Avoid Recalls with the VXR® – the ‘end of line solution provider’

We live in a world where packaging regulations are constantly evolving. Supermarkets are demanding improved quality, 100% error-free labelling and a marked reduction in recalls – placing increased pressure on suppliers. But the good news is, our new game-changer, the VXR® will not only meet these demands but will outperform manual operations for a fully streamlined process. The VXR is the ‘end of line solution provider’.

When combining its three technologies, the key functionality of the VXR system, is to identify and reject food trays that are seen to contain errors. Vision inspection and ‘Sapphire’ carbon nanotube field emission technology will resolve these issues. ‘Sapphire’ is a leading technology in the field of x-ray, boasting low energy, high speeds and resolution for unparalleled performance.

VXR USPs

  • Total inspection incorporated into just 1.9 m
  • Avoid damaging press coverage and extortionate costs resulting from recalls
  • Eliminate human error
  • Reduce labour
  • Increase production times
  • High speed user-friendly interface for rugged factory environments
  • Benefit from multiple changes between products
  • Machines are built bespoke to feature just one of these technologies or all three for total control (x-ray must be incorporated if including seal check)
  • Faultless linerless labels and unrivalled quality control when linking to our Nobac 500 sleever

Vision

  • Identifies and rejects errors enabling operator-free end-of-line automation
  • Automatically detects faulty labels, printing errors and poor quality print
  • Analyses label position, quantity and orientation
  • Checks for barcodes, use-by dates and traceability codes

X-Ray

  • Heightened sensitivity for detecting a broad range of dense mass and contaminates
  • Identifies ‘common’ foreign bodies such as glass, metal, ceramics including all types of bone
  • Products are cast aside and placed into the removable reject bin

Seal Check

  • Checks for a secure seal on all food trays
  • Detects for contaminants in the seal including foods that have ‘slipped’
  • Locates for the correct position of the product in the tray
  • ‘Counts’ number of products in a tray; i.e. meatballs, burgers and sausages
  • X-ray functionality must be incorporated for seal check

2016 Food Recalls due to Foreign Matter & Contaminants

According to Food Safety Magazine, in 2016 they counted 764 food recalls, a 22 percent surge compared to 2015. Of that total were 44 foreign matter recalls. Pieces of glass, metal, plastic, rubber and wood were amongst some of the culprits found. Foods affected by these recalls included meat, fruit and even ice cream.

Video Footage and PR

See the VXR in action below on our YouTube channel>

 

VXR
VXR – Vision, Xray and Seal Check Technology

 

VXR
VXR – rear of the machine displayed with the back panel opened (closed when in operation)

 

VXR
VXR – Faultless linerless labels and unrivalled quality control when linked to our Nobac 500 sleever

For further information, contact Marketing on +44 (0) 1284 749144 or email marketing@ravenwood.co.uk. Read all about the launch of VXR at Pro2pack!

Ravenwood Invite you to embark on the ‘Quest for the Circle of Linerless’ at Label Expo

The countdown has begun. It’s International linerless coming to the rescue again! Only this time Ravenwood is embarking on a ‘quest’ with material suppliers; Evonik, Innovia, Ashland, Henkel and Antalis.

Leaders in linerless, Ravenwood Packaging and its supplierswill be showcasing the complete linerless package, ‘The Circle of Linerless’ at LabelExpo (25-28 September 2017). This year’s show is set to be the biggest one to date with nine halls and more than 650 exhibitors.

The company’s ‘Raveneers’ will again be out in full force, joined by their trusty comrades, the Fauxlafels, at the leading trade show for labelling, package printing and converting. They’ll be showcasing their linerless technology and taking centre stage will be the awesome Com500 Coater on the dazzling ‘life-sized’ labelling video wall along with linerless applicators from the flagship Nobac 500 machine range. And totally new for this year’s show is their ‘Quest for the Circle of Linerless’ trail.

