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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Label producer Belona B.V. based in the Oud Gastel region in The Netherlands, has invested in a Ravenwood Comac linerless label coater. The purchase means that the company has now become an official partner, joining the approved Ravenwood network of linerless Distributors.
The Comac 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.
Belona has added this technology to its already comprehensive product portfolio which boasts a diverse range of self-adhesive labels. As a thriving label producer, the company employs 100 staff who each contribute to the processing of a whopping 22,000,000 square meters of label material per year!
As a customer, Belona is now privy to Ravenwood’s complete support package which includes servicing, parts and technical assistance. Visit Belona’s website here: www.belona.nl