Ball Corporation Selects Allpax Retort to Test Shaka(TM) Process

    COVINGTON, LA., October 12 /CNW/ - Ball Corporation has selected Allpax
Products' Research and Development retort to test their containers viability
and effectiveness for Shaka(TM) and other retort processes. Ball is the first
container manufacturer to acquire Shaka(TM) testing capabilities.

    "We chose Allpax because of their machine's ability to provide every
retort process that we need to test our containers in one compact unit," said
Michael Richardson, Ball's Director of Product Innovation. "The flexible
control software allows us to create custom temperature, pressure, and
agitation profiles quickly--a necessity for our research team. When a customer
comes to us for a new container, we can test concepts under the full array of
retort process modes and provide detailed results. With the Allpax Shaka(TM)
R&D retort, Ball continues to invest in technologies that will benefit our

    Shaka(TM) technology is a method of batch retorting in which packaged
foods, pharmaceuticals or nutraceuticals are rapidly agitated during the
retort process. Shaka processing provides vigorous agitation in a
back-and-forth motion, mixing the container contents thoroughly, allowing for
rapid and even heat transfer throughout. The result is a better-tasting
product with more appealing color, texture and mouth feel than products
processed under other modes of in-container sterilization.

    "When a major container manufacturer such as Ball purchases a Shaka(TM)
R&D, it adds another layer of credibility and enthusiasm for the developing
technology," said Tyler Hudson, Business Development Manager at Allpax. "As a
retort manufacturer, we've focused on providing our customers with effective
machines and research tools to help them answer container-related questions.
Our testing has shown significant reductions in thermal process times and
dramatically improved product quality. Having container experts bring their
knowledge to the process is a key step in the commercialization of
Shaka-processed products."

    About Allpax

    Allpax manufactures a complete line of fully-automated sterilization and
material handling equipment for companies that process prepared foods,
produce, beverages, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and pet foods. Allpax is
the sole U.S. licensee of the Shaka(TM) retort process. Allpax is
headquartered in Covington, LA, and is a division of Pro Mach, Inc., a
Loveland, OH-based provider of integrated packaging products and solutions for
food, beverage, household goods and pharmaceutical companies. For more
information contact Tyler Hudson at 985-893-2277 or For
more information about Pro Mach, visit their website at or
call 866-766-6224.


For further information:

For further information: Allpax Brent Meyer, 513-831-8778, ex. 437

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