Come and Join Us at the PPMA Show 2014

Register Now! 30 September - 2 October 2014

Xact would like to personally invite you to visit us on Stand C61 at this year’s PPMA Show. Held on 30 September – 2 October 2014, The PPMA Show is the UK’s premier, free to attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery.

Show features include:

  • Over 320 Exhibitors
  • Over 1200 equipment manufacturers represented from around the world
  • Show opening by Michael Portillo
  • Seminars by Coca-Cola, Marks & Spencer, Wyke Farms, Tesco & more!
  • Latest innovations in action


PPMA Show 2014

30 SEP – 2 OCT 2014, NEC, Birmingham

“The complete production line event”

• Food • Drink • Pharma • Cosmetics / Toiletries • Dairy • Confectionery • Snacks
• Chemicals • Household Goods • Electronics • Building / Construction


The launch comes at a time when Xact has been experiencing a high rate of growth, expanding its range to allow for more automated machinery that offers a complete packaging solution.  
Xact will be demonstrating several of the high performance marking and coding systems from US partners Matthews Marking Systems, including the Viajet L-Series, T-Series and V-Series which represent the latest thermal inkjet and high resolution printing technologies available.  
The focus on our Integrated Solutions is: Identification; Branding; Traceability; Serialisation and Quality Control.
There will be 5 demonstrations in total, so come along to booth C61 for a chat.  On hand will be Xact’s Directors, Technical Sales Managers and Engineers who have many years’ experience in the field and will be demonstrating the machinery and advising visitors.

Top Safety Accreditation for Xact

We operate from a head office in Liverpool, with distribution centres in Liverpool and Cambridge. Our nationwide team of product specialists and field technicians provide fast on-site response and support, effectively making us a local supplier.

We are an integral part of the supply chain for all of the major supermarkets within the United Kingdom in the fresh produce and other food sectors.

We also specialise in supplying solutions for the harsh and difficult environments typically experienced in the construction and building materials industries, steel production and automotive industry.

After the purchase and installation of your equipment, Xact’s reputation for excellent customer service and reliable machinery, coupled with its fully-trained engineers and full range of consumables and first line spare parts, will ensure maximum productivity and efficiency for all your needs.

Call Xact today on 0151 479 3020 to find out more information or arrange a visit from one of our experienced Sales Managers.

Xact launches new Flow Wrapping division to UK Market

The demand for Flow Wrapping solutions is increasing and the RDGMAPE machines lend themselves to a wide range of applications. They offer clear advantages in terms of productivity, versatility, hygiene and product preservation as well as being a valuable marketing tool. 

Barry Baldock, Xact Sales Director says, “We are excited to be working with RGDMAPE and the new range strengthens and compliments our current packing and coding solutions.  The RGDMAPE Flow Wrapping machines offer concrete solutions to any size company wanting to pack their own products despite having limited resources for investment.  The machines are affordable, flexible and easy to use”. 

Nicola Merlin, Sales Director at RGDMAPE stated, “There are great opportunities for our Flow Wrapping solutions in the UK market across all industries.  Our solutions are the result of over 30 years of innovation and experience and we look forward to working with such an established company as Xact with a vast network and great reputation in the UK”

Click here for more: Flow Wrapping

Is there an alternative to labels and preprinted boxes?

With Xact’s range of Matthews high resolution inkjet printing, the Viajet T-Series, you have a solution for all of these requirements.

Directly printing onto corrugated cartons on-demand allows you to reduce your stock of pre-printed cartons and simplify the picking and shipping process. Replacing adhesive labels lowers your cost-per-mark dramatically and also reduces production downtime during ribbon changes.  Xact solutions offer large, bold graphics and fonts making your cartons stand out on the shelves of the “warehouse” stores. Real-time date, time, and batch information is crisp and legible taking the guesswork out of traceability. Additionally, the high resolution barcodes rival those of labels in terms of readability.


Xact News Update May 2014

In this issue, we bring you our latest packaging innovation, the ‘W-Pack’ which is gaining national press coverage. You can read about the brand new Girlabel plugin which we developed based on client feedback, this allows you to increase your ‘use-by and display-until’ flexibility. We also introduce the new PDG-4 machine, which can save over 12 tonnes of fruit a year using the most accurate weighing technology on the market. Plus there is much more!


Increased flexibility of ‘Display Until’ and ‘Use By’ date printing.

“Display until” or “Best Before” dates on labels have always been a problem if production planning dictates that you should pack several days ahead of the batch being shipped to the distribution depot, as is the case with many fruit and vegetable pack houses.
This usually causes problems as the old programmes were fairly inflexible with lots of manual modifications to the label design being required to adjust the dates shown on the label. This can often lead to mistakes being made and labels left with the modified dates rather than the original date.
When a label sent to the packing machine asks the operator for the “Depot Day”(the day the product will leave to move to the distribution depot), the offset days are now calculated from the depot date. An added safe guard is that the range of dates can be restricted to stop “Display until”, “Best Before” dates a year in advance, for example.
The modification, which can also allow fruit caliber to be chosen at the time of packing is supplied as a “plugin” (a small additional "add on program” to the current version of Girprint). The label delivery screen shows what will be printed so the operator can check the dates before committing to printing.

The new PDG-4, the most accurate citrus weigher on the market

 The PDG-4 is a machine based on its predecessor, the PDG-3, keeping most chassis, mechanical, pneumatic and electrical parts. Visually identical to the PDG3, the difference is in the technology of the machine.
The accuracy of this type of weigher is based on three parameters: precise weighing of the buckets, having a large volume of buckets (to obtain a large number of combinations) and having an advanced algorithm to produce the best accuracy.
The PDG-4 improves 2 of these 3 parameters significantly.  The Giro Research and Development team looked to see how they could improve on the already accurate PDG3 machine as part of ongoing development.  
The load cells have been replaced (a key element for weighing) with more accurate and faster units. Secondly, the modifications have been made the moving buckets stabilised. To make an analogy, we can have very expensive bathroom scales but if we weigh ourselves when jumping or moving the weight won’t be precise.
New calculation algorithm
Last but not least this is another key element. Once each bucket has been weighted as precisely as possible the ‘brain’ of the machine must decide which combination of buckets is the optimal for achieving the target weight, or find a weight very close if the target weight can’t be achieved.
This machine brain uses much more accurate calculation, a faster processor and a new algorithm that optimises many factors to consider in order to improve speed and precision weighing.
Xact are currently installing several  PDG4 machines across the UK and they are already delivering results.

The New W-Pack – Keeping Up With Citrus Packing Trends

Delivering on our promise to extend the life of machines and deliver flexible options to the market place, we have designed the ‘W-Pack’ which can simply be produced with a low cost addition kit to the ‘UB Girbagger’ range of machines.

The ‘W Pack’ can be used for a whole variety of fresh produce up to 1kg such as citrus, apples, onions, potatoes and sprouts. The format allows your product to stand up or lay flat and gloss, matt or transparent films can be designed for maximum effect.  Although there is a large printable area, the W Pack still provides good airflow around the products.  The size and shape of the window may vary depending on the graphics of the film and the designer’s creativity.  Handle options make this one of the most innovative fresh produce packs currently on the market.