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..

Please watch our presentation video below: 

For further information please contact Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk

GirBagger: 10 Packaging Styles With One Machine

With more than 2,000 units sold worldwide, the GirBagger machine is our best seller and the market leader in the horticultural packaging business.

The GirBagger can produce up to 10 different types of bag styles. No other machine on the market has this flexibility. With the Girbagger you can optimise your investment in your machinery, not only due to the cost of it but also for the floor area saving.

The GirBagger is suitable for a whole range of products such as potatoes, onions, oranges, tangerines, kiwis, avocados, lemons, apples or peaches.  It is a sophisticated and intelligent machine which has the ability to interconnect many elements or devices, such as intelligent recognition system supplies (SCS) and interconnection with GirControl Plus.

The GirBagger machine is adaptable and can grow with your needs. You don’t need to start with the most equipped and expensive model, but any model can be modified according to the desired package results.

For further information about the GirBagger or to see some sample packages please click here or contact Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk

‘EXACT 100’ Citrus Weigher

Save up to 12 tonnes of fruit per year with the BEST citrus weigher in the world!

The new ‘Exact 100’ is destined to be the best citrus weigher manufactured ever with its new innovative design.  Giró’s engineering team have invested more than 5 years of research and development to achieve an outstanding product which will become a breakthrough in the fruit processing business.  The Exact 100 is a high productivity and extremely accurate dynamic weigher combining the best features of both dynamic and static weighing technologies.  It has an innovative system based on robotic fingers that give the exact dose of fruit to each bucket. This bucket feeding can be done at high speed allowing to fill up to 48 pieces per second in the 8 buckets.  The high capacity buckets are driven through different carousels with a precise continuous movement. The brand new driving system is smooth and free of undesired vibrations.

State of the art in static feeding system: 

The ‘Exact 100’ has the most advanced feeding system with 8 “V shape” vibrating channels and 8 robotic holding fingers array accurately delivers all pieces towards the loading buckets. It enables a high fruit feeding pace: 3 pieces every 0.5 sec. Totalling 24 pieces bucket load by using 8 channels.

Highest accuracy dynamic weighing system:
The 4 bucket channels are driven by a revolving chained carousel through 4 weighing gates (equipped with 2 load cells each). The system uses 20 out of 68 buckets to attain the best weight combination, ensuring a 10 g accuracy on each weighed batch.

A new and smart mechanical driving system together with a sophisticated algorithm help achieve best bucket feeding according to the fruit caliber and target weight. Balanced bucket feeding is vital in order to have the correct possible combinations to find the target weight.                       

Easy maintenance, accessibility and hygiene

Another important aspect which Giró engineers focussed on when designing the Exact 100 is its easy maintenance and cleaning. In addition to employing robust and reliable mechanical systems and easy accessibility to the components that may require maintenance, it is also designed for simple and effective cleaning. The 68 buckets of Exact 100 can be easily removed using only one hand.  An automatic washer-sanitising machine will be launched with the machine which is ideal for both cleaning and sanitising the buckets increasing the lifespan of the machine.

The Exact 100 is a very versatile machine because it has 4 bidirectional output belts that enable it to feed a multitude of packaging machines.  It is possible to install four GirBagger machines or it can feed 3 GirBagger and 2 clipping machines like CA-9s or CA-10.

For further information on the Eact 100 please call Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk

New!  Handle Bag!

Xact / Giro have expanded their range of net packaging systems with the launch of the new ‘Handle Bag’.  Fully recyclable and suitable for most types of produce, this is great news for supermarkets!

This new concept adds to the range of net bags already produced by the Girbagger machine available from Xact.  The ‘Handle Bag’ is Ideal for a horizontal display at the point of sale and is able to hold weights from 300g to 1.5kg!  The upper side of the film is used as a handle for easy carrying , welded at both ends which allows both sides to be sealed.

“We are delighted with the results of the ‘Handle Bag’ and market research indicates this is going to be extremely popular across the UK for a variety of fresh produce”, says Xact’s Director Paul Bennion.

With its attractive design, excellent visibility of the product, horizontal presentation and a suitable large surface to for advertising expect to see the ‘Handle Pack’ in supermarkets soon.

Handle Bag 2

Contact Xact for more information on 0151 479 3020 www.xactpack.co.uk

Award Winning Farm Shop Increases Sales With Xact Net Packing Machine

Blackerhall Farm is an award winning farm shop producing and selling locally produced fruit, vegetables and meat.  Covering five generations, the family business, now owned by the Garthwaite family, were awarded UK Farm Retailer of The Year in 2014.  Established in 1999, the farm has a farm shop with butchery, bakery, delicatessen, wine loft, gift houses and café.  More than 80% of everything they sell in the shop is produced by themselves.

The locally grown produce on the farm is available to buy from the greengrocers in their Farm Shop.  The produce includes broccoli, purple sprouting broccoli, sweetheart and savoy cabbage, kale and swede.

