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Random length flow-wrapper reaches 100 packs a minute

07 June 2012

A high speed flow-wrapping system that adjusts bag length automatically to cater for random length items, producing a tight pack for goods such as cheese and meat products, has been developed by Italian manufacturer PFM Packaging Machinery

The LVA module operates with PFM's Scirocco inverted MAP flow-wrapper and, unlike earlier systems of its type, runs in continuous motion to provide speeds of typically 90-100 products a minute, an increase of over 30 per cent.

"Previous random length systems operated in intermittent mode, with a pause between each pack to allow bag length to be adjusted," explains PFM sales and operations director Chris Bolton.

"However, enhanced sensing systems and new control software now allow the LVA to operate in continuous motion with length sensing and adjustment taking place simultaneously."

Designed for modified atmosphere packaging, the Scirocco flow-wrapper employs D-cam motion sealing jaws that move with the film, providing extra dwell time for enhanced seal security.


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