Matrix Packaging Machinery has introduced the Mercury HS, a form-fill-seal machine capable of speeds up to 140 bags per minute, depending on the application. Company officials say the moderately priced Mercury HS is the highest demanded Matrix form-fill-seal machine due to its speed, dependability and low annual operating cost – less than $1,000 per year. The Mercury HS forms, fills and seals bags with widths ranging from 1.75 to 11 inches and lengths from 2.5 to 15 inches. Standard features include stainless-steel construction, Matrix “SmartJaw” ST horizontal sealing technology, color touch screen operator panel, English/Spanish operator interface and an Allen Bradley MicroLogix PLC control system. Compared to other high-speed machines, the Mercury has a small footprint, conserving valuable floor space. Each Mercury HS offers a self-centering film drive down system, automatic edge guide film tracking, and short travel, angled incline film upwind, all of which contribute to precise film movement and trouble free operation. Tool-free quick-change core chucks help to ensure fast changeover between jobs.