The National Food Lab and Allpax Products (a division of Pro Mach) installed an advanced laboratory retort in the NFL’s pilot plant. Using the Allpax Stretch 2402 multimode R & D retort, the NFL can identify the optimal combination of processing parameters (agitation and heating media) that will result in the highest quality product, most efficient process, and minimized conversion cost.
“The NFL’s new retort capability means faster time-to-market for new products and potentially better sterilization solutions for products already on the market,” said Terry Berman, division manager of commercialization at the NFL.
The Allpax Stretch 2402 offers saturated steam, steam air overpressure, water immersion, water spray, and water cascade processes in combination with seven easily changeable modular agitation modes - still, end-over-end, swinging, gentle motion shaking (low-speed), The Shaka Process shaking (high-speed), hydrostatic simulation, and axial rotation. The unit can handle cans, bottles, pouches, cups, trays, metals, glass, plastics, and double seam film and foil closures.