Packaging matters. Seven out of ten Americans say packaging influences their buying decisions. In short, they’ll purchase the package with the most attractive packaging.
So even if you have a quality product, customers will pass over the product if you do not have the right packaging.
Companies like Scandia and Sollas help solve this problem. But how do you know which packaging to use? Which company will serve you best?
Keep reading to learn what gives Sollas the edge over Scandia in the packaging business.
Scandia Packaging History
Located in Fairfield, New Jersey, Scandia has a long history in the packaging industry. Their origins go back ninety years to when they were known as the Scandia Packaging Machinery Company.
In 1993, the company expanded by merging with Container Equipment Company, or CECO. This enlarged the company’s ability to package even more. They brought in cartoning machinery design in addition to their previous packaging.
Currently, President Wilhelm Bronander III leads this third-generation company.
Thought the company is based out of New Jersey, they have a handful of field sales and support people across the globe.
Innovation in Scandia Packaging
Scandia claims to have the corner on three basic principles of high-speed overwrapping:
1. Single-level package flow
2. Continuous rotary motion
3. Vertical material feed
These three principles, according to Scandia, form the bedrock of the packaging industry.
Scandia boasts of knowledgeable engineers and employees. They claim to have 200 man-years of experience in packaging machinery design. They also boast of the longevity of their employees, with the average employee working for the company for over fifteen years.
As a result of their longevity, employees at Scandia claim to offer superior support as well. They have a large inventory of spares and files of engineer drawings for every packaging machine they’ve built.
Scandia claims to have superior products because of their team members’ longevity, their support, and their designs. Their inventory of machinery is vast, including the following machines:
- Overwrapper/bundler for short-run wrapping banding and bundling
- Overwrappers for low profile packages
- Turret overwrappers
- Bundling and multi packing machines
- film bundler/multi packer for speeds ranging from 25 units per minute to 150 units per minute
- Cartoning machines with the tray forming vertically fed flat blank and where the product is the mandrel to form the tray around
- Compact intermittent motion cartoner
- Cartoner closer/sealer
- Hand-load cartoner with 30-degree load stations and horizontal load stations
- Automatic load, intermittent motion cartoner for multi packing
- High-speed automatic load small center cartoner and large-center cartoner
- Automatic bottom carton erecter
- Tray forming from a flat blank with automatic loading
So, with all of that history, variety, and customer support, why is Scandia the second-best packaging available? Because Sollas packaging exists.
Sollas’s reputation is evident. You can see their success by just noting all of the companies, both off-brand, and name-brand that have used Sollas packaging machinery.
The variety of options along with the quality of packing makes Sollas superior.
The ILPRA brand tops the Tray Sealing brand on an international scale. It produces 1,000 units each year.
The Sollas tray sealer extends the shelf life of prepackaged food because of its high-quality seals. Team members have created stainless steel and anodized aluminum machines customers can easily wash down due to their wash-down friendly characteristics.
Sollas tray sealers perform a high-quality die-cut or seal. This means each machine will cut the seal precisely to the shape of the container. So anyone from a small deli to a large-scale food operator can benefit from these machines.
Sollas designed its machines to meet the specific needs of its customers. They have tabletop units, multi-lane units, and inline models.
So whatever your need, Sollas has your back. The tray sealers do not just slap plastic on a container, but they seal it with one of the following packaging types:
- Sealing only
- Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)
- Vacuum Only, of Vacuum Skin Packaging (VSP)
Engineers at Sollast test all units to make sure they follow the High-Pressure Pasteurization standard. Your food stays safe with Sollas machines.
Sealed Only and Modified Atmosphere Equipment
Each Sollas machine has the option of “sealed only” or “modified atmosphere equipment,” commonly referred to as MAP. Once you purchase the machine, you need to only push a button on the control panel to change this setting.
You should use “sealed only” for items like frozen entrees or produce. However, you should use MAP for fresh foods like pasta, meat, poultry, hummus, and dairy.
Sollas stands out above Scandia with its patented PROGAS method of extraction. With the MAP process, the machine will not only suck all of the air out of the chamber, but it will inject the correct gas mixture that your product needs.
The PROGAS method controls the amount of gas mixture injected into the sealing chamber. Other companies do not have this method of control. As a result, a Sollas machine will increase your packing speed and decrease amount of gas consumed.
Because of this method, your product will have a longer shelf life than other similar products packaged by other machines.
Sollas machines use the vacuum-only feature when a customer wants to use high-pressure pasteurization, also known as HPP.
With HPP, a product is already sealed in its final package. The HPP process is a cold pasteurization technique after that sealing. The engineer will subject the product to a high level of pressure transmitted by water.
The Sollas ILPRA Tray Sealer will extract the necessary air out of the package to prepare it for a successful HPP.
Vacuum Skin Packaging (VSP)
Sollas machines effectively perform vacuum skin packaging. This packaging works well for industries that deal with both frozen and fresh ready meals, fresh beef or poultry, and seafood.
The vacuum skin packaging uses a 10k “breathable” film. It heats, stretches, and then vacuums the film so it takes the shape of the product. Picture hotdogs in their vacuum-packed and sealed packaging.
Vacuum skin packaging works especially well for these products because it does the following things:
1. Keeps the product on its heat-sealed tray
2. Creates a visually appealing product
3. Extends the shelf-life of the product
4. Preserves the product’s flavor
Sollas: a Superior Packaging
Scandia certainly has a great history as a company and dedicated employees. But the Sollas machinery has patented techniques that make it stand out as the superior company.
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