GEA Food Solution’s equipment on display on stand B09 in Hall 7a at interpack reinforces the statement ‘We process and pack it all’, the chosen theme for this event.
In addition to a fully configured high-speed slicing/packaging line, there are two more thermoformers and one more slicer from GEA Food Solutions, a dedicated GEA Tiromat medical packaging thermoformer, a tray-sealer and three GEA SmartPackers vertical bagging machines as well as two GEA Aquarius lollipop production machines.
All are developed to have a measurable impact on yield, productivity, uptime, quality, flexibility and cost effectiveness, and are the result of more than 60 years’ experience in the industry.
The highlights include an intelligent out feed system for the speed-optimised GEA PowerPakSpeed, an innovative approach to sealing PE bags that slashes downtime in IQF applications and that’s not all visitors can expect to see at interpack. Additional news from the vertical baggers includes ultrasonic sealing of thin (30 micron) OPP film bags, smart tools to eliminate human error and optimal speed performance regardless of bag length.
Centerpiece is an automated high-speed line based on the recently introduced GEA PowerPakSpeed thermoformer. The line on display is optimized for handling sliced/shingled products and features the two drive GEA DualSlicer (another recent development), the GEA ShingleLoader, and the new GEA PowerPick at the outfeed which is being shown at Interpack for the first time.
More New Slicing and Packaging Technologies
In addition to the automated line, there are three more GEA PowerPak thermoformers, the high-capacity GEA GigaSlicer equipped with an interleaver and a GEA OptiScan, a pre-scanner system using X-ray technology, the GEA TwinStar tray sealer, three GEA SmartPacker vertical baggers, the new GEA Aquarius FormWrap High Capacity lollipop forming machine and the GEA Aquarius BunchWrapper lollipop wrapping machine that has been upgraded with two innovative labeling options.
The GEA PowerPick intelligent out-feed system features automated pack rejection and other productivity-related innovations to enable it to match the very high speed of the GEA PowerPakSpeed. It is fully integrated into the thermoformer’s control system and ensures accurate single lining of filled packs at the out-feed of the packaging machine. This reduces labour requirements and has many benefits for downstream processes. The GEA PowerPick also identifies and rejects packs that do not meet the required specifications, for example, without a label or no contents. It also features single pack rejection when used with a GEA PowerPakSpeed fitted with the quality inspection option. Rejected packs are confirmed and documented for due diligence purposes, and the reject collection area is constantly monitored. The output can be configured for single or twin lines.
The GEA PowerPak family is represented starting with the compact GEA PowerPakST, a competitively-priced entry into the quality and performance of these thermoformers. The GEA PowerPakRT is ideal for medium- to high-capacity production, and the example at Interpack features the GEA OptiChange semi-automatic tool-change system that speedup tool changes and eliminates manual lifting. The GEA PowerPakXT thermoformer on the stand is the Tiromat version for medical packaging applications, and features a special medical printer. All thermoforming machines are used not only for food packaging and medical applications but also suitable for the packaging of consumer and industrial goods.
GEA Traysealers The GEA TwinStar generation offers tailored traysealer solutions for virtually every type of food to be packaged. Fresh meat, ready meals, salads, confectionery or sliced products, the innovative machine concepts and solutions guarantee efficient processes. To fully exploit the GEA capabilities and to adapt them exactly to customers’ requirements, an extensive selection of accessories like a continuous tray feeding system, a high-performance diverger and suitable conveyor systems are offered.