GERMANY – A new thermoforming packaging machine designed for the particular requirements of the fresh meat industry promises to deliver on cost effectiveness, outut and hygiene.
Developed by Multivac, the R 515 machine is laid out for specific die formats and can be used for applications such as large ham and fresh meat packs, as well as wholesale and transportation packs.
“The fresh meat industry places special demands on the packaging of its products: this is frequently not required to appeal to consumers at the point of sale, but rather to protect the fresh meat during transport to the wholesaler or processor,” explained the German company.
“Cost effectiveness, output and hygiene are therefore right at the top of the list of requirements. MULTIVAC fulfils the wishes of the industrial meat processor with the new R 515 machine model, which has the right price-performance ratio.”
The R 515 offers standard dies and format sets which are specially tailored to the fresh meat industry. The new machine model is designed for running flexible films, such as for example PA/PE multi-layer films. The R 515 is also equipped with register mark control for running printed upper webs.
In addition to vacuum packs, it is also possible to produce packs with modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). The machine cycle output is around 10 cycles per minute.
With its HMI 2.0 user interface, Multivac claims that even less technically proficient or trained operators can easily operate the complete functioning of the machine or line with the touch of a finger.
The R 515 can be equipped with an optional jumbo film unwind for lower webs. This reduces machine downtime caused by roll changes. In addition to this, the R 515 offers an optional quick-change system for forming and sealing dies. This makes it easier to convert the machine to other formats. It is also possible to fit different types of labellers and marking systems.
Like all MULTIVAC machines, the R 515 is constructed in the MULTIVAC hygienic design. Compatible with the process-controlled Clean-in-Place system (CIP), it can be easily cleaned and disinfected on the inside and outside. The R 515 can also be extended in a modular way and is suitable for the integration in automated packaging lines.