The new ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine for packaging milk that can extend the shelf life of the product up to 90 days. Uflex is the only company in India to manufacture this kind of sophisticated machines. Milk sterilised and packed in this machine can be kept in normal ambient conditions at the point of sale for as long as 90 days.
This machine packs milk in a pouch that is formed of a five to seven layer extruded/blown polyethylene film with strong barrier properties including a black layer for U.V. protection. As a fully integrated packaging solution provider, Uflex offers the especially extruded/blown film too.
The machine has an inbuilt automatic CIP and SIP system and can pack milk in SKUs ranging from 70ml to 1500ml volumetrically. The filling speed for these variants ranges between 5000 to 2500 packs per head per hour. On a specially programmed B&R and Siemens PLC fitted to this machine, altering the desired volumes to be filled can be actuated at the press of a button spelling utmost convenience for the milk companies.
The machine has been manufactured with a special Isolation Valve (Sterile Interlock) that does not allow the milk to flow from the UHT to the filling machine in case sterilisation of milk in UHT is incomplete or does not conform to the set specifications. This spares unnecessary invocation of intermediate CIP and SIP of the filling machine avoiding wastage of time. Gravity Filling System with Precise Tank Level Regulation has been provided in this machine. ESL Flexi-Pouch Machine can be customised with Single, Two or Three Head filling arrangement as per the requirement of the client. This versatile machine is also capable of simultaneously packaging differential volumes on various heads. The ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine is fitted with Impulse Sealing system especially imported from USA that ensures a perfect leak proof seal.
A typical Two Head ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine requires 415 V AC, three phase, 50Hz supply. The power consumption at peak load is 20KVA. This machine requires steam at a pressure of 4 Bar with 0.5 kg/hr consumption during production and 70 kg/hr during sterilisation.
Launching the machine Mr. Ajay Tandon, President & CEO, Engineering Business, Uflex Limited said, “After meticulous R&D of about 18 months, the Engineering Business at Uflex has designed and brought out this machine which has been put under commercial run and validation at one of the largest milk packers in India. The end-to-end system comprising extruded/blown multi-layered specialty film and the ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine offers an optimised packaging solution for milk in flexible pouches. This machine can also be customised for packaging other beverages too.”
Expressing delight at the launch of the new machine, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “I am glad to present ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine to the Indian Milk Industry. Roughly 145-150 million tons of milk is produced by India every year, out of which several million tons get spoiled owing to inefficient packaging. In such a scenario, an overall system to extend the shelf life of milk without disturbing the retail coordinates and further to be able to ensure availability even in the remotest of the areas without having to spend towards cold chain is a real shot in the arm for milk brands and retailers. This will go a long way in reducing spoilage and wastage of milk. Uflex’s ESL Aseptic Flexi-Pouch Machine is a promising product manufactured in our great country and I dedicate it to Government’s flagship scheme of ‘Make in India’ that my organisation supports and contributes to wholeheartedly.”