Initially launched in 2008, the MAPY 4.0 is a gas analysis tool aimed at food processors to enable them to test the levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide and other gases in Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP). Such an analyzer is needed to ensure that the required readings of gases are achieved.
Alexander Kampschulte, the head of marketing at Witt, said the company decided to update its MAPY 4.0 tester because customers found that the testing process could vary from user to user. When inexperienced operators do not follow a standardized process, it can compromise the accuracy of measurements.
Mandatory data entry
The new version therefore enables the quality manager to make the input of certain data mandatory before testing can begin.
In addition to requiring operators to introduce their names, quality managers can, for example, make it necessary to add product name, packaging line and batch number. Quality managers can choose what data entry they want to make mandatory.
This data can be entered via a touchscreen display or using a barcode reader for added speed.
Kampschulte said making such data entry mandatory pre-testing ensures that quality managers have access to accurate and comprehensive information. This is necessary to ensure that there are no gaps in documentation.
MAP packaging is used extensively in the food industry as a means of extending shelf life. Typically, air is removed from the space above the food as it is being packed by flushing the package with an inert gas such as carbon dioxide or nitrogen.
It is used to improve the shelf life of foods such as sandwiches, fresh pizzas and meats.