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Self-Seal Packaging System provides adhesive closure.

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March 30, 2012 - Comprised of turn-key attachment designed to fit with existing unwind stands and bag machines, Rapid Close® flexible packaging system lets end-user close bag quickly and without need for sealing equipment or mechanical systems. Options are available for permanent or reclosable sealing, and system meets needs for mailing/fulfillment, industrial products, food-service, produce, retail applications, and more.

The Hudson-Sharp Machine Company

975 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay, WI, 54304, USA

Original Press Release

Hudson-Sharp Introduces Rapid Close® Self-Seal Packaging System

Press release date: March 20, 2012

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Hudson-Sharp Machine Company, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of plastic bag making machinery, pouch making equipment, and reclosable packaging solutions, is pleased to introduce the newest patented form of flexible packaging - Rapid Close® self-seal bags. Using this new self-seal bag design and manufacturing technology, Hudson-Sharp can now provide a cost effective adhesive closure that can be used for a variety of flexible packaging applications. Rapid Close® enables the end-user to close a bag extremely fast, on the spot, and without the need for sealing equipment or mechanical systems.

The Rapid Close® self-seal packaging system is made up of an advanced turn-key attachment designed to fit with existing unwind stands and bag machines. With options for either permanent or reclosable sealing, Rapid Close® is designed to meet the needs for mailing/fulfillment, industrial products, food-service, produce, retail applications, and many more. Visit or email to get more information about this innovative packaging system.

Rapid Close® self-seal technology was patented, tested, and moved to a commercial stage via Discovery Packaging Inc. of Toronto, Canada. Hudson-Sharp recently entered into a master licensing agreement covering the manufacturing, marketing, and support for the required high-speed equipment.

Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., USA, Hudson-Sharp Machine Company also has manufacturing and sales facilities in Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, and the Philippines. Hudson-Sharp builds and markets a broad line of plastic bag machinery, pouch making equipment, and reclosable packaging systems used in a variety of industries. Acquired in 2009 by Thiele Technologies, a Barry-Wehmiller company, Hudson-Sharp is dedicated to helping converters make value-added, high-quality bags and pouches.

For additional information on the complete line of Hudson-Sharp Wicketers, Pouch, Flatbelts, Bottomseal, Continuous Motion, and Inno-Lok® pre-applied closure film systems, visit or contact

ABOUT BARRY-WEHMILLER Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology solutions in packaging, corrugating and paper converting across a broad spectrum of industries. Barry-Wehmiller's balanced approach to the market is made possible through nine interactive divisions: Accraply, Inc., a leading manufacturer of automatic labeling and label converting and finishing systems; Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, Inc., a premier supplier of manufacturing automation, facility design, and other engineering consulting services; Barry-Wehmiller International Resources (BWIR), a global provider of business and technology solutions to the mid-market manufacturing domain; FleetwoodGoldcoWyard, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of automated can end and product handling equipment, advanced conveyance technology, palletizers, depalletizers, and process equipment; HayssenSandiacre, a form/fill/seal technologies and services leader for more than 100 years; MarquipWardUnited, Inc., a leading manufacturer of equipment for the corrugated and folded carton industries; Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), providing high-performance converting machinery for the global tissue, nonwovens, package printing, and envelope manufacturing industries; PneumaticScaleAngelus, a global provider for filling, capping, can seaming, labeling, and centrifugation; and Thiele Technologies, Inc., a leading producer of placing, feeding, bagging, cartoning, case packing, robotic, premade bag and pouch, and palletizing equipment.

In fiscal year 2011, Barry-Wehmiller leveraged a strategic combination of organic and acquisition growth to achieve revenues surpassing $1.2 billion. Barry-Wehmiller now employs more than 5,600team members in over 65 locations worldwide.

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