TLM sub-machines are constructed from the system components. The term “sub-machine” is a new one in engineering. It refers to self-contained, fully functional machines that incorporate one function of a complex packaging machine.

When TLM sub-machines are lined up and connected electrically, pneumatically and mechanically, they come together to make the TLM packaging system. The smallest TLM packaging machine might consist of a single sub-machine. On average, however, TLM machines are made up of 5.5 sub-machines. Large packaging systems bring this up to 11 to 15 sub-machines, and the largest system built to date is made up of 26 sub-machines.