You have never seen packaging quite like this.
What is ProFlex?
Ideal for end-user lengths of cable, tubing, fiber optics and more, ProFlex is an innovative shrink-wrap package that incorporates a heavy-duty handle into a single piece shrink bag. The unique heat-shrink process isolates the handle from the rest of the package while in the heat tunnel, allowing the handle to remain intact while the rest of the package shrinks around the coil.
Compared with reels and spools, ProFlex provides the end user a entirely new handling experience. Instead of trying to awkwardly carry spools, end-users can now carry multiple packages in one hand – leaving the other hand to open doors, carry tools, or dispense the product. Because the REELEX coil does not rotate, no additional equipment is necessary for payout – meaning installers can simply place ProFlex on the ground (or a hook) and dispense the product.
Carry, Hang, Store
ProFlex’s integrated handle opens up a whole new way of looking at packaging. While incredibly convenient for the end-user, the handle also allows whole new ways of storing the product – on racks, shelves, hooks and more.
ProFlex is also ideal for retail applications, since the handle and clear plastic provides a perfect way to present the product.
Of course, manufacturers can choose to have their graphics printed as well, including barcodes, logos and other identifying information.
Perfect for Pre-Terminated and Short Coils
ProFlex allows you to access the inside and outside end of the coil – making it perfect for pre-terminated coils.
And because the package shrinks around the coil, multiple lengths can fit into the same bag: 200, 250, 300 foot lengths can all use the same package – allowing for maximum flexibility, and the ability to sell “scrap” lengths of cable at the end of a supply reel.
In more ways than one.
Because ProFlex is a fully self-contained plastic film package, there is no cardboard dust – making it ideal for data centers or cleanrooms. The package also protects the cable from the elements, providing a fully weatherproof package.
Compared with spools or even cartons, ProFlex produces significantly less amount of waste by volume, and is easier to carry off the job site in carry-on/carry-off situations. Just crumple up the empty package and throw in the recycle bin.
How do you make ProFlex packages?
The patented ProFlex Packaging System® consists of a LLDPE shrink bag with handle, an EcoCore™ or REELEX I Ez-Tube (if packaging REELEX® coils), and a ProFlex machine to produce the packages. The ProFlex machine is a specially-designed system that produces quality ProFlex packages repeatedly and reliably. The machine includes uniquely designed devices which bring the packages through the components of the system automatically. The ProFlex machine can handle REELEX coils, or any other product suitable for shrink packaging.
ProFlex Machine Features
How does it work?
1. Package Load/Unload
The machine operator stands at this end of the machine and is tasked with unloading finished packages and loading new ones. When starting a new package, the operator loads a ProFlex bag into a heat isolation device and prepares it to be filled.
2. Coil Insertion and Sealing
The operator inserts a payout tube and attaches any applicable labeling to the coil and places the product into the ProFlex bag via the coil insertion mechanism mounted on the machine (not shown). The package rests atop the heat isolation device as it is sent through the band sealer.
3. Heat Tunnel
The package travels through the heat tunnel, shrinking the bag around the product while leaving the handle intact.
4. Cool Down
As the package returns to the unload position, it cools to ambient temperature. The finished package then returns to the loading area to be removed from the machine.
Getting Started with ProFlex
ProFlex is a patented technology whose use is administered through a current and signed license agreement.
All products packaged by ProFlex, whether REELEX coils or not, use unique technology licensed by REELEX Packaging Solutions, Inc.
ProFlex is part of the REELEX umbrella of patents, thus a current REELEX license agreement gives full rights to the use of ProFlex packaging.
No additional fees are payable to REELEX beyond those currently paid for the use of the REELEX system of patents.
Non-REELEX licensees must sign a separate license agreement to use ProFlex packaging. Royalty fees are indicated below. A US$3,500.00 one-time license fee is paid upon signing the license agreement.
Absolutely! ProFlex packaging is not restricted to just REELEX coils.
|Color and Printing||Bags can be ordered in any color and multiple levels of transparency. Graphics can be printed without distortion on the handle portion of the package. Graphical inserts can be used for product-specific labeling such as UL labels, bar codes, etc.|
|Size||Typical bag sizes accommodate coils from 6-inches diameter to 14-inches diameter, but may be ordered in nearly any size. Contact your local bag supplier or contact REELEX for recommended vendors.|
|Durability||Bags can withstand carrying up to 20 lbs (9 kg) of weight. Handle can be reinforced if necessary to carry additional weight.|
|Payout Tubes||Highly flexible cables can use REELEX “I” Ez-Tube payout tubes. For improved payout performance, the new EcoCore 2.00” ID cardboard tube is recommended.|
|Package Costs||ProFlex bag pricing varies by material thickness, printing and size. Typical bag costs are in the US$0.25-$0.75 range, with payout tubes additing an additional US$0.08-$0.25.|
|Components||Circuitous track, multiple heat-isolation devices, coil insertion device, band sealer and heat tunel.|
|Production Rate||Depends on number of heat-isolation devices on track. Typical rate is one package every 30-40 seconds.|
|Coil Sizes and Types||Almost any length can be accomodated. Typical lengths are 100 feet to 1,000 feet. Product examples range from plastic tubing to security/alarm wire to THHN, hookup wire, fiber optics, and typical 1,000 foot REELEX coils of Category 5e, 6. Standard linearly-wound products may be packaged in ProFlex as well, including stiff or solid cables such as NM-B, steel wire, power cables and more.|
Machine and Royalty Pricing
|Machine Base Price (Purchase)||$64,800.00|
|Pricing - Royalties for REELEX Licensees|
|Annual Fee (If Purchased)||Included with REELEX Royalties|
|Monthly Fee (If Rented)||Included with REELEX Royalties|
|Pricing - Royalties for Non-REELEX Licensees|
|Annual Fee (If Purchased)||$10,341.00|
|Monthly Fee (If Rented)||$862.00|
All REELEX packages require a payout tube. The purpose of the payout tube is to ensure that each twist in the coil is resolved inside the package prior to existing the coil so as to result in smooth, twist-free payout. Payout tubes also serve to prevent the coil from rotating inside the package. If a payout tube is not used, some loops of the coil would exit the package resulting in twists and possible tangles.
Payout Tube Types
There are two common types of payout tubes – REELEX I “EZ-Tubes” and REELEX II. In addition to these types, the new EcoCore payout tube uses a cardboard “core” tube and splits the difference between REELEX I and REELEX II.
REELEX I payout tubes range from 2-inches (5cm) to 6-inches (15cm) long. REELEX II tubes come in a single size, because nearly all products using REELEX II dispense best when using a 6-inch (15cm) long tube. EcoCore tubes are 2-inches (5cm) diameter and can be purchased in any length.