Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)

Modified Air Packaging - or MAP - is a process used primarily in the food packaging industry to keep food fresh, preserve taste and texture, and ensure safe delivery and storage.

Why Do We Need Modified Air Packaging?

The biggest threat to food packaging and preservation is oxygen.  Oxygen reacts with the food causing oxidation and affecting the quality, taste, texture, and safety of the product. If oxygen can be safely reduced or eliminated within the packaging during transportation and storage (without adding any other harmful elements to achieve this), then the food will be good as new when it reaches it's destination.

One of the best ways to reduce the level of oxygen within food packaging is to use Modified Atmosphere Packaging which is to replace the oxygen with an inert gas, generally Nitrogen.  This method increases the shelf life of processed foods without the need for vacuum packaging, preservatives, or freezing that might ultimately affect the end quality of the food.

Using a Nitrogen Generator for Modified Air Packaging

Using a Nitrogen Generator for the Modified Air Packaging process is an efficient and economical way to apply N2 gas.  A Nitrogen Generator produces high purity N2 gas on-site and on-demand without risk of running out and without the need for handling and storing extra high pressure N2 gas cylinders.  Nitrogen Generators use a simple PSA Generator or Membrane Generator Technology to separate and capture the N2 molecules directly from the air around us.

South-Tek Systems is a leading designer and engineer of Nitrogen Generators.  Using their unique Flow Verification Program, clients are fitted with the most appropriate sized N2 Generator for their specific application, providing efficient operation and confidence in getting the job done right.

Contact South-Tek Systems today to see how a Nitrogen Generator can benefit your food packaging business: 888-526-6284.

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