New innovations on show at Foodex

At Foodex 2014 Packaging Automation will be exhibiting a full range of completely electric flexible tray sealers designed to seal film, foil or board lids to plastic, foil or board trays. The machines on show cater to the needs of all food producers from the artisan to the multi-national with production speeds from 15 packs per minute to 150 packs per minute.

This range enables food producers to demonstrate a real commitment to environmental issues, while delivering tangible improvements to the bottom line. All of the machines on show have ultra low energy requirements due to the removal of pneumatic components therefore eliminating 90% of the running costs when compared to conventional pneumatic tray sealers. However, the seal force delivered provides improved seal quality compared to that achieved with a pneumatic seal cylinder due to the technology used.
At the top end of the range, a brand new electric machine is being launched at the show that offers the highest throughput in flexible tray sealing in the market at 150 packs per minute single lane. Demonstrating PA’s pedigree in innovation, the machine (that will remain under wraps until the Foodex), has been designed to use novel technology that has until now never been used in the tray sealing industry.

PA will also be demonstrating its capabilities in vacuum skin packing which is now offered across the full range of equipment. This brand new revolutionary pack format is gaining popularity in the meat, poultry and fish sectors. The skin system of sealing offers high visibility vacuum packs on a pre-formed tray which is aimed at improving shelf life, better product quality and packaging reduction with the use of a shallow tray.
Background
Packaging Automation Ltd was established in 1963 and is a leading UK manufacturer of tray sealing and pot filling and sealing machinery.
PA can offer customers a tray sealer or pot filler for a wide range of applications in the food industry including fresh produce packing such as salad, tomato, strawberry and soft fruit packing, fish, seafood, meat and chicken packing (including vacuum packing and skin packing), ready meal sealing and packing, and pot or tub denesting, filling and sealing for puddings and sauces.
Full packing lines can be specified and installed to include tray denesting, conveyoring, tray filling, film sealing including modified atmosphere packing (MAP) facilities. Foil tray sealing as well as plastic tray sealing can be accommodated on all machines as standard.
PA also has experience in the medical and consumer goods sectors offering machinery for blister packing a wide range of products.