A Quick Guide To VFFS (Vertical Form Fill Seal) Knives

If you operate packaging machines at your factory, it’s critical to use high-quality VFFS (vertical form fill seal) knives. Just like any other type of machinery, your VFFS machines require high-quality parts and components to ensure it provides long-lasting performance that meets your production and quality needs.

Need more information about vertical form fill seal knives? Get a quick overview of VFFS knives and their importance now, and learn everything you need to know.

What Should I Think About When Choosing VFFS Knives?

High-quality vertical form fill seal knives are essential for avoiding quality problems with your bagged packages. Blades that wear out prematurely can cause quality control issues, or even interrupt production, costing you quite a bit of time and money.

It’s important to consider a few crucial factors when choosing a partner for VFFS knives.

  • The quality of the VFFS Knives – Perhaps the most important factor in choosing VFFS knives is using a high-quality, durable knife that can maintain sharpness and durability for hundreds of thousands of packaging cycles. While choosing an inexpensive knife may save you money in the short-term, low-quality knives require changing more often, and can even cause manufacturing delays and defects. 
  • The turn-around time and in-stock capabilities of your VFFS machine knife partner – It’s essential to always have a good stock of VFFS knives available, both at your factory and from your VFFS machine knife partner. You should choose a partner who can quickly manufacture custom knives with a low turn-around time, and keep a large stock of knives prepared for you to order.
  • Expected ongoing support – To be truly satisfied with your VFFS knives, you need to be able to get support after installation – and get quick and knowledgeable responses about questions or issues related to your vertical form fill seal knives. This ensures that you avoid downtime.

Being able to quickly replace knives as they age and require replacement is essential – so choose a team that can assist you quickly. This is just as important as the quality of the blade!

TGW International Specializes In The Manufacturing Of VFFS Knives

We create vertical form fill seal knives for a variety of different packaging machines, and serve clients in a wide variety of industries, including but not limited to:

  • Bakery
  • Candy and confectionery
  • Cereal and grains
  • Coffee and tea
  • Condiments and sauces
  • Frozen fish and seafood
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Medical, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical
  • Pet Food
  • Prepared foods
  • Snack Food

With our high-quality knives, excellent customer support, and dedication to quality, you’ll always get the best possible performance from your VFFS packaging machinery – guaranteed.

Get In Touch For A Quote Now!

At TGW International, no job is too big or too small. We can manufacture custom VFFS knives for clients of all sizes – and our dedication to product quality ensures that you get the best possible performance. Contact us now, and get a quote for your project right away.

TGW to showcase latest in seafood processing knives and equipment at the 2020 North American Seafood Expo

Boston, Massachusetts – TGW International, the leader in superior quality machine knives for the packaging, processing, printing, and converting industries, will showcase new processing products at the 2020 North American Seafood Expo from March 15-17 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, MASeafood Expo is a leading trade event for seafood buyers in every market category including retail, restaurant, catering, foodservice and processing, and attracts suppliers and processors from around the globe 

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TGW will be located at booth 1385 and will showcase several of its processing machine knives, including: 

  • Guillotine knives 
  • Macerators 
  • Roll milled scraper blades 
  • Shredder blades 
  • Slicers 
  • Tenderizers 
  • Portioner blades 
  • Chopper blades 

…and much more! 

For more than 100 years, TGW International has been an industry leader of machine knives, specifically in the food processing space. TGW specializes in manufacturing replacement knives and related parts for the processing industry, producing blades ranging from meat and seafood to bakery and vegetables. TGW’s engineers and sales team work with clients to select the appropriate material, flatness, hardness, straightness and finishes for each unique processing application, allowing for consistent knife quality and maximized performance.  

TGW adheres to strict quality control procedures to ensure that FDA and OEM standards for corrosion resistance are consistently met, meaning a higher quality product for customers. Additional material upgrades and USDA approved coatings for long wear or non-stick capabilities are available upon request.  Blade configurations include straight and circular knives with serrated or scalloped teeth, and beveled edges.  Manufactured precision ground machine knives for a variety of food processing applications include: 

To learn more about TGW’s products or to speak with a sales representative, email sales@tgwint.com 

ABOUT TGW INTERNATIONAL 

TGW has built a reputation of quality products and excellent service in the industrial machine knife industry, and boasts a unique array of dedicated machines and manufacturing cells to meet the consistent demand of our dynamic customers’ needs with quick turnaround. Headquartered in the Cincinatti Metro, USA with locations in Sheffield, England and Indore, India, TGW is a global leader and the go-to machine knife manufacturer for OEMs across the globe. Our products are carefully crafted under strict quality control using OEM specifications, and our vast inventory allows for same-day shipping on a large variety of standard knives and products. 

