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Foodtech Packtech ready to roll

Foodtech Packtech ready to roll

The event that food, packaging and technology professionals have been waiting for is just about here. Held once only every two years, trade-only Foodtech Packtech 2014 will be bigger and better than ever. It attracts the cream of the crop because it’s the only place where those in the industry can network with their peers and get up close and hands on with the newest and best technology from around the world.

One global problem will have a new solution revealed at Foodtech Packtech. Eriez Magnetics will introduce a new product that’s been called ‘The Extreme Metal Detector’. All new from the ground up, with feature packed controls, Eriez’s new Xtreme Metal Detector sets the standard for best in class performance and offers the greatest dollar-for-dollar value of any detector on the market. This feature-rich, multi-frequency unit is designed to achieve the highest levels of sensitivity to detect small ferrous, non-ferrous and stainless steel metal contaminants in sanitary and non-sanitary environments, and particularly suited to the food industry.

The value of attending Foodtech Packtech is proven when you consider that metal and contaminant solutions are also a feature on another stand – in one place on one day you can compare solutions and talk to the experts from each supplier.

“The Eagle Pack 550 PRO delivers superior contaminant detection and quality measurements for large and varied sized packages,” notes Tania Carey of Food Processing Equipment. “It’s ideal for packaged chicken with its ability to ignore ‘aluminium’ clips on whole birds while scanning the product for contaminants. The Pack 550 PRO delivers reliable and precise contaminant detection required for compliance with stringent HACCP protocols and retailer food safety requirements. Additional inspection modes including mass measurement, component count, fill level, and seal inspection ensure product integrity, maximising your return on investment.”

Business solutions to other problems are also a feature, including comprehensive conveyance solutions that create significant economic value, such as those offered by Intralox. “With more than 40 years’ experience, we continue to lead the way,” says Brandon Campo. “We pushed past the boundaries of traditional conveying systems with the revolutionary invention of modular plastic belting, and continue to move beyond industry standards with new products, equipment, solutions, and services. Intralox’s commitment to innovation has led to over 700 patents currently in force around the world. If our customers have a need, we invent smart solutions to solve them.

“Just one example is the Intralox DirectDrive System which advances spiral conveyance by eliminating the most common issues related to product migration, belt tensioning and sanitation. This new technology is ideal for applications where product orientation, belt life, and grease/oil buildup are concerns. DirectDrive simplifies spiral operation compared with conventional systems – overdrive and associated controls are no longer needed, while surging is eliminated.”

Innovation is the keyword everywhere at Foodtech Packtech, even for the humble jerry can. “In addition to our cube style Fortress Jerry cans, the market told us that they wanted a premium style for agricultural and horticultural based products that would make their product stand out when placed alongside their competitors’ in a retail environment,” explains Heather Allen of ES Plastics. “From this requirement comes the Swing Handle family of Jerry Cans. There was also the need to make these jerry cans compatible with plastic recycling programmes such as Agrecovery and Plasback where the containers need to be triple rinsed. The Swing Handle Jerry Cans all feature the same fitting, as well as base dimensions. It is only the height that varies offering 10 and 20 Litre capacities (Dangerous Goods approved) with a 15 Litre option pending. There are lots of other innovative features that visitors will discover at Foodtech Packtech. All in all, the new Swing Handle range of Jerry Cans is the new generation of containers for all markets where you want to be offering your customers the best package!”

Another stand that will offer plenty to see – and a hands on experience – is Romheld Automation with its UniGripper intelligent vacuum grippers, which visitors will be able to try on different products. “When Tepro Machine & Pac System launched the UniGripper in 1997, little did they know that it could be used in so many different applications,” says Peter Hope. “Today it’s become new standard in material handling. UniGripper is the most effective and universal vacuum tool on the market. UniGripper project engineers have a long and wide experience solving the most difficult applications and use their knowledge to customise the UniGripper to fit your needs.”

The ‘big picture’ is covered at Foodtech Packtech as well. The Clean Water accord is vital to New Zealand’s status as an environmentally responsible country, says Tony Rumbold of Scanz Technologies. “The large Dutch company and international supplier AQUA INDUSTRIAL WATER TREATMENT B.V. will have a presence on our stand. We’ll be highlighting the technologies that are available for treatment of the waste water exiting our primary industries, as well as other types of food processing. Our solutions will allow treatment to standards required by the EU and other jurisdictions, and secure New Zealand’s position as a responsible exporter. This is vital, and a reason why we’ve an expert from Europe in attendance.”

There is more to Foodtech Packtech than suppliers showing the latest and greatest – with many also offering show-only specials. This is a complete business event and includes seminars, networking opportunities and valuable presentations and displays. One not to miss is the exhibition of the Pride In Print Award winners. “The great innovative winning work will be on display at Foodtech Packtech to both showcase the expertise available and spark ideas,” notes Sue Archibald. “The winning work always attracts a wide audience as it has appeal across several sections of industry from customers through designers to manufacturers looking for a point of difference for their products. The Awards is not affiliated to any one company so the appeal to view this work is often enormous because of its neutrality.”

Foodtech Packtech is 23-25 September 2014 at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland.

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