Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Why Use Nitrogen Gas for Nut Packaging?
Nuts in particular are very often packaged with Nitrogen to prevent unwanted issues like oxidation and package collapse. Oxidation occurs when oxygen reacts with other elements to alter the product (which could result in spoiling, or a less-than-desirable taste, at the very least). And packaging collapse, well...it's exactly what it sounds like.
And in case you didn't already know, proper packaging is not only essential to protecting the product from damage, it also plays a key role in marketing and selling the product. How a product is packaged can affect how attracted the consumer is to the item. This doesn't just apply to color schemes and labeling - it can apply to the package's overall shape, and whether or not the container looks "full."
Other Benefits of Nitrogen for Food Packaging
In addition to using Nitrogen for food packaging, it can also be used to help remove oxygen, which allows for a longer shelf life. Specific packaging applications also include bulk packaging, consumer packaging, vacuum packs, fumigation purge and many more. When you buy nuts from the grocery store (stored, not fresh), it's very likely that Nitrogen was used at some point in the packaging process. If Nitrogen had not been used, you would quickly know it, because the nuts would probably be spoiled, tasteless, or have an odd texture and/or tint.
How to Apply N2 Gas During the Packaging Process
So how do these facilities access the Nitrogen gas they need to properly package and preserve their products? While some facilities choose to buy Nitrogen from gas companies, others are going the more efficient route by installing a Nitrogen Generator at the facility at the point of process.
Unlike being tied down to expensive contracts with gas companies, which usually deliver N2 gas in high-pressure cylinders, installing an on-site Nitrogen Generator allows you to actually pull Nitrogen, on demand, from the air we breathe. This means no accidental run-out during peak manufacturing times, no more need to store cumbersome cylinders, and no more expensive long term commitments to gas companies. Best of all, facilities that switch to a Nitrogen Generator can have a ROI of up to 90% over bulk liquid Nitrogen. And hey, who doesn't like a healthy bottom line?
South-Tek Systems is a leading manufacturer of Nitrogen Generators, many of which can be safely and effeciently installed in food manufacturing and food packaging facilities. To learn more, call toll-free (888) 526-6284.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ideal for field operations and temporary labs and stations, the N2 GEN small and portable nitrogen generator models have completed the military EMIP review, proving its effectiveness in all of the following areas:
- reliability/maintainability/sustainability (RMS)
- distribution/mission enhancements (DME)
The N2 GEN Series Nitrogen Generator allows U.S. military fighters the capability of producing safe, inert Nitrogen gas on demand. An element critical to maintenance in the field or at the maintenance facility, Nitrogen gas can be used in a variety of field applications. This versatility, coupled with the low-hazard characteristics make Nitrogen gas an effective and reliable resource. Furthermore, the N2 GEN eliminates the safety and logistical risks involved with transporting high pressure gas cylinders.
The ability to produce Nitrogen from the surrounding air is what makes the N2 GEN system an invaluable technology for work in war or occupation scenarios. It also provides an added level of safety for military fleets, reducing non-combat casualties caused by transporting high-pressure cylinders of compressed Nitrogen to maintenance sites.
The N2 GEN also addresses the issue of reliability/maintainability/sustainability by reducing paperwork for operators and eliminating the need to transport gas cylinders or arms to and from maintenance depots and sites. This allows the entire operation to work effectively, efficiently and with as much safety as possible. And, due to the small, portable design, the N2 GEN allows for on demand Nitrogen without taking up valuable space or becoming a cumbersome piece of equipment.
For more information on the N2 GEN Nitrogen Generator from South-Tek Systems, check out the product page online or contact one of our Nitrogen Generation experts by calling toll free at (888) 526-6284.
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