The launch of a brand-new range of multihead weighers will form the centrepiece of the Ishida Europe stand at this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing exhibition in Dubai.
Full details will be released at the show, but Ishida says the new range, the company’s 11th generation multihead weigher, will deliver unsurpassed levels of speed and accuracy, particularly in the handling of more challenging products.
The stand will also highlight some of Ishida’s other latest developments in weighing, packing and quality control solutions. With global markets facing challenges such as labour shortages and fast-rising raw material and energy prices, Ishida will demonstrate how its equipment can help packing lines become leaner and more efficient, increasing yields, throughput and energy-efficiency while meeting the strictest quality standards of the retail sector. These benefits will help manufacturers maximise opportunities and respond to the latest market trends in fast-moving and competitive food markets.
Highlights include the world’s first and only single-source fully integrated snacks packing system; an entry-level multihead weigher, emphasising the breadth of Ishida’s offering in this sector; and two X-ray inspection systems from its extensive quality control solutions portfolio.
The Inspira iTPS combines the company’s top-of-the range RV multihead weigher with its high-performance Inspira rotary bagmaker. The system delivers almost zero giveaway and greater than 99% efficiency at speeds of up to 200 bags per minute (bpm) for extruded snacks and up to 150 bpm for potato chips. Advanced software and servo-controlled variable seal time, jaw temperature and jaw pressure enable the bagmaker to handle a variety of films, including standard, metallised, recyclable and biodegradable, as well as gusseted and block bottom bags, with minimal change parts.
The Inspira comes equipped with Ishida’s proven iTPS™ software which facilitates full integration with other Ishida weighing and inspection systems. It is being shown with an integrated Ishida TSC sealtester and force balance checkweigher to offer a high-speed solution for leak detection, fill level monitoring and pack weight control. In addition, the TSC sealtester is specified with AAF (Auto Air-Fill) feedback software that automatically monitors and adjusts the pack inflation level on the bagmaker.
Ishida’s CHW-214 multihead weigher offers an entry level option that is ideal for growing food businesses who are looking to expand their capacity and harness automation for the first time. It delivers excellent value and a fast return on investment, typically achieving payback within one year. The weigher can handle dry, free flowing products such as snacks, cereals, biscuits, confectionery and pasta, at speeds of up to 90 packs per minute.
The two advanced Ishida X-ray inspection systems offer food manufacturers powerful quality control and food safety solutions. The IX-G2-F Dual Energy can reliably detect low-density wish, rib and fan bones in unpacked chicken fillets at up to 400 per minute. The machine can also carry out detection in uneven and overlapping products, reducing product waste by minimising false detection.
The Ishida IX-GN-4044-S provides best-in-class foreign body detection and quality control for a wide range of packed and unpacked products, ensuring unrivalled food safety and brand protection. The machine can identify a large variety of foreign bodies such as aluminium, tin, glass, stone, hard rubber, dense plastic, Teflon, PVC, bones and shells at high inspection speeds, while Ishida’s Genetic Algorithm (GA) technology enables operators to optimise the X-ray system for greater sensitivity to specific foreign bodies.
Other quality control functions available on the machine include counting components, weight estimation, and spotting missing or broken items, product voids and deformations.
Both X-ray systems come with Ishida’s comprehensive service package, that delivers a guaranteed Total Cost of Ownership of less than 3% per annum over a five-year period.