Riggs Autopack said it will be releasing the new equipment, designed for the opening, filling and sealing of pre-made plastic pouches, at the Pro2Pac exhibition in London next month.
The machine is applicable to the manufacture of soups, sauces and marinades.
Filling a gap
Sales manager for the company, Gary Lee, said that the rotary machine fills a gap in the market for a system that provides a level of automation without the cost of a fully automatic line to help meet demands for higher production levels.
“A lot of our customers are small to medium sized companies that have been manufacturing products using labour intensive production facilities with multiple operators and stand alone machinery.
“This new rotary system only requires a single operator, and it also enables manufacturers to use existing filling equipment within the new system, which will help to reduce capital expenditure,” explained Lee.
Meanwhile, improved output speeds for liquid food and beverage applications are the advantages of an enhanced aseptic filling system that maximises product quality and shelf life, claims Rapak.
The global bag-in-box specialist explained that its new Intasept2 system, which is to be launched at Anuga FoodTec next month, also has a wider range of dispense fitments than the original version to make the technology more user-friendly.
For aseptic applications, the key demand from liquid food and beverage manufacturers is for extended shelf-life after opening. Normal milk packaging, once opened, only lasts for several days; aseptic bag-in-box can last up to a month.
The Intasept system uses a method that allows processors to achieve 100 per cent sterility throughout the filling process. It offers the security of heat-sealed closure both before and after filling and the assurance of a sterile and completely enclosed product transfer path, claims the manufacturer.
Stephanie Humez, global marketing manager at Rapak, told FoodProductionDaily.com that the technology is suitable for any liquid product that requires aseptic filling such as dairy and cold-fill juices.
Distributors and retailers can benefit from the Intasept format with the option to choose from two, three, five, 10 and 20 litre capacities as well as commercial applications as large as 1,400 litres, she added.