Breakfast Food and Soft Packaging Unpacking

Potato Crisp Depacking


Waste cereal products have been a rich source of nutritious and cost effective animal feed. The difficulty has been in separating the cereal from its packaging. Shredding or crushing was not an efficient solution, due to contamination of the recovered cereal with packaging. A high percentage of cereal remained with the separated packaging.


This resulted in the product requiring sifting further before being able to move on to the following process. The poor efficiencies achieved, resulted in loss of product and higher recovered packaging weights, which increased landfill or recycling costs. The only other option was to empty the packaging by hand, which is slow, costly and has health and safety implications.



Separated Cereal Products


Mixed Cereal Waste on an In-Feed Conveyor




The Turbo Separator De-Packaging Machine was designed to separate a wide range of packaging from its contents with up to 99% efficiency. The Turbo Separator de-packaging system separates the products using centrifugal force, air flow and mechanical action. The paddles for separating packaged cereals are larger than standard paddles and are designed to split the box and inner bag open. This causes minimal damage to the packaging and generates higher air flow which increases separation efficiency.


The Turbo Separator De-Packaging system separates the full range of box sizes and is fitted with a variable speed drive to enhance control. The system is capable of being installed either in doors or out doors. 


Atritor supply the complete system including in-feed conveyor, empty packaging conveyor, and recovered material conveyor or pumping system. The Turbo Separator Depackaging System is mounted on an access platform and includes controls housed in a floor mounted panel.



Examples of cereal products removed from packaging by a Turbo Separator include:

  • Corn Flakes
  • Rice Crispies
  • Chocolate Coated Cereal
  • Puffed Rice
  • Porridge Oates
  • Coco Pops
  • All Bran
  • Bran Flakes
  • Ricicles
  • Weetabix
  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Fruit Muesli
  • Wheat Bran
  • Muesli
  • Granola
  • Shredded Wheat
  • Rice Snaps
  • Cereal Variety Packs
  • Cereal Snack Bars
  • Wheato’s
  • Sugar Coated Puffed Rice
  • Sugar Coated Corn Flakes
  • Bran Buds
  • Chocolate Coated Puffed Rice
  • Chocolate Coated Cereal Bars to name but a few