Design and Development of a Horizontal Form/Fill/Seal Machine for an Automated Combat Ration Manufacturing Facility.
Final rept. Oct 89-Sep 91,
RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK NJ CENTER FOR ADVANCED FOOD TECHNOLOGY
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To satisfy requirements for productivity, versatility and flexibility, the horizontal formfillseal 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 FFS 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.
- *PRODUCTION ENGINEERING
- *MILITARY RATIONS
- TEST AND EVALUATION
- ALUMINUM FOIL
- HERMETIC SEALS
- PRODUCTION RATE
- DATA ACQUISITION
- MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems