UK-based International Food Partners has launched Integrity Seal, a new sealing technology for flexible packaging, that will save food manufacturers thousands of tonnes of film per year besides providing greater seal integrity.
The system is retro fit and can be used on vertical form fill seal and horizontal flow wrap machines. It uses new generation weld technology to produce very narrow bead seals that are one millimeter wide compared with conventional crimp seals which are typically 15mm wide.
This seal is narrow and saves 10% in the length of the pack, delivering substantial film savings enabling improved operational efficiencies and lowering manufacturing costs.
IFP Director Graham Clough said that the technology improves seal quality and strength, and seal flexible packaging in a way that will reduce the amount of film required to make the seal.
The system is in use on frozen foods and whole potatoes and has potential to expand for other categories including other fresh produce; cereals; crisps, nuts and fruits snack packs; bakery products including cakes and bread; and confectionery.