Combat Ration Network for Technology Implementation (CORANET II) Knurled Seal Heat Bar
Final technical rept. Nov 2006-Jul 2010
RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK NJ CENTER FOR ADVANCED FOOD TECHNOLOGY
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The objective of this CORANET Short Term Project was to quantify the effects of applying a pattern to the sealing bars of pouch sealing machines. Previous research had shown that patterned or knurled seal bars improved seal integrity of pouches that had contaminated seals. This STP documents patterns, seal condition changes, and results for various patterns and contaminate combinations. Significant improvement in peel strength was observed compared to traditional flat sealing bars. Recommendations and data are documented based on a benchtop sealer. Interactions of sealing conditions when applied to foil laminate films used for MRE pouch production were also documented. Technology transfer was started in phase II of this project during which a commercial Horizontal Form Fill Seal MRE pouch line was retrofitted with knurled seal plates. A cost benefit analysis will be completed to quantify financial benefits once Performance Monitoring is completed under the follow-on STP.
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies