Wolfertschwenden, 30. November 2017 - MULTIVAC has expanded its product portfolio to include "Better Processing". With its many exhibits at Anuga FoodTec 2018, the packaging specialist will be demonstrating its comprehensive expertise in packaging lines and automation, and for the first time it will also present portioning systems, which are fully integrated in automated packaging lines, in addition to its wide range of packaging solutions.
Among the highlights of the trade fair will be a highly efficient packaging line for packing sliced products, which features a significantly reduced footprint when compared with traditional packaging solutions on the market. The MULTIVAC solution incorporates the compact and flexible R 245 thermoforming packaging machine, which is equipped with the Horizontal Loader, a loading system for sliced products that is hygienic and gentle in its handling. The Horizontal Loader is an effective connecting link in automated slicer lines, and it efficiently transfers a wide range of sliced portions from the slicer to the cavities of the thermoformed packs. Thanks to the use of the Horizontal Loader, no height differences have to be bridged between the slicer and the thermoforming packaging machine, and this results in a significantly reduced line footprint.
With its R 145 thermoforming packaging machine, MULTIVAC will be presenting an economic and attractive solution for producing small batches of packs with high-quality shaped contour cutting. The model has an innovative drawer system for the forming and sealing dies, which enables a format change to be performed more reliably and above all significantly more quickly than with manual handling of the dies. Thanks to the new design of the BAS 20 shaped contour cutting unit, which is now available for all thermoforming packaging machines in the R 1xx series, the machine makes a major contribution to a higher degree of flexibility and a reduced level of packaging material consumption. The compact BAS 20 enables portion packs to be produced efficiently in highly individual pack shapes - whether it is in flexible film or rigid film.
MULTIVAC will be exhibiting an automated traysealer line, in which a portioner from TVI is integrated, for the packaging of sliced fresh meat. The T 800 traysealer, which can be scaled to individual requirements, is particularly suitable for producing MAP packs and MultiFreshTM skin packs in large batches. It enables trays to be packed with a product protrusion of 20 mm, which are characterised by their particularly attractive pack appearance. The multi-functional and highly flexible GMS 520 singlecut portioning system from TVI ensures that the highest product quality is achieved, even at high throughput, as regards cutting, forming and arranging of the product. The portioner can process all types of red meat and poultry - for every portion in any consistency, and always optimised for weight and product waste at a low level of processing expense. The finished packs are labelled on a L 310 conveyor belt labeller with 3D labelling.
In addition to the T 800, the R 105 MF thermoforming packaging machine for producing MultiFreshTM skin packs will also be on display. This machine has already received a very positive reception in the market, since it also enables smaller manufacturers to make the entry into vacuum skin packaging.
MULTIVAC will also be exhibiting on its stand the universal GMS 1600 twincut high-output portioning system from TVI. The highly accurate portioner offers not only maximum portioning quality and yield thanks to its three-dimensional forming, but also a very high degree of flexibility in portioning fresh and frozen meat as diced or as slices in a wide range of thicknesses. The processing capability ranges from pork fillets to beef topside and from a one-millimetre thick carpaccio slice to a 300 mm thick sliced roast joint. The twin-track cutting channel ensures that a high throughput is achieved, as does the capability for simultaneous reloading during the portioning process.
With its MULTIVAC Centrifuge Feeder (MCF) for the automatic packing of straight sausages in large batches, MULTIVAC will be presenting a loading system, which can be integrated seamlessly into packaging lines and enables up to 600 sausages per minute to be separated and loaded with gentle handling. Compared to manual loading, this solution enables handling costs to be reduced by up to 60 percent. The MCF is suitable for single-layer and multi-layer packs with any number and orientation of sausages.
When it comes to packaging food in film pouches, MULTIVAC will be exhibiting not only its smaller chamber machines but also a shrink packaging line, consisting of a B 325 chamber belt machine and a SE 320 shrink tank. The B 325 is suitable for the automated packing of large batches of processed meat and sausages, ham, bacon, fresh meat or cheese, and for producing maturation packs or transport packaging of large catering cuts. Its chamber is equipped at the front and back with two plug-in sealing bars, each 1,000 mm long, and the machine can be loaded from both sides. At Anuga FoodTec the machine will be featured with MULTIVAC's SE 320 shrink tank, which has a capacity of 360 litres. The complete solution is characterised by its attractive price, small footprint and simple handling.
Particular attention will be focused however on the presentation of the new X-line machine generation for the range of thermoforming packaging machines. As a result of its seamless digitalisation, comprehensive sensor system and networking with the MULTIVAC Cloud, the X-line creates a new dimension, when it comes to packaging reliability, quality, performance and future-proofness. Its HMI 3 Multi-Touch user interface is high-resolution and is equivalent to the operating logic of today's mobile devices. As a completely new generation of dies, the X-tools have an extensive range of innovations in their design, sensor system and actuating features, and they guarantee the lowest operating costs in the market.
MULTIVAC Marking & Inspection will also be represented on the MULTIVAC stand and will be presenting information about its comprehensive range of inspection and labelling solutions.
Live demonstrations by TVI in a marquee in the outside grounds will complete the varied range of trade fair attractions. After making an appointment on the exhibition stand, visitors can experience a live showing of the full range of capabilities of the GMS 520 and GMS 1600 portioning machines. A further highlight will be the presentation of a small fully automated line, consisting of a GMS 520 singlecut portioning machine, a fully automatic AIR 520 flexload loading system from TVI, and a T 600 traysealer, which seals the sliced portions in a modified atmosphere tray.