Meat the flow wrapping experts at Interpack

At this year’s Interpack, ILAPAK’s booth (Hall 8b Stand C40) will feature a meat industry zone, where visitors can talk to experts with in-depth sector knowledge and see machines in action on their products.

The centrepiece of the meat zone will be a Delta 6000 BM flow wrapper connected to a linear vacuum chamber. Running a simulated meat process, ILAPAK will demonstrate how this automated solution presents an economic alternative to pre-made shrink bags for large cuts such as whole hams or beef joints.

Dummy meat cuts are fed into the Delta 6000 BM flow wrapper, which incorporates a full box motion sealing head for creating exceptionally strong hermetic seals that can easily withstand a vacuum cycle. Visitors will also be impressed by the hygiene credentials of the Delta 6000. This fully modular flow wrapper is the first in the industry to offer complete IP65 protection, enabling full wash down capability - even of the sealing elements. 

“There is a drive in the meat industry to reduce manual intervention, as it introduces the risk of contamination. At the same time, this is an extremely cost-conscious industry and any automation must be supported by a strong financial case. The line concept we are showing at Interpack delivers on both of these counts, and meat processors will see a return on investment through increased line efficiency, labour savings and the lower cost of rollstock versus pre-made bags,” says ILAPAK product manager, Luca Somaini. 

Most meat packers and processors wanting to pack in a vacuumed flow-wrap format still buy in expensive pre-made shrink bags, even though it is preferable - from both a cost and efficiency perspective - to produce bags in-line from rollstock. This is because the options for producing vacuum bags from a reel are limited, with R&D initiatives based around proprietary packaging technology that lock the customer into long term film supply agreements. 

As a result, companies wanting to pack fresh cuts in a vacuumed flow wrap format had to buy three separate units - a flow wrapper, a multi-belt infeed and a vacuum system - built by three different manufacturers. The absence of any integration meant that labour saving opportunities were limited and servicing and technical back-up were problematic.

ILAPAK has been one of the few equipment manufacturers to bridge this gap with integrated vacuum wrapping lines. The configuration it is presenting at Interpack offers a 40 pack-per-minute solution. For meat processors with higher throughput demands, ILAPAK offers the fully integrated rotary Rotavac system. 

Vegatronic 2000 OF: your flexible friend

Producers of frozen meat products such as chicken nuggets and meatballs will be able to find out how ILAPAK’s Vegatronic 2000 OF vertical bag maker could help them raise their game with its unrivalled pack format flexibility and hygienic design. 

Full stainless steel construction with specially treated aluminium parts and open frame design enable this rugged bagger to withstand even the most aggressive cleaning regimes. The model on display at Interpack will also be equipped with front and side stainless steel mesh guards to enhance operator protection and facilitate cleaning.

Capable of switching between heat sealing films and LPDE and between pillow packs and stand-up pouches with easy and tool-free changeovers, the 2000 OF will appeal to producers looking for a high level of flexibility from their bagmaker. It even features a built-in product catching plate on the forming tube to protect wrapping materials from sharp-edged products.

Available in continuous or intermittent motion versions, the Vegatronic 2000 OF can also be easily integrated with ILAPAK’s WA-14 multihead weigher, which was developed specifically with the IQF food industry in mind. 

Vegatronic 6000 SD: mean, clean, bagging machine

Meat and poultry producers looking for the ultimate in hygienic design will be impressed by the Vegatronic 6000SD, a new, ultra-hygienic version of ILAPAK’s flagship vertical bag maker. 

The system is designed to be compliant with the USDA’s strict sanitation performance standards. To this end, all components have special finishing; there are no holes or recesses where product can accumulate; all film and product contact parts have ‘extreme’ finishing; and guarding is constructed from transparent material that is highly resistant to harsh cleaning detergents. Cleaning is also facilitated by the machine’s open frame design, clean film carriage and a unique mounting of the forming tube on a swivel arm for easy removal.

“It doesn’t get any more hygienic than this machine,” says Andrea Boccolini, ILAPAK VFFS division product manager. “All of these features combined make for a USDA-compliant system that is extremely quick to clean, yielding dramatic reductions in operating costs and increases in OEE (overall equipment efficiency).”

With top speeds of 150ppm, the modular system is ideal for meat applications where performance and sanitary design are top priorities.

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