Mapflex International provides tailor-made EMAP services for its customers, including upstream and downstream advice on post-harvest quality management and product handling. The required perforation patterns of the EMAP will be determined by respiration meters, which will be placed at Mapflex’s laboratory and if needed at key-customer locations. The collected data is uploaded from the respiration meters to Perfotec’s computer in the Netherlands, which will than generate the perforation requirements to be used by the laser perforator at Mapflex.
Although the technology is state-of-the-art, the production process is relatively straightforward:
- Imported pre-coated (anti-mist) PP film is printed to the customers and products specification. In order to reduce investment costs and provide the best possible quality, printing will be outsourced to companies specialized in flexible packaging printing (i.e. other group companies)
- For each batch of vegetables, the respiration rate is measured in-house or at the farm or packer; the printed film is then perforated accordingly using a high precision camera controlled fixed double laser head
- The printed, coated and perforated film is slit to measure (slitter), folded and sealed (bag-maker)
- Bags are boxed and expedited to the packers for filling, sealing and distribution
The EMAP product is expected to substitute generic MAP products and ordinary bags or punnets with stickers. The – more sophisticated- locally made and printed EMAP products will meet the exact requirements in terms of marketing, product quality (food safety) and extended shelf life.
The flow chart shows the current MAP supply chain (blue) and the new EMAP supply chain (green) of the packaging in the market.