Soup system fills without spills, manufacturer claims

By George Reynolds

- Last updated on GMT

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A new machine can fill and seal up to 30 pots of soup per minute
without spilling a drop, claims its manufacturer.

Spillages on packaging lines reduce yield and increase costs as more washdowns are needed and pot sealing is inhibited.

Ishida Europe said yesterday its QX 775 Traysealer uses a newly developed 'walking beam' system, which positions empty pots into the filling position using a precise servomonitor.

The metal bar directs pots which are filled by the nozzles just above the rim, ensuring hot soup is dispensed without any soup spilling over or splashing onto the rims, which might otherwise interfere with the sealing process.

The walking beam system takes filled pots to the traysealer infeed which are then correctly positioned for sealing,

The movement of the pots towards the can be programmed to control the acceleration and deceleration, optimising production line speed depending to liquid viscosity.

This movement prevents spillages and splashed ensuring the pots arrive at the sealing tool with clean rims to allow a high-integrity seal.

The machine comes with an optional 'inside cut', which neatly cuts the film to seal it to the tray rim without any film sticking out, enhancing consumer appeal, claims the manufacturer.

A peel-off lid facility for easy opening by the consumer is also included with the machine.

Sealed pots exit the traysealer and pass over an Ishida DACS checkweigher to measure the contents. Pre-printed cardboard sleeves are fitted to each pot automatically, which give contents details and enhance the final product on the shelves, claims Ishida.

Downtime and changeovers are low against competing products as the entire packing line can be cleaned in about 20 minutes, the company claims.

The line can also handle others products and different pack sizes, with a change of film and tooling required.

The system was designed and is in current use with Suppina, which make a range of soupss including Fish Soljanka and Pea Soup, in single-serve plastic containers suitable for microwaving.

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