The food production industry continues to face challenges as food prices rise, driving consumers to prioritise affordability without quality being compromised. This demanding landscape places pressure on food producers and retailers to meet continually high expectations of their customers.
Alongside these challenges, ensuring operational efficiency remains a constant struggle, relating to production staffing and waste control. The need for automation has never been more urgent, said Ishida, not just to address current hurdles but to secure long-term efficiency and success.
Food safety stands out as a key priority across the supply chain. The role of today’s technology in mitigating risks and ensuring uncompromising safety standards is paramount.
At this year’s PPMA show in Birmingham, 26-28 September, Ishida Europe will showcase three key products from its weighing and inspection portfolio. The machines on display – recently launched next generation CCW-AS multihead weigher, the Fresh Food Weigher (FFW) and the entry-level IX-EN X-ray inspection system – will all demonstrate Ishida’s ability to help the industry with tackling these challenges.
The CCW-AS range, launched in 2022, delivers significant increases in productivity, enhanced hygienic design and maximum profitability. It offers a high weighing performance to increase Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), particularly for more challenging applications. According to Ishida, it also delivers a 20% reduction in energy consumption compared with previous models whilst noise levels have also been further reduced.
The six-head Ishida FFW enables sticky and bruise-sensitive fresh products to be accurately weighed and packed at maximum speed and efficiency. Features such as scraper hopper gates, ribbed surfaces and scraper gates on the collection belt conveyors minimise product sticking.
The Ishida IX-EN-4093 X-ray inspection system offers producers an affordable but accurate entry-level solution for foreign body detection and quality control. The machine can spot a wide variety of contaminants such as aluminium, tin, glass, stone, hard rubber, dense plastic, Teflon, PVC, bones and shells at high inspection speeds.
The IX-EN range incorporate the company’s advanced Genetic Algorithm (GA) technology that enables operators to optimise individual models for greater sensitivity to specific foreign bodies. As well contaminants, the IX-EN-4093-S can also identify damaged and missing products or components.
“Our cutting-edge products are engineered to drive efficiency, maximise profits and ensure uncompromising quality. At the PPMA Show, visitors to our stand will be able to experience the future of weighing and inspection firsthand,” said Paul Hitchin, General Sales Manager, Ishida Europe.
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