As part of the high quality shop merchandising, the owners were looking for a professional way to display and sell their produce.

“Our FT14 manual netting machine enables us to do what the big supermarkets do!  The end product has a practical and professional look and feel to it and the machine is so easy to use.” Edward Garthwaite, Managing Director, Blackerhall Farm

The machine needed to be able to produce a certain number of packs a day, switching between sprouts, potatoes or other products depending on what needed to be packaged at the time.  As well as having a certain budget for the packaging machine, the end produce needed to look professional as well as being practical.

After visiting the site, Xact Prepack Sales Manager, Paul Bennion decided that an FT14 manual netting machine would fit the bill.

The FT14 manual  machine cutsseals and prepares for the next net pack in one easy operation.  The end product is a high quality presentation at an affordable price.  It is ideal for all types of fruit and veg.


Sales of the produce packaged using the FT14 at Blackerhall Farm have increased.  This is due to being able to display produce more effectively and therefore sell more.  The management are really impressed with the machine, the results it gives, its ease of use and reliability.


For further information please contact Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk

Compac Citrus Case Study – Stellenpak

Watch South African citrus packer Stellenpak’s General Manager, Robert Saunders talk about their Compac solution and what value Spectrim has added to their business.

Contact Xact’s Paul Bennion on 0151 479 3020 for further information on Compac’s fresh produce grading solutions.

Compac Strengthens UK Position With Xact Partnership

Delivering world leading integrated sorting & packaging solutions to meet demanding retail market and satisfy consumer needs for convenient food that has consistent quality, safety and availability.

Today Compac announces an exciting new partnership with Xact, one of the United Kingdom’s leading integrated solution providers and a specialist in packaging and marking equipment.

The partnership combines Compac’s award-winning Spectrim grading technology with Xact’s best-in-class solutions and offerings, which include Giró’s fresh produce packaging equipment.

Together, the organisations can provide industry leading fruit sorting and packaging solutions that deliver unrivalled quality and consistent fresh produce to the demanding retail market in the United Kingdom.

Compac CEO Mike Riley says that he’s thrilled to form a strategic partnership with Xact.

“Compac and Xact recognise the emerging automation opportunities in the United Kingdom repack sector. In combination with Xact, our solutions are tried, tested and proven in some of the most advanced packaging lines in the world and we can’t wait to initiate these solutions with Xact in the United Kingdom.”

Xact managing director David Hughes says this partnership marks the start of an exciting relationship.

“We feel this generates tremendous value for both parties. We have developed strong relationships with the major players in the United Kingdom fresh produce industry and we feel the market is ready for the range of technologies provided by Compac.

“Xact has a solid reputation for providing integrated solutions to the UK and we share a common vision with Compac, both in terms of the markets requirement for Compac’s high-value products and services but also the need to provide our customers with more sophisticated experienced as they look to meet increasing consumer demands.”

Compac’s 2017 plans emphasise expansion in Europe and the Xact relationship gives Compac a complementary partner that is locally integrated in the United Kingdom market. The partnership enables customers to create safe, quality products which have high consumer demand.

Riley continues: “We share similar views on the responsibility of our role in the food production industry and both organisations have a customer centric focus to deliver world-class integrated solutions and services.”

About Compac:

Compac provides integrated post-harvest solutions and services to the global fresh produce industry using the world’s most advanced grading technology. Combining industry leading solutions with award-winning grading platforms like Spectrim, the company’s mission is to enable its customers to improve returns, gain operational efficiencies, and ensure a safe food supply via smart, useable technologies. To achieve this, Compac operates centers of excellence, regional offices and manufacturing locations within the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australasia.

Compac is member of the TOMRA Group who design and manufacture sensor-based sorting technology with more than 6,000 systems operating worldwide. Since its founding in 1972, today TOMRA employs more than 2,600 people and has progressed from being a pioneer in automated recycling technology to a company today offering the widest range of sensor-based solutions that are helping to lead a cross-industry revolution toward resource sustainability to ensure optimal quality and yield, resulting in increased productivity, throughput and an effective use of resources.

About Xact:

Xact is one of the UK’s leading providers of specialist packaging and marking equipment for the fresh produce industry, providing complete solutions including net packaging, checkweighers and metal detectors, inkjet marking and labelling systems. The company has established market leadership in the UK fruit and vegetable packaging market over the last 30 years with its range of Giro netting machines and consumables. Whilst these packs have been an established feature on the shelves of the UK’s major supermarket chains for some years, the company has recently introduced a number of new ranges which have developed its position still further within the UK fresh produce industry.


For more information on the Compac range please contact Xact on 0151 479 3020 or email info@xactpack.co.uk.

Tray Filling Machine – Save on Labour Costs!

Have you considered an end of line automation system? 

Look no further!  Our latest Tray Filling Machine (the GBF 100) is designed to reduce labour costs, increase efficiency and replace the old fashioned round table collation method.

Designed for all types of netted products and for use with a variety of tray and box sizes.