Automatic Handling Solutions

The demand for automating handling processes and being more efficient is becoming more prevalent. Using our automated packing systems and robotic automation will not only save you money by reducing operator costs, you will increase the quality, efficiency and consistency of your set up.

We provide everything from stand-alone robots to full automated systems embedded in existing production lines. Our solutions comprise ‘Robot Palletising’, ”Stacking’ and ‘High Speed Pick and Place’.

All our solutions have an integrated process control built with the latest robotic software, product and pallet handling conveyors. Covering all industries and providing full service and support, there has never been a better time to discover how our systems could work for you.

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Go Bananas for our new Automatic Taping Machine!

We are delighted to introduce our new automatic taping machine – the Rev Condor! This machine will automatically place a durable and fully recyclable paper, PP or compostable adhesive tape around bunches of bananas! The new packaging is 100% recyclable and is a more sustainable alternative to plastic bags used in the sector. The Condor is suitable for taping leeks, celery, coconuts, pineapples and small watermelons.
Packaging with a minimal tape is a sustainable and environmentally friendly way of packaging this type of produce and not only that, the minimalist packaging but it also maintains the product quality as they can ripen in their natural state. The tape packaging can be used for branding.

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Dual Handle Pack, Ultra Lightweight, 100% Recyclable, No Metal Clip!

The new ‘Dual Handle’ net bag is our lightest ever package weighing only 3g!  Not only that, but this attractive looking packaging is 100% recyclable, has a useful easy to carry handle (on one or both sides).  Produced with the GirBagger or the GirBagger Speed Line

The Dual Handle Pack is suitable for a wide variety of produce including citrus, avocados, apples and onions.   

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Seasonal Opening Times

Xact will shutdown over the Christmas period on 24th December 2019 and re open at 8.45 am on 2nd January 2020.

Please be aware that our Sales Managers are on holiday and we cannot guarantee that calls will be answered immediately, so please leave a voicemail message or send a text with your name, contact number, and product details needed.  You will receive a response as soon as the person you have contacted is available.

Xact Sales Contacts: PREPACK: Paul Bennion (07989 578 821): Ian Merchant (07500 843 318) CODING & MARKING : Chris Jolly (07710 962 290)

For any engineering issues please contact your local engineer via his/her mobile phone. The engineers are also on holiday, so we cannot guarantee they will be able to respond immediately, but if you leave your name, contact details and they will respond as soon as they are available.

Xact Engineers: Richard Reeve: Lee Scott: Gerald Pearce: Brian Harrison: Freddy East: Paul Byrne

Any stock items will be available from the warehouse, please contact your local area sales contact to arrange collection.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the entire Xact team!

GirBagger Speed Line – The Best Net Packing Machine Ever Made

The Worlds most versatile machine makes up to 10 different net bag styles.

The new GirBagger-S is an improved version that has been developed after 15 years of experience and 3.000 units sold worldwide, and sets a benchmark in the horticultural sector.

Giró presents a bagger that overcomes the GirBagger reputation range as a key element in the packaging lines.  The new GirBagger Speed Line achieves outputs up to 36 bags per
minute, in 1kg Ultrabag packs.  The increase in speed compared to the previous generation of GirBagger packaging machines reaches up to 30%. The use of consumables (net, film and labels) in high capacity reels, allows autonomy of up to 2 hours of uninterrupted operation.

It is not necessary to invest in a machine for each type of package that you want to make. The GirBagger-S can make up to 10 different types of packaging. Thanks to the scalability of the design, optional kits can be added to adapt the bagging machine to the need of the customer. A moderate initial investment in a basic model can be complemented in the future to obtain a more versatile packaging machine.

GirBagger bagging machines are suitable for the packaging of multiple fruits and vegetables of different nature and quality such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, avocados, apples, potatoes, onions, mangoes, etc. It can be equipped with up to three different labelling systems: by thermal transfer, printing of thermal adhesive labels or by the donation of pre-printed adhesive labels.

Reliable and Easy to Operate
An industrial machine must be a reliable element in the production chain. It should not cause problems to those who must operate it. The new GirBagger-S has been designed with the mentality of being a machine of great reliability, robust and easy to operate and maintain. All the critical elements and devices have been carefully studied, designed and manufactured to avoid productive failures and stoppages. The large 10” full colour touch panel incorporates step by step operator guidance system to enhance the user interface by make it easy and intuitive.

Everything Under Control
Knowing the behaviour of the machine at all times is key to planning packaging properly. The new GirBagger-S is equipped as standard with a GirControl integrated in the machine itself. The GirControl is an application that allows real time monitoring to know all the production statistics. It also offers detailed information of all the stoppages and breakdowns. By connecting the machine to the local network or the Internet, it is possible to manage the GirControl information from any other computer, without the need for any other device or intermediate element. Only if you have several machines is it advisable to us an external GirControl unit that allows the integration of all the data to know the performance of the entire production line.

