New bagging technology introduced for IQF shrimp, fish fillets
New seafood bagging technology has been introduced that is allowing shrimp and fish processing companies to speed up their operations.
Created by the Paxiom Group, a packaging systems developer based in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. and Toronto, Canada, the Swifty Bagger automatically opens, fills, and seals pre-made bags and stand-up pouches, reaching speeds of up to 2,500 bags per hour, according to the group’s marketing coordinator Asia Adell.
While the Swifty itself is not entirely new, Adell said, the company has recently updated the product with an easy-load bag magazine, vibratory mechanisms for consistent bag filling, and “no-product, no-bag” sensing technology.
The Swifty Bagger has also been updated with an in-line design that makes maintenance easier, and has been designed so that its parts are easily accessible. Operators can watch the entire filling process without the inconvenience of blind spots, Adell said.
“Sound engineering and an open design make the Swifty Bagger highly conducive for seafood safety standards,” Adell said. “Food product does not contact heavy-duty mechanical componentry, as all cams are located at the very back of the machine. Other standard Swifty Bagger features include a photo sensor for bag-opening detection, funnel clog sensors, variable speed control, and Allen Bradley PLC touchscreen.”
Adell said the product is being used primarily for individually quick-frozen shrimp and fish fillets.
“We have several customers all over the U.S. that are currently using this system and they are very pleased with its many sanitation features and overall ease-of-use,” Adell said.