Accession Number : ADA310130

Title :   Combat Ration Advanced Manufacturing Technology Demonstration (CRAMTD). Rigid Polymeric Container Processing Short Term Project (STP#lO).

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 91-Mar 95,

Corporate Author : RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK NJ CENTER FOR ADVANCED FOOD TECHNOLOG Y

Personal Author(s) : Descovich, Theodore

PDF Url : ADA310130

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 69

Abstract : Following a literature search and contacts with equipment manufacturers and polymer converters, it was concluded that the goal of 3 year shelf life for a polymeric half steam table tray container is achievable using improved materials and that heat seal equipment can be designed with sufficient flexibility for both military and civilian product packaging. A Raque Heat Seal Machine, Model HS-100 (continuous motion) was acquired, installed at the CRAMTD Demonstration Site and satisfactorily sealed CPET Half-Steam Table Trays at 30 per minutes. Two potential suppliers of the polymeric tray pack were identified, Mullinix and Rexam. Also, two potential suppliers for the lidding stock, Roll Print and Heat Seal participated in the Project providing test materials. The polymeric tray pack design developed in the STP was recognized by the Eastern Dairy Deli Bakery Association as the 'Best New Product - General' at its 1995 EDDA Show and Exhibition. Over 4,000 trays have been filled with a food product and heat sealed as part of CRAMTD operational demonstration. Retort tests of the CPET Mullinix tray with Heat Seal top lid film were successful.

Descriptors :   *MANUFACTURING, *INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, *PACKAGING, *MILITARY RATIONS, METALS, LITERATURE SURVEYS, DEMONSTRATIONS, POLYMERS, PROCESSING, SITES, MOTION, PRODUCTION ENGINEERING, CONTAINERS, FOOD, RIGIDITY, SEALING COMPOUNDS, CONVERTERS, SHELF LIFE, HEAT SEALING.

Subject Categories : Food, Food Service and Nutrition
      Containers and Packaging
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE