Quality food packaging is a vital aspect of the production and sale of food. High quality and reliable integrated food packaging machinery can maintain the quality of a product over time, whilst speeding up the food packaging process for quick distribution.
Why Choose Integrated Food Packaging Machinery
The equipment you choose will depend on your budget, staff numbers and the products you are selling. Products such as fresh meat will require different solutions to snacks such as nuts. Integrated equipment is often the best choice when choosing packaging machinery. Integrated systems are ideal for all sizes of business. As all the equipment is manufactured by a single supplier, all machinery is designed to work together and can be operated from one single touchscreen. Single point operation is more efficient, leads to faster changeovers and is highly cost effective.
A company producing snacks may choose to purchase integrated food packaging equipment. A single tube iTPS system is ideal for products with a small target weight. Using a single touchscreen products can be weighed and transferred directly to bagmaker equipment followed by seal testers and on to check weighing machinery. Due to the systems integration this process can occur seamlessly without the need for high staff numbers or lengthy changeovers. The singe tube iTPS system also has the option of adding further equipment depending on your company’s requirements. X-ray inspection systems and metal detectors can also be integrated into the system. This product has packing speeds of up to 200bpm with a total system efficiency of 99%. When packing products such as crisps, a Twin Tube iTPS system is required to minimise packing line footprint.
Different food packaging equipment is required for products such as fresh meat. Fresh meat’s shape and stickiness can make it difficult to pack quickly and efficiently. It also requires exceptional hygiene standards and full traceability. Integrated solutions provide the highest standards of hygiene and safety as well as excellent product presentation. The system begins with an automated tray denester, followed by weighing equipment. This equipment is specially designed to quickly deal with sticky or difficult products. Trays are passed to an integrated checkweigher which is able to reject over or under weight items before they are sealed, reducing material wastage. Traysealers then produce high quality presentation. The meat will then go through a fully integrated metal detection system to check for contamination ensuring the highest standards are met. Labels are then placed using the weight price labeller system. Finally, labels are inspected and then packed into crates using a weight checking system.
Products such as fish can often be difficult to pack due to considerations such as the fragility of product, the need for low temperature working and potential for salt corrosion. Packaging of fish products is usually highly labour intensive, however, integrated systems can reduce the need for up to four workers per shift. Seamless product flow throughout the system and gentle product handling greatly reduces damage to the product.
Companies that specialise in food packaging machinery such as Ishida can also offer complete project management of your product. This can reduce the costs and risk involved when taking on new projects. Many top food manufacturers use this service to help with the successful launch of new products.
AUTHOR BIO : Diyana Lobo is a writer and businessman, currently living in Cardiff. Diyana has managed a number of businesses in areas such as retail and food production where she specialised in advising companies on food packaging equipment. In her spare time Diyana enjoys travelling, cricket and spending time with her family.