Food Packaging: VisionSeal targets poultry packers
English poultry processors face a September deadline to convert from over-wrapping to hermetically sealed packaging. That touched off a wave of packaging equipment purchases, and Multivac’s T-400 was the big winner, with more than 40 units sold in the last six months. U.S. processors may not be as highly motivated as their English counterparts, but people “want leak-proof” packages, points out Mark Wilhelm, Multivac’s traysealer product manager.
The real innovation with VisionSeal is the modified tray sealer, which accommodates products that just above the horizontal plain of the tray flange. A whole raw chicken can be MAP packaged in a 1-inch deep tray, extending shelf life in packaging that resembles traditional over-wrap containers.
While most of Multivac’s tray sealers can be modified for VisionSeal, the T-400 is the focal machine because its small infeed and footprint permit easy integration into a poultry plant’s packaging line. T-400 also has a simplified changeover design that complies with lock out/tag out requirements and still allows operators to change over for different sized trays in less than seven minutes, according to Wilhelm.
For more information:
Mark Wilhelm, Multivac Inc., 816-891-0555,