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Fast payback from snacks weigher/bagmaker combination

23 January 2017

An Ishida iTPS (Integrated Total Packaging System) is delivering a fast payback on investment for Italian dried fruit and nut supplier, Madi Ventura. 

The new Ishida multihead weigher and bagmaker combination which has been employed at Madi Ventura’s factory in Chieve, has replaced two packing lines for the company’s ranges of pine kernels, shelled and blanched almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts, delivering speeds of up to 140 packs per minute for pillow bags in 50g, 75g and 100g sizes.

The iTPS comprises Ishida’s latest 14-head RV multihead weigher, integrated with its Atlas-204 snack food bagmaker. The Atlas incorporates a double rotary jaw motion and control technology designed to minimise raw material waste, film loss and downtime for film changes.

Dried fruit and nut products are expensive so accuracy is particularly vital, all the more so with items such as almonds and walnuts where the piece weight of each nut can be high (as much as 3g for a walnut). “Giveaway has been reduced to less than 1%,” said Giuseppe Calvini, operations director at Madi Ventura.

Other cost-saving benefits come as a result of the user-friendly operation of the machine which requires just one person to operate it with fast changeovers and easy cleaning.  

“We have practically eliminated film waste,” said Calvini.  “The machine stops when the film needs changing. With other machines, if the operator does not spot the need for a film change, then valuable product can be lost; however, this means that inevitably the machine is stopped early, which over the course of a production run can lead to a lot of good film going to waste.”

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