Flexible Packaging

Leading provider of processing systems and services in the packaging industry.

 

Preco Flexible Packaging Solutions

Preco was the first to pioneer the use of industrial lasers to modify and enhance flexible packaging material. We continually expand our laser processing systems technology and contract service capabilities to meet the needs of the growing market for convenient easy-open, breathable and microwave venting packaging applications.

Flexible Packaging Equipment

Preco offers equipment manufacturing solutions to help enhance your flexible packaging applications.

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Flexible Packaging Contract Manufacturing

Preco offers contract manufacturing solutions to help with the production of your flexible packaging applications.

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Experts in the laser industry.

As the market for convenient easy-open, easy-tear, easy-breathe and easy-fill packaging continues to expand, Preco has expanded both its technology and capacity to meet the needs of the market. With both laser systems and processing services, Preco can help manufacturers by providing high-quality, cost-effective flexible packaging.

Preco's Patented Beam Compression Unit

Preco machines feature patented laser beam compression hardware and software that produce the most consistent and round holes in the industry, even at high processing speeds (up to 1200 fpm). Plus, with the capacity to handle rolls up to 50 inches wide, these machines accommodate the growing demand for large bags and pouches used for pet foods and fertilizer.

Acu Technologies

To meet the needs of a growing market Preco has invented patented processes for easy-open, breathable and microwave venting packaging applications.

AcuBreathe® ideal for micro-perforating small holes for atmosphere packaging

AcuBreathe®

Laser Perforating for MAP

Laser micro-perforating is a process of generating a series of small through holes for MAP (modified atmosphere packaging). Perforations can also be used to help achieve controlled airflow and moisture release in various packaging products such as extended shelf life for fresh produce and burst protection for changing air pressure. 

Preco's Patented AcuVent® technology ideal for laser scoring with a hermetic seal for microwave venting.

AcuVent®

Laser Scoring for Microwave Venting

Our patented AcuVent technology is used to produce controlled depth laser score segments into flexible packaging materials at high processing speeds. These laser score-segments (vents) are weakened areas of the material and when placed into a microwave the steam generated from within the package bursts through the vents, automatically ventilating the package for a perfect microwaved product.

Preco's Patented AcuTear® Contour Scoring ideal for around zipper pouch applications

AcuTear®

Laser Scoring for Consumer Convenience

Laser scoring is a process of utilizing a focused spot of energy to remove material to a specified depth. Preco's AcuTear laser scoring technology provides easy-open / easy-tear flexible packaging for controlled tear propagation while maintaining package strength and barrier properties. Laser scoring can be a straight line for contour to allow access to the zipper and peel & reseal closure features. 

Why Preco

Just some of the reasons to choose Preco over the other converters in the industry.

Largest Laser-Based Company

We have grown to be the largest laser-based company for contract manufacturing services and laser systems integration in North America. Our engineering and technical application staff is involved with the design, prototypes, pilot programs and customer development to provide a complete solution to customers. With Preco's laser knowledge we understand what laser type, power and wavelength is best suited for packaging applications.

Innovative Patents

As the undisputed industry leader, our flexible packaging laser processing methods are uniquely patented techniques offered only by Preco. These patents are designed to provide our customers with the best possible processes, software and hardware to produce products with less waste and with higher productivity rates. In addition, these patents give our customers an exclusive advantage in laser scoring, perforating and venting applications.

Vast Product Line

Preco's vast product line up of both laser and die cutting equipment and services allow our application specialists to recommend the best possible solution for your manufacturing process. Preco's flat bed die cutting and rotary cutting systems convert specific materials and place in pouch or canister provides process-saving convenience while optimizing raw material usage. When single-machine solutions are available, Preco takes full advantage of designing custom accessories for an individual project.

#1 in Service and Support

Preco Field Service Technicians have technical laser training as well as extensive factory training in the use of Preco laser equipment and OEM lasers. The technicians provide:

  • Emergency field support with an average response time of 24 hours or less
  • New equipment installation and start-up service
  • Comprehensive training for equipment operators and maintenance personnel

Contract Manufacturing

Preco's laser and die cutting contract manufacturing services can provide you with all of the resources needed to integrate abrasive cutting into your manufacturing stream. The extensive design, testing and manufacturing capabilities of Preco can help you answer today's challenges – enhancing product design, improving quality, lowering unit cost and shortening lead times.

Unbeatable Quality Methods

Due to Preco's 20+ years in the flexible packaging business, and our ISO Certifications, we have the processes and documentation structure in place to ensure your continued business success.

  • ISO 9001 and 13485 certified
  • Microscopic cross-section imaging
  • Tensile testing
  • Perforation airflow measurement
  • SQF Certified

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions for laser processing flexible packaging material.

Laser Perforating

How small of a hole can a laser perforate?

75-micron diameter holes are very typical but we have the technology to drill hole sizes down to 35 microns in diameter consistently.

How fast can you perforate hole diameters of 75 – 100 micron ?

With Preco's patented Beam Compression technology we can drill holes at speeds up to 762 m/min (2500 ft/min).

I need 6 mm (0.236") diameter holes in my lid stock material, can lasers do this and how fast is that technology?

Using our lasers to cut 6mm holes is not an issue, processing speed is dependent on material type, material thickness, and the density of holes. 

Laser Scoring

Can a recyclable PE/PE film be laser scored for an easy-open feature?

Preco has patented and proprietary technologies that other laser providers do not have and we’ve had success scoring PE materials. For questionable materials, we recommend that we trial your material using one of Preco's in-house equipment.

Can your lasers score down to the micron level?

Since it is very difficult to measure the depth of the laser score line, Preco controls the depth of the laser feature through its closed-loop power control. Closed-loop power control is a technology to control the lasers output to a very precise level giving our systems an edge over the competition.

Have Additional Questions? Contact Us

Reach out to a Preco sales representative directly to get your project started.

Laser Equipment

Kurt Hatella
Jason Thoen

Die Cutting Equipment

Ken Kavicchi

Contract Manufacturing

Mark Daun

European

Salvatore Scarvaci
Volker Hofmann

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