Vacuum Skin Packaging

Vacuum Skin Packaging (VSP): 

Whereas MAP Packaging modifies the atmosphere, Vacuum Skin Packaging (VSP) removes all the air within the packaging for a skin-tight presentation. Vacuum Skin Packaging is often used in the following markets – Seafood, Meat/Poultry, and Meal Prep. During this process on the ILPRA Tray Sealer, the trays are filled with the desired product and brought into the automatic or semi-automatic machine. From there, the cycle begins by the chamber closing, and the “skin film” is vacuum stretched to the upper teflon coated domed. Once that film is heated and stretched, it is pulled by vacuum down to the product to the precise millibar set point. When the vacuum cycle is complete, the knife comes down and cuts the film, in profile to the tray.  

The advantages to this style of packaging are:  

  • Excellent retail appearance with vertical presentation 
  • Greatest result in shelf life  
  • HPP Stable 
  • Higher reduction of food loss 
  • Puncture resistant 
  • Ideal for distribution and shipping via general carriers. 
  • Self-venting for even heat distribution during microwaving. 

Recommended MAP Machines

  • FP 400 VSP

    “Quick Delivery Available”

    This manual tray sealer, the FP 400 VSP, is the go-to tabletop model for your Vacuum Skin Packaging needs for Ready Meals / Meal Prep Applications, or sliced meat/charcuterie which require very low oxygen residuals.

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  • FP Speedy

    “Quick Delivery Available”

    The FoodPack SPEEDY is an entry level, compact and economical automatic Tray Sealer. Comes standard with a changeable single to dual lane design, to assist in the quick changeover process. Ideal for small to medium production, capable of up to 1,000 to 1,200 MAP/Gas Flush Packs per hour in ideal conditions.

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  • FP 1485

    The largest 1400 model tray sealer in this class, the FP1485 offers a maximum sealing capacity for single lane production. Thanks to its design, this model can be easily washdown and maintained. Learn More

Which is better, MAP or VSP?…. 

In short, it depends. You should speak to your equipment expert who can help guide you in making the right decision for your application.  

Here are general points for each. 

  • MAP is much more versatile than VSP from an application standpoint as not all applications perform well under vacuum. 
  • MAP provides faster production rates than VSP. 
  • MAP Machines are less costly.  
  • VSP applications can typically withstand HPP Processes better then MAP 
  • VSP often can achieve a longer shelf life 
  • VSP applications withstand shipping better than a standard seal. Allows for less movement of product.  
  • VSP Applications often take up less space than MAP, therefore producing greater shipping efficiency.  

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Your production needs determine:

  • Which machine works best for you.
  • Which application offers the easiest maintenance and changeover capabilities.

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