The ‘Quest’ invites the show’s visitors to ‘embark on a journey of linerless discovery’, commandeered by their bravest and most trustworthy Fauxlafel of them all – ‘Sir Fauxalot’. The gameplan is simple and those that complete the quest will be entered into a draw to win an amazing prize. Quest cards can be collected from any one of the stands in residence on the trail. The full line-up includes Ravenwood, Evonik, Innovia, Ashland and Henkel. Antalis will also be involved but not exhibiting at the show, although they will have a presence on the Ravenwood stand. A ‘stamp of linerless approval’ will be awarded from each and on completion of the quest, cards should be popped into the prize draw bins provided at each stand.

The ‘Circle of Linerless’ is a bond of trust and honour forged over the years with the Ravenwood approved network of suppliers and distributors to ensure customers have peace of mind through the entire labelling process. Ravenwood doesn’t just sell machines, they offer the complete Linerless solution. The ‘Circle of Linerless’ is a term coined by Ravenwood due to their seemless and joined up approach to the whole process.  They build the coater to make the labels, the applicator to apply them, whilst working with globally renowned raw material suppliers for developing the best substrates, adhesives and silicones to work in a consistent and quality approved manner for producing faultless linerless labels.

Ravenwood’s linerless technology is spreading like wildfire on a global scale and becoming the go-to label of choice for many food manufacturers. Linerless is the eco-friendly replacement for traditional labels that carry non-recyclable wasteful backing paper. With 20 years of linerless experience and a range of labelling solutions to help increase production efficiency, the company can tackle almost any packaging challenge in the food sector; from fish and meat, to fresh fruits and vegetables including dairy and ready meals.

Ravenwood will be on Stand C645. For further information, contact Natalie Bonner on +44 (0)1284 749144 or email natalie@ravenwood.co.uk. Alternatively, you can visit their main website www.ravenwood.co.uk

Quest for the Circle of Linerless
Sir Fauxalot and the quest awaits…

Ravenwood Grow Linerless Market

At its annual congress, Ravenwood introduced new technologies and marketing initiatives designed to grow its share of the global linerless label market. Andy Thomas reports.

Outside of logistics applications, the global market share of linerless labels has not moved much in the last decade – despite the clear sustainability advantages of the technology.

Perhaps the main reason has been the requirement for end users to adopt specialist application machinery which is able to apply a label without peeling it from a backing liner.

UK-based Ravenwood, however, has achieved enormous success in the linerless label market by ‘closing the loop’ between linerless label production and application. The company operates a licensing system which includes the whole linerless supply chain from specialist materials to coating equipment and application equipment for the end user. The whole system is supported by Ravenwood certified engineers and by intensive training of licensees to ensure a standard, consistent and predictable product is delivered at the end of the packaging line. Currently over 1,000 applicator machines are installed worldwide.

Ravenwood has grown around 20 percent year-on-year since the 2009 crash and today 35 million linerless prime labels a week are produced on its machines by global brands and retailers.

Ravenwood was founded in 2004 by Paul Beamish, who had previously worked at SE Labels and then Skanem, both linerless pioneers. The company has recently expanded its headquaters in Bury St Edmunds. The building contains showroom, of ces, training facilities and R&D, and was the location for this year’s congress, bringing together suppliers, printers and distributors.

Ravenwood linerless ‘labels’ do not have to be adhesive backed – some of the company’s most successful products are ‘slideable’ sleeves supplied on the roll. Printed onto thicker materials, up to 300gsm and at sizes up to 500mm x 225mm, they are designed to replace cardboard sleeves on trays sealed with clear film, as typically seen in the ready meals market. The sleeves are applied on Ravenwood’s Nobac 500 series applicators.

Paul Beamish says these linerless label/sleeves are up to 30 percent more sustainable than cardboard sleeves. ‘And our products are flexo printed, which is as good quality as litho-printed cartons, and they retain their image right the way through the supply chain.’

Other Nobac machines can apply ‘Skin pack’ labels and can be attached to weigh scales to deliver complete fixed or variable weight packaging solutions. The latest addition to the Nobac line is the 500R, which applies a full ready meal wrap in format sizes up to 225mm.

