ULMA Packaging's FR 305, its new horizontal flow pack wrapper (HFFS), is a machine that makes a three sealing pillow pack. It is a high-performance equipment, used in the bakery industry—cakes, cookies, chocolates, confectionery and sweet—and for produce packaging.
For the packaging of fruits and vegetables, it has the advantage of being an ‘intermittent’ model, adapting to products with variable size, without wasting wrapping film. It also packages loose products, without tray.
The machine substitutes the previous family of bottom film rotary jaw packaging machines, adding to the experience, strength and proven reliability of the previous models, the latest technological developments.
The new model also features very high flexibility for the different format changeovers thanks to the state of the art industrial PC electronic platform.[This product was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of APFI.]
Matrix Packaging Machinery, powered by Pro Mach, has released the Triton, a vertical form-fill-seal machine optimised for the fresh produce packaging industry.
The automated bagging machine, which comes in two models, is rated at cycle speeds up to 100 bags per minute. Bag sizes range from a minimum of 2 inches wide by 3 inches long to 18 inches wide by 23 inches long.
The vertical form fill seal machine features heavy duty wash-down construction for a long service life. Its frame, for example, is made with four by four inch welded stainless steel.
This unit comes standard with the sealing system, automatic web edge guide film tracking, tool free film roll and forming tube changeover. Available options include a load shelf for heavier bags and a gas flushing system for modified atmosphere packaging (MAP).[This product was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of APFI.]
HB Fuller has introduced two adhesives to help customers get food products packaged and shipped faster.
Flextra Fast SFA8605 Solvent Free Laminating Adhesive is suitable for snack applications including stand up pouches for dry snacks and offers line speeds up to 1200 fpm. It adheres well to most substrates including foil, nylon, metalized films and high-slip sealants and offers excellent appearance.
Flextra Fast SB7200/XAS2283 Solvent-Based Laminating Adhesive has high green bond strength and is well suited for demanding food packaging applications, including triple layer and greater laminations.
The adhesive offers a high level of heat resistance for use in microware, boil-in-bag, hot fill and pasteurization applications, as well as a high-level of product resistance to withstand aggressive-filled goods.[This product was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of APFI.]
The EasyLid from Sealpac provides full lid functionality, but without requiring the common snap-on lid. This joint development between the company and Naber Plastics of the Netherlands combines a special and patented injection-moulded tray with a unique tray-sealing technology, resulting in a secure seal.
The preformed tray has a common peelable edge, as well as an additional ring. The ecological packaging solution achieves a hermetic seal, while providing peelability and reclosability for consumers.
The system, which is suitable for both hot and cold filling, as well as for modified atmosphere packaging, brings opportunities in various market segments—from meat spreads, through different types of conveniences products, up to delicacies, pickles and salads.
By requiring no subsequent lidding process, additional savings are made on personnel costs and/or a lidding system, which means that the production line can have a significantly smaller footprint.[This product was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of APFI.]
Gerhard Schubert has enhanced its freely programmable single-axis robot, which moves on a section of rail within the company’s packaging lines. Among other things, the design has become more compact, the maximum acceleration is increased to eight m/s2 and wireless data transfer via WLAN will be twice as fast.
Development of the robot follows the same principle as other system components: less machinery and more intelligence ensure maximum flexibility.
The autonomous robot can move on a section of path in sync and in coordination with the filling process and then proceed with the pick-and-place process continuously and in a controlled manner. The processes involved are optimally decoupled. It is possible to fill four boxes, erect two more and close another one in a section, all at the same time.[This product was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of APFI.]
GEA has further developed its Küba market SP and Küba SG commercial air cooler ranges. New motors reduce energy consumption by 30 percent and at the same time, increase efficiency to over 90 percent.
Elfab, an international supplier of pressure relief systems, has launched a new range of electron beam welded rupture disc plugs, specifically designed for high-pressure applications up to 800 barg.
The plugs, which are available in stainless steel as standard with a range of half-inch thread types, are created using electron beam welder.
They are suitable for use with burst pressures from 200-800 barg, and are supplied with a conventional rupture disc, typically featuring a +/- five percent tolerance. Leak-tight to 10-6cc/sec, the plugs can be used in temperatures ranging from -40 to 400 deg C.[This product was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of APFI.]
ViscoTec, a manufacturer of dosing, filling and emptying systems for liquid applications in the food and beverages industry, has re-designed and improved its barrel emptying systems.
Together with the existing design of the endless piston principle emptying pump as the core part of the system, the basic frame was re-designed for a better handling and easier emptying process.
Improved fixtures for the barrel, as well as a more simplified control unit, allows the users to have an easy and perfect emptying system for all types of liquids such as sauces, yoghurt, fruit-and vegetable-pastes, chocolate cream, crèmes and honey.[This product was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of APFI.]
Matcon’s ‘Track-Record’ is an IBC tracking and recipe control system for use in powder processing.
Flexible, IBC-based systems minimise the risk of cross contamination between different recipes and allow several different recipes to be produced simultaneously. There are several suppliers of complex MES-packages which can be further developed to include IBC tracking and recipe control on a bespoke, case by case basis.
The purpose-made software package is designed to provide total control of operations in powder processing system. Apart from quality assurance, the software also provides improved plant output and efficiency by structuring work flow and utilising people and machinery to the best ability.[This product was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of APFI.]
The beer market in the Asia Pacific region has seen continuous growth. As spending power increase, consumers are looking for value-added beer products, one of which is that of low-carb beer. By Pernille Holst Moulvad, marketing manager, DuPont Industrial Biosciences