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Heat and Control debut latest snack packaging technology

By Canadian Packaging staff   

Automation Bagging/Weighing Case Packing About Heat and Control ACP-700 automatic casepacker Inspira bagmaker Ishida SNAXPO18 TSC in-line seal checker

Processors can feel inspired by the Inspira, a next-gen VFFS bagmaker and ACP-700 automatic case packer.

Jorge Carvajal and Jeff Almond next to Ishida’s new snack food case packer, the ACP-700 during its debut at the SNAXPO18 trade show in Atlanta, held March 12-14, 2018.

Heat and Control chose SNAXPO18, the year’s premier snack trade show event held March 12-14, 2018 in Atlanta, to release the latest snack packaging technologies from Ishida for the North America/Latin America market: the next-generation VFFS (vertical form-fill-seal) Inspira bagmaker, and the ACP-700 (see image above), an automatic casepacker that is new to Ishida’s packaging line-up.

“This is a very exciting time for Heat and Control and Ishida. We can now offer a completely integrated and automated packaging room solution for the snack industry that can significantly improve efficiency and performance,” announces Heat and Control snack food industry manager-packaging Jeff Almond. “The industry has been asking for effective automation and communications between the weigher, bagmaker, and case packer. Inspira’s ease of access, predictive maintenance, and ability to work with a wide variety of film makes it easy to operate. Also, with the casepacker’s controls system’s feed forward and feedback features, the flow of bags is more measured and controlled. This reduces bottlenecks by continuously adjusting settings as bags are running through the system.”

The Inspira offers the highest levels of performance, efficiency, and quality, along with reduced environmental impact and improved operator working conditions, such as more automation which reduces human error.


The ACP-700 casepacker provides unmatched packing performance, such as toolless fully-automatic changeovers, and includes more standard features, such as a case erector and predictive maintenance tools to make it a highly-efficient system that is easy to operate. Also, it has the smallest footprint available in the market and removed of the troublesome vacuum system typically required for bag handling.

A key element in the overall system is Ishida’s in-line seal checker (TSC) which utilizes feed forward communications to the casepacker and feedback communications to the Inspira. TSC continuously monitors fill level and compares bags to the targeted value so the ACP-700 casepacker can automatically optimize the machine operation appropriately, check for leaking bags, maximize cooperation, and deliver stable operation.

These new technologies ran live at SNAXPO18, so visitors could see for themselves the capability and the performance of the snack packaging room of the future.

About Heat and Control
Established in 1950, Heat and Control is a privately-owned company with a global team that has built an extensive knowledge bank and developed a wealth of experience and expertise. Access to production and technical support from a network of engineers, food technicians, field service technicians, skilled tradespeople, and support teams provide food manufacturers with the ability to achieve production goals.

  • 10 manufacturing facilities, 11 test centers, and more than 30 offices globally;
  • Testing, designing, engineering, manufacturing, installation commissioning, user training, and providing after sales service and spare parts.

For company information, visit or contact them via e-mail at


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