Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Vertical Form Fill Packaging with Nitrogen

Nitrogen is widely used in the food packaging industry to help preserve the taste, texture, quality, and shelf life of the packaged food.  By adding Nitrogen into the packaging just before it's sealed, oxygen is forced out so it can't react with the product to cause it to go soggy or turn bad before it's due.  We've talked a lot about Food Packaging with Nitrogen here in previous posts - See: Keeping Food Fresh with a Nitrogen Generator, Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP), and N2 Packaging Using a Nitrogen Generator.

What Is Vertical Form Fill?

Vertical Form Fill is a popular practice in food packaging.  These Vertical Form Fill machines work to take a flat section of plastic film and create a bag out of it while also filling it with product (dry or liquid) and sealing it off. Nitrogen gas injection can be incorporated into Vertical Form Fill so that N2 gas is forced into the package just before it is sealed.  This food packaging process results in fresher food with better taste and texture.  It's an automated, assembly-line system that also helps reduce production costs as well as wholesale and retail prices of the product.

Using a Nitrogen Generator with Vertical Form Fill

South-Tek Systems designs and manufactures Nitrogen Generator units ideal for use in food packaging and particularly with Vertical Form Fill.  A Nitrogen Generator unit eliminates the need for handling high pressure N2 gas tanks and for dealing with gas company contracts and deliveries.  It is a safe, reliable, easy-to-use, and cost effective alternative to high pressure tanks. 

Contact South-Tek Systems to learn more about how a Nitrogen Generator can improve your Vertical Form Fill packaging process: 888-526-6284.


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