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GEA launches high-capacity SKIN thermoforming technology for food items up to 100mm high

The GEA PowerPak SKIN.50 high-performance SKIN thermoforming packaging system (image GEA)
The GEA PowerPak SKIN.50 high-performance SKIN thermoforming packaging system (image GEA)

GEA launches the latest version of its SKIN thermoforming packaging technology: PowerPak SKIN.50. This provides processors of sliced products, meat cut, sausages, fish, hard cheese and high-end products such as top-quality seafood, with high-capacity packing of products of up to 100mm high that protrude up to 50mm above the level of the packing tray. The PowerPak SKIN.50 can also perform vacuum and MAP packaging on the same machine.

This thermoforming packaging machine brings together the highest production capacity currently available and excellent packing quality with the minimum of wrinkles in the finished package. GEA has achieved the high capacity through innovative engineering that gives an index length up to 600mm, up to eight tracks and four rows of product. Quality enhancements have been achieved by using a new top film guiding and pre-heating station. This avoids tapering of the film, makes the top film easier to form so prevents wrinkles and improves the overall appearance of the package, and ensures the correct alignment during the sealing process.

The modular design of the GEA PowerPak.50 SKIN thermoforming packaging system allows a choice of feeding, labelling and end of line equipment to match perfectly any food producer’s demands. The system can also be adapted to provide vacuum and MAP (Modified Atmosphere Packaging) adding to its ‘all round’ performance and flexibility.

Why SKIN thermoforming

SKIN packaging is becoming increasingly popular as the packaging of choice for many fresh and premium-grade foods. The versatile process wraps all products perfectly on a second skin, even those with sharp edges and irregular shapes. It eliminates air, preventing oxidation and maintaining the product’s original color and flavor; gives excellent shelf life; keeps juices and marinades within the package; provides a clear view of the entire product; minimizes packaging waste by using thin films and recyclable paperboard webs; and provides an excellent price/performance ratio.

Free of charge webinar to learn more about the PowerPak SKIN.50 thermoforming packaging machine, April 27th, 2021.

GEA is one of the world’s largest systems suppliers for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors. The international industrial technology group specializes in machinery and plants as well as advanced process technology, components and comprehensive services.

With more than 18,000 employees, the group generated revenue of more than EUR 4.6 billion in fiscal year 2020. A major focus is on continuously enhancing the sustainability and efficiency of customers’ production processes. GEA plants, processes and components help achieve significant reductions in carbon emissions, plastic use and food waste in production worldwide. In this way, GEA makes a decisive contribution toward a sustainable future, fully in line with its corporate philosophy of “engineering for a better world.” GEA is listed in the German MDAX and the STOXX® Europe 600 Index, and is also among the companies comprising the DAX 50 ESG and MSCI Global Sustainability Indices.

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