Pune-based Nichrome India, a manufacturer of packaging machinery and a pioneer in form fill and seal machines, displayed for the first time its newest offering for the dairy sector—Filpack Servo 12k milk packaging machine— at the India International Dairy Expo. This machine is an improvement over the Filpack Servo 10k in terms of speed. The Filpack Servo 12k has a speed of 12,000 packs per hour while Filpack Servo 10k can produce 10,000 packs per hour.
“We worked in close cooperation with Dow Specialty plastics for a period of one year during the development phase of Filpack Servo 12k as it requires a special film to pack milk to achieve this high speed,” said Mrunal Joshi of Nichrome.
The special film requires less heat to seal and reduces leakages considerably. The machine can also be used to pack flavored milk, juice, lassi and mineral water.
According to Joshi, this high-speed machine is primarily meant for bigger players in the dairy industry who deal in large volumes. Due to its faster speed, Filpack Servo 12k can replace two Filpack CMD machines, thus saving a lot of space and other running costs. Filpack 12k offers better ‘cost to production ratio’ for the dairies. The company is already in talks with some leading players in the dairy industry who are keen to install this machine.
Also on display was the Maxima series of machine for packing power, spices, dairy whiteners, coffee powder, pre-mix powders, etc. The Maxima 200 has speed of 200 packs per minute (ppm) while Maxima 400 has speed of 400 ppm. For both Maxima 200 and 400 offers pack volume range as 25cc to 550cc. Maximum pack size for both variants is 130 mm length and 200 mm width. The speeds offered by Maxima are among the fastest in its category, according to Joshi.
The third machine on offer was the Multilane Stickpack, which helps in packing items such as milk powder, coffee powder, tea and coffee premix, etc. in centre seal stickpack format. The machine offers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 lanes (depending on stick width). The capacity of the machine is 30-35 packs per lane. It handles packaging materials such as heat-sealable laminate films like polyester, metallized polyester or aluminium foil, etc. This is mainly aimed at the hospitality industry.
Joshi also informed that Nichrome is now focusing heavily on secondary packaging and is offering baling solutions and automatic crate filling solutions. “The industry is demanding such kind of solutions because of higher speeds,” she said.