IMA Dairy & Food Group Introduces Cost-Effective, High-Efficiency Form-Fill-Seal Machine for Portion Packs

The first of a new family of low-maintenance FFS Machines, the Hassia P300 FFS offers wide availability and an integrated case packer


EDISON, NJ, USA – IMA Dairy & Food, whose parent company develops and manufactures complete packaging lines and individual machines for the dairy and food industries, has introduced the Hassia FFS Machine P300, a form-fill-seal platform for the production of portion packs. Ideal for manufacturing and filling small to medium-sized cups, the P300 FFS Machine can produce up to 63,000 portion cups per hour and comes equipped with an integrated case packing system.

The P300 is the first in a new line of cost-effective FFS machines combining compactness and low operational and repair costs with high availability and more than 1,000 types of cup sizes and configurations, including oval, round, square or even honeycomb-shaped. The highly energy-efficient system boasts a modular structure with outstanding affordability and output – especially when considering its minimised footprint of just 6 X 1.5 meters.

The P300 is also available in an aseptic version, useful for portion packs that must meet ultra-hygienic packaging standards. The machine enables processing of all common packaging materials, including PS, PP and PET.

Compared with form-seal machines, FFS systems can improve efficiencies in several ways. These advantages include a 20 to 60 per cent reduction in overall packaging materials costs; eliminating the need to buy and store cups separately; and avoiding the extra required step of cleaning prior to cup filling inherent with operations utilising FS machinery. Because only rolls of material are required for FFS machines rather than individual cups, the FFS P300 can store materials for 110,000 cups in the same space as an FS machine can store 10,000 pre-made cups, a space savings of more than 90 per cent.

Additional packaging material savings derive from minimised bottom material thickness; a more consistent material heating and accelerated forming process; minimised punching waste provided by a multi-functional punching tool; and volume savings, as portion cups can be compactly arranged in secondary packaging of cartons or trays.