A constant problem facing Ravenwood and its licensees is ‘non-approved’ labels, either pirated labels which ‘look’ like the real thing, or cheaper substitutes bought outside the authorized supplier network.

‘Pirated or non-approved labels do not work well on our applicators and at the end of the day these copies are of poor paper and adhesive quality,’ said Paul Beamish.

‘The production manager often won’t know that the buyer has cut corners and purchased these sub-standard labels and when things go wrong, many are quick to blame the applicator. Our engineers provide ongoing support and can spot these poor quality labels instantly, proving that any downtime or product recalls are as a direct result of these inferior copies. So going forward, we are now placing more emphasis on marketing and promoting our approved network of machine suppliers, printers and partners to emphasize the importance of using Ravenwood linerless labels.’

New developments

Ongoing material and machinery developments are key USPs for Ravenwood and the company works closely with its supply chain to identify areas for improvement.

Innovia, Ashland, Evonik and Henkel were present to talk about new developments in materials, silicone and hotmelt adhesives.

Explained Beamish, ‘We are being forced to go faster and faster, which is why we spend so much time working on materials, and why we need to make sure printers are using the latest materials.’

A high quality print surface is particularly important, said Beamish. ‘Dive characteristics and adhesive/silicone relationship are crucial. You could buy any paper but find the adhesive will be sucked in and the silicone relationship is wrong so the labels don’t release properly, and that in turn affects the machines. It is vital to guarantee 120 packs a minute, and this needs the whole chain to be working together.’

A wide range of application machinery was on show at the event, including the new VXR end-of-line quality control system. It detects contaminants and checks both label accuracy and tray seals, all within a 1.9m footprint. The x-ray inspection system uses leading edge Sapphire carbon nanotube field emission technology. The whole unit is food safe. Also introduced at the congress was a new flexible packaging variation of the linerless sleeve system.

What of the future? Paul Beamish sees major opportunities in direct thermal linerless labels supplied on the reel for logistics applications using handheld printers. And there are many more products which could be handled on the Nobac applicators, including fresh foods like cress, and fresh meat and fish, which require special coatings to enhance shelf life.

Primary linerless labeling, in 8-9 colors and using value-added materials is another area for development.

Linerless coater

For the label converter, the core production technology is the Ravenwood Comac coater, designed to coat silicone and adhesive in a form compatible with the Nobac range of applicators.

The Comac applies multiple lines of release and adhesive between 3-25mm wide, coating labels with silicone on the front and adhesive on the back at speeds up to 450fpm (137m/min).

The labels can be printed on both sides before silicone and adhesive coating. The silicone sits on top of a special lacquer developed for linerless, and the laquer and silicone together act as a protective layer against UV, moisture and chemicals.

New Comac developments announced at the congress include the ability to run digital media. Ravenwood is also looking to add flexo units for varnish and reverse print, as well as potentially a slot coater and chill rolls so thermal materials can be run.

‘We are looking at new coat heads for more accurate coat levels,’ said Paul Beamish. ‘We now have on board an industry professional who says he can measure glue weight on clear film more accurately.’

Marcus Greenbrook, international sales manager at GEW, explained to delegates the N2 nitrogen inerting system used on the Comac silicone coating station. A nitrogen blanket reduces oxygen in the chamber to 50PPM, preventing it inhibiting the silicone curing process. ‘We control web movement into the chamber so we can get the gap much closer and stop oxygen being dragged in,’ said Greenbrook. The result is decrease of odor and migration – key for food grade applications – and the ability to cure at a lot lower power levels.’

Continued Greenbrook, ’Our Rhino power supply gives us better control of the UV system and reduces nitrogen consumed compared to older systems.’ UV output monitoring is integrated into the E2C lamphead, with up to seven sensors mounted across length of the lamp. GEW is now looking at closed loop control of lamp output based on sensor readings, said Greenbrook.

Ravenwood will be exhibiting at Labelexpo Europe. Visit the Label Expo website.

The above article was written by Andy Thomas, Strategic Director at Labels & Labeling and is featured in the June/July issue of Labels & Labeling. Flip to page 49 and read the online article.

