Automation has become a crucial aspect of the fruit industry worldwide. Paclife leans on their decades of experience in the packaging sector as technology and modified atmosphere film suppliers to Chile's huge cherries and blueberries industries to present a new offering. "The company has taken a bold step towards providing a fully automated sealing process," says Cristian Parra, Commercial Sales Manager of Paclife.
Cristian Parra, showing the Paclife modified atmosphere packaging and machine behind him.
"Automation has become a crucial aspect for the fruit industry today since efficiency and speed are critical factors. The ability to process large volumes of fruit quickly and accurately, reducing waste of raw materials and ensuring airtight and safe packaging, not only increases productivity it also contributes to the sustainability and preservation of products. It is essential in an industry that seeks to offer high quality food worldwide. Automation is no longer just an option but has become an imperative need to drive growth and competitiveness. Thus, Paclife's technology has proven to be highly aligned with the above since it not only allows us to keep up with the demands of international markets but also improves and enhances the properties of the products, supporting the future vision of the companies brands."
Paclife provides effective, safe and stable packaging solutions in the conservation and export of horticultural products to 200 brands in over 10 countries around the world. "Paclife's packaging automation technology, compared to others commonly used, offers a highly superior system as it can process up to 25 packages per minute, with a potential of up to 40 packages, which is seven times faster than traditional sealing systems. This is achieved with reduced human intervention, ensuring a tight, error-free seal, while reducing raw material use by more than 50%. As a result, production costs decrease, and waste management becomes more sustainable. In addition, its use replaces up to five sealing machines, which optimizes personnel management, especially in environments with variable temperature conditions, such as packing houses. This, in turn, saves up to 25% space on the same surface," explains Parra.
The Paclife team.
The modified atmosphere film, MAP, used for packaging by Paclife, is a technology patented by the brand (PAT. No. 50344). Modified atmosphere technology, which has revolutionized the way food is preserved and protected, incorporates active attributes and additives that contribute to the preservation, conservation, and safe transportation of fresh fruit. The qualities of MAP film add value to the presentation by providing a great aesthetic appearance, high transparency, and exceptional resistance to temperature changes.
Parra says they participated at the recently held Asia Fruit Logistica expo in Hong Kong, while looking forward to Fruit Attraction in Madrid next week. "Paclife experienced great success by presenting its automation technologies and their impact on the packaging industry. In Asia our brand generated great interest among attendees, including renowned importers, who quickly understood the advantages of the system and its benefit to the global industry. This achievement would not have been possible without Paclife's constant commitment to innovation and development. The company firmly believes in the importance of adding new technologies to its products and line of work."
He says the incorporation of automation in packaging processes, as Paclife has done, is essential in a world of aile and competitive markets. "Since it not only meets market demands, but also enhances the properties of the products and supports the future vision of brands, paving the way towards a more efficient and sustainable future in the packaging industry. Automation stands as a fundamental pillar for competitiveness in the fresh produce sector," concludes Parra.