PROCESSING AND PACKAGING 44 FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2018 O n a global scale, sticks are recognised as the preferred packaging among on-the- go consumers for their portability and convenience. The popular stick pack is widely used for hot and cold instant beverages, spices and sauces, nutraceuticals, baby formula, and more. Manufacturers appreciate the bene̬ts of using stick packs that include improved dosing accuracy, safety, increased production speeds and reduced packaging material costs. The elongated, tube-shaped stick packs can save up to 40%of packaging material compared to more traditional forms of single portion packaging forms. Over the last 60 years, Mpac Langen has built an excellent reputation based on extensive experience, knowledge and skills in many applications and industries in the secondary packaging market. In the area of stick packs, the manufacturer has developed the industry standard for its packaging systems, ranging from low speed semi-automatic to high speed custom applications. Flexibility and Precision Required Di ̫ erent market segments often have unique demands. This is why stick pack packaging lines require intelligent components that o ̫ er ̭exibility and precision while increasing throughput and e ̮ ciency of the automated process. For example, the stick pack solutions by Mpac Langen provide quick and easy changeovers that are repeatable and adaptable to the different formats, while maintaining high reliability and product control. Optimising Product Handling Sticks are generally filled with powders, granules, or liquids. When produced from Vertical Form-Fill-Seal (VFFS) equipment, product contents settle at the bottom of the Mpac Langen shares on the demands of stick pack packaging and how its solutions can help satisfy increasing production requirements and reduce overall costs with improved performances. THE DEMANDS OF STICK PACK PRODUCTION stick packs. Depending on the content and other packaging speci̬cations, equalising units should be used. For instance, when secondary packaging sticks are ̬lled with liquids, the viscosity of the liquid can have a major iṋuence on product handling. Mpac Langen, therefore, continuously invests in the development of new technologies for optimal product handling with different product content. Catering for Various Packaging Options As ̭exible packaging is a growing trend, many brands also consider ̭exibles for their secondary packaging style as it provides unique printing capabilities and cost savings. Mpac Langen has developed new equipment standards to help its customers automate the process for this upcoming packaging style. Semi-automated as well as completely automated lines for packing sticks into bags are available depending on each manufacturer’s requirements. Also, as stick packs are primarily made from paper, metalised foil or aluminum foil, each Mpac Langen’s VENTO-i boasts a hygienic design suitable for use in food production and is capable of packing up to 900 sticks per minute.