Mar 23, 2017
COVINGTON, LA — Allpax, powered by Pro Mach, attributes the continuing evolution of consumer preferences toward higher quality shelf stable products and convenience packaging to driving sales of its 2402 multimode R&D retorts. Highest levels of sales are to flavor and film companies and university food and packaging labs.
“Based on sales and feedback from customers, the pace of development for new formulations for shelf stable food as well as for convenience packaging has dramatically accelerated,” said Greg Jacob, Vice President and General Manager, Allpax. “The versatility of our multimode retort makes it a much in demand tool for shelf stable innovations.”
Longtime 2402 multimode user Erik Hassid, Technical Head Savory, Givaudan Flavors, a global leader in flavors and fragrances, said, “We run products in cans, pouches, and cartons pretty seamlessly in our lab. The 2402 certainly shortens our development cycles as well as those of our customers.”
He explained, “When we go to a customer and say ‘we’ve tested hundreds of different products in our system and have narrowed it down to these two or three recommendations,’ the customer can move faster and go to market sooner, and Givaudan has provided a strategic service.”
Bemis North America was the first film supplier to incorporate the Shaka agitation process in one of its new multimode R&D retorts. Jim Lamb, Senior Research Engineer, Bemis North America, said, “We have an interactive product development process with customers and are able to effectively test trays and films under simulated production conditions before those materials reach customer packaging lines, saving significant amounts of time. Having these advanced R&D retorts enables us to partner with our customers to develop processes that bring products to market faster, ensure food product quality, and improve overall throughput of customers’ packaging operations.”
2402 multimode retort
Each 2402 multimode R&D retort is customized to the specifications of the lab. One unit can offer as many or as few modes as the customer wishes. These units can be purchased or leased. Allpax even re-purchases units and refurbishes them for later re-sale. These multimode retorts can run saturated steam, steam air overpressure, water immersion, water spray, and water cascade processes in combination with seven easily changeable modular agitation modes — still, end-over-end, swinging, Gentle Motion shaking (low-speed), The Shaka (high-speed), hydrostatic simulation, and axial rotation. These units accommodate cans, bottles, pouches, cups, trays, metals, glass, plastics, and double seam film and foil closures and are ideal for testing flavors and films.
These retorts are equipped with the production version of the Allpax control software, which is 21 CFR Part 11 compliant for recipe editing, batch logs, and security functions. The Allen-Bradley PLC-based HMI makes switching between sterilization processes fast and easy, creating an almost infinite number of processing possibilities as manufacturers look for optimum efficiency, quality, and taste. Utilization of production software streamlines the process of scaling up from the lab to the production facility.
For more information on the 2402 multimode retort, call 1-888-893-9277 and visit www.Allpax.com for a complete look at production retorts, retort room automation, aftermarket support, and refurbished units.
Supporting the highest levels of product safety and regulatory compliance, Allpax manufactures processing and sterilization solutions for the food, beverage, pet food, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical industries, including autoclaves, retort room components, fully automated retort rooms, and product handling equipment that supports retort room automation. Allpax is a product brand of ProMach, a global leader in packaging line solutions. As part of the ProMach Product Handling business line, Allpax helps our packaging customers protect and grow the reputation and trust of their consumers. ProMach is performance, and the proof is in every package. Learn more about Allpax at www.Allpax.com and more about ProMach at ProMachBuilt.com.