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In food packaging, vacuum determines the shelf life of the final products and the speed of packing during the production process

Vacuum pumps - Kreatina

Centralized UV vacuum system

 

Increasingly in demand for the packaging of sliced meats and other highly perishable foods, centralized vacuum systems replace systems with multiple small vacuum pumps to reduce coolant exhaust and noise levels in the production facilities.

The Swedish group KREATINA chose Pneumofore as their vacuum solution for their latest and most high-tech production site in Swinnoujscie, Poland. The plant relies on a double-stage system featuring a UV16 combined with a roots pump and one additional UV16 back-up pump. Thanks to the silent operation and the extraordinarily clean exhaust of the UV pump as well as the use of H2 class food lubricant according to the NSF classification, this installation has become another success story. Because of the strong impact on the application’s requirements, the customer’s expectations were more than satisfied. The installation was commissioned in August 2005.

Other European companies in this sector have also chosen Pneumofore systems to assist their packaging process, most of which takes place in cooling rooms with much potential for improvement. Located in Northern Italy near Venice, the manufacturer Franzin Carni aimed at improving packaging speed, eliminating coolant mist, and reducing heat generation as well as excessive noise. Previously, their system comprised four units of 250 m3/h each and two of 170 m3/h, all installed inside the 2 °C cooling room. Pneumofore replaced this with a system consisting of one UV16 and one roots blower as a double-stage unit generating 4 mbar(a) pressure and raising packaging speed from 20 to 24 packs per minute. This corresponds to 20% higher efficiency at reduced operational costs. The cooling room’s operators are as happy as the company management.

Situations like this exist but are unusual, where solution provider and customer interact based on a full analysis of the application and the improvement of one parameter doesn’t require the sacrifice of another performance or part of the system.

Relying on decades of experience with vacuum systems, Pneumofore is rapidly gaining a reputation as a leading solution provider in food packaging, where different vacuum levels for higher packaging speed and highly specific humidity and vacuum values are maintained constant, with air as the only cooling medium.

June 2006

Vacuum pump with roots

The combined operation of UV16 with roots pump on top, with absolute pressure level of 0,05 mbar(a) installed at the Kreatina plant in Swinnoujscie, Poland.

 

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