Atlanta, United States, 13 March 2018 -tna has unveiled the tna robag® 5, the industry’s first ultra-high speed VFFS system at SNAXPO in Atlanta, USA. Boasting speeds of up to 300 bags per minute on a single tube design, the new bagging system is the final element in tna’s complete ultra-high speed packaging solution – tna performance 5.0. The new tna robag5 comes with anew high-performance scale, continuous motion ultrasonic back seal technology and a new advanced controls platform.Together with the recently released tna ropac® 5 case packer, the new tna robag 5 will transform production line efficiencies by more than doubling the industry’s current average packaging speeds within a single, fully integrated and highly compact packaging solution.

Specifically designed to deliver the fastest packaging speeds in the industry, the new tna robag 5 has been equipped with a range of new innovative features. This includes the tna intelli-weigh® 0220 omega high-speed scale. Featuring 20 weigh heads, this ultra-high precision scale is capable of combining different products, while offering fast and accurate product transfer with minimum waste. In addition, the integration of ultrasonic back seal technology has enabled tna’s engineers to overcome the thermal transfer limitations of traditional heat seal methods to provide superior seal integrity even at high speeds. Together with the new tna intelli-date® 5 date coder, these new innovations enable the tna robag 5 to operate at unsurpassed speeds of up to 300 bags per minute from a single tube, while reducing the amount of waste, ensuring that each bag meets the highest quality standards.

The new tna robag5 is manufactured in a high-grade stainless steel to reduce the risk of corrosion and deliver an advanced level of food safety and superior equipment longevity. In addition, the tna robag 5 is equipped with the latest controls technology, including a new real-time CXE controller that reduces maintenance costs and downtime by supplying manufacturers with instant, highly detailed system diagnostics. At the same time, tna’s intelli-sys® software provides a single point of control for the complete line, whether that’s for a central controls center within the plant as part of a remote management solution.

“The food manufacturing industry is changing rapidly at the moment,” comments Alf Taylor, CEO at tna. “In particular the packaging end of the production line has seen some huge increases in speed in the last decade.When we released the first tna robag in 1984, nobody believed that we’d be able to double packaging speeds with the launch of a single innovation. Fast forward 34 years and we’re about to show the industry that we can do it again. With itsultra-high bagging speeds, intuitively designed smart technology, faster changeovers and advanced equipment integration, the new tna robag 5 will once again re-define industry standards. More importantly, it will do so within a single, highly compact VFFS system. This basically means that the tna robag 5 is capable of the same, and in some cases, even higher levels of throughput, as two individual baggers, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for snack and confectionery factories that are limited in floorspace.

Taylor adds: “But we’ve also been around long enough to know that it’s not all about speed or being the fastest. Packaging technology needs to deliver a significant economic advantage, whether that’s a low reject rate or a small factory footprint; ultimately the system has to generate gains at the bottom line. With performance 5.0, we’re able to provide a fully integrated packaging solution that is not only fast, compact and intuitive, but that also delivers the industry’s lowest cost of ownership by enabling manufacturers to convert twin lines to single packaging lines. We’re incredibly proud of how far we’ve taken the industry up until now and can’t wait to demonstrate the results to our customers.”

Launched at the beginning of last year, tna performance 5.0 is a revolutionary, fully integrated packaging solution, comprising of the tna robag 5 VFFS system and the tna ropac 5 case packer. Together, these ultra-high speed solutions deliver the industry’s fastest packaging speeds at the smallest factory footprint. To find out more about the new tna robag5 visit the tna website or see it live at Snaxpo, booth 417.


March 12, 2018

Erie, PA—Eriez® introduces its new and improved Xtreme® Vertical Form, Fill & Seal (VFS) Metal Detector. This compact unit requires no metal-free area above or below the sensing head, making it ideal for installation in the space-restricted area before the hopper and forming tube. 

“With a 300 percent reduction in the metal free space constraints of previous models, our new VFS represents a dramatic improvement over other metal detectors on the market,” says Metal Detection Product Manager Ray Spurgeon. The new and improved Eriez Xtreme VFS Metal Detector eliminates the need for costly modifications and plastic hoppers. With its innovative design, this metal detector connects directly to a customer’s existing stainless steel hopper and forming tube with simple Jacobs connectors.

Eriez’ Xtreme VFS Metal Detectors meet stringent standards for food processing environments and offer the superior sensitivity customers expect from Eriez. These units, suitable for washdown, detect millimeter-sized metal spheres and feature food grade pipe and stainless steel construction.

Xtreme VFS Metal Detectors are available in 3-inch, 4-inch, 6-inch, 8-inch and 10-inch aperture sizes to meet practically any application need. Total installation height requirements vary from 9.75 inches to 12.75 inches, based on aperture size.


All Eriez metal detectors are designed for simple set-up and easy operation. Xtreme VFS Metal Detectors offer full-color, intuitive icon-driven controls and configurable output relays. For added convenience, a start-up and test kit is included with every order.

Eriez’ Smart Service Portal enables technicians to troubleshoot the Xtreme VFS Metal Detector remotely via the internet through a safe and secure connection. In addition, Eriez’ Smart X7 Link software allows customers to access and control their unit via their company’s intranet, giving them the capability to make changes to detector settings and download reports.

The new and improved Eriez Xtreme VFS Metal Detector will be officially introduced at SNAXPO 2018 in Eriez’ booth (#604). Stop by to see the machine up-close and discuss your specific metal contamination challenges with Eriez experts. Online visitors can learn more about Eriez Xtreme VFS Metal Detectors at

Eriez is recognized as world authority in separation technologies. The company’s magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, fluid filtration, flotation, materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment have application in the process, metalworking, packaging, plastics, rubber, recycling, food, mining, aggregate and textile industries. Eriez manufactures and markets these products through 12 international facilities located on six continents. For more information, call (814) 835-6000. For online users, visit or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Eriez World Headquarters is located at 2200 Asbury Road, Erie, PA 16506. 


HEBRON, Ky., March 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ZoomEssence, Inc. (Zoom) announces that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office granted it another method and apparatus patent covering its Zooming® low-temperature powder drying process. The key element in this latest invention is the application of novel, turbulent mixing techniques to the drying fluid throughout the drying chamber to optimize efficiency. It is Zoom's fourth patent related to low-temperature powder drying.

"This new patent reflects Zoom's continued investment in Zooming low-temperature drying. Because of this process, Zoom powders have higher flavor retention, improved stability and are more cost-effective," said Dr. Charles Beetz, Zoom's Chief Scientist.

"Flavors are sensitive to heat.  Zooming's low-temperature conditions protect a liquid flavor during the drying process and captures the high-value aromatic ingredients present in the starting liquid. Since aroma significantly contributes to the overall taste experience, our powder flavors provide brands with flavor experiences never before possible in powder form. Each day we challenge what is possible in low-temperature drying," Beetz said.

"The Zooming low-temperature drying process creates powder flavors with outstanding aroma and taste once only thought possible with liquid flavors. This is a game-changing technology for brands to create superior tasting products," said Robert Corbett, Zoom's CEO. "We are achieving strong results with food and beverage brands reformulating to include more natural flavors. Our ability to protect the original liquid flavor in powder form has opened the door to new levels of creativity and cost-savings, especially where a natural flavor is desired," adds Corbett.


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