Manufacturers of all sizes – from start-ups and small enterprises to large companies and multinational corporations – are benefitting from the current trend. However, the production of Eco friendly edible cups differs from conventional wafer production in a number of ways, which has a significant impact on the manufacturing, handling and packaging process:
Cups with natural ingredients can spoil more easily; consequently, the packaging needs to offer better protection than for conventionally done.Using natural ingredients like Cocoa,Ginger,Turmeric means product sizes can vary from cup to cup, which poses a particular challenge for product feeding and handling.
Allergen-free products are subject to stringent hygienic standards.
Combined with their oftentimes sticky consistency, this calls for extensive cleaning and maintenance processes.
In addition, retailers and consumers have certain expectations of their own, which cannot be ignored:
Customers expect a broad range of Volumetric Cups with different taste, sweetness , flavors and ingredients.
These Cups should have as long a shelf life as possible without containing preservatives.The packaging not only needs to be visually appealing, but also suitable for transport and shelf displays.
The growing interest in sustainable solutions should be taken into account.
Consequently, several aspects need to be considered when selecting the right processing and packaging technologies.
Depending on the manufacturer’s starting point, company size and existing equipment, a number of automation solutions are worth considering.
For start-ups and smaller companies, the initial goal is to achieve a consistent quality standard and produce minimum quantities to establish a foothold on the market. A semi-automated entry-level solution is likely the best choice at this point.
Automated mixing and forming ensures consistent product quality.Automated primary packaging ensures tightly sealed packs, for high product safety and a long shelf life.
Small but established manufacturers and medium-sized enterprises, who want to add health and nutrition Cups to their portfolio or produce larger batches, require standardized and fully automated systems.
Here, one important aspect is ensuring a maximum degree of flexibility, so that they can respond to new trends and market growth.
In addition to Level 1, it makes sense to automate product in-feed, as well as secondary packaging.Heat sealing and Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) can further extend product shelf life.
Cartoning and case packing machines should enable fast and easy format changeovers between different products.
Easy access to the individual machines and tool-free format changeovers simplify maintenance and retrofitting.
Established medium-sized enterprises and large corporations need fully automated and seamlessly integrated solutions that allow them to quickly retrofit or upgrade their production capacities.
At the same time, they require maximum overall equipment effectiveness in order to achieve their growth targets.
Gentle product handling, e.g. via linear motors, pneumatic handling of products ; reduces debris build-ups in the machine.All process steps are mutually harmonized and fully automated, so that manual interventions are almost entirely unnecessary.
A simple, intuitive interface makes the machines easy to operate – a significant advantage in times of skills shortages.Multi leg systems with product buffers and re-feed belts maximize machine efficiency as a whole.
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