Custom-designed for fresh produce and production of block bottom gable top packs for gourmet sandwich ranges and confectionery & biscuit multipacks
Paramount Packaging – exclusive distributor of Fuji Machinery Company’s horizontal and vertical form-fill-seal equipment in the UK and Ireland – will be showing bespoke versions of its Alpha VII horizontal flow-wrapping system. The exhibit will feature a special box motion model that has been adapted to produce the on-trend, stand up ‘block bottom gable top packs’ which are becoming increasingly popular for packaging of gourmet sandwiches and confectionery and snack multipacks. A back seal flow-wrapper that has been customised for the fresh produce market will also be on display.
Ideal for the overwrapping of irregular shaped, fragile or sticky products such as fish, sausages or IV bags, Fuji’s Alpha VII back seal flow-wrapper features bottom film feeds for easy, positive transfer of product from the infeed conveyor to the film tube. This eliminates the need to use trays for loose products. The FW3710BS/B model on display at Foodex has been adapted for use on mobile field harvesting rigs making it suitable for the fresh produce market. Mounted on a stainless steel support frame, it is ideal for very wet environments and has a flexible two-part infeed which allows it to be used with different types of a rig. It also boasts an integrated ink-jet coder with a label applicator.
With advanced heat pipe end seal technology, faster temperature control and high-pressure sealers, Fuji’s Alpha VII box motion horizontal flow-wrapper offers reduced energy usage and hermetic sealing making it ideal for high-speed gas flushing or MAP applications where extended shelf life is a key requirement. Due to the additional dwell time, it can seal thicker wrapping materials so is better suited to handling taller and heavier products. The FW3710B model being exhibited will also be capable of producing on trend ‘stand up’ block bottom gable top packs which are becoming increasingly popular for packaging of gourmet sandwiches and multipacks of confectionery and biscuit products.
Fuji’s box motion and back seal flow-wrappers are capable of operating at speeds up to 250ppm, with a cut off-length of 430mm. They can handle products measuring between 140mm and 200mm (width) and up to 100mm (height).
The Alpha VII series has been specially designed to incorporate energy saving technology, further improve production efficiencies and reduce operating costs. The innovative Fuji Vision System (FVS) is integrated into to the film drive roller housing and helps ensure product integrity by checking film tracking, image and joints, label application and print legibility, as well as barcode verification and optical character recognition (OCR).
The high strength welded integral frame offers reduced footprint whilst the height of the support feet have been increased to give greater stability and ground clearance for easy cleaning. Optional equipment such as film pre-creasing devices, labellers and hole cutters can be installed directly onto the wrapper. A non-contact fibre optic film run out switch makes threading film easier and also prevents marking.
The 12” colour touchscreen and operator interface can be customised using images, words and illustrations for simplicity and fast and accurate diagnostics. A front-facing USB port facilitates machine back up and allows product data to be uploaded easily.