Ravenwood Packaging
Ravenwood Packaging

Ravenwood Com500 Coater for Failsafe Linerless Labels

The Ravenwood Com500 coating machine is the only coater dedicated to running Ravenwood linerless labels. In this blog update we reveal the workings and processes for producing this type of label.

What is Linerless?

A linerless label is a pre-printed pressure sensitive label that does not feature liner or backing paper. The labels are wound on a roll and feature a silicone strip applied to the top, to prevent the adhesive from the underside sticking to the label below. A coating machine applies the adhesive and silicone, the process which makes a label ‘linerless’.

Com500 Coater Functionality

Standing at 4 metres wide by 2 metres deep and 2.7 metres high, the Com500 coater is suitably imposing. The coater is designed and manufactured in the UK to work in accordance with Ravenwoods’ Linerless system. The primary purpose of the machine is to apply silicone and hot melt adhesive to pre-printed labels, therefore resulting in a ‘linerless’ label. Variable line widths are achieved including the functionality to match up to 12 different glue application heads. Furthermore, the coater can also slit and rewind multiple lanes into finished reels, attainable in just one pass at speeds of 135 metres per minute. Once the silicone and adhesive are applied, the oxygen controlled inert chamber rapidly cures the reel by way of UV.  And it’s this process that’s considered the most important aspect for delivering high quality linerless labels, aside from glue and silicone quality. The finished reels are then wound on the ‘three shaft turreting system’ to the customer’s required configuration.

Com500 Operation

The The HMI (Human Machine Interface) makes for easy to navigate screens so operating the Com500 is simple and concise.  The dashboard controls the number of glue lines, glue weight, meterage on a completed reel including length and tension.

Linerless Application

The final stage of the linerless process sees the coated labels  applied to food packs with our Nobac 500 applicators. The Nobac 500 is our flagship applicator and was the first prototype to go into production when Ravenwood was founded back in 2004. Today’s ‘500’ is still based on the same design but due to shifts in buyer behavior and food packaging trends, we’ve steadily evolved with many machine variants now available. Over the years, the 500 has diversified and is capable of applying a multitude of different linerless label formats. Furthermore, we can adapt or create linerless labels to suit many packaging challenges on a range of materials including paper, film and card from 170 – 300gsm.

Call Brian today for Com500 machine quotes and lead times on (0)1284 749144 or email us at marketing@ravenwood.co.uk. We’re also happy to undertake R&D including contract coating at our Ravenwood HQ in Suffolk. Visit our coating page on our website www.ravenwood.co.uk.

Com500 Coater
Ravenwood Com500 Coater
Ravenwood Com500 Coater
Ravenwood Com500 Coater

Ravenwood Rises to the Demands of the Ready Meal Market

As pioneers of the linerless label, we also offer a sustainable and cost effective ‘label’ solution for ready meal food manufacturers. Our groundbreaking ‘Slideable Ready Meal Sleeve’ is a reinvention of the traditional cardboard sleeve yet boasts a multitude of benefits.

Ready Meal Consumer Landscape

Before we highlight the USPs of the ready meal sleeve, let’s factor in consumer trends and demand. Just as healthy home cooking is experiencing a resurgence, the call for ready meals also continues to escalate. With the number of single-person households rising, and growing numbers of working professionals eating at their desks, ready meals are as popular as ever. In the UK, the market has undergone a change of image from being deemed as unhealthy and lazy to being repositioned as a premium, indulgent option. Retailers have enhanced this image by using healthier ingredients and adopting cooler and more sustainable food packaging designs.

Unique Selling Points of the Ready Meal Slideable Linerless Sleeve

So what’s so great about our Ready Meal Slideable Linerless Sleeve? Unlike traditional sleeves that are both costly and labour intensive due to the need for manual application, these labels score by comparison as they are machine applied and come supplied on a roll. Sell-by dates can also be applied at the point of application whereas with manual application, these would need adding separately. The whole process is streamlined, saving you time and reducing overall cost. The benefits are widely apparent which is why Ravenwoods’ Slideable range is becoming increasingly attractive as the label of choice for straight-to-oven ready meals and other produce.

