Discovery Channel’s MythBusters To Test the Effects of High Explosives on Steak Packaged with Packaging Aids’ VMS 163 Vacuum Chamber

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.– The famed MythBusters are out to confirm or bust another myth, and this time they used Packaging Aids’ VMS 163 Vacuum Chamber to help them with their myth busting efforts. The MythBusters set out to explore if explosives can tenderize steak. The VMS 163, a compact tabletop vacuum chamber was used by MythBusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, to vacuum pack steak. Results will be revealed on an upcoming episode to be aired in May on the Discovery Channel.

The VMS 163 has the features that were needed to produce the perfect specimens for the MythBusters’ experiment. The VMS 163 comes with a see-through clear acrylic cover that allowed them to film the vacuum cycle in operation. The digital controls offer precise adjustment on the level of vacuum and the unit’s compact size was ideal for the test. The VMS also features a stainless steel chamber and double 1/8″ seals.

Savage and Hyneman are real machine guys who love good equipment and truly appreciate a machine when it works well. “This equipment was terrific, it really saved us a lot of time and hassle,” Savage said at the blast site. “You will definitely be hearing from us again.”

President of Packaging Aids, Serge Berguig, said the MythBusters chose the perfect machine for their myth-busting test on packaged meat.

We always strive to help our customers find the right equipment for their application,” said Berguig. Whether it’s testing a myth or helping business owners grow their companies, packaging solutions are what we are all about.”

Packaging Aids (a PAC Machinery company), based out of San Rafael, California, manufactures vacuum gas flush sealers, vacuum chambers, and specialty bag sealers since 1962.