Just clip it: Poly-clip System delivers sustainable, efficient process security

Dr Alexander Giehl is the CEO of Poly-clip System

At Anuga FoodTec 2024 from 19-22 Mar, Poly-clip System will present packaging solutions for a variety of foods. The company showcase applications for the skilled trades as well as industrial food processing operations.

“Just Clip It” is Poly-clip System’s trade fair slogan, whose packaging solutions consists of natural or artificial casings, flow packs, or nets and is sealed with a metal clip. Whether packaging cheese, sausages in stick or ring form, poultry, fruits and vegetables, or even non-food products – these clipping machines enable material-saving packaging solutions.

Furthermore, the bacteria-tight R-ID clip-closures developed by Poly-clip System meets the food safety requirements. At Anuga FoodTec, the company will showcase a wide range of products for applications of all sizes – from handheld devices enabling manual clipping for skilled trades businesses to fully automatic machines for industrial applications, to the clip-pak clip-closure solution, a combination of clips and various flow pack alternatives. In addition to clipping machines, Poly-clip System also offers labelling and pouch machines.

Sustainability with clip-pak clip-closure solutions

Alongside hygiene, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and appealing aesthetics, sustainability has become a crucial criterion in choosing the right food packaging.

Compared to conventional packaging such as tins or plastic trays, the clip-pak-based solutions are space-saving and leaving very little packaging waste. A 2019 UMSICHT study by the Fraunhofer Institute has confirmed its positive environmental aspects. According to the study, clip-closure solutions for packaging sausages generate up to 81% less greenhouse gas emissions than thermoforming packaging, and 64% less than an injection-moulded cup. With the transformation of the FCA product family into the “Green Series,” Poly-clip System also supports its customers by delivering clip machines that are particularly energy-efficient and that contribute to greater resource conservation through reduced energy consumption – thus aiding in the effective reduction of their customers’ CO2 footprint.

At Anuga FoodTec, Poly-clip System will exhibit a cross-section of the company portfolio, including the following products, representing industrial or skilled trades applications:

Automatic Double-Clipper FCA 80 GS

Ensuring an easy entry into automatic clipping, the double-clipping machine FCA 80 provides closure for collagen casings up to 80mm, fibre casings up to 100mm, or plastic casings up to calibre 160mm, reaching up to 125 cycles/minute. The double clipper, offering four different spreads, is easy to operate. The integrated linear displacer alos ensures symmetrical sausage ends with uniform pleating.

The FCA 80 machine from the new “Green Series” can be equipped with the new jumbo spool for a more sustainable use of consumables. With up to 50% more clips on just one spool, fewer changes are required. This ensures more efficient processes, less machine downtime – and ultimately, reduced waste production.

Clip machine SCD 700

The SCD 700 clip machine promotes an efficient and safe semi-automatic sealing of various types of cut-to-size goods. The single-clip machine seals plastic and natural casings up to calibre 120mm, as well as bags and nets.

With a hygiene design upgrade, Poly-clip System also optimises food safety. By using laser technology instead of punching during the machine’s manufacturing process, completely even, easier-to-clean surfaces are achieved, further enhancing hygiene properties. Following the modular principle, the semi-automatic clip machine can be supplemented with optional features, including, for example, clip coding for batch traceability.

Innovation meets sustainability

Dr Alexander Giehl, CEO, said: “Poly-clip System boasts a long-standing tradition, a strong market position, highly automated production, and an impressive number of patents. With the award of the PRIMAKLIMA seal as a carbon-neutral site, the company has also taken an important step towards internal sustainability. I look forward to driving the continuous development of our product portfolio with the experience and creativity of our employees in order to continue providing our customers with the best solutions.”