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Fres-co System Announces Continuous Motion VF/F/S Machine


Fres-co Systems’ FSU800RTC is ideal for the food service and food and beverage sectors, providing a versatile and reliable option for products that demand uncompromised shelf stability. Its advanced sealing technologies, clean-in-place controls, high production throughput, and increased product safety make it an excellent and proven option for producing packages for retort processing when paired with Fres-co’s proven flexible films.

It utilizes ultrasonic sealing to prevent contamination and reduce pouch headspace in the most challenging sealing situations. It can also efficiently transform rollstock into formed pouches that are then precisely filled and hermetically sealed, providing a space-saving alternative to metal cans.

The FSU800RTC is a fully integrated machine that uses continuous motion, meaning rollstock film seamlessly flows throughout the form, fill, and seal process without requiring starts and stops. As a result, its production speed is approximately 50% faster than traditional intermittent vf/f/s packaging machines. This not only allows for increased efficiency and productivity in packaging lines, but it also reduces the overall wear and tear compared to alternative machines that use intermittent motion. The continuous flow of film also allows for more consistent machine performance that can better rival the throughput and speed of traditional canning lines.

This machine uses two types of sealing technologies to create secure and reliable seals. Hot bar sealing, also referred to as heat sealing, is used for vertical seals and ultrasonic sealing is used to create horizontal seals. Ultrasonic sealing uses acoustic vibrations to generate heat at a molecular level inside of the film itself. The ultrasonic energy used allows the film to seal without the need for direct heat on the material. This friction also forces product out of the sealing area, helping to prevent splashing and pouch leaks. By achieving a hermetic seal, the FSU800RTC ensures a high level of product protection and reliability in the packaging process.

Constructed from stainless steel and featuring Clean-In-Place (CIP) controls, the FSU800RTC is easy to clean and sanitize after each use, making it suitable for the packaging of food products that require stringent sanitation measures. The CIP controls allow the interior surfaces of the machine, like process pipes, processing vessels, tanks, fill tubes, and associated fittings, to be thoroughly cleaned without disassembling the machine. The FSU800RTC has the following washdown design features included: 304 stainless steel construction, 316 stainless steel product delivery path, fully welded construction, with polished welds to eliminate cavities, #3 or #4 hygienic surface finishes, no penetrations of frame tubes that can allow water infiltration, and no exposed threaded surfaces and minimal cavities.

In addition to offering a higher throughput, the FSU800RTC produces flexible packaging that is often safer for the end user. This is especially beneficial for food service operations where food ingredients in #10 cans are used, exposing employees to lids with sharp edges. The tear-open design of flexible packaging makes them not only safer to use, but also more user-friendly.

Flexible retort packaging offers superior printing capabilities compared to rigid containers. By utilizing high-quality rotogravure printing, food producers can create visually impactful designs that have a lasting presence on store shelves.

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