Research Device measures force required to open peelable packaging

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Sunday, July 28, 2019
The “Pack Peel Scan” device measures the opening forces of peelable, thermofomed packaging in accordance with relevant standards. The integrated machine learning method also enables process errors to be predicted and avoided.
Photo: Fraunhofer IVV
The “Pack Peel Scan” device measures the opening forces of peelable, thermofomed packaging in accordance with relevant standards. The integrated machine learning method also enables process errors to be predicted and avoided.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, Dresden, has developed the new “Pack Peel Scan” measuring device for testing peelable packaging. Equipped with artificial intelligence it allows the effective evaluation of easy opening packaging systems.

The opening forces for peelable, thermoformed packaging can thus be measured and tested in accordance with the relevant standards. The “Pack Peel Scan” is equipped with machine learning in order to predict and avoid process errors.

The device can be used as an external device in the production of peelable packaging for products such as foods and medicines. It records the opening forces for trays and film packaging. It measures the force-displacement characteristics of the opening process. By comparing the tear-open forces with guide values for easy opening packaging, the device determines whether the packaging is actually easy to open. The seam quality can be directly evaluated during production.

Flexible adaptation of the packaging contour and packaging height enable any desired formed packaging to be reliably used and effectively measured and tested. The artificial intelligence also evaluates the measured force profiles and identifies any errors within the sealing process.

The device was developed in a project under the ZIM (Central Innovation Program for SMEs) program in collaboration with IMA Ingenieurgesellschaft für Maschinenbau und Anlagen GmbH. The Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM) is a national funding program of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) for all technologies and sectors and supports SMEs and collaborating R&D organizations.

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