Cheese producers looking for the ultimate in hygienic design will be impressed by the Vegatronic 6000 SD, a new, ultra-hygienic version of ILAPAK’s flagship vertical bag maker.
The system is designed to be compliant with the USDA’s strict sanitation performance standards. To this end, all components have special finishing; there are no holes or recesses where product can accumulate; all film and product contact parts have ‘extreme’ finishing; and guarding is constructed from transparent material that is highly resistant to harsh cleaning detergents. Cleaning is also facilitated by the machine’s open frame design, clean film carriage and a unique mounting of the forming tube on a swivel arm for easy removal.
“It doesn’t get any more hygienic than this machine,” says Andrea Boccolini, ILAPAK VFFS division product manager. “All of these features combined make for a USDA-compliant system that is extremely quick to clean, yielding dramatic reductions in operating costs and increases in OEE (Overall Equipment Efficiency).”
Thanks to its box motion jaw design, the modular machine can pack grated cheese, feta cubes and other cheese products in a variety of bag styles, including pillow, block bottom, Quattro, EasyPack, Flexcan and Doy-style packs at up to 100ppm.
A well designed weigher is key to maximising output whilst ensuring weighments are cleanly separated. ILAPAK’s dedicated Weightronic WA 16/10 cheese industry multihead weigher is the ideal partner for the Vegatronic 6000 SD. All of the weigher’s product surfaces are teflon coated or low-adhesion to prevent high value, sticky products such as grated parmesan from sticking to buckets.
Source: ILAPAC, press release, 2018-05-01.