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MULTIVAC at Anuga FoodTec 2018 in Hall 9.1, Stand A020

MULTIVAC's X-line receives the Gold International FoodTec Award 2018

Wolfertschwenden, 18. January 2018 – The X-line, a new generation

of thermoforming packaging machines, has been given the Gold

International FoodTec Award 2018. The thermoforming packaging

machine sets a new benchmark in the market thanks to its range of

innovative technology. As a result of its seamless digitalisation,

comprehensive sensor system and networking with the MULTIVAC

Cloud, the X-line creates a new dimension, when it comes to packaging

reliability, quality and performance.

The DLG (German Agricultural Association), together with its trade fair

partners, gives the International FoodTec Award to groundbreaking developments

in innovation, sustainability and efficiency in the sector of

food technology. A jury, which is made up of international experts from

the world of science and research as well as from representatives of industry,

is responsible for selecting the most progressive concepts. The

renowned Technology Award is given on a three-year cycle in the form

of gold and silver medals by the DLG in cooperation with its industry

and media partners at Anuga FoodTec in Cologne.

The X-line, which has been awarded the gold medal, has a level of sensor

control never achieved before, whereby the Multi Sensor Control

captures all the relevant parts of the process. Using closed control circuits,

the sensor system constantly captures a wide range of process

values, such as for example for forming, evacuation and sealing. Even

the forming and sealing dies are integrated into the sensor control via

electronic sensor modules. All the process stages are coordinated to the

optimum level, while product- and system-related discrepancies are automatically

compensated as much as possible, and even faulty settings

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by operators are independently detected and displayed.

Thanks to this, the X-line works constantly at the optimum operating


MULTIVAC Pack Pilot enables the machine to be set up to the optimum

level using machine control support. When new recipes are created,

the machine parameterises itself to the optimum operating point,

using the die set data and the features for pack, product and packaging

material that have been selected. This means that the machine can be

used even without special operator knowledge. Pack Pilot has access to

comprehensive expert knowledge, which benefits from process data

from over 1,000 new packaging solutions per year. The X-line produces

packs with maximum packaging reliability, consistent quality and very

high output without production loss during machine start-up.

A new die generation called X-tools guarantees the lowest operating

costs in the market. The X-tools have an extensive range of innovations

in their design, sensor system and actuating features. They enable

shorter evacuation times to be achieved and therefore contribute to

higher cycle outputs. As an option, the X-tools can be designed with a

narrower edge trim width. This means that the film trim can be reduced

by up to 30 percent. All the die elements are coded and can be identified

by the thermoforming packaging machine. When a die is correctly

installed, the machine parameterises itself automatically, which ensures

that there is optimum process control. This means that operating reliability

is increased, particularly for machines with frequent format


And last but not least, the X-line has been equipped with an innovative

operating concept. The intuitive HMI 3 Multi-Touch user interface is

high-resolution and is equivalent to the operating logic of today's mobile

devices. It enables the operating processes to be controlled even

more easily and reliably, and it can be individually set to the particular

operator. This includes different access rights and operating languages.

User login is contactless by means of RFID chip cards. All the relevant

machine parameters are displayed on one screen page


  • Wolfertschwenden, Germany
  • Multivac