Versaperm Vapour Permeability measurement


A hi-tec boost to confectionery freshness, quality and shelf-life

    confectionery freshness, quality and shelf-life


Water vapour and oxygen are the curse of confectionery.  They make cakes go hard, biscuits go soft and slash the shelf life, freshness and quality of almost everything!

But don't worry, help is at hand in the form of a relatively simple, albeit hi-tec, device from Versaperm that measures the rates at which these vapours permeate into or out of confectionery products through any coatings, barriers or packaging helping users to optimise them for their individual products.

Shelf lives for some products have been increased by a factor of five times – and, incidentally it also help control the quality of print on the packaging as well.

The system, the Versaperm MS (Mass Spectrometer), can measure permeability for these and any combination of other gasses with just a single measurement.

The system works for all confectionery, packaging materials and products, including coatings and edible films.  It even offers a new multi-chamber system which allows you to measure this permeability for several different products at the same time. 

The equipment can be used on both flat material samples, or on complete finished products and packaging.  This is critically important as manufacturing processes alone may change vapour permeability by a factor of four.  The sealing process can affect it by an even greater amount.

The Versaperm MS is fast, reliable and easy to use - producing results that are accurate in the parts per million or parts per billion ranges.  It offers the ability to control temperature, pressure and other environmental factors and it can test metalized foil packages, sachets, sugar, starch and molecular coatings barrier films.  Additionally it allows the user to determine the equilibrium relative humidity (ERH) of products that might decompose using other measuring techniques.

As well as manufacturing the instruments, Versaperm offers a technical consultancy and a permeability testing service for companies that only need to test packaging or materials on an irregular basis.


Please send any sales enquiries to
Versaperm Ltd: 10 Rawcliffe House, Howarth Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1AP, UK,
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UK Tel: +44 (01628) 777668
USA Tel +1 (617) 855-7477

For Further Press Information please contact:
Gerry Palmer @ the Palmer & Rose Partnership
Tel 01494 637499