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GEA to launch vertical packaging machine for diverse bag

GEA will launch its new vertical SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip for pre-packaged food products for retail and food service in November.

Apart from producing premium quality D-ZIP bags, this easy-to-use machine can produce more than 10 different bag styles for a wide variety of applications such as candy, nuts, frozen fruits and grated cheese.

The new machine integrates a newly developed corner seal unit, designed to reduce complexity and improve quality, flexibility and serviceability, thereby meeting the demands of today’s processors.

While the GEA SmartPacker has been on the market for more than sixty years, the new CX400 D-Zip brings vertical packaging right up to date to meet the needs of both processors and consumers.

Users can expect premium performance with an output of up to 100 D-Zip bags a minute, and enjoy 98% uptime and highly accurate operation from a machine that carries the smallest footprint of any other comparable machine in the industry.

The SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip features GEA’s new corner seal unit, which simplifies set-up and improves overall quality.

The corner seal unit introduces greater flexibility into the SmartPacker, as it is capable of varying in seal width and, depending on needs, can be configured for two or four seals.

Like the GEA SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip, it has a compact design and does not require specialist tooling when changing formats. GEA engineers have also included a superior accessibility to areas where heavy wear can be expected, including sealing and folding to reduce maintenance time.

The GEA SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip design reduces the amount of plastic required for the zipper by approximately 15% by eliminating the zipper-material in the cross seal. Additional plastic waste is avoided given no punching is required in making the zipper.

“The SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip is future-ready,” said Martijn van de Mortel, Product Manager Vertical Packaging at GEA.

“Whether the need is for high quality, more capacity, greater flexibility, a small footprint, low maintenance or a combination of all of these, the SmartPacker CX400 D-Zip answers the call. It’s capable of producing all common bag types on a single machine without compromising any expectations.”