Ireland’s Lakeland Dairies installed its second aseptic StickPack form/fill/seal machine manufactured by IMA Hassia for packaging ultra-high temperature (UHT) milk in its Killeshandra production site.
The machines run in three-shift operation with 12 lanes and produce 43,000 StickPacks per hour, each.
The dairy ordered another aseptic StickPack machine.
The machine sterilizes the flat foil on all sides using active packaging degermination (germs eradicated >log 5) and feeds it into the sterile area.
A cutter then notches the foil in strips through to the seal layer.
The packaging is subsequently formed into duplex StickPacks under sterile conditions using a special forming shoulder and then sealed on three sides.
Lastly the StickPacks are filled with UHT milk, also in the sterile area, using dosing equipment specific to the product.
Compared to conventional cups, StickPacks can reduce a producer’s packaging needs by up to 50% while boosting storage capacity and transport volumes, as well as lowering waste.