Food and packaging solutions specialists tna Solutions unveils the newest addition to its flagship vertical form fill and seal (VFFS) packaging system: tna robag 3e, which it says can deliver up to 250 bags per minute with wastage as low as 0.1%.

The company says its new VFFS packaging system offers enhanced serviceability, and is easy to operate and maintain.

The new system features an EtherCAT real-time protocol and an integrated controller system, which tna claims reduces cabling infrastructure by 20% and lowers total installed costs. This also enables easier and safer servicing, along with the integrated LED lighting in the packaging jaw area, according to the company.

This is reportedly supplemented by tba robag 3e’s smart diagnostics and remote connectivity, which give real-time communication and status updates, and offer global servicing support.

The new system also shares core components with tna roflo distribution conveyors and the tna intelli-flav seasoning system. This apparently reduces the need for additional spare parts stocking.

In addition, the tna tobag 3e system has new stainless-steel reinforced doors and tunnel guards, along with an integrated film cutting and dispensing component.

Alf Taylor, managing director and CEO at tna, says: “Food manufacturers are experiencing greater challenges than ever before and must therefore find new ways to improve operational efficiencies.

“In an age of digital transformation and remote services, connectivity is king – intelligent communication between packaging systems and their auxiliary equipment allows operators to make their lines work even more efficiently, improving ROI.”

Taylor adds that the tna tobag 3e “incorporates diagnostics for electrical components, streamlines the cable architecture and is assembled with fewer parts than its predecessors – all while maintaining the small footprint, speed and efficiency that cemented the tna robag as an industry leading solution.”

tna’s previous innovations include the robag 5, which was the industry’s first ultra-high speed VFFS system when it was unveiled in 2018. The company says it will continue to take an innovative and sustainability-focused approach to challenges in the food packaging industry.