With many different demands for automated tray packing systems, Proseal has launched a new model, the fully flexible Proseal GT5, which incorporates a number of technical developments and enhancements to deliver a machine that, in twin configuration, is capable of achieving in excess of 200 trays per minute across all pack formats. The machine has been developed to be completely adaptable in order to handle any type of packing operation including atmospheric sealing, MAP gas flushing, Vacuum MAP sealing, skin packaging below and above the flange, and Skin Deep, which allows a 100mm protrusion of product over the top of the tray.
Customers can simply select the format types they require and these can be added to or taken off at any time. This allows food manufacturers to change their pack formats in line with customer demands without having to invest in new equipment. The GT5 features new Proseal technologies Pro-Motion, which speeds up the infeed of trays to the sealer, and Pro-Tect, an advanced user login security system. The machine has been designed to maximise floor space, enabling it to achieve the highest output from the smallest footprint.
Pro-Motion uses following motion and intelligent buffering technology to enable trays to feed continuously into the sealer without stopping. An auto-detect product flow monitoring system regulates the speed of the infeed conveyor according the amount of trays being supplied.
The Pro-Tect security system provides each authorised operator of the machine his or her own access. Different levels of authorisation can be set for individual personnel. The system keeps a log of information inputted for full traceability in the event of any problems and any attempt to log in above a person's level of authorisation will also be registered and recorded. An enhanced servo film feed and rewind system reduces machine duty by around 75%. Further energy efficiencies are achieved using Proseal's recently launched E-seal® technology which delivers a high-precision seal with an extremely strong sealing force, ensuring every seal offers the tightness and reliability to meet the stringent quality requirements of the food retail sector.
Equally important, the retention of valuable pneumatic functions means the machine can also offer additional benefits such as date coding of pre-printed film. The GT5 retains Proseal's renowned rugged construction to food industry approved hygiene standards with full wash-down protection, while the new compact design and improvements to wiring systems have made daily maintenance even easier.
Proseal's established 'Auto Tool' connection system enables tool changes to be carried out in around five minutes, while downtime is further minimised by the use of quick-change conveyor belts, and an auto-lock film reel holder. "The aim of every new Proseal tray sealer is to take performance and ease of use to another level," comments Proseal director Steve Malone. "The flexibility of our new GT5, combined with its high speed capacity, means food manufacturers have a machine more than capable of meeting both current and future production requirements."