DÜSSELDORF At the GEA Packaging Days the group shows the trends in food packaging.
Sustainability is playing an increasingly important role in food packaging. The demands placed on packaging systems are therefore obvious: they must be efficient, safe, flexible and work in an energy- and resource-conserving manner. During this year's Packaging Days in November at the Biedenkopf plant, the company's product experts demonstrated the solutions offered by the GEA technology group in this segment.
For two days, over 220 participants attended the event to find out about machine solutions for various packaging requirements that food producers are demanding in terms of packaging quality, packaging processes and increasing recyclability with falling film consumption. The event focused on the packaging machine GEA PowerPak Plus as well as on the entire packaging line. It ranges from feeding, inserting, cutting and sealing to labelling and separating. All individual modules are customized to the respective requirements.
The presentation series was opened by the demonstration of the thermoforming packaging machine and the matching slicing machine DualSlicer. The foil change could be demonstrated with minimal loss of material during the packing process.
Solutions for multi-layer packs
When it comes to the handling and presentation of fresh products, multi-layer or double-layer packs are increasingly being used. They follow a trend towards smaller pack sizes in the fresh food counter environment in food retailing or discount stores. Film consumption is reduced, but since two loading systems are technically required, the cycle output of the thermoformer is consequently lower. The long-term purchasing behaviour of the end customer will ultimately decide whether the machine technology will prevail.
In addition to the practical part, various projects of the Fraunhofer Institute were presented during the Packaging Day, which on the one hand are intended to make packaging safer during transport, and on the other hand examined the state of the art in the recycling of composite films. Finally, the new Packaging Act provided basic guidance on the recyclability of packaging.