Multivac launches thermoforming packaging machine for snacks
Multivac is launching a new model particularly suitable for producing vacuum and MAP packs for snack products.
The F 286 thermoforming packaging machine offers a high level of flexibility, efficiency and pack quality, as well as an excellent price-performance ratio, according to the manufacturer.
Multivac said the new F 286 thermoforming packaging machine has been developed in response to the current demand in the market for snack packs, such as those for dried or roasted duck portions, beef jerky, small sausages or tofu, in Asia.
Packs made from plastic films or aluminium can be produced. Aluminium packs are generally preferred in Asia for these snack products, since they offer a long shelf life due to their protection against UV light.
“Due to the worldwide demand for healthy snacks, we are also expecting great interest in this model from other regions. The F 286 is aimed particularly at smaller and medium-sized businesses, which want to get into thermoforming packaging for the first time, or alternatively to pack smaller batch sizes more flexibly,” explains Dominik Eberhard, team leader for product management (thermoforming packaging machines) at Multivac.
“The machine is also designed for processors, who package their products today in film pouches on rotating filling and sealing machines. By moving to thermoformed packs, they can avoid high pouch costs, as well as increasing their personnel efficiency.”
The F 286 was designed to produce thermoformed packs with a forming depth of up to 20 mm. With the optional upper web forming of 10 mm, it is possible to replace existing, symmetrically produced pouch packs.
Thanks to its loading area of up to 3,000 mm, which can be extended flexibly, it is possible to achieve high pack outputs, even though the machine can also be accommodated in confined working environments. The unloading area can be extended to fit printing solutions or other equipment components, so that even an inkjet printer or additional cut-ting unit can be integrated into the machine.
The F 286 achieves a high output with up to 240 packs per minute. Very high and uniform sealing forces, combined with a high-performance forming station, ensure that excellent pack results are achieved even with aluminium packs.
The machine is constructed in the Multivac Hygienic Design, and it offers easy access for cleaning and maintenance. Various equipment options enable the machine to be designed to the customer’s individual requirements as regards output capability and the required printing or labelling process.
“All in all, we see the F 286 as a very efficient extension to our product range. It is an ideal solution for smaller and medium-sized businesses, particularly in those areas where pouches and small aluminium packs are being used today,” says Dominik Eberhard in summary. “Aluminium is also an outstanding material when it comes to shelf life, enabling food waste through spoilage to be reduced significantly.”