ULMA Packaging UK has evolved its machine portfolio to include the FM300C horizontal form fill seal flow wrapper, in a bid to meet increasing poultry processor demand for whole chicken packaging.
The FM300C builds on the strengths of ULMA’s popular Artic C model to bring a solution that has all of its experience, but which is solely designed for the packaging of whole trussed and untrussed birds at a rate of up to 60 packs per minute.
Key attributes that differentiate the FM300C include an extra 25mm height capacity that increases the jaw opening size to 200mm, in order to deal with the packaging of larger poultry, such as turkey, with ease. To facilitate the quick changing of materials, a double reel holder makes it simple to alternate between using laminated and BDF films. The electrical cabinet, which is usually found in a separate box, has also been integrated into the rear cabinet with the mechanical movements providing ease of access to all components, having everything in one place.
To reduce downtime and improve hygiene, the machine’s motorised triangle belt comes with a quick release system intended for thorough cleaning. An innovative bridge-type sponge system is also featured along the length of the belt, to aid the removal of air as the product is moved along the packaging line.
Modifications can be made to offer further benefits such as the option for a split belt infeed, which is guaranteed to automatically bridge gaps so that manual labour is reduced.
James Couldwell, Business Manager at ULMA Packaging UK, comments: “With ULMA already known for its market-leading flow wrap modified atmosphere (FM) range it is great to be able to share with poultry processors the strides ULMA has taken to bring the next generation of whole chicken packaging through the FM300C. We are confident that the FM300C will be very popular and help to reinforce ULMA’s position as the go-to packaging machinery partner for poultry processing businesses.”