Vacuum Chamber Machines
A vacuum chamber removes the air out of a bag by use of a vacuum pump. Once the air has been removed the bag is then sealed. The Audionvac models start with a small tabletop model and progress through various sizes to a very large double chamber unit. The cabinet of every model is made of stainless steel, while the chamber is either constructed of stainless steel (VMS machines) or aluminum (VM machines).
Every Audionvac model is equipped with a digital control panel. This control panel is clearly laid out and easy to program. In addition, all models (except VMS 43, 53, 113, and 133) feature a 10 program memory.
All models come with filler plates so that the working height inside the chamber can be adjusted for the product. There are various options to tailor the machine to specific requirements.
Measurements in general
The front of the machine, where the control panel is placed, is called the length. The front to back dimension is called the width. For tabletop models this means that front side (the length) is the shortest side and the depth (width) is the longest side.
Effective Chamber Size
The effective chamber size is the space between the sealing bar(s), the sides and the lid.
The net sealing bar size is given which is the useable length.
Measurements of the space between the sealing bars and the chamber walls
The difference between the absolute chamber size and the effective chamber size is the space between the sealing bars and the walls of the chamber. This area is shown as the grey area around the effective chamber size.
Adding gas to the package is a way of extending the shelf life of the product. The product, and the space around it in the chamber are vacuumised as normal. Usually after the vacuuming process the bag is sealed; but with gas flushing the pouch is injected with a gas or gas mixture . When the desired volume of gas is reached the bag is then sealed. This gives a very low residual oxygen percentage and the product is no longer under vacuum pressure.
Almost all of the larger Audionvac vacuum chamber models can be equipped with different sealing bar configurations. The different possible sealing bar configurations are indicated next to each model.
Voltages, Phase and Frequency
All models can be supplied with a different voltage, phase and frequency to accommodate specific requirements of the customer.
Soft-air is the ideal function to enable fragile (e.g. fish) or sharp (e.g. T-bone) products to be packed without damage. The air enters the vacuum chamber very gently after the sealing process giving the vacuum bag time to form around the fragile or sharp product. The result is that the product or the vacuum bag will not be damaged. An additional benefit is that the product looks neater with a better formed package.
When it is important to obtain an exact vacuum or gas level we recommend a sensor. The standard machine normally relies on a time cycle for the vacuum and gas levels, which is accurate enough for most applications. However, when dealing with products that vary in volume or density, a sensor ensures that each package is under the same level of vacuum.
Sometimes it may be necessary to have a repeated sequence of vacuuming and gassing. The multi-cycles option makes this possible with up to 8 processes in one cycle. All models (except VMS 43, 53, 113, and 133) can be equipped with the multi-cycle option. It is not possible to combine the multi-cycle with the sensor option.
Text can be imprinted in the seal area which may be useful to impart a message or offer security. The advantage of text in the seal is that it remains intact until the bag is opened. The code seal is only possible in combination with the 8 mm-seal.
Please talk to us if there is a requirement not covered by our standard options. We can usually produce a “special” for a challenging product or process.
• Besides the conserving effect of a vacuum it is possible to surround a product with an inert gas or a mixture of inert gasses. The result of this modified atmosphere is that generally the foodstuffs are preserved and the damaging effects of a high vacuum are avoided.
• There are several advantages of a lower vacuum. In the case of a crushable product the lower vacuum does not exert the pressure of a vacuum pack. Products, which contain fluids, will lose their liquids as a result of the high vacuum. When there are several products in one vacuum bag it is possible for the products to stick together under the influence of a high vacuum; this will not be the case with the lower vacuum of a modified atmosphere.
• The three main gasses that are used to produce the modified atmosphere are the following:
• Nitrogen (N2): an inert gas, which does not react to, or with, other substances. This gas is a good base as a substitute for regular air.
• Carbon Dioxide (CO2): slows down the microbiological activity and slows down oxidation.
• Oxygen (O2): oxygen is needed to preserve “breathing products”, to slow down the growth of anaerobic bacteria or to preserve the colour of meat (the oxygen percentage in the vacuum chamber machine may not exceed 25% due to the hazard of explosions).
• The most common application for non-food products is to prevent corrosion or other damaging processes such as the decay of wood.
• While the product is protected against chemical or biological processes, it is also kept clean and dry.
• Another useful application is the possibility to reduce the volume of products. The difference can be remarkable; especially when you think of a product which uses a lot of space.
• Examples of products in the Non-food area are:
PCB’s Facial masks
Medical tools Wedding-dresses
|Machine size (LxWxH) in mm
||330 x 450 x 295 mm
|Absolute chamber size (LxWxH) in mm
||280 x 340 x 85 mm
280 x 340 x 130 mm (high lid)
|Effective chamber size (LxW) in mm
||270 x 310 mm
|Net sealing bar length in mm
||1 x 270 mm
||3.5 mm single seal
|Position of the sealing bar
|Voltage/ phase/ Frequency
||230 V / 1Ph / 50 Hz
||0,3 - 0,4 kW
|Number of gas pipes (optional)