At this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing, packing line equipment specialist Ishida Europe will showcase a selection of machines from its extensive portfolio that ideally demonstrate the benefits of automation in helping food manufacturers to reduce costs and downtime, increase throughput and efficiencies and in these ways maximise profits.
On display will be the Inspira VFFS bagmaker, two dynamic X-ray inspection systems from Ishida’s IX range and the CHW 214 multihead weigher which enables growing businesses to cost-effectively access high-quality weighing.
The models on show also indicate the huge range of weighing, packing and inspection equipment that Ishida offers as part of its ability to design and install complete wall-to-wall packing line solutions.
The Inspira iTPS combines Ishida’s 14-head RV multihead weigher, offering close-to-zero giveaway and greater than 99% efficiency, with the VFFS bagmaker to deliver a top speed of 200 bags per minute for extruded snacks and 150 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 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.
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 products, ensuring unrivalled food safety and brand protection. The machine can identify a large variety of contaminants 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.
The machine can also carry out a number of other quality control functions such as counting components, weight estimation, and spotting missing or broken items, product voids and deformations.
Both X-ray systems come with Ishida’s new service package, that delivers a guaranteed Total Cost of Ownership of less than 3% per annum over a five-year period.
Ishida’s weighing solutions will be represented on the stand by the CHW-214 multihead weigher. This entry level option is ideal for growing food businesses who are looking to expand their capacity and harness automation, offering 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.
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