Concerned about machine knife quality? So are we.

TGW has been a dedicated manufacturer of machine knives for the packaging, processing, printing and converting industries for more than 110 years. Our longevity is the result of the hard work and dedication of generations of employees selling superior products around the world.

TGW’s legacy is rooted in Sheffield, England, long considered the epicenter of the cutlery and machine knife universe. In 1908 our modern founder, Thomas Gilbert Wolstenholme, established his factories as a single-source provider for many of the leading manufacturers and knife companies in the UK and Europe.

Today, TGW is the global leader in industrial blade and knife manufacturing. We’ve established a reputation as problem-solvers, able to apply our vast machine knife knowledge to find or craft the best solutions for each customer’s application. Our experience has given us insight into the needs and challenges faced in the packaging, printing, processing, and converting industries.

Our dedication to providing our long- and short-term customers with the best-in-class service is what makes TGW the trusted choice for a diverse range of customers worldwide. We take the time to listen and seek to understand our customers’ needs. We want to be a valued partner to our customers by troubleshooting and providing optimal solutions to our customers’ most vexing challenges.

TGW’s reputation has allowed us to become the go-to machine knife manufacturer for OEMs across the globe. We have three locations around the world—headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, with locations in Sheffield, England, and Indore, India. We have the manufacturing capabilities and capacity to provide superior products crafted under strict quality control using OEM specifications, and our vast inventory allows for same-day shipping on many standard knives and products.

We use our deep understanding of machine knife composition to craft products of consistently superior quality, meeting and often exceeding OEM standards. We provide superior-quality material grades, hardness and finishes, as well as precise dimensional tolerances, providing our customers maximum yield.

We want to hear from you about your specific needs, no matter what your application. Upgrading the base material of your blade, along with applying a wear coating, will increase the life of your blades. Depending on your application and what you are cutting, our team can work with you to recommend the right material and wear coating to minimize downtime and provide consistent cut.

Contact TGW to discuss your application, and our specialists will recommend the optimal material and coating for longer wear for your specific application.

TGW to showcase latest in packaging and processing knives at IPPE 2020

Atlanta, Georgia – TGW International, the leader in superior quality machine knives for the packaging, processing, printing, and converting industries, will showcase new products at IPPE, the International Production and Processing Expo, from January 28-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. IPPE is the world’s largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event of its kind, attracting global brands like TGW to showcase the latest in processing and packaging innovations. TGW will be located at booth B8371.

For more than 100 years, TGW International has been an industry leader of machine knives, specifically in the food processing space. TGW specializes in manufacturing replacement knives and related parts for the processing industry, producing blades ranging from meat and seafood to bakery and vegetables. TGW’s engineers and sales team work with clients to select the appropriate material, flatness, hardness, straightness and finishes for each unique processing application, allowing for consistent knife quality and maximized performance.

TGW adheres to strict quality control procedures to ensure that FDA and OEM standards for corrosion resistance are consistently met, meaning a higher quality product for customers. Additional material upgrades and USDA approved coatings for long wear or non-stick capabilities are available upon request.  Blade configurations include straight and circular knives with serrated or scalloped teeth, and beveled edges.  Manufactured precision ground machine knives for a variety of food processing applications include:

  • Guillotine knives
  • Macerators
  • Roll milled scraper blades
  • Shredder blades
  • Slicers
  • Tenderizers
  • Portioner blades
  • Chopper blades

To learn more about TGW’s products or to speak with a sales representative, email sales@tgwint.com.

ABOUT TGW INTERNATIONAL

TGW has built a reputation of quality products and excellent service in the industrial machine knife industry, and boasts a unique array of dedicated machines and manufacturing cells to meet the consistent demand of our dynamic customers’ needs with quick turnaround. Headquartered in the Cincinnati Metro, USA with locations in Sheffield, England and Indore, India, TGW is a global leader and the go-to machine knife manufacturer for OEMs across the globe. Our products are carefully crafted under strict quality control using OEM specifications, and our vast inventory allows for same-day shipping on a large variety of standard knives and products.

