A MELBOURNE contract packaging company has completed the first installation in Australia of domnick hunter’s on-site nitrogen gas generation for use in modified atmosphere packaging of snackfoods.
Terra Harvest Australia - whose contracts include packaging of rice chips and other snackfoods for major consumer brand names - uses high quality nitrogen produced by an N2MAX106 generator to flush air from packs to keep their contents fresher for longer shelf lives.
The generator involved is of a type applicable to a wide range of production and processing tasks, including industries such as food and beverage.
The generator, creating 99.5 per cent pure nitrogen from standard factory compressed air, dispenses with the need for multi-packs of high-pressure gas cylinders to do the same job.
Instead of having to store, handle, disconnect and reconnect cylinder packs, Terra Harvest uses the N2MAX106 to generate gas from its pre-existing compressed air supplies, easily producing the 11.4 cubic metres per hour of gas it needs.
"The installation will take less than a year to achieve payback, and after that it represents ongoing competitive efficiency and profit,” managing director Al Lewin said.
“Not only are we achieving operational and cost-efficiencies, but also we are gaining occupational health and safety benefits by not having to store and constantly manipulate heavy packs of cylinders."
Terra Harvest installed the domnick hunter equipment to operate with ROBAG vertical form and fill (VFFS) machines from TNA.