Vacuum Waste Handling

 

                                     

                                     

                                     

Top 5 improvements for efficient thermoforming of food packages


When it comes to modern food manufacturing, efficiency is king. The capital investment in a thermoforming packaging equipment is high – of course you need to make the most of your investment.

Here’s what some of the world’s most efficient food manufacturers suggest doing to optimize efficiency:

 

 1. Increase throughput

With an automated edge trim and punchout removal system, you can increase your overall throughput. That’s because you remove the need to stop and remove waste material. On many thermoforming machines you wind your matrix on rolls. Once the rolls are full you must stop your line and you lose valuable time.

But by using a vacuum to convey the material away from your packaging machine, you can continue your packaging process.

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 2. Improve workplace environment

Everyone knows that edge and middle trim rolls from thermoforming machines can be bulky and heavy. With an automated waste handling system, the waste is removed directly at the packaging machines. That eliminates the need for operators to manually handle the heavy waste rolls. Furthermore, small punchouts, like euro holes and corners, can be removed instantly – ensuring that they do not stick to packages or end up in packaging sealings.

At the same time, the waste material is conveyed directly to a central collection point. So, there’s no need to store and transport the waste in the production environment. Your work environment simply gets cleaner and you reduce the number of lifts that operators perform in a day.

 

3. Cut without clogging

Shark tooth trims and other irregular shapes of waste tends to create jams as they are difficult to wind up. Lundberg Tech unique granulators cut it to confetti sized pieces and ease the conveying with no jams, this are resulting in cost savings and less mess. A no clogging waste handling helps to ensure smooth, efficient operation.

 

 

 

4. Collect waste centrally

You can collect waste from all your thermoforming machines in a central container and since the waste is cut into small pieces during the process the volume is reduced. This way waste handling becomes more efficient, which reduces your waste disposal costs too.

With an automated waste handling solution, you can even separate your waste into different containers if different types of packaging material are used in your production.

 

 

5. Reduce material usage

Fewer stops on the production line means less excess. Each time you restart your thermoforming machine, you generate packaging material waste and empty packages. Potentially you also create product waste as well, due to packages taken out for quality checks of gas flush and other packaging parameters.

 

 

Conclusion

A well-designed edge trim and punch out waste handling system improves your overall efficiency by removing manual processes. Operators can then spend time on more value-adding tasks, such as ensuring optimal product and packaging quality.

What’s more, the waste handling system keeps your packaging machines running at full capacity – improving your overall return on investment in equipment. Very often we see a return of investment of less than 2 years on our waste handling systems.

 

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