 

ABOUT IPPE

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) continues to evolve and grow to meet the needs of its attendees and exhibitors. In 2019, IPPE expanded the show floor to all three halls (A, B and C) of the Georgia World Congress Center, resulting in the largest trade show floor ever in the event’s history. For 2020, IPPE will again be in all three halls and will bring together more than 1,300 exhibitors and 32,000 visitors in Atlanta, Georgia. Mark your calendar to join us Jan. 28-30, 2020. You will not want to miss it!

IPPE focuses on Innovation – bringing together buyers and sellers of the latest technology of products and services to make your business successful; Education – learning from the experts in free- and fee-based world-class programs on topics that cross industry interests; Global Reach – attracting more than 8,000 International visitors from 130 countries; and Networking – meeting new and rekindling old relationships with leaders across the industries.

Understanding the Latest Trends in Poultry Packaging in America

Americans eat an average of 201 pounds of chicken per capita per year, making poultry the most common meat consumed in America by a wide margin. But what does the future of poultry packaging look like in America? What trends are driving innovation and growth?

 The Poultry Packaging Industry Is Growing Alongside the Poultry Production Industry

 Poultry production in America is continuing to grow, so it may come as no surprise that the poultry packaging industry is growing, too. Poultry production is forecasted to grow at a CAGR (Combined Annual Growth Rate) of 3.2% through 2023.

This has led to a massive growth in the poultry packaging industry, too. In fact, this sector is growing more quickly than poultry production – with an anticipated CAGR of 6.03% in the American market from 2018-2023.

Flexible Poultry Packaging Is Outpacing Rigid Poultry Packaging

 Interestingly, the Poultry Packaging Industry 2018 Global Market report cited above indicated that, while all sectors of poultry packaging were growing, flexible poultry packaging was growing more quickly than rigid containers.

Rigid containers, which are common in supermarkets, are now being replaced by these compact, flexible poultry packaging products which can form a compact, protective layer around the product. This market is expected to dominate in poultry packaging growth in the coming years, thanks to the innovations in the films and plastics used which help protect the flavor, integrity, and quality of the meat.

Consumers Are Looking for Easier Ways to Cook Poultry

Another major trend in poultry packaging is that consumers are looking for easier, simpler ways to cook and consume poultry. This has led to a rise in “cook-in” packaging, such as foil trays which contain pre-seasoned chicken, making it easy to put them in the oven and have a perfect meal in a short amount of time.

This kind of packaging makes cooking easy, requiring no additional tools or handling of raw chicken products. In coming years, we’re sure to see an increase in this trend.

Stay Updated About the Poultry Market In 2019 And Beyond

From the growth of flexible poultry packaging to ready-to-eat packaging, consumer trends are always shifting. So, make sure you stay updated about the state of the poultry market in 2019 and invest in the latest packaging technologies from TGW to ensure you’re ahead of the pack.

Get Ready for Summer Picnics with Fruits, Vegetables, and… Machine Knives?

As summer begins to ramp up, we’re all going to start spending a lot more time outdoors – and summer parties and picnics are one of the best pastimes, allowing us to enjoy the warm weather and delicious food.

Of course, no summer picnic or party would be complete without veggie trays and delicious, summer fruits like peaches, blueberries, watermelons and cherries. We all know that!

But what you might not know is just how important machine knives from companies like TGW International are for cutting and packaging fruits and veggies – so read on below and learn more about this subject.

Knives for Processing Fruits and Vegetables

There are quite a few different types of knives that are often used to prepare and process fruits and vegetables.

  • Circular blades – Circular blades are used to cut and slice fruits and vegetables quickly and precisely.
  • Cutoff knives – These knives are used for portioning, guillotine cutting, scissor cutting, and swing-style cutting and are available in many different configurations.
  • Straight knives – These knives are ideal for cutting, peeling, skiving, slicing and dicing foods like potatoes (for potato salad, a summertime essential) watermelon, cabbage, squash, and more.

So, this summer, don’t just think about the delicious taste of your favorite fruit or vegetable, think about how machine knives may have been used to prepare it!

