from 4 to 12 in. wide and 6 to 15 in. tall.

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Cloud to Premier two new Roberts IMP Machines at Pack Expo 2015

Des Plaines, IL, USA, August 1, 2015 — Cloud announced today that they would be debuting two Roberts horizontal machines at Pack Expo 2015 in Las Vegas (Booth C-5033). Targeted at the fastest growing segment in horizontal pouching machines, each machine brings new and competitive features, along with the famous Cloud quality.

Cloud will be showcasing the IMP-1500. Recently updated, new innovations debuting this year an in feed conveyor that can handle up to 1,000 bags, and a newly redesigned clamp system. The IMP-1500 utilizes the famous Traveling Funnels, a Roberts innovation which others have tried to copy. The IMP-1500 is highly flexible and designed to be a dependable workhorse, providing high speeds and low maintenance needs.

Cloud will be also be debuting the IMP-1500 SPF. This is new SPF (Single Point Fill) machine is designed for smaller, faster filling pouches and for customers that need a fast, high quality solution on a limited budget. Far from a “little brother”, the SPF is built on the same chassis as the other 1500 machines and with the same level of dependability and low maintenance needs.

See both of these new machines go through their paces at the Cloud Pack Expo booth (C-5033).

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.


Packaging World: New Cloud pre-made standup pouch fill/seal machine

Cloud Packaging Equipment announces the launch of the Robert’s SPF single point fill standup pouch packaging machine for pre-made bags, offering users all the reliability and engineering excellence of the Robert’s IM Series at an entry-level price point.     

The Robert’s SPF handles many sizes and styles of pre-made pouches, including reclosable stand-up bags. It fills and seals bags ranging from a few ounces to over 15 lbs, allowing users to fill individual snack packs and large club store sizes on a single machine. Package and product changeovers can be accomplished in 20 minutes or less.

This high-efficiency, low-maintenance servo-driven machine offers greater return-on-investment than competitive machines. It reduces waste with advanced pouch opening features and rejects bags that fail to open in a way that allows them to be reused.

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Packaging World: Cloud Reduces Water Soluble Film Waste

PACKAGING WORLD – March 2, 2015 – Film waste is expensive. No where is this a larger issue than with water soluble film waste. PVA waste among some solutions can exceed 50%, sending significant film to landfills and margin dollars down the drain. By contrast Cloud’s innovative and industry leading Hydroforma machines are up to 90% more efficient than some other solutions, while providing speed and versatility demanded in modern water soluble film solutions.

In this brief feature article Pat Reynolds, VP Editor of Packaging World, looks at the expanding Cloud soluble packaging line. Cloud is the acknowledged speed and efficiency leader in soluble film packaging with speeds of 1200 PPM Hydroforma line. In this article Pat Reynolds takes a look at the Hydroforma’s little brother. The Hydroforma SP brings the efficiency of the Hydroforma to a size / volume / cost formula to more production environments.

At speeds of up to 600 PPM, the smaller Hydroforma SP is still one of the fastest machines in the industry. In this story Packaging World focuses on the machine’s tight controls that reduce film waste. The combination of speed and efficiency makes the Hydroforma SP the category leader in mid-sized soluble solutions.

To read the full Packaging World article on Cloud reducing water soluble film waste, click here.

Cloud Rides the Building Wave in Water Soluble Packaging

Plastic News, February 4, 2015 – Plastic News Senior Staff Reporter Jim Johnson recently interviewed Mike Werner, vice president of sales and marketing for Cloud Packaging Equipment LLC discussing the growth Cloud Packaging Equipment has experienced in recent years.  Cloud produces Hydroforma, a continuous motion rotary-style form-fill-seal machine that is the fastest in the world.

Cloud produces what is known as a continuous motion rotary-style form-fill-seal machine, marketed under the Hydroforma brand, that the company claims to be the fastest in the world. Think of a drum continuously spinning to create all those dish and laundry detergent packets commonly found on today’s store shelves.

Cloud doesn’t make those packets; it makes the machines that make those packets. And they’ve been quite busy doing just that, Werner said.

“Outside of the P&G pouches, every other pouch you see out there, probably 95 percent of them are made on a Cloud,” Werner said. “Over the last three or four years, I can’t build machines fast enough.”

To help meet demand, Cloud has doubled its employee ranks to 60 and space to about 30,000 square feet at its Des Plaines facility. Sales, too, have just about doubled in recent years.

Visit Plastics News to read the entire article and learn how Cloud is “riding the building wave in water soluble packaging.”

Cloud Packaging’s Hydroforma SP Featured in Healthcare Packaging Magazine

Healthcare Packaging Magazine, April 2014 – Found under their Bagging & Pouching Form, Fill & Seal Machinery trends section, Healthcare Packaging Magazine’s article reviews the multiple strengths Cloud Packaging Equipment’s Hydroforma SP can bring. The Hydroforma SP is designed to produce very low scrap and easily integrates into secondary packaging systems. The article lists the advantages the Hydroforma SP offers in improved speed, operation flexibility and improved sustainability.

Cloud Machinery Used in Equal’s New Look

Packaging World Magazine, July 2013 – Using Cloud machinery to automatically fill their new, updated look, Equal’s ZERO calorie sweetener packets have been redesigned to make consumer identification easier.  July’s Packaging World Magazine looks at Equal’s new packaging and the material providers they used in conjunction with Cloud’s packaging machinery in order to make the new look a reality.

Equal, a zero-calorie sweetener, recently unveiled a fresh new look that’s reflected in its logo, packaging, and Web site.

The new brand logo displays a flowing lower-case script set against the signature “Equal blue” background. The bold new packaging allows consumers to more easily identify the various Equal product boxes by color and type of sweetener. While all three offerings are grounded in a dark blue backdrop, each features a vibrant burst of distinguishing color—including Equal Original (blue), Equal Saccharin (pink), and Equal Sucralose (yellow).

The classic white coffee cup has been replaced with a colored mug that matches the type of sweetener and underscores the brand’s primary usage. In addition to coffee and tea, Equal tastes great with iced tea, lemonade, sprinkled on cereal and fruit and in most recipes that require sugar.

The new packaging also extends to the Equal Spoonful 4-oz container, which features images of fresh, mouth-watering berries.

“After more than 20 years with the same logo, it was time for an updated and modern look,” says Cheryl Gill, director, North America Marketing for Chicago-based Merisant US, Inc., Equal’s manufacturer. “The new logo is familiar yet contemporary and conveys indulgent sweet gratification and the brand’s zero-calorie promise.”

Read more about this in Packaging World’s July 2013 Edition