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Skin Packaging | Skin Packaging System

Product Overview

This skin packaging system is made up of three components: an automatic infeed, the Shipmate skin packaging machine, and an automatic outfeed.  For larger formats, the Master skin packaging machine is also available. 

Heat Seal is happy to provide samples of your product packaged on our machines, please contact your sales rep for more information.

  • EZ Infeed
  • Power and Controls from host skin machine
  • Soft-Start Eliminates Product Movement
  • Optional Stationary Template for Loading Accuracy and Speed
  • Shipmate Skin Packager (*Exchange with Master for larger skin area)
  • PLC controls with Touch Screen Access
  • Energy Saving Instant-On SpiradTM Oven
  • Variable Speed Turbine Vacuum System
  • EZ Outfeed
  • Protective Covers for Operator Safety
  • Virtually Maintenance Free Design
  • Rotocut die cutter
  • Bi-Flex Cutting Principle (Cutting Force Concentrated Between 2 Pressure Rolls)
  • Powered 6" Diameter Rigid Steel Pressure Rollers
  • Heavy Duty Self Aligning Roller Bearings
  • One Year Warranty

Machine Specs & Options

Shipmate Skin Packager
Platen Size: 18” W, 24” L (46 W, 61 L cm)
Platen Clearance: Adjustable 6”-18” (15-46 cm)
Platen Height: 40” (102 cm)
Film Capacity: 20” W, 9” OD, 3” ID (51 W, 23 OD, 7.5 ID cm)
Overall Dimensions: 43” W, 39” D, 60” H (109 W, 99 D, 152 H cm)
Power Requirements: 208/220 Volt, 41/39 Amps, Single Phase
Air: 1 cfm @ 80psi
Vacuum: Hivac Turbine, 96 cfm, 6.5” Hg.
Weight: 500 lbs. (190 kg)

Automatic Infeed
Max Product Weight: 20 lbs. (9 kg)
Max Product Height: 5” (12 cm)
Overall Width: (EZ-24) 24 1/2” (62 cm)
Overall Length: (EZ-24) 56” (140 cm)
Height: Adjustable 40-41”
Power Requirements: Supplied by Skin Machine
Air: .5 cfm @ 80 psi

Automatic Outfeed
Max Product Weight: 20 lbs.(9 kg)
Max Product Height: 5” (12 cm)
Overall Width: (OF-24, OF-30) 34” (85 cm)
Overall Length: (OF-24, OF-30) 96 1/4” (241 cm)
Height: Adjustable (48 1/4 - 49 1/4”)
Power Requirements: Supplied by Skin Machine
Air: .5 cfm @ 80 psi
Weight: 575 lbs. (260 kg)

Rotocut RC2400
Cutting Area: 24”W (61W cm), Unlimited Length
Product Height: 5” Maximum (13 cm)
Roll Clearance: 1 1/4” to 5” H (3.2 to 13 cm)
Bed Height: 33” (84 cm)
Overall Dimensions: 43” W, 90” L, 53” H (109 W, 229 L, 135 H cm)
Power Requirements: 115, 208, 230 Volt, Single Phase, 15 Amp
Cutting Speeds: 80’ per minute (24.4m per minute)
Weight: 650 lbs. (295 kg)

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  • Infeed EZ-24: 18" x 24" Card Size ico_question
  • Outfeed OF-24: 18" x 24" Card Size
  • Rotocut RC-2400: 24"W Cutting Area


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General Questions

What is skin packaging and how does it work?

  • The skin packaging is a process in which heated film is draped over a product and onto a substrate, and a vacuum is utilized to draw the film down onto the package, creating a secure and attractive package.
  • The skin package consists of: skin film, a heat activated coating on the film or the substrate, and a subtrate, either paperboard or corrugated.
  • Heat Seal's Ampak division manufactures skin packaging machines Thrifty Pack, Shipmate, and the Master.
  • To finish the process, die cut machines are often used to create an attractive package to display or transport.  Ampak also manufactures automatic and semi-automatic die cutters: Rotomatic and Rotocut.

What are the benefits of skin packaging?

Skin Packaging:
  • Provides lock down product protection
  • Provides full product visibility
  • Contours to the shape of the product
  • Secures loose products to the board, preventing lost kit parts
  • Is great for hanging hook displays
  • Reduces the need for protective packaging fillers, thus making it an economical packaging option

Application Data

Your Heat Seal sales rep may require an application data sheet and product samples for certain applications.  Please contact your Heat Seal rep for questions or concerns.



The film is not adhering to the substrate

  • If using adhesive treated film, make sure the film is threaded with the adhesive coating facing the product and the substrate.
  • If using adhesive backed card, make sure the adhesive is facing up.  
  • Make sure the film is heated so that it falls below the film frame about 1" before being drawn onto the film.
  • If these do not work, contact your local Heat Seal distributor, or film supplier.

How do I get rid of wrinkles on the final package?

  • Wrinkles, or excess film, is often caused because the film was heated for too long.  
  • Depending on the height of the product off of the substrate, the film should heat until it is approximately 1 inch below the flim frame before being drawn down on the product.