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Harpak-ULMA Introduces Cigno Tray Sealer To U.S. Operations


Taunton, Massachusetts-based Harpak-ULMA has announced the availability of Cigno, an automatic compact tray sealer that increases productivity in small-to-medium-sized food operations.

Cigno is designed for simplicity with streamlined installation, low staff and infrastructure requirements and a gas flush design that eliminates the need for vacuum pumps and compressed air.

Cigno’s smart, connected design supports augmented reality guided work instructions, allowing complete novices to become proficient operators in virtually no time. The Cigno’s toolless changeover design accommodates format changes without wrenches or trolleys. Its stainless-steel frame and accessibility meet the high sanitary design standards, resulting in straightforward wash-down operations.

Cigno delivers production flexibility, effortless toolless changeover and a cycle rate of 20-30 ppm — all at a very competitive price point. These features make the Cigno useful for testing and pilot purposes, as well as back-of-store operations.

The Cigno can be conveyor-fed, delivering automated product loading capability at a price point typical of semi-automatic machines. With the Cigno, advanced MAP tray-sealing technology is available in a highly compact footprint — well below the industry standard of 2.4 meters.

While the Cigno’s flexibility is suitable in a variety of products in many food packaging applications, the compact tray sealer will deliver more benefits to smaller meat, produce and ready-meal retailers, as well as supermarket operations.

Harpak-ULMA is G. Mondini’s distributor in North America. Carlo Bergonzi, product manager responsible for the Mondini product line, is enthusiastic about the Cigno’s introduction.

“If you have space restrictions or limited technical support, the Cigno tray sealer should be on your radar. It’s an innovative machine design that can be easily integrated into existing facilities with MAP capabilities that apply across many food-industry segments,” Bergonzi said.

“Adopting the Cigno is a great first step for smaller manufacturers or retailers that need tray sealing technology. It has the price point and flexibility of a semi-automatic machine, but delivers the automated approach previously associated only with an in-line machine. Like those larger machines, we also offer end-to-end automation solutions for the Cigno. The beauty of the Cigno is that it doesn’t require any compromise on quality or product shelf-life achieved.”

For more information about the Cigno, visit harpak-ulma.com/equipment/cigno.

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