UK-based heat seal machinery specialist Seal-it-Systems (SIS) is another company eager to display its wares at the forthcoming Total Processing & Packaging exhibition in Birmingham. The firm, which has just launched a compact vacuum chamber designed specifically for the testing of sealed containers, believes that its latest innovation has much to offer the food and drink industry.
In particular, the company says that the chamber is ideal for packaging, such as pots for yoghurt, which require an air tight seal. There is clearly a food safety issue here, and no doubt the firm will be keen to stress this aspect at the event.
The new product is the latest in a range of recent innovations to hit the heat sealing industry. SIS for example also recently launched a new MK1 heat seal machine fitted with a manually operated rotary table. The company claims that the addition of a rotary table increases the MK1's output and allows easier insertion and removal of the container.
"We are often approached by heat seal machine customers asking how they can test the quality of seal in order prove to their customers that the packed product is 100 per cent sealed," said SIS managing director Frank Whelan. "With this in mind we decided to design a manufacture a simple and low cost burst strength unit that can be used for a wide range of packs including pots, bottles, blisters and even pouches."
Seal-it-Systems is also planning to introduce a range of reel fed, cut and seal in place machines along with a small rotary filling machine that will fill the gap between the current hand operated machines and large scale production equipment that is often to expensive for small start-up companies.
Seal-it-Systems manufacturers hand operated and semi-automatic heat-seal machinery for the global food and drink industry. These small compact machines are operated with 13 amp-power supply and the option of manual or pneumatic control. All machines can be used with pre-cut lidding in materials such as aluminium or plastic. The machines are produced to order and can be made with specific sealing heads and container guides to suit almost any application.
The company will be displaying its full range of equipment at the Total Processing & Packaging exhibition on 29 March to 1 April 2004 at the NEC, Birmingham.