Integrated processing and packaging solutions for the food sector


CATEGORY: Circular Economy BRAND: Multivac

The focus will be on integrated lines, which enable the widest range of food products to be processed and packaged cost-effectively and sustainably.

At this year's Anuga FoodTec in Cologne (from 26 to 29 April), MULTIVAC will be presenting its wide range of innova-tive processing and packaging solutions for the food industry. Other highlights will be a presentation of the company's digital products, as well as its services in the areas of packaging con-sultancy and after-sales care.


Some of the lines to be shown at the trade fair will be networked, so that they can be used with the digital MULTIVAC Smart Services, as well as being completely controlled from one point via MULTIVAC Line Control.


Meat and alternative proteins

Among the exhibits for the meat industry and manufacturers of alterna-tive proteins, there will be a space-saving, high-output line for the au-tomatic converging, infeeding, packaging and labelling of vegan burgers on a cardboard tray in a flowpack. A centrifuge converges the burgers into a single line on one transport conveyor, while the cardboard trays are denested onto another conveyor running in paral-lel. A handling module loads the burgers into the cardboard trays, which then run into the packaging machine, where they are packed under modified atmosphere. An inline labeller then applies a label from above to the packs. The flowpacking solution is particularly suitable for quick product changes, and one of its many features is its cost-effectiveness at high output. The use of very thin films and the absence of process-related film trim also contribute to the sustainability of this solution.



A high-output line with slicer and thermoforming packaging ma-chine will also be presented as an example of the automatic slicing, in-feeding, packaging and labelling of sliced vegan products. The product is first sliced by the slicer, which then sprays each slice with an interleaving agent (liquid interleaving). The individual portions are sub-sequently deposited onto a checkweigher. Portions with an incorrect weight are ejected by means of a rocker, so that the weight can be cor-rected manually. Portions with the correct weight are conveyed on-wards on a transport conveyor, before being grouped according to the format layout of the thermoforming packaging machine. The portions then slide into the pack cavities during the machine advance. Thanks to the flat loading angle, the optimum loading results for the product are achieved. After the products have been packed under modified atmos-phere, the MAP packs are labelled by cross web labellers on the top and base of the packs. Since modules such as the portion loading conveyor and cross web labellers are completely integrated into the packaging machine, the line offers the facility for optimising the space requirement. Thanks to the use of the spray system known as MULTIVAC Sustainable Liquid Interleaving, it is not necessary to have paper or film as inter-leaves. The thermoforming packaging machine also enables the opti-mum packaging material consumption to be achieved.



A compact and highly flexible portioning line for fresh meat retail packs can also be seen at the trade fair, and this line features the auto-matic portioning, infeeding and packaging of the product. This inline solution includes a traysealer in the medium-output category. The por-tioning machine cuts the steaks and lays them in a shingled pattern on a transport conveyor. The trays are denested in parallel with this con-veyor and placed onto a second transport conveyor. Both conveyors converge just before the traysealer, and the portions slide into the trays. This single-track product flow of filled trays is then diverged into two tracks by a diverger, since the traysealer is designed as two-track. The trays are packed under modified atmosphere in the packaging ma-chine. The new and compact portioning machine, which was specially developed for the entry-level sector, ensures that the best portioning quality and optimum yield are achieved for the product. Sustainable packaging materials, such as mono films or MULTIVAC PaperBoard, can be used on the traysealer.



Fresh Produce

As regards the Fresh produce sector, the company will be showing a compact, high-output tray packaging line for fruit and vegetables in a protective grip pack, which is made of sustainable material and la-belled inline. A filled tray is placed on the transport conveyor, before being sealed in the traysealer and then labelled from above. This solu-tion offers simple operation of all line components at one control terminal. The tray made of cellulose is biologically degradable, and this also contributes to the sustainability of the packaging solution.


Convenience foods

When it comes to packaging snacks in vacuum or MAP packs, MUL-TIVAC will be showing a compact, high-output thermoforming pack-aging machine, which features a high level of flexibility, output and pack quality, as well as an excellent price-to-performance ratio. The packaging machine is equipped with a direct web printer for best-before date, and this is integrated into the machine control, so that op-eration is very simple.


Full wrap labelling with weigh price marking

At Anuga FoodTec MULTIVAC will be presenting a new conveyor belt labeller, which not only provides attractive full wrap labelling of packs, but now also enables weigh price marking to be performed in one process on the same machine. The labelling system features a very pre-cise level of calibrated weight measurement, and it is available as an op-tion with integrated label and print inspection. The conveyor belt labeller can be used as a stand-alone solution or part of an automated line.


Processing of bakery products

The PDU system (Product Decoration Unit) from FRITSCH for decorat-ing bread rolls will be shown at the trade fair, and this enables individual decoration patterns to be pressed or cut precisely into the surface of the product.


Modernisation of existing machines

And last but not least, the specialist packaging company will be present-ing its MULTIVAC Retrofit modernisation service, using a ther-moforming packaging machine from a previous generation, which has been converted to the current technology and equipped with addi-tional functions to meet the tasks and market demands of today. This means that the service life of an existing machine can be extended and its efficiency increased.


The MULTIVAC stand at Anuga FoodTec 2022 will be located in hall 8.1, stand C010.


MULTIVAC is one of the leading providers worldwide of packaging solu-tions for food products of all types, life science, and healthcare prod-ucts, as well as industrial items. The MULTIVAC portfolio covers virtually all requirements of processors and producers in terms of pack design, output, and resource efficiency. It comprises a wide range of packaging technologies, as well as automation solutions, labellers, and quality con-trol systems. The product range is rounded off with solutions upstream of the packaging process in the areas of portioning and processing, as well as bakery technology. Thanks to our extensive expertise in packag-ing lines, all modules can be integrated into complete solutions. This means that MULTIVAC solutions guarantee a high level of operational and process reliability, as well as efficiency. The MULTIVAC Group has approximately 6,900 employees worldwide, with some 2,300 based at its headquarters in Wolfertschwenden. With over 80 subsidiaries, the Group is represented on all continents. More than 1,000 sales advisors and ser-vice technicians throughout the world use their know-how and experi-ence to the benefit of customers, and they ensure all installed MULTI-VAC machines are utilised to their maximum.


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