Lakeland Dairies procures third filling machine for UHT milk packaging
Irish dairy co-operative Lakeland Dairies is packaging ultra-high temperature (UHT) milk in StickPacks by using machinery manufactured by IMA Hassia.
IMA Hassia will supply third SAS-series forming, filling and sealing machine to Lakeland Dairies, which already has two such machines installed at its facilities.
The SAS-series machine run in three-shift operation with 12 lanes and produces 43,000 StickPacks per hour.
This sterilizes the flat foil on all sides using active packaging degermination and feeds it into the sterile area.
The machine includes a cutter that notches the foil in strips through to the seal layer and then the packaging is formed into duplex StickPacks under sterile conditions using a special forming shoulder and then sealed on three sides.
The UHT milk is poured into the StickPacks using dosing equipment.
Consumer demand for StickPacks is continuosly growing as they are easy to handle and they can be manufactured at low costs.