SWITZERLAND – Switzerland-based aseptic packaging manufacturer, SIG has launched next generation filling technology for food and beverage manufacturers. 

Dubbed SIG NEO, the new machine features unique 100+ hour run cycles; a fully automated clean-in-place solution from magazine to discharge; and SIG’s innovative 360-degree sterilising solution.

SIG has described its innovation as the world’s fastest filling machine for ‘combivita’ family-size carton packs, with up to 18,000 packs per hour.  

According to the company, the new technology has a 25% lower carbon footprint compared to other SIG filling machines for family-size carton packs while also providing users with long-term savings and a total cost of ownership. 

“Food and beverage producers have tight deadlines, production and profitability goals, plus sustainability targets and countless KPIs to meet,” Stefan Mergel, SIG’s senior product manager equipment, said. 

“To fulfil all their needs, we’ve built a world-class system that’s far more flexible and efficient than any other on the market, with industry-leading sterility rates.” 

Harpak-ULMA introduces multi-side-seal capabilities for food packaging 

Meanwhile, Harpak-ULMA has introduced new Artic Side Seal packaging system featuring new multiside-seal capabilities for dairy, bakery, meat, and medical applications.  

According to the company, the Artic Side Seal (SS) packaging system can produce multiple side-seal formats, including both zippered and strip resealable. 

It can also support three-sided non-resealable formats, shrink films, and modified atmosphere capabilities.  

The Artic SS produces non-hermetic or hermetically sealed packs and relies on a simplified longitudinal side-sealing system for the side seal and features a long dwell sealing head for the cross seal.  

The company said the Artic SS offers an alternative to traditional fin-sealed flow wrap packaging, which result in divided panels on one side and therefore a smaller printable area, whereas sideseal allows both sides of the packaging to be fully utilized. 

Harpak-ULMA has also announced the availability of Rockwell Automation controls for its Vertical VTC 800 series hygienic design vertical packaging machines and the upcoming availability of Rockwell Automation (RA) controls for its VTC 840 (VFFS) vertical packaging platforms in 2022. 

The embedded smart, connected Rockwell Automation controls technologies support numerous advanced capabilities, including PTC’s Vuforia Augmented Reality (AR) software suite.

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