TTe was developed for the progression of safe food packaging and shelf life extension for underdeveloped countries where packaging is overused and underutilised.
Smaller food manufacturers
The semi-automatic, draw type, tray sealing machine with full vacuum facility is capable of sealing up to 10 vacuum/gas packs per minute with a two-impression tool.
“The flexibility and ease-of-use of our TTe gives smaller food manufacturers the ideal technology to both their current and future production requirements,” said Steve Malone, director, Proseal.
The machine is the latest addition to Proseal’s ‘e’ technology range, characterised by its flexibility to perform any style of heat seal to a pre-formed tray – whether atmospheric, MAP, VMAP, Skin, Skin Plus or Skin Deep.
It gives customers the flexibility to change pack formats in line with customer demands and market trends, without having to buy new equipment.
TTe features a five-minute tool changeover, a film-feed system with film route, and an ‘Auto-Tool’ that automatically locates and connects the tooling to machine functions, including all MAP functions.
It also provides exact temperature and seal pressure control, and accuracy tool alignment.
Earlier this year, the company received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade reflecting its continuous growth over the last six years.
Thanks to strong sales at home and abroad, including a network of 13 distributors and 52% export sales last year, it increased its number of employees to over 300 in the UK and nearly 400 worldwide.
“We’re honoured and delighted to have received the Queen’s Award for International Trade,” Steve Malone, director, Proseal, said at the time.
“Early on we identified that expanding our presence overseas would be critical to our continued growth and the award is testament to this strategy.”
Its performance is supported by the company’s investment in research and development, which has created models that have broken new ground in tray sealing technology and opened up new applications.
For example, it developed the first machine to erect, fill and seal cardboard skillets for sandwiches, which has enabled the move away from plastic packs for many retailers.
Its sealing technology has also been behind the move in the soft fruit sector from clamshell and clip-on lids to thin top sealed film for plastic punnets, reducing packaging materials by as much as 33%.
More recently, Proseal has worked with tray manufacturers to develop a sealing system for a new generation of board-based MAP-capable food trays produced from sustainable cardboard.