Combat Ration Advanced Manufacturing Technology Demonstration (CRAMTD). Rigid Polymeric Container Processing Short Term Project (STP#lO).
Final rept. Sep 91-Mar 95,
RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK NJ CENTER FOR ADVANCED FOOD TECHNOLOG Y
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Following a literature search and contacts with equipment manufacturers and polymer converters, it was concluded that the goal of 3 year shelf life for a polymeric half steam table tray container is achievable using improved materials and that heat seal equipment can be designed with sufficient flexibility for both military and civilian product packaging. A Raque Heat Seal Machine, Model HS-100 continuous motion was acquired, installed at the CRAMTD Demonstration Site and satisfactorily sealed CPET Half-Steam Table Trays at 30 per minutes. Two potential suppliers of the polymeric tray pack were identified, Mullinix and Rexam. Also, two potential suppliers for the lidding stock, Roll Print and Heat Seal participated in the Project providing test materials. The polymeric tray pack design developed in the STP was recognized by the Eastern Dairy Deli Bakery Association as the Best New Product - General at its 1995 EDDA Show and Exhibition. Over 4,000 trays have been filled with a food product and heat sealed as part of CRAMTD operational demonstration. Retort tests of the CPET Mullinix tray with Heat Seal top lid film were successful.
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition
- Containers and Packaging
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems