When sealing packages, the standard practice is to measure temperature, time output, and air pressure input. But not force (lb-F) output. This practice can be a cause for concern because under or over-pressure during the sealing process can affect the look and function of the packaging.
Atlas Vac addressed this issue with its patented Force Sensing option for its tray sealers. The sensors indicate precisely what forces are exerted by the sealing platen during packaging. For medical and pharmaceutical products, this information is important as it lets the packager reduce the validation time required and ensures that the packaging will perform as desired, with the proper aesthetics.
Traditional measurement methods measure the airflow input to the pneumatic components to determine the pressure output that may result. The Force Sensing option uses a load cell built into the sealer to measure the precise pressure being applied.
The option lets you dial-in the force in lb-F for your application, so that there are no surprises when packages leave the clean room. Achieving the desired sealing platen pressure the first time reduces validation time, and can reduce the waste of making pressure changes during a packaging run, and also reduces overall costs.
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