Six months ago, an injection moulder from the UK telephoned us. He produces medical devices to administer drugs against diabetes and lung diseases. And asks: Is it possible to test whether their transport packaging is really airtight?
It is very disturbing if complaints are received from consumers about spoiled food products. Perhaps the packaging had a leak. Of course the Quality Department continually carries out sample testing according to the agreed standards. But the test methods are outmoded.
The Belgian supermarket and wholesaler, Colruyt, has a large number of their own production and packaging facilities. The environment and sustainability are key issues at Colruyt Group. “Our products need to be not just tasty but also sustainably produced, healthy and safe. We work alongside all the manufacturers and suppliers in the production chain in order to produce the product in a sustainable way.” The chain of subsidiary companies undertake to limit food wastage to a minimum. Leak detection is one of the means of achieving this.
Rixona is a leading producer of dried potato products, such as potato granules and flakes. This food products subsidiary of Aviko turns over more than 70 million euros. In total there are eleven different production and packaging lines that together package 75,000 tonnes of granules and flakes. Rixona potato products can be found all around the world with ninety percent of production being exported.
A well known brand of lemonade syrup would like to introduce a variant without any added sugar. The existing metal bottle has a plastic pouring cap, sealed with a removable lip. But R&D wants to know what the shelf life of the new product will be in the existing packaging. How much air gets in?