Multivac has launched the F 286 thermoforming packaging machine that can produce vacuum and modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) packs for snack products.
The new machine has been designed to meet the current demand for snack packs such as dried or roasted meats and small sausages or tofu, which are particularly popular in Asia.
Described as an ideal solution for smaller and medium-sized businesses, the F 286 can produce packs and pouches made from plastic or aluminium films – with the latter offering a longer shelf life.
According to Multivac, the machine has a high output with the ability to produce up to 240 thermoformed packs per minute, with a forming depth of up to 20mm.
“Due to the worldwide demand for healthy snacks, we are also expecting great interest in this model from other regions,” said Dominik Eberhard, team leader for product management (thermoforming packaging machines) at Multivac.
He added: “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.
“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 unloading area can be extended to fit printing solutions or other equipment components, enabling the integration of an inkjet printer or additional cutting unit within the machine.
Multivac says the new machine can be designed to the customer’s individual requirements in terms of output capability and the printing or labelling process.
Last November, Multivac sold Trimaster, a supplier of turnkey solutions in the food packaging industry.
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