BOC, the UK’s largest supplier of industrial gases and related equipment, is showcasing the prototype of its new packaging in-line leak detection system at this year’s FOODEX.
FOODEX – 25-27 March, NEC, Birmingham, Stand T320
Assuring the integrity of packaging, especially for fresh and chilled foods employing Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP), is a major consideration for manufacturers. Pack failures not only impact on the efficiency of the supply chain but premature spoilage of the fresh product can greatly increase costs. BOC’s new system helps food processors ensure that their packaging is secure at least to the point of leaving the production lines.
The system uses hydrogen gas, the smallest gas molecule, to test packaging for any flaws or leaks. The unit is designed to provide a complete in-line assessment of each individual pack. By immediately identifying any problems, it allows manufacturers to take remedial action quickly and so minimise product and revenue loss.
BOC will also be promoting its market-leading range of MAPAX® gases, equipment and services. The range covers all the major applications for MAP technology – plus a few bespoke ones as well.
Frozen food technology is also a particular strength of BOC, a member of The Linde Group. The CRYOLINE® range of cryogenic freezers (example shown in above image), incorporating the latest developments in food freezing technology from Linde, will be featured on the stand. Whether your process requires batch production or in-line freezers, BOC has a model to suit.
In addition, the company will be promoting its latest waste water treatment technology – AXENIS™. The costs of water continue to rise, while the environmental treatment standards are becoming more stringent. AXENIS is a solution developed by The Linde Group which enables a significant reduction in the costs of treatment by producing an exceptionally high standard of final water quality, suitable for either reuse or discharge to a sewer or watercourse.
Steve Baker, BOC Food Technical Specialist, said: "The demands being placed on food producers today by both regulators and customers mean that there is a continual drive to seek better, more cost-effective methods of production. In the areas of MAP and cryogenic processes, BOC has access to the latest developments across the globe and is happy to explore with clients how these can improve their operations."