Designed for use on flexible, semi-rigid and rigid packages, the Dansensor Lippke VC1400 automates widely used tests such as those using methylene blue dye and ASTM D3078 Bubble Emission. It uses predefined test parameters to enable tests to be reproduced effectively.
The new design provides high precision vacuum regulation, so no adjustments are required for different package sizes or types. The VC1400 is the successor to Ametek’s Lippke VC1380 machine.
‘Repeatability vitally important’
Steen Andreasen, product manager for Ametek Mocon in Denmark, said: “Repeatability is vitally important in lab settings, though in many labs these tests are still being done by hand, which makes them hard to regulate and repeat. The product’s new upgraded design and features provides users with the best accuracy.”
The VC1400 features a new touchscreen with a simplified, user-friendly graphical user interface with an optional barcode scanner. Operators can set up data once and then transfer data from one instrument to another.
The benchtop instrument is available in two versions, one with a vacuum running on compressed air (internal vacuum ejector) and one that requires an external vacuum pump unit.
Testing and line use
The VC1400 has been designed with quality control mangers, packaging research and development managers and production managers in mind. It can be used in both test labs for packaging development and as part of the packaging line to optimise packaging processes.
Meanwhile, a new system for in-line verification of the integrity of hermetically sealed plastic rigid food packaging has been developed by Belgian seal inspection specialist Engilico.
HyperScope uses hyperspectral imaging, which analyses a wider light spectrum than the visible range to check seals on rigid trays, pots and other thermoformed packages sealed with plastic film, even when printed.