ULMA to unveil ‘high-performance’ food tray sealer at PPMA

ULMA Packaging UK has revealed plans to launch a ‘high-performance’ food tray sealer to the UK market for the first time at the 2022 PPMA Total Show in Birmingham.

The TSA 1200 is described as being able to seal up to 60 packs per minute in a skin-on-flat carboard LeafSkin or plastic tray format.

The process involves a servo-driven die set lifting system and card denester with vacuum suckers, alongside a ‘narrow, flexible and synchronised’ curved infeed conveyor.

“We are very excited to be demonstrating the market-leading TSA 1200 at this year’s PPMA Show,” said Dave Berriman, technical manager at ULMA Packaging UK. “We believe it offers an excellent combination of sustainability and practicality for medium-to-high production meat, cheese and fish processors. Its combination of swift, automatic card denesting and product loading for a protruding skin cut which offers a secure seal to maximise product integrity.

“Alongside ensuring clean and attractive on-shelf pack presentation, the machine’s technology allows for marked waste reductions and compatibility with multiple eco-friendly materials, including fully monomaterial PET trays. Sustainability has long moved from a preference to a priority in packaging, so we’re pleased to bring this new tray sealer to UK shores and demonstrate to PPMA attendees.”

The TSA 1200 is also compatible with ULMA’s LeafMap pack solution, where food items are sealed in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) against a 100% recyclable flat cardboard tray. ULMA explained the pack’s design enables plastic reductions of up to 80%, including an ‘easy open’ corner and a ‘recycling corner’ to allow full separation of materials.

At PPMA, ULMA will also display the FM 300 horizontal form fill seal flow wrapper, which has been developed with ‘aggressive’ food processing environments in mind. Like the TSA 1200, the FM 300 is designed for MAP packaging with ‘easy clean’ automatic infeed styles available, and the ability to run different substrates including both shrink and non-shrink barrier materials.

“Food processors work at huge economies of scale, so making marked material savings per pack can have a huge impact on a company’s environmental footprint while also improving their bottom line,” Dave added. “As the machines on display will demonstrate, sustainability needn’t come at the expense of cost efficiency, and we look forward to demonstrating this to PPMA visitors.”