New packaging to benefit meat products

An original packaging format is set to enhance the presentation, preservation and protection of fresh meat and fish products. 

Developed by Packaging Automation (PA), the SkinPAC sealing system utilises a transparent barrier film that wraps tightly around the product and seals at the bottom of the tray, acting as a second skin. The result creates a vacuum pack designed to elongate the shelf-life of the meat or fish produce, while offering an effective product quality and reduced packaging.

“Prior to commencing development of our vacuum skin packing solution, we carefully assessed the existing solutions in the market and found that, consistently, there was a shortfall against expectations with respect to the packing speeds being achieved,” explained Matt Delaney, technical sales engineer for PA.

The innovative sealing technology is available on the eclipse range and Revolution machine. At 80 packs per minute, it claims to be the fastest tray skin cycle. In addition, the tight seal lessens the risk of product fluids and subsequent leakage.

“Our aim was to develop the fastest solution to meet customer expectations, which we achieved by doubling the throughputs of any other machine currently installed,” continued Delaney.

“Having recently benchmarked our latest installed PA SkinPAC solution against the competition, we can confidently state a speed of 10 cycles per minute with a superior quality sealed pack.”

Due to the auto-docking solution, the piece of technology is also able to adapt to various products with efficient tool change-overs. Furthermore, SkinPAC has the ability to gas flush on the same tool with zero modifications, and there is no water cooling of the tools required.

These factors contribute to a minimised cost for the customer.

As of now, the latest SkinPAC machine is operating effectively at a fish processing site, where the prior machine was replaced for a faster sealer to boost throughputs and improve pack presentation.

PA offers a special seal technologist to aid any customers who are planning on installing the new packaging technology, with free sealing trials and shelf-life tests in the firm’s test facility.

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