GEA launches thermoforming packaging technology for products up to 100mm high

By Jim Cornall

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The GEA PowerPak SKIN.50 high-performance SKIN thermoforming packaging system. Pic: GEA
The GEA PowerPak SKIN.50 high-performance SKIN thermoforming packaging system. Pic: GEA

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GEA has launched the latest version of its SKIN thermoforming packaging technology: PowerPak SKIN.50.

This provides processors of sliced products, including hard cheese, with high-capacity packing of products of up to 100mm high that protrude up to 50mm above the level of the packing tray. The PowerPak SKIN.50 can also perform vacuum and modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) packaging on the same machine.

GEA said the thermoforming packaging machine brings together the highest production capacity currently available with the minimum of wrinkles in the finished package. GEA has achieved the high capacity through engineering that gives an index length up to 600mm, up to eight tracks and four rows of product. Quality enhancements have been achieved by using a new top film guiding and pre-heating station. This avoids tapering of the film and makes the top film easier to form, which prevents wrinkles and improves the overall appearance of the package, and ensures the correct alignment during the sealing process.

The modular design of the GEA PowerPak.50 SKIN thermoforming packaging system allows a choice of feeding, labeling and end-of-line equipment.

GEA said SKIN packaging is becoming increasingly popular for many fresh and premium-grade foods. The process wraps all products perfectly on a second skin, even those with sharp edges and irregular shapes. It eliminates air, preventing oxidation and maintaining the product’s original color and flavor; gives good shelf life; keeps juices and marinades within the package; provides a clear view of the entire product; minimizes packaging waste by using thin films and recyclable paperboard webs; and provides a good price/performance ratio.

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