CIBUS TEC INDUSTRY
Cibus Tec presented itself from 2011 as the first exhibition dedicated to the food technology sector to enhance its proposals with a unique and innovative initiative. What better way to provide visitors with the opportunity to see machines and technologies in operation during the event? And what better showcase for the exhibitors to display the latest solutions dedicated to the food&beverage sector?
This concept gave rise to the Cibus Tec Industry project, which, thanks to the collaboration of an ever-growing number of technology partners, has made possible for us to recreate several highly automated and fully operational lines showing some of the phases of processing and packaging of food products.
The project created for Cibus Tec 2011, included the installation of two working demo units during the course of the exhibition: one dedicated to portioning diced mozzarella cheese and one for preparation and packaging of sandwiches. Specifically, as the sandwich line required the use of food items, this allowed us to start from bread and ham slicing then adding the mayonnaise and finally the packaging of the sandwich.
Due to the large success of this initiative, the project was proposed again in 2012, in collaboration with the Meat Commodity Exchange: “CIBUS TEC INDUSTRY – SPECIAL EVENT” dedicated to the meat sector. Three operating lines dedicated to portioned, sliced and ground products were displayed.
This project, and Cibus Tec along with it, has continued to develop and it has grown with each edition. In 2014, the two lines installed (ready-to-eat soups and sliced deli meats) featured also a cleanroom with air treatment system and operators inside of it to overlook the correct operation of the line.
For Cibus Tec 2016 three different highly automated and operational lines were created, dedicated to three different sectors: deli-meats, sliced deli meats, cheese wedges and stuffed biscuits.
The Cibus Tec Industry project has grown stronger and the 2019 edition introduces three production and packaging lines: one dedicated to ricotta cheese packaged in 250g trays, another to processing and packaging of meat burgers in plastic monomateriale PP film and one dedicated to read-to-eat meals in recyclable skin.
Packaging line for ricotta cheese in 250g trays
This line introduces Cibus Tec’s visitors to the entire packaging process for this product. The first step is pumping the ricotta cheese with CSF INOX’s volumetric pump towards the homogenizing unit provided by BERTOLI, then the container is filled. Next is the sealing phase with heat-sealed film and lastly the aroma-saving lid is applied. Filling and sealing is done using an ILPRA machine, the FILL SEAL 5000 Film version, a filler sealer with 8 workstations rotary table. Completing the line are: a checkweigher machine and an X ray inspection system both provided by PRISMA INDUSTRIALE. The coding is provided by NIMAX using an ink jet printer. The last phase of the process is the automatic tray-filling with a pick & place system by ILPRA.
To recreate real activities inside a production plant, a transpallet in stainless steel provided by SAMAG is been used to handle the plastic hygienic pallets for food and pharmaceuticals provided by CMP PLAST.
Packaging line for burgers with mono-material PP plastic film
This line is dedicated to the packaging of burgers with mono-material PP plastic film with thickness up to 800 micron. The line recreates the packaging process, starting from the FREY F223 vacuum burger machine, equipped with DMFB 92 for portioning of soft burgers. Just after this processing phase, thanks to SIAD technology, it is possible to thermoregulate the mixture adding carbonic snow and also apply a “crusting“ treatment, which consists in freezing the surface to facilitate the packaging process. The product is then loaded onto the VERIPACK machine, where the thermoformed packs are ready to be used. Thanks to a large loading area, the Veripack thermoforming machine can interface with several external devices for loading and positioning of the product in perfect automatic synchronicity. In our case, it is a robot supplied by STAUBLI, with hookup suitable for handling this type of product developed by ESSEBI AUTOMATION. The sealing process is performed in vacuum technology to avoid using modified atmosphere, thus considerably reducing oxidation of the product due to the lack of oxygen.
Finished packs are then cut across and lengthwise and unloaded from the Veripack thermoforming machine. The “tracking” system present on the VERIPACK thermoforming machines identifies and discards defective packs. At that point, the packs firstly go through the L.M. aligner then they are inspected for presence of foreign bodies using a CEIA metal detector. The line features a weigh-price labelling machine by ESPERA, that uses striped linerless (with no silicone liner) labels thus with low environmental impact manufactured and supplied by ARCA ETICHETTE. And the MAKRO LABELLING group that working horizontally applies a round sticker on the packaging. Lastly, a CIDIESSE ENGINEERING rotary table accumulates the packs prepared.
Both the upper and lower films used are classified as totally recyclable by their respective manufacturers, as they are made with monomaterial, in this case with PP structure.
The line includes also the setup of a cleanroom made with panels supplied by INCOLD and a “Blu Series” air handling unit by FRIGOMECCANICA with airtight internal structure in stainless steel, and smooth corners to reach maximum hygiene level while preventing bacteria stagnation.
We would like to thank SATECH for providing the “Blueguard” hygienic protection fence in stainless steel.
Ready-Meals line in recyclable skin
This innovative production line displays the entire packaging process, starting from the product’s convey system with bucket elevator provided by CIDIESSE ENGINEERING, through ILPRA’s volumetric filling and the robotic management of further solid ingredients by STAUBLI. The product is packaged in recyclable trays, made more than 90% of paper and sealed with ILPRA’s FOODPACK M7. This model works in welding only, in vacuum, in protected atmosphere and in skin type welding. The line is completed by a CEIA’s metal detector for inspection of packs and COOPBILANCIAI’s weigh-price machine while the rotary table by CIDIESSE ENGINEERING accumulates the packs prepared.
STOMMPY supplied the gates and fences for all the three demo lines of the CIBUS TEC INDUSTRY project.
Cibus Tec Industry project collaborates with leading technology partners. Click on the logos to have more information on the companies involved.