Accession Number : ADA254806
Title : Design and Development of a Horizontal Form/Fill/Seal Machine for an Automated Combat Ration Manufacturing Facility.
Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 89-Sep 91,
Corporate Author : RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK NJ CENTER FOR ADVANCED FOOD TECHNOLOGY
Personal Author(s) : Descovich, T
Report Date : May 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 201
Abstract : To satisfy requirements for productivity, versatility and flexibility, the horizontal form/fill/seal machine was specified and developed (based on the Tiromat 3000) to provide MRE pouch packaging rates of 100 per minute and for integration into the Combat Ration Advanced Manufacturing Technology Demonstration. Over 45,000 pouches have been produced during the test runs (including debugging) at rates up to 102 per minute demonstrated with residual gas levels below 10cc and meeting the other MIL specifications. Performance of the F/F/S machine was enhanced by Rutgers developing a unique method of measurement and analysis of interrelated operations. The method uses a computer based data acquisition system and the existing Tiromat sensors. Cycle (production) rates, quality of packages and control of product slosh were improved. This technique is useful during equipment installation, measuring equipment performance and monitoring package quality. A new version of laminated film was developed by Reynolds Metal that can be formed, sealed to specification and does not delaminate after retorting. Earlier performance will be verified by acceptance testing and NRDEC approval of this alternate pouch production method.
Descriptors : *MANUFACTURING , *PRODUCTION ENGINEERING , *MEALS , *MILITARY RATIONS , *PACKAGING , TEST AND EVALUATION , REQUIREMENTS , MONITORING , SPECIFICATIONS , CYCLES , INTEGRATION , ALUMINUM FOIL , HERMETIC SEALS , PRODUCTION RATE , RATIONS , PRODUCTIVITY , MACHINES , DATA ACQUISITION , OPERATION , INSTALLATION , QUALITY , FACILITIES , COMPUTERS , DEMONSTRATIONS , ACQUISITION , MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL
Subject Categories : Food, Food Service and Nutrition
Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE