Controlling the quality of your fresh produce leads to greater profitability and lower food waste. But it can be a challenge as all fresh produce “breathes” slightly differently. If you can slow down that breathing rate, your produce will keep longer. The PerfoTec shelf-life extension system does just that. It automatically optimises the laser perforation in the packaging to create the ideal environment for every batch. Learn more about our custom solutions here.
Not all fresh produce is the same, so why is it so often treated like it is? Packaging has long been the accepted way to keep fruit and vegetables fresh. But using the same retail packaging solutions for all fresh produce doesn’t offer predictable results. Your fruits, vegetables and flowers all breathe at different rates depending on variety and season. You need customised perforation to maintain an optimal atmosphere inside the packaging,
The PerfoTec shelf-life extension system starts by automatically analysing how fast each batch of fresh produce breathes. That data is passed onto the laser machine through a website. And the lasers create optimal perforations in the packaging. When the breathing rate of the fresh produce is optimised, every batch can reach its final destination in a more reliable condition and last days longer on the shelf.
Previously carbon dioxide lasers have been used to create perforation for modified atmospheric packaging. As part of this process, a food scientist determines the desired carbon dioxide and oxygen levels. The lasers drill the holes, and the food scientist performs another experiment at the end. PerfoTec’s built-in camera and respiration meter replace the need for the food scientist. So it’s a lot less labour-intensive.
This shelf-life extension system from PerfoTec comes with a built-in camera system that examines every hole. This makes sure that the optimal Oxygen Transmission Rate (OTR) for each package is achieved. The laser can make any adjustments as it goes. One example could be if the packing material happens to be thicker than expected. The laser will automatically recognise this and adjust its settings to achieve the correct sized hole.
To run a profitable business, you need to transport produce reliably. Achieving the ideal permeability for bulk packaging as close to the source as possible is a great business decision. It allows for longer transportation and storage times. Waste is reduced, and you can sell more. If you’re looking for an innovative way to get more out of the fresh produce you supply, talk to Raymax about PerfoTec.
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