iba.OPERATE! Focuses on Packaging & Processing Solutions

iba 2018 has a special focus and a large special section in Hall B1 dedicated to packaging, called “iba.OPERATE! Packaging & Processing Solutions”.

Everything exhibited here is related to packaging solutions, processes and materials for wholesale bakeries, dough manufacturers, trade, and the confectionery and supply industry. Visitors are guaranteed a 360° view of the market and its innovations, the organizer of the event says.

“iba.OPERATE! will provide visitors with all the information they need and help them find the right partners for their company,” Claudia Weidner, iba project manager, explains.

An attractive appearance is not everything, when it comes to packaging baked goods of all sorts; hygienic packaging is just as crucial. Over 180 companies will be presenting their solutions and novelties in packaging technology and materials at iba, with over 50 exhibitors bundled in this dedicated section. Everything here revolves around packaging solutions, processes and materials for wholesale bakeries, dough manufacturers, trade, and the confectionary and supply industry.

The exhibitors include renowned companies such as MULTIVAC, Cavanna, Niverplast, Bosch Packaging Technology, GHD Hartmann, ILAPAK, THEEGARTEN, Bradman Lake, ULMA Global Packaging and many more from China, Denmark, Germany, France, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA.

“After the successful premiere at iba 2015 and the very good feedback from exhibitors and visitors, we are once again going to bring together packaging solutions and processes for products such as bread, pastries, confectionery, snacks, pizza, toast, pies, frozen dough pieces, biscuits and cereal/chocolate bars in one section,” explains Weidner.

Three conditions must be met for all bakery products in terms of packaging:

  • It must protect the goods during transportation.
  • It must meet the necessary requirements in terms of durability.
  • It must comply with EU food hygiene regulations.

Novelties in Packaging

Exhibitors at iba will be showcasing their machines as well as complete solutions and components that meet all packaging requirements, from logistics to transport challenges, to product preservation, and in compliance with food safety regulations. These range from tubular bag machines, thermoforming and film packaging solutions, bag filling and closing machines, multi-pack systems, feeder systems, bread and bun packaging machines, labels and labelling machines, and corresponding packaging materials.

Visitors can look forward to numerous novelties and premieres. For instance, ILAPAK is unveiling two brand new flow-wrapping solutions for the bakery industry. The Carrera 5000 meets demand from middle-tier bakeries for a robust, easy to maintain machine that offers the same in-line integration and performance capabilities as a top-of-the-range flow wrapper, whilst the DSA Raptor multipack collation and flow-wrapping cell can reduce cost of ownership by 20-25%, compared with conventional systems, thanks to a major breakthrough in controls integration. On the vertical side, ILAPAK has upgraded its successful Vision2000 platform with new laser height detection capabilities and design features that allow easier access for maintenance. The upgraded Vision2000 will make its debut at iba, where it will be shown together with the Vegatronic 2000 Open Frame (OF) as part of a complete bagging line for bread rolls.

MULTIVAC will showcase a complete range of solutions for packaging bread, bakery products, biscuits and snacks. In addition, the company will also present two chamber machines, a compact thermoforming packaging machine and a tray sealer. “In the bakery industry, there is a clear trend away from frozen products and towards MAP packs,” explains Tanja Nickels, press and public relations manager at MULTIVAC. Various compact machine models for producing MAP packs will be presented at the trade fair.

HARTMANN will also exhibit the automatic packaging machine GBK 440 that enables the tight-fitting, secure packaging and sealing of product bags in a single operation. The design of the device meets a wide variety of customer requirements, the producer says. Directly driven product pushers fill prefabricated bags with pre-grouped baked goods of all kinds. Clip closures, Kwik-Lok or welding seals are alternatives for closing systems, a combination of which is also possible The product area is arranged separately from the drive space. Thanks to the special drive concept, even complex requirements can be met in terms of control technology. The latest sensor technology, control technology and user interfaces create the basis for the implementation of internationally diverse requirements also for the clean room operation in the industrial production of baked goods.

Bosch Packaging Technology will be presenting various machines, including a roller former for bar production and a flow wrapping line for pastries with a robotized feeder. The trend shows an increasing demand for flexibility of process and packaging machines as well as complete solutions that are optimized for gentle product handling and high food safety. Bosch has developed a two-in-one biscuit packaging system to address this problem, a flow wrapper that is very gentle with the biscuits and that has significantly minimized waste.

WITT-Gasetechnik will presents LEAK-MASTER MAPMAX, which features non-destructive detection of even the smallest leaks using CO2 as a trace gas – a 100% testing method connected directly to the packaging process. Thus, not a single leaking package gets to the customer. The machine places the packages or shipping case in the test chamber.

In hall B1, visitors can also find companies such as Delfin Srl, which is present for more than 20 years on the market for food and non-food packing machines, and automatic dosing machines for cookies and biscuits. Carle&Montanari-OPM, part of the FOOD division of SACMI GROUP, is a company with 110 years of history in chocolate preparation and molding processing and OPM, for 40 years active on the market of molding lines and packaging. After having built a strong reputation in the confectionery market, Carle&Montanari-OPM is strongly approaching bakery industry using the most prominent technology in bakery primary packing, with specific solutions to flow-wrap anything from cakes, croissants, crackers, cookies, wafers and much more.

AMP Automation, also present in hall B1, is a family-owned business delivering bespoke and off the shelf solutions to automate products for multipacking into flow-wrap machines, cartoning lines, tray systems and many other packaging formats.

Packaging has advanced to include many kinds of functions including protecting the product, facilitating its distribution, and making it appealing to the customer. Fuji Machinery claims to improve on these functions to meet customers’ desires and to also enable “communication” between people and products.

GOPACK, which supplies a wide range of packaging solutions to industrial companies, can also be found in hall B1 at iba 2018. They promise a complete and successful solution for the packaging issues.

KOMATEC develops and manufactures machines and entire systems with special emphasis on transportation, packaging and palletizing technology and is also among exhibitors in this segment of iba 2018.

Founded in 1846 by Johan Wilhelm Schur, Schur is one of Denmark’s oldest packaging businesses. They are offering packaging, packaging machines, packaging systems, and knowhow. Schur has a staff of approx. 850 persons employed at factories in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France, Australia and the USA.

With in-house research, development and engineering, TSW offers completely integrated packaging solutions including primary, secondary and tertiary equipment. TSW offers multiple styles of rigid packaging equipment including a wide range of cartoners, case packers and relevant infeed and collating systems.

ULMA Packaging is specialized in the design and production of packaging equipment and services. With more than 55 years of experience and a team of highly qualified professionals, as well as the most advanced design and manufacturing technologies, they offer extensive and innovative solutions in packaging equipment and systems.

In addition to “iba.OPERATE!”, iba organizers say that more packaging solutions will be exhibited in other halls and will range from baker’s bags to decorative packaging.

The focus areas are:

  • Smart Packaging
  • Green Packaging
  • Food Safety
  • Solutions for process optimization

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