Packaging Machine consistently seals fresh-cut produce bags.

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Featuring semi-automatic, push-button operation, AV Sealer heat-seals various bag sizes with or without vacuum and has optional gas flush cycle. Adjustable user programs set vacuum pressure, gas flush, heat sealing temperature, and seal time. Able to be switched over to handle different products and bag sizes in seconds without tools, changeparts, or mechanical adjustments, PLC-controlled unit has open design, weighs 73 lb, and is constructed of stainless steel and anodized aluminum.

Original Press Release:

AV Sealer Packaging Machine from Key Technology Maximizes Production Flexibility for Fresh-Cut Produce

February 12, 2008 - Key Technology introduces the redesigned AV Sealer for packaging fresh-cut produce reliably and consistently. Ideal for small to medium size produce packers, this semi-automatic packaging machine heat seals a variety of bag sizes with or without a vacuum and has an optional gas flush cycle to maximize production flexibility and satisfy the demands of a wide range of fresh-cut applications, all on one system.

The AV Sealer offers adjustable user programs that set the vacuum pressure, gas flush, heat sealing temperature, and seal time to consistently package a wide range of products including wet and dry lettuce, cut vegetables, fruit, fresh herbs, and other small produce. The AV Sealer can be switched over to handle different products and different bag sizes in seconds with no tools, changeparts, or mechanical adjustments. Simple controls and adjustable user programs enable operators to be trained to use the AV Sealer in minutes.

Bags up to 18.5 inches (470 mm) wide can be sealed with the AV Sealer at the rate of four to six bags per minute.

Designed for ease of use, bags and controls are ergonomically placed for easy operator access - no lifting of a cover, lid, or sealing bar - just push a button and seal the bag. Special order rack-mounted floor stands are available from Key for one, two, and four machine heads or a single bench configuration.

The PLC-controlled AV Sealer maximizes production flexibility while offering simple operation and consistent performance. With fewer moving parts than competitive heat sealing machines and a low-maintenance venturi vacuum system, the AV Sealer provides years of trouble-free operation. The heater control logic assures consistent sealing under variable conditions.

Compared to other sealers that often weigh 100 to 400 pounds (45 to 180 kg), Key's AV Sealer weighs only 73 pounds (33 kg) and features an open design that is easier to clean than traditional closed-chamber heat sealers. The open design improves the quality and safety of the packaged product by eliminating liquid pooling inside the chamber, which can contaminate the outside of the bags. Key manufactures the AV Sealer from stainless steel and anodized aluminum for improved sanitation. The vacuum parts are easy to disassemble and clean.

The redesigned AV Sealer is now a standard product from Key, offering a great value to price ratio and short delivery time.

The AV Sealer is backed by a one year limited warranty. Spare parts and aftermarket support are available worldwide from Key's extensive sales and service organization.

"The fresh-cut produce industry is a very important strategic market to Key. We are reenergizing our existing products to be sure they deliver the greatest value to our customers moving forward. The redesigned AV Sealer is one in a series of developments designed for fresh-cut processors," noted Teri Johnson, Fresh-Cut Industry Marketing Manager at Key Technology. "We are focused on serving the broad needs of this market worldwide - including the small to medium size produce packagers."

About Key Technology, Inc.
Key Technology, an ISO-9001 certified company, is a leading designer and manufacturer of process automation systems, integrated electro-optical inspection and sorting systems, and processing systems. Key® systems help processors to improve quality, increase yield, and reduce cost. With worldwide sales representation, the company maintains demonstration and testing facilities at its headquarters and manufacturing divisions in Walla Walla, Washington, USA, and at Key Technology BV in Beusichem, the Netherlands. The company's common stock trades on the Global Market tier of The NASDAQ Stock MarketSM under the symbol: KTEC.

Reader Inquiries To:
Anita Funk, Corporate Communications Manager
Key Technology, Inc.
150 Avery Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362 USA
Tel: 509 529 2161
Fax: 509 527 1331

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