Nobac 500 Machine Application

Ravenwoods’ ready meal sleeves are applied by the Ravenwood Nobac 500R applicator. The machine is slightly longer than the standard Nobac 500 Sleever but is still very compact. And the label itself has a 100mm-225mm format with speed dependent on feed length at around 65ppm. The technology brings ready meals into the linerless arena, proving that this type of labelling can be applied to virtually any packaging challenge.

To find our more or to request some samples, contact us here or you or call us on (0)1284 749144.

Ravenwoods' slideable linerless ready meal sleeve
Ravenwoods’ Slideable Linerless Ready Meal Sleeve
Ravenwoods' Slideable Linerless Sleeve on sausages
Ravenwoods’ Slideable Linerless Sleeve on sausages

 

Cracking the Code on Linerless Labels

In food labeling, coding and marking equipment plays a small but vital role in supporting adding ‘need-to-know’ information about the product itself. ‘Best Before’ or ‘Use By’ dates including batch numbers, product weights and barcodes form some of the information that is needed to be incorporated into end-of-line labeling.

The Challenges 

The food packaging landscape today means that stringent regulations must be followed to meet consumer health and safety. When things go wrong, the cost implications and damage to a brand can be devastating. A product is recalled when information is inaccurate, poorly displayed or if someone should fall ill or tragically die as a direct result. So when things take a turn for the worst, investigations need to be carried out. Batch codes are extremely useful and will assist in track and traceability. These clever codes link to a direct point in the production process, making clear each stage of the supply chain, helping to pin point where a particular process has failed.  For heightened quality control in terms of identifying contaminated produce, our latest game-changing technology, the VXR really packs a punch. The system combines vision, x-ray and seal check technology. Find out more on the VXR here>

Application

Ravenwood works with an approved supplier network to achieve the seamless integration of both linerless and coding technologies. Coders can be purchased as stand-alone machines although when ordering a Ravenwood Nobac 500, we strongly recommend that a coder is purchased alongside. The coding machines that we offer complement our linerless applicators, suiting all sizes of production lines. Even companies with multiple lines will benefit from printing at increased line speeds without ever missing a pack – regardless of throughput, build back and pack size.

Thermal Transfer Coding Technology

Thermal transfer overprinting is the established technology of choice for a wide range of coding applications. Compared to traditional contact coders such as hot-stamp or roller coders, thermal transfer overprinting offers superior print quality, economy and lower running costs. From label overprinting, to high speed digital coding on flexible packaging, thermal technology delivers fast print speeds, minimises downtime and ensures accurate display of critical data. And with fast moving lines and frequent changeovers, coding equipment offers a fail-safe step up from less flexible, non-digital methods. In the factory environment, hygiene requirements are also paramount and strict standards must be met. Coders that adopt ‘thermal inkjet technology’ feature stainless steel enclosures coupled with fast drying specialist inks proving invaluable when there is a risk of smudging through manual handling or where moisture is present.

When Less is More

Supermarket shelves are jam packed with many different brands all screaming for consumers’ attention. So it’s no surprise that brand owners utilise the packaging space to its optimum potential to increase shelf appeal and visual impact. This often results in the coding area to be very limited. By opting for thermal coding means that information can be printed and displayed accurately – even in the tightest of spaces.

Ravenwood supplies a diverse range of coding printing equipment from our approved supplier network. We can advise and recommend different options for printing various critical data on food labels and packaging. Contact us today to find out more or call us on +44 (0)1284 749144. We are currently in the process of building a new website and plan to have a dedicated page on Coding but until this time, please visit our current site here>

The ICE Vulcan Coding Machine
Diagram of the ICE ‘Vulcan’ Coding Machine – visit the Vulcan product page on the Ice website here

2017 Ravenwood WorldCon Post Event Review

This year’s Annual Conference was held in the new build of our HQ in Suffolk. During recent years, we have mostly hosted the event off site due to the accelerated growth of our Distributor network. So with the new build complete, it was great to be able to welcome our delegates back to Ravenwood again, allowing us the opportunity to show off our new offices, meeting rooms, workshops and training areas!

