Equipment Snapshot: IMA DAIRY & FOOD, whose equipment solutions comprise the long-established brands Gasti, Hamba, Hassia and Erca, will introduce new and recently enhanced packaging machines at Pack Expo, September 23-25 in Las Vegas. At Booth C-3200, the equipment provider will debut its M-Flex series of multilane form-fill-seal machines, its EFS – a new fill and seal machine for pre-formed cups, as well as two updated units in its P-Series line of portion pack machines.

Hassia’s form-fill-seal (FFS) M-Flex Series F600 Sachet Machine produces four-sided sealed sachets at a speed of up to 80 cycles per minute, and on as many as 16 lanes. Among other differentiators, the F600 offers single-roll functionality, an improvement over two-roll formats. The units run a single wide roll, which is located at floor level for easy changeover and front-and-back sachet registration – an option offering more printing choices than traditional two-roll machines. The F600 can handle rolls as wide as 1,200 mm with a diameter of 800 mm, which can yield up to 16 hours of run time between roll changes; the result is significantly reduced downtime and boosted productivity.

The F600’s careful product handling places a premium on quality assurance, and its CIP and SIP-suitable dosing units can be adjusted per specific product requirements. Exemplary filling accuracy and hygiene standards are assured, and the hermetic pack seal produced by the F600 is secure yet easy to open for consumer convenience.

The F600 is also flexible: A range of pack designs are possible, and sizes can be configured to align with production capacity. The machine’s control concepts are highly versatile, and include opportunities for integration with customer-specific systems. The unit can handle all common packaging materials suitable for heat-sealing.