THE UNITED KINGDOM, Adlington, Cheshire. Tray sealing specialist Proseal has refurbished and expanded its popular test kitchen facility, providing an enhanced service to help food manufacturers identify their ideal tray packaging requirements.
Based at Proseal’s headquarters in Adlington, Cheshire, the test kitchen offers access to a wide variety of testing machinery, allowing companies to carry out shelf-life trials and seal integrity testing in order to facilitate smooth product launches without the need to invest in their own materials and equipment.
The availability of more than 15,000 trial plates and vast stores of trays and films of different materials in stock for trial samples and inspiration allows food producers to identify the most appropriate solution for their particular applications. In addition, specialists can provide expert advice on the best packaging suppliers to use for different requirements.
Among the testing machines in the new facility are a vacuum tank, gas cylinders for MAP, gas analysers and Proseal’s ProTest unit. The machine is a universal, bench-top peel strength testing unit that quantifies the peel strength of any tray and film combination. This tells users how much force is required to peel open the film – an invaluable tool in ensuring that a pack meets the required peel-ability standards that will ensure it offers the ideal balance between customer convenience and food protection.
The test kitchen has been designed to provide an ideal environment for food testing with excellent lighting, easy-clean surfaces, and storage for chilled and frozen products, while the increased area of the new facility means that it can now accommodate multiple users and prolonged trials.