Australia-based tna, a leading global supplier of integrated food processing and packaging solutions, has unveiled the tna robag 5, an ultra-high speed vertical form fill seal (VFFS) system at SNAXPO in Atlanta, USA.
The tna robag 5 boasts speeds of up to 300 bags per minute on a single tube design. The new bagging system is the final element in tna’s complete ultra-high-speed packaging solution – tna performance 5.0. The new tna robag 5 comes with a new scale, continuous motion ultrasonic back seal technology and a new advanced controls platform.
The new tna robag 5 has been equipped with tna intelli-weigh 0220 omega high-speed scale. Featuring 20 weigh heads, this ultra-high precision scale is capable of combining different products, while offering fast and accurate product transfer with minimum waste. In addition, the integration of ultrasonic back seal technology helps overcome the thermal transfer limitations of traditional heat seal methods to provide superior seal integrity even at high speeds.
Also, tna’s intelli-sys software provides a single point of control for the complete line, whether that’s for a central control center within the plant as part of a remote management solution.
Alf Taylor, chief executive officer at tna said, “The food manufacturing industry is changing rapidly at the moment. In particular the packaging end of the production line has seen some huge increases in speed in the last decade. When we released the first tna robag in 1984, nobody believed that we’d be able to double packaging speeds with the launch of a single innovation. Fast forward 34 years and we’re about to show the industry that we can do it again. With its ultra-high bagging speeds, intuitively designed smart technology, faster changeovers and advanced equipment integration, the new tna robag 5 will once again re-define industry standards. More importantly, it will do so within a single, highly compact VFFS system. This basically means that the tna robag 5 is capable of the same and, in some cases, even higher levels of throughput, as two individual baggers, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for snack and confectionery factories that are limited in floorspace.”
Taylor added that packaging technology needs to deliver a significant economic advantage, whether that’s a low reject rate or a small factory footprint; ultimately, the system has to generate gains at the bottom line. “With performance 5.0, we’re able to provide a fully integrated packaging solution that is not only fast, compact and intuitive, but that also delivers the industry’s lowest cost of ownership by enabling manufacturers to convert twin lines to single packaging lines.”
Launched at the beginning of last year, tna performance 5.0 is a fully integrated packaging solution, comprising the tna robag 5 VFFS system and the tna ropac 5 case packer.