These days, more and more skin packs are conquering the retail shelves around the world. The advantages of the skin packaging system are obvious: securely sealed under deep vacuum, food products have a significantly longer shelf life and can be presented in a much more attractive way. By launching FlatSkin®, SEALPAC now offers a revolutionary solution that combines the sought-after skin packaging process with a plastic reduction of up to 75%. Danish seafood processor Vega Salmon A/S is one of the early adopters of the FlatSkin® packaging system for its hot-smoked salmon products.
True innovation and optical highlight
SEALPAC’s recently developed FlatSkin® system combines an attractive product
presentation and extended shelf life with a highly sustainable use of packaging materials. Instead of common plastic skin trays, the FlatSkin® system uses cardboard
carriers that allow for double-sided printing, hence offering optimal space for product
information whilst providing unique branding opportunities. Some manufacturers may
even dispose of their traditional cardboard sleeve.
A highly transparent barrier skin film fixates the product directly onto the flat cardboard carrier, which has been coated with a polymeric protective layer. This layer provides stability to the cardboard and forms a reliable barrier against grease, moisture and oxygen. FlatSkin® packs are perfectly suited to vertical presentation (e.g. hanging or
standing), making them true eye-catchers at retail. In addition, the tight-fitting skin film provides an attractive 3D effect that highlights the content to the fullest.
Renewable materials, separate disposal
The FlatSkin® system uses cardboard carriers made from bleached or unbleached fibre,
which can be printed on both sides by means of low-migration printing inks and
varnishes. After taking out the product, the thin polymeric layer is easily removed from the cardboard to allow for separate disposal. As such, the FlatSkin® system achieves a
plastic reduction of up to 75%, hence providing an answer to the food industry’s
increasing demand for sustainability. FlatSkin® is suitable for a wide range of product
segments, such as fresh meat, cheese, poultry and seafood.
Early adopter in Denmark
Renowned Danish seafood processor Vega Salmon A/S (www.vega-salmon.dk), with
its head office in Kolding, is one of the first users of the FlatSkin® packaging system
for its hot-smoked salmon products, which it supplies under different brand names to
various retailers. The products are manufactured on a SEALPAC A10 traysealer with
8-impression tooling for cardboard carriers measuring 260 x 130 mm. Each carrier has
a double-sided print and hanger hole, which, combined with SEALPAC’s unique OnTrayCut system, allow for an attractive vertical presentation at retail.
At Anuga FoodTec 2018, the leading and impulse-generating exhibition for the global
food industry, SEALPAC will focus on innovations around efficient and sustainable
packaging processes and materials. The leading manufacturer of tray-sealing and has almost doubled its stand surface to be able to present its full range of packaging equipment and solutions to the expert audience. Visitors to the stand will find state-of-the-art packaging lines in live operation, efficient solutions for the industry’s predominant trend towards skin packaging, as well as packaging innovations
from around the world, especially for the growing convenience segment.
Another highlight at the stand will be the live cooking area, where our chef will demonstrate several packaging solutions that may shape the future of the ready meals segment.
SEALPAC at Anuga FoodTec 2018: hall 9, stand C30/E39.
ES7011 for labelling from the top & bottom at 120 packs per minute.
Join us in Niagara Falls at booth #228 - Hall C of the Scotiabank Convention Centre. See our equipment run and learn more about Sealpac, Espera, and WITT.
Our gas analyzer PA 7.0 can be equipped with a highly sensitive zirconium measuring cell. This enables a reliable inline analysis of even a minimal oxygen concentration in ppm (parts per million).
Gas analyzer PA 7.0 with zirconium cell
Use the PA 7.0 to analyze the oxygen concentration in a measuring range of 1 ppm up to 100%. All measured values are stored and can be downloaded via a standard interface for further processing. You can also conveniently document and manage data using our specially developed OBCC software.
Does your process involve Modified Atmosphere Packaging? Is Leak Detection critical to your application? Perfect modified atmospheres mean nothing if they are not leak-tight. Discover WITT's LEAK-MASTER EASY PLUS system – now with special combo-pack pricing.
Combo pack includes:
- LEAK-MASTER EASY Unit
- Electronic Control Unit PLUS for data and process parameter entry and administration
- Exclusive GCC software for complete documentation
- Vacuum Kit for bubble-testing of vacuum packages
The mobile O2/CO2 gas analyzer OXYBABY® from WITT is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. As one of the best-selling residual oxygen analyzers for testing modified atmosphere packaging, the OXYBABY’s evolution has transformed the way quality inspectors work in the food industry.
Measuring results in six seconds, from just a 2 ml gas sample, display of the O2 value in 0.01% increments, durable oxygen sensor – the features of the current model 6.0 make the OXYBABY® one of the most powerful sample gas analyzers available on the market. Not surprising – because each generation of this device has been pioneering within the sector for the last 25 years.
WITT Managing Director Martin Bender, the “father” of WITT’s gas analyzer, remembers the very beginning when looking at the drawings of the first generation OXYBABY® from 1992. “At that time, modified atmosphere packaging was a relatively young technology. The random measurement of food packaging for quality assurance was still in its beginnings,” he explains. “The existing instruments were awkward to use and not very sophisticated technologically. With the development of the OXYBABY®, we were able to fill a timely niche.”
In contrast to other products on the market, beginning with the second-generation model, the OXYBABY® incorporated an integrated pump to extract a gas sample from the packaging—with just the press of a button. This crucial innovation enabled the single-handed operation still in use today, making the testing process faster. “This unique selling proposition made the work of quality inspectors much, much easier and was the start of a success story,” explains Bender.
As modified atmosphere packaging is widespread today, the inspection of the gas composition in food packaging is now standard practice in quality assurance. The OXYBABY® is a long-established solution for this application—thanks to ongoing development in operation, design and functionality. Even though it was originally only possible to determine the residual oxygen content, the measurement of CO2 content, along with determination of the gas pressure in the packaging, is nowadays a matter of course.
From the start WITT has always had the user’s benefit in mind. Numerous direct suggestions by customers were incorporated into the development, making the OXYBABY® even more practical. For example, the measuring times have been continuously reduced and the measuring gas minimized, thus enabling the analysis of even the smallest packages, such as coffee capsules.
Another major advantage that is popular with users: the pump responds automatically to any blockages in the needle or filter and adjusts the output so that a correct measurement is still ensured. The OXYBABY® also features a warning message to indicate any serious blockages.
Measurements can be assigned to different product lines, products and users, and the memory capacity has been increased to several hundred entries. With extended export functions and interfaces for complete documentation and certification, the OXYBABY also features as options integration of a barcode reader or printing via Bluetooth.
It’s not only the food industry where you can find the OXYBABY®. Special variants such as the OXYBABY® Med for use in hospitals or the OXYBABY® P for testing gas supply lines have extended the application fields of the practical gas analyzer in recent years.
“The OXYBABY® will remain one of our core products in the future, too,” states Martin Bender. “It’s well known and successful in the market. The last 25 years have shown that such a product will continue to be refined. So you can look forward to exciting and useful new features for the user with the next generations of OXYBABY®.”