Packaging Knives – Cutting and Preparing Packaging for Your Favorite Foods

Machine knives aren’t just used to cut and prepare fruits and vegetables, but also in the creation of packaging materials, plastic boxes, plastic bags, stand up pouches and conversion of flexible packaging materials as well as packaging of fruit & vegetables themselves like veggie trays, dips and fruit cups.

Depending on the type of packaging that is being manufactured, many different types of blades may be used; slitter blades and knives for plastic bags, tray knives and cup sealing knives for packaging the product, and so on. Regardless of the type of packaging, machine knives are essential for the presentation quality and display of your favorite fruit and vegetable products!

Enjoy Your Summer Picnics and Parties Thanks to Machine Knives!

Thanks to modern machine knives from companies like TGW International, it’s easy to get high-quality fruit and vegetable products for your summer picnic and enjoy all of your favorite foods in convenient, easy-to-open packaging.

Snacking on the Trail? You Have Machine Knives to Thank for It!

Summer is a great time to explore the great outdoors, and make the most of the gorgeous, warm weather. And if you’re going on a hike, picnic or another outdoor expedition, you may be bringing along popular snacks like beef jerky, dried fruit, trail mix and more.

Have you ever wondered how these snacks are packaged and made? If you have, you’re in the right place! Let’s explore the process of making and packaging some of these snacks – and how essential machine knives from companies like TGW International are for the snacks that you love!

How Machine Knives Are Used to Make Beef Jerky

To show you how machine knives are used to make snacks, let’s take a look at a classic summer trail treat – beef jerky. Jerky is delicious, nonperishable, and lightweight, making it a great trail snack. Here’s how it’s made!

  1. Beef is accepted to a jerky manufacturing facility. Usually, high-quality, lean flank steak is used to make high-quality jerky.
  2. The meat is processed to remove bones and connective tissue, using machine knives. Then, fat is removed using one of several methods
  3. A curing solution consisting of water, salt and other additives is heated and prepared
  4. The meat is cut into chunks by an automatic cutting machine, using machine knives. Then, it is dipped into the curing solution
  5. Next, the meat is put into a centrifuge, where more curing solution is added, as well as seasonings
  6. After this, the meat is frozen and cut into thin strips using machine knives. Then, they are sent to a drying oven, which is heated to about 160 degrees Fahrenheit, and they are gradually cooked over a period of about 12 hours

After this, the jerky is prepared – and it’s ready to package! The most popular way to package jerky to minimize moisture and keep it fresh longer is a vacuum-sealed package.

First, the jerky is put into a bag. Then, the package is evacuated of all air, which is replaced with nitrogen. Then, the bag is sealed and cut using machine knives. Removing the air and replacing it with nitrogen helps prevent spoilage.

Machine Knives Are Critical for Your Favorite Snacks!

While jerky is the example we used, machine knives are used to create and package just about every other trail snack – including dried fruit, trail mix, granola bars and more! That’s something to think about that next time you tear open a package on the trail this summer.

Big Trends in Packaging – What to Look Out for This Year

If you’re wondering what trends you can expect to see in the world of product packaging this year and beyond, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll discuss a few of today’s top trends and how your brand can take inspiration from them.

 

Minimalism

Minimalism, eschewing too many colors and graphics for simple lines, clear text, and a muted color scheme, has become very popular in recent years.

This may be a response to how bright and bold most product packages are today, counter-intuitively, the best way to stand out among a selection of busy, loud products may actually be to adopt a minimalistic design!

 

Sustainable Packaging

Sustainable packaging is another trend that continues to grow in popularity, especially as eco-conscious millennials begin to make up the largest consumer market in the US. Younger customers say that sustainability is a top priority, so recyclable packaging and packaging made from post-consumer recycled materials can help boost your brand’s image among young consumers.

 

Bold Colors and Prints

Bold colors and metallic accents have grown in popularity, as they offer a unique way to set your products apart from the crowd. Modern packaging techniques and machines have made it easier than ever to create unique prints and colors, and incorporate materials like metal foil.

 

Transparent Package Windows

This is especially popular in food packaging. A transparent plastic window into a package gives customers the chance to see the product for themselves before they buy it and provides a unique visual contrast that sets the product apart.

 

Vintage-Inspired Designs

As popular products like Not Your Father’s Root Beer have shown, vintage packaging inspired by turn-of-the-century illustrations and color schemes can help your brand stand out in a unique way. Designs inspired by the vintage ads and labels of yesteryear are sure to stand out among modern logos and package designs – so many brands are turning to retro and vintage-inspired designs for their packaging.

