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Ilapak focusses on flexibility for wrapping machine

By Joseph James Whitworth

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Ilapak talks to FoodProductionDaily at IFFA
Ilapak has championed the flexibility of one of its wrapping machines that offers three different packaging possibilities.

The Delta FloBag is a PC controlled machine with connectivity for remote assistance and only requires one operator to feed the bags into the machine.

It replaces pre-made bags which are more expensive than films on rolls, said Ilapak at the IFFA Trade Show 2013 in Frankfurt.

The machine runs up to 60 cycles per minute and production output depends on film sealability and product characteristics.

It is designed for wrapping fresh and processed meat with shrinkable film for vacuum packs and laminate film with modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) it can handle variable product lengths and registered print film features are standard.

Flexible options

Luca Somaini, technical sales support at Ilapak told FoodProductionDaily.com how the machine has three different packaging possibilities.

“You have the possibility to make three different application with one machine only, this machine is capable to make what we call, vacuum bags, which means you make a bag with big pieces of meat or unprocessed meat and after the packaging you can put it into the vacuum chambers.

“The other application you do with this machine is modified atmosphere packaging application you make the bag which [has] inside the proper mix of gas to get the require shelf life​.”

This is the technical application for processors of meat or sausage for example, he added.

“The third application you can do with this machine is the hygienic protection application which means you put the envelope around the product just to protect the product but not to get benefit in terms of shelf life.”  

Responding to the requirements of the meat and poultry industry, Ilapak’s packaging solutions are developed with hygienic design, leak-proof hermetic seals, MAP capabilities, flexibility in product changeover and pack aesthetics.

Hygiene need

Somaini said the machine was tailored for the meat and cheese industry.

“It is made to get the highest hygienic design possible…the in-feed is completely easy cleaning and washdown and the overall machine is made of stainless steel with round edges to avoid trapping of material…”

Ilapak also exhibited their Vegatronic 2000 OF which is a vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) machine in the intermittent film motion high-end range. 
The design, technology and performance make it a benchmark in the vertical packaging machinery industry incorporating the open frame concept, hygienic design with lowest cost of ownership, said the firm.  

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