Air-Evac Bag-in-Box Packaging System Enables Longer Shelf Life for Products and Enhanced Industrialized Efficiencies
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Air-Evac Bag-in-Box Packaging System Enables Longer Shelf Life for Products and Enhanced Industrialized Efficiencies

Air-Evac Bag-in-Box Packaging System Enables Longer Shelf Life for Products and Enhanced Industrialized Efficiencies

:: 07 April, 2008

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The industry-proven Air-Evac bag-in-box packaging system, that dramatically increases the amount of high viscosity fluids that can be extracted from bag-in-box packages, is available with aseptic bags
The industry-proven Air-Evac bag-in-box packaging system dramatically increases the amount of high viscosity fluids that can be extracted from bag-in-box packages The addition of the aseptic, high-capacity barrier bags brings the efficiencies and cost savings of the Air-Evac system to high-quality food applications such as fruit fillings, diced tomatoes, sauces, and other mid-range viscosity food products that are suitable for aseptic packaging.

The use of aseptic packaging is growing in response to the market demand for improved product safety.

"The aseptic process enables longer shelf life for products and better manufacturing efficiencies for producers," said Mike Brunhuber, vice president of Arena Products: "We've expanded our successful Air-Evac system in response to this growing demand and in keeping with our strategy of providing holistic systems for safe, productive filling; and productive and complete product discharge.

Our highly-engineered aseptic liners provide the ultimate protection of product".

The aseptic, metallised film bags are available with a variety of barrier films to meet customers specific needs.

They are designed to work with existing top-fill fitments, and the Arena 330 (A330) Shipper Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) Liquid Shipping System.

When used with the A330, the Arena Aseptic Air-Evac product line can be bottom discharged through a two-inch BSP fitment or top discharged.

The liners also are compatible with the broad range of specialty pumping systems from Arena that help reduce residual waste when discharging more viscous products.

The Arena Shipper is a reusable IBC that dramatically reduces solid waste versus single use corrugated bag-in-box IBC, while folding down to reduce return freight and carbon emissions associated with tank-style IBCs.

The aseptic bags are available in both the Starfish and Blowfish Air-Evac liquid liner styles.

The Starfish provides top discharge and the Blowfish provides bottom discharge.

Customers also have the option of using the Arena bag cassette which makes filling easier by positioning the bottom fitment near the bottom drain hole so that operators can easily lock it into place prior to filling.

The cassette also helps to keep the top fitment centered and allows the bag to fill to its maximum volume.

The Air-Evac system works by replacing the volume of liquid pumped out of the inner chamber of the liners with shop air introduced to chambers on the outside of the bag.

The inflating air chambers push the liquid content toward the bag outlet.

Air volume is increased as the liquid content decreases.

As product pools around the drain opening, it can be easily pumped out, enabling the Air-Evac to achieve very low residual levels, virtually eliminating waste.

The shop air does not come into direct contact with the bag contents, preventing product contamination.

The automated system does not require manual intervention or monitoring.

The Air-Evac liner alerts operators when the contents of the bag are nearly emptied, eliminating the need for constant monitoring.

Residual levels are generally reduced by over 50 percent, increasing yield while reducing the cost and environmental impact of solid waste.

Also, the inexpensive Air-Evac system eliminates the need for bag wringing or scraping.

The Air-Evac system from Arena Products has been used successfully in many applications since its introduction in 2006.

For example, Friendly Ice Cream Corporation has improved safety and sanitation and decreased its manual labour as a result of converting from stainless steel tanks to the Air-Evac bag-in-box application.

Friendly uses the system at its Massachusetts plant in the handling of its high-viscosity fudge and pineapple toppings.

"Safety is number one at Friendly, and the Arena system has eliminated the potential safety hazards of our steel tanks.

We've also improved sanitation and decreased our manual labour.

We are very pleased with the system," said Jim Perry, business unit supervisor at the plant.

Arena Products will demonstrate the Arena Aseptic Air-Evac Bag-in-Box packaging system at booth 3501 at the IFT Food Expo in New Orleans.

Note for Intermediate Bulk Container
An Intermediate bulk container (IBC) is a container used for transport and storage of fluids and bulk materials. The construction of the IBC container and the materials used are chosen depending on the application, i.e. there are various types available in the market.
- foldable (collapsable) IBC Container
- Plastic composite IBC Container
- Steel IBC Container
- Stainless steel IBC Container

There are many advantages to the IBC concept. They are generally cubic in form and therefore can transport more material in the same area than cylindrically shaped containers and far more than might be shipped in the same space if packaged in consumer quantities. They rely on plastic liners that can be filled and discharged with a variety of systems. The manufacturer/processor of a product can bulk package a product in one country and ship to many other countries at a reasonably low cost where it is subsequently packaged in final consumer form in accordance with the regulations of that country and in a form and language suitable for that country. IBCs range in size but are generally between 700 mm and 2000 mm in height. The length and width of an IBC is usually dependent on the country's pallet dimension standard.

IBCs may ship and store:
Bulk chemicals including hazardous materials or dangerous goods if the IBC is proven suitable
Some liquid food products, such as sugar
soap, glue

Note for Package Management System
A package management system is a collection of tools to automate the process of installing, upgrading, configuring, and removing software packages from a computer. Linux and other Unix-like systems typically manage thousands of discrete packages.

Packages are distributions of software and metadata such as the software's full name, description of its purpose, version number, vendor, checksum, and a list of dependencies necessary for the software to run properly. Upon installation, metadata is stored in a local package database.

A package management system provides a consistent method of installing software. A package management system is sometimes referred to as a package manager or a system install manager.

Package management systems are charged with the task of organizing all of the packages installed on a system and maintaining their usability. Typical functions of a package management system include:

Verifying file checksums to ensure correct and complete packages.
Verifying digital signatures to authenticate the origin of packages.
Applying file archivers to manage encapsulated files.
Upgrading software with latest versions, typically from a software repository.
Grouping of packages by function to help eliminate user confusion.
Managing dependencies to ensure a package is installed with all packages it requires.

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