The event proved to be our busiest and most successful to date.  Day one welcomed machine distributors and day two, our printer partners.  Agendas for both days included machine demonstrations and presentations from both Ravenwood staff members and industry key note speakers.

Many machines were on demo including our new game-changing VXR system, unveiled at Pro2Pac. The ‘end of line’ solution provider to meet the food industry’s stringent requirements! The VXR boasts 3 technologies incorporated into just 1.9 metres. And our Comac Coater, designed to work with our Nobac 500 flagship linerless label applicator was also on proud display. The Comac allows for the application of multiple release and adhesive lines, coating the labels with silicone on the front and adhesive on the back.

Our Partners in vision and x-ray provided an insight into our new VXR system which boasts ‘Sapphire’ carbon nanotube field emission technology. Delegates were also informed of the latest in Coater developments and Ravenwood staff presented updates on key areas of the business including sales, service, parts and marketing.

Evening entertainment was laid on at our MD’s (Paul Beamish), motorcycle emporium – Krazy Horse. It was here that we presented awards to our ‘Distributors of the Year’ based on sales and overall performance. GH Ulma scooped the title of ‘Machine Distributor 2017’ and WS Packaging for ‘Printer Distributor 2017’.  Winifried Hamann, Head of IM EMEA – RC Silicones at Evonik was also presented with an award for his long service and dedication to Ravenwood and linerless. Winifried retires this year and we wish him well! Each were presented with a set of three cast metal flying pigs – a retrospective take on the ‘Three Flying Ducks’.

Overall the event proved to be engaging, entertaining and most importantly an education.

For further information, email Natalie or Sarah at marketing@ravenwood.co.uk.

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Raveneer Jez providing an update on ‘The Bigger Picture’
Raveneer Jez (left) featured with team Evonik at Krazy Horse! Winifried Hamann pictured 2nd left.

MPH Fulfilment Ltd Joins the Ravenwood Approved Distributor Network

Custom self-adhesive label producer, MPH Fulfilment Ltd has purchased its first Ravenwood Packaging coater, becoming an official partner, joining Ravenwood’s approved network of linerless Distributors.

The two companies benefit from an already strong business relationship, having worked together on various projects over the last 17 years.

Paul Hogan, Founder of MPH said: “We are absolutely delighted to have finally got on board with Ravenwood’s linerless technology. It’s something that we have wanted to do since MPH was founded in 2004. Over the past year, we have received an accelerated amount of linerless enquiries so the time seemed right to partner with Ravenwood.”

The Comac Coater is designed to work with Ravenwood’s Nobac 500 flagship linerless label applicator. This machine allows for the application of multiple release and adhesive lines, coating the labels with silicone on the front and adhesive on the back. The Comac works continuously through the label reel at a pace of 450 feet per minute. Other features include various line widths from 3mm up to 25mm, a nitrogen inerted silicone system and hot melt adhesive.

MPH adds this technology to its already diverse mix of products and services. In addition to self-adhesive food labelling, MPH provide labels for the toiletry and beauty industry, and offer 2 Ply Peal and Resealable, Thermoforming, as well as the MEDI-Clear® compliance packaging range which helps ensure that patients take the right medication at the correct time.

Paul Beamish, MD of Ravenwood Packaging said: “Paul and I have known each other for many years and I am thrilled he’s now added linerless to his portfolio of products.”

MPH is a quality-driven label printer and packaging specialist, serving a wide range of industries and applications. Their world-class purpose built facility boasts 10,000 ft² of floor space, housing six printing presses, capable of printing up to 10 colours on various materials including paper, board and filmic substrates.  They employ a team of 30 dedicated professionals.

MPH is now privy to Ravenwood’s complete support package which includes servicing, parts and technical assistance. Visit their website here: www.mphfulfilment.co.uk

For further information, contact Natalie Bonner on +44 (0)1284 749144 or email natalie@ravenwood.co.uk.

