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PFM's 'breath of fresh air with Mistral'

19 May 2011

PFM Packaging Machinery is launching the Mistral BB ZIP Servo, which it says represents a major technical breakthrough for the UK flow packing industry and is aimed at the food industry

Leeds based PFM, market leaders in the packaging, weighing and automation industry for over 20 years, have spent over two years perfecting the Mistral BB ZIP, which is described by its sales and operations director Chris Bolton as a great addition to our range of machinery.

It offers an open and re-close ZIP application system which is ideal for products such as cheese, cold meats, breads and wraps, as well as products that can be placed in shallow trays singularly or as a multi-pack, as the re-closure system guarantees freshness and preservation of the product.

The horizontal packaging machine produces airtight packs with three seals starting from a standard reel of heat-sealable packaging material and is capable of operating at up to a fast 80 standard sized packs per minute which includes the application of the zip.

Extremely accurate, this latest variant of the Mistral is an addition to six other models which include top or bottom film reels and an Electronic or Servo version. In addition to the Mistral's fast production speeds, safety and ease of use, the machine has available with Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP), which is ideal for wrapping a wide range of products.

MAP ensures that food retains its texture and its appearance and is preserved whilst the MAP process ensures that the product retains its vitamin and fat content, keeping the product looking fresh and appetising and tasting great.

All Mistral models have the same fundamental mechanical characteristics. The most impressive feature is their long dwell sealing system which assures airtight seals and high wrapping speeds. The Mistral, with a cantilevered AISI 304 stainless steel structure can also be easily cleaned and its format can be rapidly changed.

Building on its experience in horizontal packaging equipment, PFM is able to customise the equipment line to specific customer requirements adding to its complexity of having six brushless servo motors, three separate tiltable fin seal rollers, and LCD touch screen control panel making the Mistral highly operator friendly.

PFM's sales and operations director Chris Bolton commented on the most recent addition: "This exciting and innovative packaging process should start to change the way that food companies package their products in the future for longer shelf-life and freshness of product but with the added feature of a Zip closure."

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