Allpax put more than 15 food products packaged in various microwaveable pouches and bowls and tested them to identify package and product combinations that hold the most promise of quality and capacity improvements for brand owners.
Nine production size Shaka® units have been installed by Allpax during the past two years. Shaka utilizes a unique agitation process to sterilize medium-to-high viscosity, low liquid foods. Rapid sterilization, sometimes up to 90 percent faster than static retorts, can have a profound impact on improving the quality of these shelf-stable foods.
Allpax Shaka and Gentle motion retorts are revolutionizing the shelf stable food industry by changing the way retorted food, especially in pouches and trays, taste. Greg Jacob, Vice President and General Manager of Allpax, describes how lab retorts are the gateways to Shaka and Gentle Motion implementations. Booth # N-3910
The Allpax 1600 Shaka high-speed agitation retort equals the output of four-basket static retorts because of an up to 90 percent reduction in cycle time. Shaka opens the doors to new products that would typically be difficult to retort and improves the taste and appearance of products now available on the market. Booth # N-3910
Greg Jacob, vice president and general manager of Allpax, a division of Pro Mach, talks about the retort system at Hormel Progressive Packaging plant – PMT 2010 Packaging Line of the Year award winner – in Dubuque, Iowa. The system is used to make Completes ready-to-eat meals shelf stable and provide hot water to heat the building.
The new 2402 Gentle Motion retort from Allpax, a division of Pro Mach, offers a small footprint for lab work and the capacity to simulate a host of retort processes and agitation types. Processes piloted on the 2402 can be ported to production Allpax units for fast time-to-market and assured quality and repeatability.
Allpax Products, a leader in retort room automation, introduces a research and development retort capable of producing seven different sterilization processes and four different modes of agitation, making this new modular system the world’s most versatile laboratory retort. A single 2402-FLEX retort can be used to evaluate containers and ingredients across a comprehensive range of sterilization and agitation combinations. Sterilization processes include saturated steam, steam air, water spray, full immersion, water cascade, partial immersion, and sterilamatic simulation. Agitation modes include axial rotation, end over end, gentle motion reciprocating, and Shaka™ reciprocating. Allpax is a division of Pro Mach, Inc.