Revolution tray sealer launched

A major technology breakthrough at Packaging Automation Ltd has culminated in the design of the fastest most energy efficient single lane tray sealing machine in the world.

The Revolution machine incorporates truly novel technology enabling it to surpass all previous tray sealing products with speeds of 150 packs per minute which is at least 20% faster than the closest competing product. Interpolated multi axis robotic motion ensures a continuous flow of trays through the machine from infeed to outfeed eliminating any need for pauses or buffering.

Featuring PA’s PowerdriveTM technology, the Revolution is a fully electric machine and operates without using any compressed air, therefore offering savings of up to 98% of the running costs of conventional pneumatically operated tray sealers. The seal force has been increased by 300% compared to pneumatic systems however PA’s novel technology allows the tool lift mechanism to be deactivated during the seal process therefore significantly reducing the energy usage.

Many other new user benefits have been added during the development process including a smoother profile of the tray transfer into the machine. This allows more fluid or liquid based products to be transferred without spilling at high speed. The manual set up of printed film after product changes can be time consuming and problematic for users of tray sealers, however by incorporating these settings into individual recipes in the screen, the Revolution automatically adjusts the reel position when the recipe is selected. For factories where security of machine settings and parameters can be an issue, the Revolution can be equipped with RFID fobs that prevent operators from accessing certain permission levels within the machine’s screen.

As all of the machines on show incorporate PowerdriveTM technology they are fully electric and have ultra low energy requirements thus enabling food producers to demonstrate a real commitment to environmental issues, while delivering tangible improvements to the bottom line.

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.