A Solution for Every Need

There is a GirBagger-S model for every need depending on the type of packaging that you want to produce. In addition, the modularity of the GirBagger-S range allows adding kits after the acquisition of the machine to be able to make other types of containers. Shortly, soft versions for delicate fruit will be released.

For further information please contact Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email

Giro Systems: Sustainable Packaging. How to sell fresh produce without harming the environment!

There is ever increasing concern about conservation and the environment. At Giro, the world leader for fresh produce packaging, there is a responsibility to provide solutions. The net package is one of the most sustainable that can be found among other consumer products and in particular food ones. The unique breathability and visibility of the net package does not only make the produce inside keep their natural properties, but they are displayed to the consumer in their best light, the most natural state possible. The current net bag weighs between 1.8kg and 10g to fit 1kg of fruit, a lot lower ratio in comparison to most packages in the food industry. The net bag has a lower carbon footprint when compared to other packages e.g. paper or cardboard.

Plastic and recyclability
The recyclability of plastic is undoubted from the technical point of view. Any thermoplastic can be re-melted and take other forms and uses through the known transformation techniques. However, the recyclability of a material does not only depend on the technical possibility but there is also a social education to properly separate household waste and organise the collection, selection and recycling systems and processes. These are key aspects in order to understand that packages, or plastic in particular are not the problem but the key is the legislation in a circular economy and an appropriate education.

We could say that, from a purely technical point of view any thermoplastic is recyclable and from an economical point of view it is recyclable when there is a suitable system to collect, classify and recycle. In many cases, since the classify-recycle and plastic obtaining process for new applications has not been established for economic reasons, energetic valorisation is the chosen one, in other words, the use of plastic collected as fuel for the production of energy. For this reason, the recyclability of thermoplastics depends on the systems and legislations in place.

Are Biodegradable or compostable materials the solution?
Biodegradable and compostable are different terms. Both biodegradable polymers and the compostable ones are decomposed by the action of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungus and seaweeds.

The main difference between both terms is in the deterioration time and conditions. Overall, a compostable material has a greater degradation by the environment than a biodegradable material.

A compostable material is always biodegradable but not the other way round.

To consider a material as compostable it should not leave fragments that last more than 12 weeks in the residue, it must be degraded within a determined time and proportions to established conditions, it cannot contain heavy Metals or toxins and the resulting compost must allow the growth of plants in a similar way to the one would grow in natural conditions. The mentioned requirements make compostable materials can be discarded in the organic waste bin and processed, a posteriori, in the composting plants for the production of compost.

Are these materials the ultimate solution?
Biodegradable/compostable plastics provide new opportunities, but also raise new risks and threats.

The lack of clear labelling or marking for consumers, as well as an appropriate collection and treatment of the waste, could aggravate the problem of the presence of plastic in the environment and create problems for recycling.

Due to the origin of renewable sources (corn, potato, rice, etc.) if there is substitution, largely of current plastics by these materials, it could jeopardize the food safety of producing regions and influence in the price rises of these agricultural raw materials.

The technical characteristics of packages produced with these materials are lower to the ones obtained with current plastics.

Bio/compost plastics are around 3 to 4 times more expensive than their counterparts obtained from the oil, for this reason, in many occasions the market does not want to assume this cost difference.

As a world-wide leader of fruit and vegetable packaging, Giró is currently in the final stages of development of a new range of compostable products for customers wanting this as an alternative. According to what is explained in the previous points, these materials are not the main sustainable solution advised by Giró. Our recommendation is in line with the recommendations of the European Commission that states: “A sector of intelligent, innovative and sustainable plastic where the design and the production fully respect the needs of reuse, repair and recycling”.

EcoGiró: Giro’s solutions for Sustainability and the Environment
Giró has outlined three proposals for sustainable packaging alternatives, two of them based on lightweight recyclable plastic containers and the third based on compostable materials.

The recyclable solutions allow a wide range of packaging typologies and the thermoplastic materials are polyolefins.

The compostable solution uses certified compostables. Nowadays, it is possible to produce compostable clipped bags, but in the future, it will also be possible to produce compostable thermal welded bags. Compostable bags must be deposited in an organic compostable container after use.


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EASYOPEN: The new “open and close” system for the Ultrabag net package

The new Easy Open system designed by Giró means you can open and close the bag easily and comfortably.

As part of the ongoing research and development from Giro, Nielsen research company were commissioned to find out from consumers what is the most important feature in a net bag. The results were conclusive and prove that consumers prefer net bags over other packaging options (plastic bags, paper or punnets) as visibility, breathability are the most important attributes in fruit packaging.

