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The crucial role checkweighers play in Food Processing

24 October 2012

Checkweighing has evolved over the years from being a fairly simple process which weighs packages, to become a key element in manufacturers’ quality control programmes. The food industry now relies on the machines for their unparalleled accuracy and efficiency.

The consequences of a package containing either too much, or not enough product, can be very serious indeed, and can lead to loss of revenue and serious damage to the business reputation. Customers will not tolerate any inconsistencies in their purchases, each pack must contain the amount of product stipulated on the packaging or they will simply buy another brand that matches their requirements.

Since their introduction, checkweighing machines have been invaluable in helping manufacturers and brands deliver consistent and accurate goods. They now fulfil various roles within the packaging process, and the wider business as a whole, to help ensure this does not happen.

Today’s checkweighers are able to alert operators to inaccuracies in the filling process whilst isolating faulty packages, making it simple to correct any errors quickly and safely. In some cases this can be done automatically with feedback control. Further to this, checkweighers can now play a far greater role in improving business, by adding traceability to the packaging lines - a key requirement for all major supermarket brands.

The vast amount of data collected is easily accessible to users, helping them to pinpoint where and why problems may have occurred so they can be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Trading Standards legislation has also consistently raised the bar on food safety, meaning that businesses are now required to have extremely stringent measures in place to meet these expectations. Checkweighers are amongst the most versatile machines on the market, with many now capable of integrating features such as metal detectors into their set ups, making them key role players in the safety process too.

At Yamato we have two machines that have been designed to meet all of these requirements - the Yamato G-series and entry level E-Series checkweighers. Both of these have been created with ease of use, durability and consistency in mind, providing businesses with peace of mind and confidence in their packaging process.

Product lines can easily be changed over at the touch of a button, reflecting the fast moving requirements of the sector, whilst the user-friendly nature of the weighers means that they are extremely intuitive to use. Both machines are also fully compliant with trading standards legislation, including minimum and average weight requirements.

The importance of checkweighers within the industry will only become more significant as time moves on, their flexibility, speed and accuracy is too great for them not to. They play a crucial role in the checks and balances of a businesses’ production line on an everyday basis, whilst providing key data which contributes to the improvement of the business going forward.

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