Bring it on!
Bring it on!
processor is considering offering smaller packages of sliced luncheon meat, it is going to have to look at what the volume is; how many hours of production will be required on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis; and determine how they’re going to set their lines up, says Dave Brown, executive vice president, Formax® Inc., Mokena, IL.
A different slice
Automated packaging systems are essential components for a wide range of sliced-meat applications. One new system is the automated Layer Packing System for small retail sausage patties and hamburger patties from Mechtronics International Inc. (MII), West Chester, PA, which incorporates Ross Industries’ 990 slicer.
Due to increasing demand for smaller boxes of patties, this system fulfills the processor need for faster machinery to get the desired throughput. It can group, interleave, and stack fresh or frozen, sliced or IQF (individually quick-frozen) products. Applications include sausage patties, hamburgers, break steaks, frozen fish patties, pastries, and pizza.
“This machine doubled production for one major customer while reducing its labor force by six people,” says David Kent, MII vice president.
Mechtronic’s Easy Makin’ Bacon vacuum packaging system satisfies consumer demand for portion control and convenience, and results in no mess, no greasy fingers, or stretched bacon slices. The package includes three bacon slices on a separator sheet, and portions are stacked seven layers high equaling 21 slices per pound. Stacked portions are vacuum- packed, preferably in a resealable bag and box, and a typical finished package size is 10-inches long by 5-inches wide by 5/8-inches high.
“The slicer used is typically the Anco, onto which we install our portion control, and then use our paper interleaver and stacker for high-speed packaging,” Kent says.
Mechtronics International Inc., phone (610) 431-3655, fax (610) 431-3774, or log on to www.mechtronicsinternational.com