GERMANY – German multinational packaging solutions company Multivac has debuted its W 500 universal flow packing solution, which offers flexibility for packing a wide range of food products. 

According to Multivac, the new flow packer is designed for a wide spectrum of applications and products and supports the use of sustainable films and paper-based materials.  

It is suited to the sustainable packaging of products such as minced meat, burgers, cevapcici, sausages, cheese and frozen fish.  

Bakery products such as baguettes, croissants, and pizzas, as well as many types of fruit and vegetables, can also be packaged securely in pillow packs with very efficient material usage. 

The flowpacker complements the current MULTIVAC pillow pack which is traditionally one of the primary solutions for the secure and attractive packaging of food products, such as meat and sausages, cheese, snacks, bakery products and fruit. 

With the addition of the new W 500 horizontal flowpacker, MULTIVAC said it is expanding its equipment range and turning to a new area of application.  

“Thanks to the new W 500 in our product range, we can now offer our customers an even greater choice of solutions to meet their exact requirements.  

And with the W 500 as with all our other equipment, we can offer the right packaging materials, so that the pillow packs are environmentally friendly and recyclable.,” said Kim Hüther, executive vice president of tray & pouch packaging at MULTIVAC.  

The main features of the W 500 flowpacker are its easy operation, cleaning and maintenance, as well as an attractive price-to-performance ratio. 

Huther notes that the equipment can be used as a stand-alone solution, or it can be integrated into an automated line – as will be seen at the trade fairs. 

MULTIVAC said the machine has a high level of efficiency and precision, is user-friendly, reliable, cost-effective and has a high output. 

It also has an inbuilt precise servo drive technology which ensures maximum speed and optimum process control are achieved.  

Products with a maximum width of 200mm and a height of up to 120mm can be packed – with or without a tray, according to Multivac. 

Other features include the independent speed setting of the rollers for crease-free longitudinal sealing and reliable cross sealing, 

It also features an integrated gas analysis system for MAP packing with modified atmosphere. 

W 500 has an output of up to 120 packs per minute or a film speed of up to 30 meters/min. It is also possible to integrate marking or labelling solutions seamlessly.  

All process and pack parameters such as type of product, pack format, sealing pressure and temperature are recipe-based, and they can be set and called up with a few clicks on the user-friendly HMI, the company said.  

Product changes can also be performed in a very short period of time. The machine components are easily accessible for cleaning and maintenance. 

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