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UltraCLEAN thermoforming equipment for ultraclean PACKaging of foods, and in-situ production of aseptic trays.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CLEANPACK (UltraCLEAN thermoforming equipment for ultraclean PACKaging of foods, and in-situ production of aseptic trays.)

Reporting period: 2015-07-01 to 2015-10-31

CLEANPACK consists in a thermoforming and packaging machine that manufactures aseptic trays for packaging food products in a closed environment (microbiologically controlled) that, by means of HEPA –high efficiency particulate air- filters and forced ventilation, guarantees that there are less than 100 particles per cubic foot of air within the device, being equivalent to the clean room classification ISO Class 5 (referred as Class 100 by the Federal Standard 209 E). This machinery is highly versatile and it has been developed to meet the requirements of three food packaging subsectors that have been proved to be the most interesting targets for CLEANPACK: Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) for fresh fruits and vegetables, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products, ready meals.

We have performed a Feasibilty Study in which technical, commercial and financial viability has been evaluated, by performing the following actions: Selection of the segments of the fresh food packaging which are more interesting for TECSELOR. Execution of experiments to estimate the reduction of microbiological contamination and shelf live increase products using our CLEANPACK prototype. Execution of a Freedom To Operate Analysis. Elaboration of a commercialisation plan, including a market study with an in-depth analysis of the potential industries that can apply CLEANPACK, a value chain analysis, verifications of the certifications that must be obtained in order to commercialise the machine in the countries we will deploy, development of the innovation strategy, a timeline for entering the market. Study of the financial viability with pricing and costs, expected selling quantification, study of the pinpointed bottlenecks and action plans to circumvent them. Elaboration of a thorough risk analysis and adequate action and mitigation plans.

The outcome of the technical, commercial and financial viability analysis performed have been very encouraging for attaining a subsequent SME Instrument Phase II, so we will apply for it.
The CLEANPACK feasibility study performed has allowed us to validate the viability of our project and to better understand how we should deploy our project to effectively reach the market.

A technical viability assessment has been carried out during the execution of this CLEANPACK Phase I in which we have selected which segments of the fresh food packaging are more interesting for TECSELOR. A significative number of samples of each kind has been artificially contaminated with pathogens and spoiling organisms, incubated at 4ºC and 11ºC, and statistical analysis of shelf-life extension has been carried out. A Freedom To Operate Analysis has been done as well. We have done a commercialisation plan with a market study with an analysis of the potential industries that can apply CLEANPACK, a value chain analysis, a study concerning the most appropriate solution for Intellectual Property management, verifications of the certifications needed for commercialisation. Finally we did a detailed study of pricing and costs, expected selling quantification, and study of the pinpointed bottlenecks and action plans to circumvent them.
The outcome of the technical, commercial and financial viability analysis performed have been very encouraging for attaining a subsequent SME Instrument Phase II. We have concluded that our project is not only viable but of great importance for TECSELOR, so we will apply for SME Instrument Phase II.
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