COVINGTON, La., January 31, 2012 - A white paper from Allpax, powered by Pro Mach, looks at how the Shaka® retort process blurs the lines between UHT/aseptic packaging and retort sterilization, making it possible for a processor to produce UHT quality food through a batch retort process that has a significantly lower capital and labor cost; faster time to market, including validation; and greater flexibility than UHT processing.
The white paper details the results of a five year research and development effort to commercialize the Shaka process and includes charts and a Shaka retort production video. Shaka retorts agitate packaging using a six-inch double-stroke reciprocating movement at speeds greater than 100 double strokes per minute. The intense horizontal back and forth movement is equivalent to as high as 2 gs of force and this creates a uniform internal heat map within the package.
At a Shaka agitation of 180 reciprocating double strokes per minute, cook time for 400 gm cans of vegetable soup reduce from 50 minutes to 5 - a 90 percent reduction. The production unit is a single ¬¬¬¬production size basket with a capacity of 1,500lbs. of product. Thus with 3-6 batches per hour, this small footprint Shaka® retort can process 4,500-9,000lbs. of product per hour.¬ Research reveals that the quality of foods produced by the Shaka process is equivalent to that produced by aseptic packaging. Taste, texture, color, nutrient retention, and cook values over a range of products showed minimal differences between products aseptically processed and those Shaka processed.
The white paper, Shaka® Retorts Shake Up the Shelf-Stable Food Paradigm, is being offered as a free download by Allpax. For information on a host of Allpax retort solutions call 1-888-893-9277 and visit www.Allpax.com.
About Allpax Products
Allpax Products, a market leader in retort technology and retort room automation, designs, manufactures, and delivers turnkey sterilization solutions for the food, beverage, pet food, and pharmaceutical industries. The company is recognized for helping customers become more successful by decreasing time to market with laboratory retort equipment, lowering overall labor costs through automation, and increasing the overall throughput of the sterilization process. www.Allpax.com
About Pro Mach
Pro Mach, Cincinnati, Ohio, is a leading provider of integrated packaging products and solutions for food, beverage, household goods, pharmaceutical, and other diverse consumer and industrial companies. Through three business units and related divisions, Pro Mach provides equipment, training, installation, and parts in primary packaging, end-of-line packaging, and identification and tracking. www.ProMachInc.com