 

Keep Your Company Ahead of the Competition with These Trends!

Whether you work in the packaging industry, or you are redesigning product packages to meet the expectations of today’s customers, you’ll want to understand these trends, adopt them to stay ahead of your competitors, and ensure your products have an edge in today’s crowded marketplace.

How Machine Knives Assist in Making Board Games and Cards

It’s the summer, when friends and family can get together, relax, and enjoy the great weather. And there’s no better way to spend a weekend afternoon or a lazy vacation day than playing games with those who are closest to you.

But have you ever thought about how important machine knives are for creating things like board game pieces, cards, game boards, packaging and more? In this article, we’ll take a look at how a variety of machine knives, perf blades, and dies are used to help make the games you and your family love to play!

How Board Game Components Are Made – Understanding the Process!

There are many different components and parts that go into a board game, so let’s take a look at a few of these and discuss the integral role that machine knives play in making each component.

Let’s begin with playing cards. Whether you’re playing with a standard 52-card deck, or a custom deck for a board game, most cards are made in the same way. They’re printed onto large, flat rolls of paper, and then cut into sheets with machine knives. Then, once the sheets have been printed, each one is cut again, separating the sheets into individual cards. Then, these cards are sorted and placed into pre-cut boxes – which are also cut using machine knives and dies!

Game boards are often made similarly, but with a thicker cardstock or cardboard. After the board is printed onto a large sheet of cardboard material, each individual board is cut and punched out. Game boxes are similar, but usually more complex, as they are not flat. They must be bent into shape or cut using dies to assume the proper, box-like shape.

For smaller game components, perf blades are often used to cut out each piece out – but leave it in the original piece of cardboard for ease of packaging. If you’ve played Settlers of Catan or a similar game, you’ll know that the smaller tokens and parts of a board game are often not packaged loosely, but instead are contained within a larger piece of cardboard. Then, the first time you play the game, you “punch” each piece out. This helps prevent the loss of these tiny pieces during packaging and shipping.

Machine Knives Are Critical for Board Games and Card Games!

Machine knives, perf blades, and slitters from TGW International are more important than you think – even when it comes to recreation, like the production of board games and card games. We hope this blog has been informative, and helped you learn more about the importance of machine knives in our everyday lives!

How Plastic Has Changed Over Time

It goes without saying that plastic has changed the world. Once considered a scientific wonder, plastic is now widely associated with leaching carcinogens into food and polluting the ocean. It’s not all bad though, and this wonder material has made a good impression on plenty of the tasks it takes on.

Plastic is now, and always has been, suitable for many uses. It’s light, formable, tough, transparent and waterproof. It’s changed quite a bit over time, from the first discovery into the plastics that we use so often today.

The First Form Of “Modern” Plastic

The first breakthrough that hinted at the type of plastics that we would use in a modern world was Bakelite, discovered by Leo Baekeland, a chemist. Bakelite was essentially the first plastic made from synthetic compounds. It was originally used for radio and telephone casings as it was electrically non-conductive and heat resistant.

Bakelite paved the way for the simple compound combinations that exist in the polymer plastics that we use today. Bakelite was the first plastic that was completely synthetic. It was not derived from animal parts or plants…but from phenol, an acid that comes from coal tar.

The Plastics That We Use Today

Ever since the launch of Bakelite in the early 1900’s, the use of plastic has exploded into hundreds of thousands of different compounds and is used more often than Leo Baekeland probably ever dreamed it would be. Just by tweaking the structure a little bit, plastic can be changed into a completely different polymer.

The possible uses for plastic are endless, and we continue to see conglomerates and companies worldwide put them to use. But at what cost?

The Effects Of Aggressive Plastic Use

Synthetic plastics are durable. Durable enough to last a lifetime or longer. In the early days of plastic, this fact was deemed a major plus. Today, the plastic that we create and then discard over and over again on a daily basis will likely end up in a landfill for a couple of those aforementioned lifetimes.

As humans begin to realize the damage they’ve done, plastics are set to evolve once again. Environmentally friendly, biodegradable plastics are currently in a state of production and constant development.

Bio-technology is a major player in the current plastics game, as scientists look to a better way to package product. Plastics will always be a way of life, ever-changing as we examine their impact on the Earth.