Mecmesin solutions for the food and drink sector.

We live in a world where the majority of food and drink products are supplied pre-packed in packaging that protects, but that is designed to be opened easily.

The sheer amount of single-use packaging and the growth in environmental regulations creates pressure to produce it with minimal waste and expense, whilst still making sure that it is fit for purpose. That is where physical testing of food & drink packaging becomes essential to ensure the customer experience is positive:

  • Consumer food packaging needs to be peeled open so must be designed and checked for 'maximum seal and minimum peel'.
  • Retort pouches require the consumer to overcome a pre-tear perforation whilst withstanding puncture forces to protect the contents.
  • Plastic drinks bottles need to use a minimal amount of raw material yet still be able to withstand the forces applied during filling and stacking, so they need to be tested for top-load strength.
  • Twisting opening a drinks cap or closure can itself be a challenge particularly for the elderly. Torque testing during the design and production cycle becomes critical to ensure usability and that the brand image is not harmed by poor packaging.
  • Spray cans require the correct finger pressure to activate the aerosol. Ring-pulls must provide a secure seal but not require excessive opening force which breaks nails or cut fingers.

The list of applications is almost endless and the more packaging becomes aesthetic in itself, the more difficult it can be to grip and test.

At Mecmesin we design force and torque measurement systems and fixtures for testing packaging products of all kinds, so that you can apply industry standard test methods in both designs and on the production floor for quality-control.

Our Emperor control and analysis software is powerful and flexible for reliable, accurate, repeatable testing at the push of a button.

Test to your own company standards as well as to ASTM, BS EN, ISO, DIN, CEN, Afera, FEFCO, FINAT, PSTC, TAPPI and TLMI

If you require a solution for texture analysis of foodstuff itself please visit our sister company Food Technology Corporation (FTC), who has over 40 years experience in the design and manufacture of texture analyzers, texture presses and tenderometers.

Standards

Silgan Plastics has utilised the Mecmesin tester in several of our plants over the last two years to monitor top-load. It brings a wealth of features at a very competitive price. We pride ourselves on being the forefront of container performance and capability and the 5-x top-load tester is a valued piece of our strategy.

Randy Blankenship, Quality Engineer
Silgan Plastics

Case study
Top-load plastic bottle testing systems in factory conditions and QC lab
"Mecmesin, through their Portuguese supplier Egitron, presented us with a good solution: reliable equipment and user-friendliness that was adequate for our needs. All our operators are capable of using this equipment because it is very simple to operate. I enjoy dealing with Egitron because they offer excellent technical support."

Miguel Carvalho, Quality Assurance Manager
Água de Luso

Case study
Application torque is checked by removal torque measurement with short dwell times
The MultiTest 0.5-i is a very good and reliable machine and the Emperor™ Software brings great advantages. It’s a very useful tool for these kinds of tests. It’s fully programmable and offers an in-depth analysis of results. It’s a precious tool for everybody involved, especially those who work with plastics and their mechanical performance.

Nikos Michopoulos, Quality Control
Eurofilm Mantzaris S.A.

Case study
Polythene packaging material specimen under test and specific film grips
"Mecmesin were able to offer us a texture analyser test system, which met with our testing needs. The range of probes supplied have been extremely useful, as it enables more variations of test to be performed with just the one system. This has been very useful as our product has 3 different component ingredients, which can be individually analysed using their dedicated test cells provided."

Liberty Horner, Food Technologist
Vale of Mowbray

Case study
Pork pie texture testing by penetration with probe accessories
Mecmesin were extremely helpful when we were looking to purchase new test equipment, this included demonstrations. Our equipment is calibrated annually by Mecmesin and I find their after-sales service to be exceptional.

Darren Pell,
Par-pak Europe Ltd

Case study
Serrated 2-way plane grips firmly grasp tray and lid elements

After an Internet search, I happened upon Mecmesin, a British company who were able to provide several cost-effective solutions. We finally settled on the Tornado model, which we felt would provide us with consistency and ease of use, as well as being compact and portable.

We have been using it now for a few months and are very pleased with it and the level of service provided by the helpful Mecmesin staff.

Jane Green, Quality Assurance Manager
Brothers Drinks Co Ltd

Case study
Second torque peak reading indicates tamper bridge event
The new xt system is simple and tough enough for us to use in a production environment, while simultaneously allowing us to get the information we need. Being a complete system has made integrating it into our Quality Assurance system straight forward. The information we receive allows us to preempt issues before they can affect quality, with much less effort than previously. This means we have less waste, improved efficiencies and can spend more time making our products.

William Thorley, Project Engineer
Reckitt Benckiser PLC

Case study
Cosmetics packaging burst strength quality control testing on the production line
As a responsible supplier, we are committed to ensuring safety within our products. The solution provided by Mecmesin means we can monitor the extraction force of our corks to guarantee our customers receive a consistent end product.

Frédéric Junge, Quality manager
Sibel (Oeneo)

Case study
Hand-held cork extraction tester with cork and bottle
Companies show their worth when presented with a unique problem to solve. Be assured, I will have no hesitation in recommending Mecmesin to friends and business colleagues.

Dale Baker, CI Manager
Graphic Packaging International, UK

Case study
Cardboard packaging unfolding test fixturing
The Mecmesin MultiTest 1-x enables us to ensure the consistently high manufacturing quality of our PET bottles. The system conveniently allows us to perform top-load testing and confirm free height and integrates easily with our data collection system, increasing our analytical efficiency. I would have no hesitation in recommending this first rate instrument.

John Gilroy, Quality Manager
Esterform Packaging Ltd

Case study
MultiTest-dV compression tester and close-up of top-load crush test with a vented plate fixture
 

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