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Food processing industry gains from new self-contained can opening and emptying systems

Manufacturers and processors involved in both solid and pulp food processing can now gain from a new automatic can opening machine being introduced to the UK market by specialist packaging equipment suppliers, Glenvale Packaging. The Kaltenbach (k-ma process) system, available exclusively in this country through Glenvale, brings the benefits of accuracy, speed of throughput and versatility to a wide range of processors using bulk food ingredients. Significantly, the development overcomes many of the accepted drawbacks associated with using products in larger volumes.

Operational views of the Kaltenbach (k-ma process) automatic can opening machine – now being introduced to the UK market by specialist packaging equipment suppliers Glenvale Packaging. The Kaltenbach (k-ma process) automatic can opening machine, being introduced to the UK market by specialist packaging equipment suppliers Glenvale Packaging, requires a footprint of just 1.6 m x 1.0 m.

“Importantly, the k-ma process unit enables operators to take full advantage of ingredients supplied in canned format with its ability to handle cans from 2 – 10 kg in weight,” comments Garry Coleman, Partner at Glenvale Packaging. “This method of ingredient supply is regarded as the optimum approach by an increasing element of the food production and processing industry, particularly those involved in shorter run or lower volume operations. It replaces, for example, conventional 1,000 litre tanks, which can present significant considerations relating both to handling and to the need for the full volume of ingredients to be used quickly once open.

Typical examples of can sizes (from 2 to 10 kg) that can be handled by the Kaltenbach (k-ma process) automatic can opening machine, now available in the UK from Glenvale Packaging.

“The k-ma CEM-600-NT which we are now supplying – the first unit of its type available in the UK – addresses these issues head-on and combines handling, opening and disposal of cans into a single self-contained operation,” adds Garry Coleman.

With a footprint of just 1.6 m x 1.00 m – including a 400 mm feed chute – the design can be readily installed within or adjacent to a production facility, and only requires connection to standard power, water and air supplies. The unit receives cans via a roller conveyor feed into a dedicated can opening station for lid removal. This is followed immediately by a tilting operation where a combined compressed air and water blast process ensures all contents are removed. The empty cans are then transferred to a can compression facility before being ejected for efficient disposal off-site, while the emptied ingredients are discharged through an outlet for onward handling and processing.

The new unit requires minimal operator involvement and offers the additional benefits of quick cleaning and cost efficient energy consumption. The design also helps to ensure maintenance costs are kept to a minimum while the majority of industry standard can sizes can be handled without a change to the unit set-up. The system has already been widely proven across Europe with products of both a liquid and highly viscous nature.

“Because the operation ensures that the can is fully open and tilted, and with the removal of all residue then by the combination of water and compressed air, can emptying can be achieved to a remarkable level of 99%,” continues Garry Coleman. “Moreover, following can compression, waste material disposal volumes can be reduced by up to 80% which clearly has a beneficial impact in terms of onward handling, as well as gains from an environmental point of view.”

Rolfe Mielke, Sales Manager at Maschinenbau Kaltenbach in Germany, highlights additional factors –

“Glenvale Packaging is a well known organisation which we see as a strong and reliable partner in the UK because it reflects our commitment to high quality equipment and providing the best possible knowledge and service to our customers. It also echoes the focus we are placing on the UK – indeed, our first CEM 600 NT can opening machine was installed here for a leading producer in the convenience food production sector, at the same as we were reaching an agreement with Glenvale Packaging.”

In particular Rolfe Mielke draws attention to industries that use can filled raw materials – such as producers of salads, convenience foods, fruit, dairy and soft drink products – who will recognise the benefits associated with the CEM 600 NT machine. “Our customers acknowledge the benefits of the technology and its efficiency and also appreciate the early pay back that is achievable with this machine. We are confident that an increasing number of companies in the UK will look to take advantage of the benefits offered by this purpose-designed technology,” he says.

“We have developed a leading reputation at Glenvale Packaging for purpose-designed machines which meet specific filling and operational requirements in a range of industries – from food processing to pharmaceutical production. Therefore we believe the new k-ma CEM-600-NT machine is a logical addition to our range,” says Garry Coleman.

“With the added benefit of our focus on providing support services tailored for each individual customer – from assessment through installation, commissioning and onward maintenance – we are confident that the benefits of the new unit will be recognised by everybody involved in the food processing industry,” he concludes.

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