Ilapak will show at interpack how minimize cost per pack

Ilapak launches new technology at interpack which enables all customers to achieve lowest cost per pack.

New developments being displayed by Ilapak at Interpack will demonstrate how all packaging customers can minimize cost per pack, whatever style and level of pack presentation their products demand.

The company`s increasing emphasis on supplying innovative technology, reliable equipment, top quality service and the lowest possible energy and material consumption is the key to Ilapak`s ability to help customers achieve this goal. Enhanced reliability is a prominent feature of all the new developments to Ilapak`s latest packaging machines.

This is achieved by the use of high quality, commercially available components, a user-friendly HMI to minimize operator errors, an electronic platform capable of web connection to allow remote monitoring and software designed to predict component failures well in advance.

Several energy saving features are also incorporated in the latest machines including greater thermal efficiency of sealing jaws and rollers and the use of energy recuperation systems in the motor drives. In addition to new machines incorporating these features, Ilapak will be demonstrating for the first time at an exhibition a fully operational version of their VacMap flow-wrapper, the only system available that enables manufacturers to produce attractive, high quality flow-wrap packs with the same shelf life as thermoformed packs, but at much lower cost.

Shown wrapping fresh pizzas, the patented VacMap technology offers a unique "three in one" packaging solution flow-wrap, MAP and VacMap, in a single, versatile and extremely efficient machine that substantially reduces production costs.

The high performance HFFS flow-wrapper combines vacuum and MAP packaging in a single machine and provides a low cost method of prolonging the shelf life of bakery products without the use of an alcohol spray or thermoforming.

As a result, VacMap is able to create traditional and attractive flow-wrap style packs with all the cost-saving and efficiency benefits of flow-wrapping high throughputs, fast product size changes, ease of use, reduced material and labour costs, fully automatic feeding and high quality pack presentation. Also demonstrated for the first time will be a new electronic control platform, using a Linux operating system.

This powerful and advanced open source operating system runs on an industrial PC and offers fast, detailed diagnostic and machine status information; this can be accessed both locally or remotely from an Ilapak factory via either an Ethernet, wireless or GSM connection for fast, online fault correction. To allow quick and easy maintenance and repairs, the Linux system uses only commercially available components.