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Ishida demonstrates flexible approach to speed, efficiency

23 January 2012

Innovation and integration will be the focus of the Ishida Europe stand at Anuga FoodTec with new and recently-launched equipment that deliver packing line solutions to ensure faster throughput, greater efficiencies and ease of use.

Highlights include the highly flexible Flex-Line modular solution with individual pieces of equipment that can be combined to create bespoke packing lines for specific customer requirements as well as latest developments in checkweigher, multihead weigher and X-ray technology.

The Ishida Flex-Line comprises a set of integrated modules covering filling, sealing, checking and case-packing that fit together to make up a variety of complete, high-efficiency tray packing lines, capable of handling a wide range of applications including different packaging materials and pack sizes while delivering speeds of up to 15 cycles per minute. Two different products - in terms of type, size and weight as well as tray, film and MAP requirements - can be run simultaneously and independently of each other.

Ishida’s newest checkweigher, the DACS G, combines exceptional speeds and high accuracy, and is able to switch easily between two weighing ranges to allow food manufacturers to handle more products on one machine. A unique Dislocating Force Limiter automatically disconnects the weigh sensor from the weigh conveyor should sudden excessive force be applied (for example during clean down), protecting the checkweigher against rough handling. A choice of colour touch screen or turn-and-press operating dial (that can be used wearing gloves) is available to suit operator requirements.

Like all models in the DACS range, the DACS-G can be easily integrated with the Ishida Data Capture System (IDCS), a user-friendly, secure software programme that records the data of every pack weighed from up to 100 checkweighers into a single secure database. The IDCS offers an extensive range of reporting options to enable production managers to employ state-of-the-art monitoring for legislative compliance while also identifying cost saving opportunities, minimising product giveaway and improving production efficiencies.

The sensitivity and accuracy of Ishida’s X-ray technology means it is being used for an increasing number of quality control operations such as product grading by length, presence of clips, voids in product, product deformation, missing or damaged pieces, presence of bottle caps and fill-level control. Recent pioneering applications have included detecting the absence of a wooden ice cream stick and assessing the maturity of cheese. The IX-GA-2475 incorporates unique self-learning Genetic Algorithm (GA) technology, which offers maximum detection sensitivity and reliability, with the most sophisticated models detecting impurities (such as metal, glass, bones, shells, stones, hard rubber and plastic) down to 0.3mm in size.

Ishida’s CCW-R multihead weigher technology features unique combination calculation software, a 5-stage digital filter and anti-floor vibration which enable the weigher to achieve high accuracy at extremely fast speeds while using fewer hoppers than comparable multihead models. As a result, the compact design on show at Anuga FoodTec offers valuable space saving benefits while delivering speeds in excess of 200 weighments per minute, handling small target weights of snacks, nuts and confectionery.

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