Point Five introduces semi-automatic tray seal system
Point Five Packaging, a supplier of modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) equipment, has introduced the P5-RM Semi-Automatic Seal System. The machine is configurable for sealing trays or cups using MAP, vacuum skin packaging (VSP) or seal-only packaging.
The sealer is stand alone, self-contained, portable and can be tailored to suit a wide set of customer needs. Point Five said the manual, easy-to-operate rotary table considerably cuts cycle times and optimizes output as it enables sealing, loading and unloading to occur simultaneously. The operator loads pre-filled containers into the machine and manually rotates the table under the seal head. While the seal head engages to seal, MAP or VSP the containers, the operator readies the second nest plate with product. Upon completion of the seal cycle, the operator rotates the table again and repeats the cycle. The P5-RM can be combined with system conveyors, fillers and depositors to create a super-efficient automation cell, according to the company.
The P5-RM can produce up to 28 sealed containers, 20 MAP trays and 16 VSP trays per minute. Seal head changeover can be performed in under five minutes, and a user-friendly PLC color touchscreen interface allows quick, simple product setup, storage of up to 99 unique recipes, and multiple language selection, according to the company. The machine handles film widths up to 14.5” (370mm) and tray depths up to 5.5” (140mm). Film sealing, MAP and vacuum skin packing can all be achieved on the same seal head.
With its heavy-duty 304 stainless steel wash-down construction it is ideal for food packing environments, according to Point Five, and its tool-less vacuum chamber removal further ensures high standards of hygiene and cleanliness. Film rack loading includes automatic scrap take-up; optional print registration affords precision quality control. Value-added options range from a selection of alternative vacuum pump sizes to a seal head storage cart with an efficiency-minded preheating feature.