MPH Fulfilment Ltd purchase a Ravenwood Com500 Coater
MPH Fulfilment Ltd

Pro2Pac 2017 Raveneer’s Post Event Update

The Pro2Pac food and drink packaging exhibition at ExCeL London has been hailed as a roaring success!

Packaging professionals from across the land including retailers, restaurateurs and caterers, as well as a host of FMCG companies descended on Pro2Pac to discover the very latest pioneering technology and cutting-edge innovations.  More than 120 exhibitors were in attendance, including leading global names such as Tetra Pak, Fischbein-Saxon, Coveris, Henkelman and non other than linerless gurus, Ravenwood Packaging.

The Ravenwood stand attracted a whole host of visitors from many different realms, most notably from the UK, Singapore, Turkey, Poland, Chile and Spain. We showcased three of our Nobac applicators with each applying linerless to skin pack, MAP and ready meal formats. And taking centre stage for its grand unveiling was the almighty VXR System, our very latest game-changing innovation!

Our Raveneers reported an extremely busy show. The Fauxlafels slept for three whole days after returning home to Ravenwood Towers. Read all about the new VXR system here.

For further information, email Natalie or Sarah at marketing@ravenwood.co.uk.

Ravenwood Packaging at Pro2Pac
Our Raveneers and the Fauxlafels of course enjoying a great show at Pro2Pac!

Ravenwood Launches End of Line Quality Control System

Linerless gurus, Ravenwood Packaging has unveiled its latest game-changing technology, the VXR, combining vision, x-ray and seal check technology. The new innovation will launch at Pro2Pac.

The new compact and high-tech arrangement provides an all-inclusive process for the seamless production of sleeving, contaminate detection and sealing of trays. Customers will benefit from fully automating their production lines, alleviating the need for manual checks which are costly in terms of manpower and time consuming when production deadlines are tight. These three technologies fall under the operation of just one machine, incorporated into just 1.9m. The ‘end of line’ solution provider to meet the food industry’s stringent requirements.

“Supermarkets are demanding improved quality, 100% error free labelling and reduced costs – placing increased pressure on suppliers,” says Paul Beamish, Founder and Managing Director of Ravenwood Packaging. “The new VXR machine will not only meet these demands but will outperform manual operations for a fully streamlined process.”

The key functionality of the VXR system, when combining the three technologies, is to identify and reject food trays that are seen to contain errors. Ravenwood’s VXR will solve these issues with ‘Sapphire’ carbon nanotube field emission technology. Sapphire is a leading technology in the field of x-ray, boasting low energy, high speeds and resolution for unparalleled performance.

Vision

With ‘Vision’, the machine automatically detects faulty labels, printing errors and poor quality print. Expect analysis of label position, quantity and orientation. All printed information is checked including barcodes, use-by dates and traceability codes. The system also boasts a user-friendly interface for rugged factory environments. Ravenwood stipulated this at the design phase. “The machine must be simple and easy to use,” said Beamish.

X-Ray

The VXR is programmed with heightened sensitivity for detecting dense mass and contaminates, and identifies foreign bodies such as glass, metal, ceramics including all types of bones. Products are cast aside and placed in the removable reject bin.

Seal Check

Contaminates in the seal are also screened, ensuring trays and food packages are properly sealed. Foods that have ‘slipped’ could potentially obstruct the seal. The system also examines for the correct position of the food and number of products within the tray – for example, number of meatballs.

“Contamination of food may pose serious consequences for a company. Under the Product Liability Law, every food producer is liable for contagions in the event that a consumer should be harmed,” adds Beamish.

Ravenwood is now taking orders. Machines are built bespoke to feature just one or all three of the technologies.

For further information, contact Natalie Bonner on +44 (0) 1284 749144 or email marketing@ravenwood.co.uk.

Ravenwood's VXR machine
Ravenwood’s VXR machine ready for its grand unveiling at Pro2pac!
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