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Nobac 5000L linerless applicator & VR Inspection System

Complete system for plastic-free fruit and veg packing

Ravenwood Packaging will be exhibiting at Fruit Logistica for the first time this year. They will have two machines on demo – the Nobac 5000L ‘fresh produce’ linerless applicator and the VR Inspection System. A good combination for the packaging of fruits and vegetables.

The Nobac 5000L and VR system both work in synergy for the labelling and inspection of all foods including fresh fruits and vegetables. Both machines can be stand alone or integrated for the labelling and inspection of packs.

The fresh produce linerless applicator is the latest 5000 machine variant to join Ravenwood’s linerless ranks. The 5000L applies ‘Fruit Lid’ linerless labels to carton board trays. When combined, the food grade Fruit Lid and tray, forms a complete pack for labelling and packaging of fresh fruit and vegetable products.

The pack concept replaces the need for plastic flow wrap and single use plastic bags. As a result, the entire pack is highly sustainable and 100% kerbside recyclable. With various tray sizes available to suit a wide range of requirements coupled with the option of bespoke Fruit Lid label designs to fit, the pack concept offers a high degree of flexibility.

Ravenwood has supplied its Fruit Lid to many high profile retailers including Iceland, Waitrose and Ocado as well as tomato packer, Tomeco. The Fruit Lid has been applied to kiwis, apples, pears and tomatoes.

Paul Beamish, Ravenwood’s Managing Director said: “Our linerless Fruit Lid can help brand owners tackle the problems associated with single use plastic. Across a global scale, we use a horrendous amount of this material in our daily lives. Plastic has got itself a really bad name but the problem stems from how we discard it. Fortunately, efforts are now in place to tackle this problem in creating a circular economy for this material.”

Also on the stand in Berlin will be Ravenwood’s VR Inspection System which identifies errors and rejects any packs where faulty labels are detected directly after the packs have been labelled. The VR does this by optical vision inspection. These faults are largely due to poor quality print and inaccuracies, but the VR analyses even further and will check for label position, quantity and orientation for guaranteed consistency across all packs. Moreover, even small print such as barcodes, use-by dates and traceability codes are also inspected.

David Gooding, Ravenwood’s Commercial Director said: “Fruit Logistica is a new show for us. The new fruit lid and carton board pack concept has now opened up a completely new market for Ravenwood and its distributor, and printer network. This will also be the first time we have exhibited the VR Inspection System.”

Ravenwood will be in Hall 6.1/B06

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