One in four consumers believes that the “open and close” feature is needed from a net bag hence the latest innovation from Giro! The Easy Open net bag, offers the consumer an unbeatable packaging system for fruit that integrates all the main benefits that consumers want in one bag: visibility, breathability, easy to carry and now easy to open!

Once opened, you can easily take out the number of fruits you require then using the adhesive tag you can easily reseal the bag

The Easy Open System is created using the GirBagger UB Machine

The Easy Open system can be installed in any Girbagger UB model, that means UB-50, UB-60 and UB-65 both in the first generation and the latest Speed Line model. Easy Open kit consists of a net cutting device, a registered label applicator and the software to control these devices. With these elements the GirBagger can make Ultrabag packs with the Easy Open feature, without forgetting that the GirFilm used for the packs must include the flap dye cut..

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NEW! Checkweigher for Round Bulky Products

Introducing the Nemesis KV checkweigher / weigh price labeller designed specifically for round products such as Melons, Swedes, Cauliflowers etc.

This flexible solution can be utilised as a checkweigher only or incorporate price weight / labelling facilities.

The video demonstrates watermelons being weighed and if weight-compliant they are then labelled before exiting the system.

The innovative design of the conveyors allows the products to stabilise as they are transported along the reclining twin conveyors allowing for complete weighing accuracy.

With the ability to weigh and label products up to 20kg, the KV series checkweigher is accurate and fast meaning that it can weigh more than 50 pieces per minute.

This machine is extremely flexible, in fact it is also possible to flatten the conveyors should you need to weigh trays and crates.

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MPERIA® L-Series – Clean High-Quality Marking Solutions for Industry

A leading innovative company producing single-use pump technology required a printing system for the application of traceability and identification codes to their valves all contained within a clean room environment.  Our MPERIA ® L-Series printing system incorporating the compact L12 print head was the ideal solution.

The client wanted to mark a drink dispenser pump valve with traceability and identification codes.  We were required to integrate our system into an automated assembly line incorporating quality testing for the patented dispenser valve, all of this was contained within a clean room environment.

Additional Info

Our MPERIA® L-Series printing system, incorporating the compact L12 print head offered unrivalled flexibility in comparison to other printers reviewed during the tender process. As well as meeting the general requirements of the coding application, other features & benefits key to the customer moving forward with Xact included;

  • High speed marking of high-resolution codes
  • The compact modular design of the system was suited to the limited space available within their assembly line
  • Our safe, non-pressurised ink delivery system operating food grade ink ensured their on-site and customer quality assurance procedures were met
  • No downtime for start-up or shutdown enhanced running and operational costs.

About the MPERIA® VIAjet™ L-Series Printing SystemThermal Inkjet Printer
With a variety of ink types and colours available, the VIAjet™ L-Series thermal inkjet printer is a clean, fast, and cost-effective alternative to thermal transfer and adhesive labels. It is ideal for marking and coding variable data in both primary packaging and industrial applications, imprinting onto paper, chipboard, corrugated, and plastics

Click here to watch a video on MPERIA® and the benefits it could bring to your business.

For further information about MPERIA® and our range of printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email

MPERIA® V-Series – Delivering Unrivalled Performance in the Harshest Operating Environments

A leading UK supplier of bulk and bagged cement needed a robust printing system for the application of batch and date codes to bags of cement.  We provided our robust MPERIA® V-Series printing system which included the 16v 8000+ MIDI print head.

Additional Info

Our years of expertise within the industrial sector was key to the decision-making process and therefore placing their business with Xact, in-particular our knowledge and proven success coding & marking in the harshest operating environments of the construction industry.

Other factors influencing the decision-making process were;

  • The capability to apply a large print format at high production speeds to ensure clear visibility of the codes when the bags are palletised and stored in the warehouse.
  • References received from within the industry highlighted the proven long-term performance of our systems within the toughest operating environments where they are subjected to dust, vibration and variable operating temperatures
  • Our competitors were offering CIJ (continuous ink jet) printing technology. This was also an option available within the range from Xact. However, we proposed our latest V-Series printing system which, in comparison to CIJ technology, not only increased the legibility of the codes but also significantly reduced initial investment and operating costs moving forward, not to mention increased reliability in the harsh operating environment.
  • The V -Series offers superior throw-distance to other systems, ensuring a quality code is applied despite inconsistent presentation of the bag.

About the MPERIA®  V-Series Printing System

The MPERIA®  V-Series marking system is our robust and reliable large character drop-on-demand (DOD) valve technology specifically designed for challenging industrial environments.  The V-Series marks on porous and non-porous substrates including metal, paper and pulp, wood, concrete and plastic. Powered by MPERIA®, the Matthews VIAjet™ DOD valve print heads are considered the fastest in the industry, marking products at speeds in excess of 400 meters/min, with the longest life expectancy of any comparable technology.

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For further information about MPERIA® and our range of printing technologies, please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email