Ishida Europe is launching a new multihead weigher for citrus fruits and root vegetables at Emballage 2010. Further highlights for visitors to the Ishida stand include a complete high-speed tray packing line, state-of-the-art weighers for fresh products, and an advanced |

X-ray inspection system, all of which emphasise the company’s leadership in weighing accuracy, inspection and quality control.

New Multihead Weigher for Citrus Fruits and Root Vegetables

The new multihead weigher, the CCW-RS-214/70-SS, offers a cost-effective solution for the fast and gentle handling of large, bulky items such as oranges, limes, lemons, potatoes, onions and similar fresh produce. The weigher allows a controlled product flow while minimising collisions and bruising in the weighing process and at the same time maintaining a high production output for the large target weights being handled.

Features include a highly durable urethane coating on the dispersion feeder table, smooth edges on the feeders and hoppers, gentle transfers between radial feeders and hoppers, silicone liners in the hoppers, and a gently sloping discharge chute.

The total design not only aids product handling but also reduces the noise generated while still providing fast packing speeds of up to 60 packs per minute from 500g to 5000g. Higher weights are possible using multiple dumps.

High-Speed Tray Packing Line

The high-speed tray packing line combines Ishida’s advanced weighing and tray sealing systems to deliver exceptional efficiency in the handling of fresh meat and ready meals. Product is weighed into trays, sealed and labelled, the seals are leak-tested and the labels optically inspected before the trays are placed into Eurocrates.

The line incorporates a high speed Ishida RS-216 multihead weigher, with exceptional weighing accuracy to maximise production throughput, the world’s fastest and most efficient tray sealer (the Ishida QX-1100) an MR labeller, seal tester with integrated vision system, and an Ishida IPS pick and place system, which offers many options in tray packing and crate layout.

Meeting the Demands of Sticky Meat Products

Ishida will also be demonstrating a choice of solutions for the weighing of difficult-to-handle products such as sticky meat, poultry and ready meals. The CCW-R-214 Screw Feeder Weigher incorporates unique rotating corkscrews to replace the traditionally used radial feeder troughs, providing a powerful, controlled and fully automatic product feed to the pool and weigh hoppers.

Another solution for fresh, sticky products is Ishida’s NZ-106 Fresh Food Weigher (FFW), which features a linear multihead design, fed by belts from an infeed table. Operators are stationed within comfortable reach of the product infeed, and adjust the flow of product so that each pool hopper receives a roughly equal amount.

Maximum Detection from X-Ray System

Also on show will be Ishida’s IX range of X-ray inspection systems which can detect a variety of contaminants including metal, glass, bones, shells, stones, hard rubber and plastic. The machines incorporate unique self-learning Genetic Algorithm (GA) technology, which offers maximum detection sensitivity and reliability, with the most sophisticated models detecting impurities down to 0.3mm in size, and also spotting missing items or damaged products.