Represented at Anuga FoodTech is process technology, packaging technology (including filling technology), automation, data processing, control and regulation technology, food safety and quality management, environmental technology, bioengineering, operating materials, air conditioning and cooling technology, conveying, transport and storage installations, logistics, technological process materials, ingredients, components, assemblies, surface technology, equipment, and services.
The show is accompanied by top-class conferences showing the latest developments in the production of chilled food, with a particular focus on fresh-cut products, know-how on the role of hygiene technology in the production of undamaged and healthy food, and hygienic design and guidelines for hygienic processing.
Anuga FoodTec is also hosting International Fruit World (IFW). Under the title ‘An Opportunity for Fruit Juice?’ the congress focuses on topics including markets and trends, quality assurance, process technology and the raw materials procurement market.
The Nova Institute is organising a conference on Sustainable Packaging – SusPack – where discussions analyse challenges and solutions in the field of sustainable packaging. One of its focus points is organically-based packaging and the questions it raises: Where and how has organically-based packaging already been successfully established? What advantages does it offer, and what do we need to know about its use? And which innovations, trends and potentials can be predicted?
And, finally, this year’s trade fair also hosts a world-premiere live presentation of a robotic pack line to demonstrate new possibilities for the sector.
Combined expertise for secure transport
Strapping specialist, Gerd Mosca (locally represented by Goldpack), is in good company at this year’s Anuga FoodTec, being held in Cologne from March 27 to 30.
In cooperation with Eurapack, a leader in professional solutions for secure pallets and transport, Mosca is presenting a combination system for secure pallet transport in Hall 07.1, Stand A045.
This combination system bands pallets and straps loads (more than once if necessary) in a single pass to secure it for transport. Labels are applied as part of the band, eliminating the need for them to be glued to the transport load – an added bonus, particularly with reusable drinks crates or food packaging.
Ultrasonic sealing in a wet environment is also being presented at Mosca’s stand, together with various exhibits demonstrating the diversity of modern strapping applications.
Also on show is Mosca’s wide variety of strapping technology applications designed for tough conditions in the food industry – in particular, a combined strapping and labelling system in cooperation with Eurapack.
Europack has 40 years’ experience in securing packages and pallets for transport. Its CEO, Florian Spraul, comments: ‘Our machine is fully automatic, consisting of a film-banding unit at the lower part of the pallet, with a Mosca strapping frame in the upper part. The band is used as a substrate for large labels for pallet traceability, which simplifies the entire transport flow.’
All labels and markings required along the transport route are applied directly to the band and can be easily removed, without residue. Arriving products are clean, eliminating extra work, which provides a significant advantage with reusable containers.
Mosca applies PP strapping using a heating wedge sealing unit to reliably secure the packaged goods for transport. Unlike conventional binding methods, this enables several strapping passes, while a pallet is stopped, for added load security. The automatic height adjustment of the strapping frame makes the combination system flexible, reliably securing partial loads and loads of different heights. The combination system straps and labels 150 pallets/hour and its compact design allows for use in limited space.
Like a fish in water
Mosca’s stand also features Mosca SoniXs technology. Behind a perspex screen this ultrasonic-sealing unit reliably and faultlessly welds strap ends in wet conditions – ideal for the meat and fish processing industries
With no rust-prone cast iron or steel parts, the machine is quickly and easily cleaned with a water jet – a key benefit in operations that require hygienic conditions. The SoniXs TRP-VA is entirely corrosionfree – a distinctive feature in the strapping industry.
Also at the Mosca stand, a wide range of strapped units demonstrate how solid straps can be used on products that have perhaps not been considered. ‘The products on display show customers the many different possibilities with strapping,’ notes Mosca’s CEO Timo Mosca. ‘Unlike wrapping entire pallets in plastic, securing loads for transport with straps requires far less material and eliminates bulky outer packaging. The printing industry and other distribution-intensive enterprises in the food sector will benefit from simple, secure and reliable strapping of products for transport,’ Timo concludes.