|Ishida To Demonstrate Expert Software Versatility At Interpack
|The extensive range of weighing, packing and inspection solutions on show from Ishida at this year’s Interpack (Hall 15, Stands 15A25 & 15A26) will underline the company’ ability to design, manufacture and install comprehensive, best-in-class packing line solutions, tailored to the precise needs of individual customers for a wide variety of markets and applications.|
Four dedicated ‘’solutions areas’’ of the stand will feature Ishida’s latest developments in weighing systems, inspection technology, and complete snacks packing and fresh food automation solutions. In addition, each area will showcase Ishida’s newest advances in remote line monitoring (Sentinel™), data capture and efficiency management (IDCS) and enhanced training software (Ishida Expert).
Highlights include the company’s newly-launched advanced X-ray inspection and leak detection models; multihead weighers showcasing the breadth of the Ishida offering, from high-head multi-mix to specialist and niche designs for fresh sticky products, ultra-low target weight applications and gentle handling solutions; the latest developments in integrated snacks packing systems; a unique salad tray packing solution; and advanced grading solutions for poultry and fish.
On show in the Inspection area of the stand, Ishida’s new IX series X-ray range raises the bar in performance and usability, offering customers easy maintenance, stress-free operation, and a robust fail safe system that prevents a contaminated product reaching the consumer to minimise the potential for costly recalls.
The full model range will be shown at Interpack, including entry-level, mid-range and premium specification models that demonstrate their flexibility to handle many different inspection tasks.
Two of the models will also be demonstrated working with Ishida’s unique AirScan leak detector, which uses advanced laser technology to detect the smallest leaks in in MAP packs which contain Carbon Dioxide.
To meet rising demand for pre-packed fresh salads – often including a protein ingredient – Ishida will demonstrate a new tray packing solution that combines its market-leading 14 head RV salad weigher and QX-775 FLEX tray sealer with a specially-developed carousel filler. Other innovations in the Fresh Food Solutions area include Ishida’s unique RobotGrader, which combines weighing and pick and place technologies to grade products of varying piece weight and place them into a fixed weight pack; and the company’s FLEX-Grader that offers high speed and accurate grading of poultry, meat and fish
In the Weighing area, Ishida will show a variety of models including compact versions ideal for high-value, low-target weight applications or where factory space is at a premium, and a high-head 32 head version, capable of handling single product at extremely fast speeds or up to eight different products for discharge into the same pack. Other highlights include its specialist Fresh Food and Screw Feeder Weighers for sticky products such as meat, poultry, cut fruit and ready meals.
The Snack Food Solutions area will focus on Ishida’s market-leading ability to provide accurate and reliable weighing and bagging solutions for many different types of snacks, with a comprehensive choice from entry-level to high-end requirements which supports integrated operation with Ishida mulithead weighers, throat metal detectors, printers, seal testers, checkweighers and casepackers to maximise line efficiencies.
The software solutions on display throughout the stand are designed to help companies operate and manage their lines to maximum performance and efficiency, for a fast return on investment. Ishida Sentinel™ is a unique remote customer care solution that combines machine performance monitoring with comprehensive data capture and in-depth analysis. Ishida Data Capture System (IDCS) is a powerful software tool that captures the data from every pack that passes across Ishida checkweighers to generate real-time displays and reports. Ishida Expert is an interactive computer-based training programme for multihead weighers and checkweighers
For more information contact:
Ishida Europe Ltd
Tel: 44 121 607 7700
Fax: 44 121 607 7740
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|Food Processors Get a 360-Degree View of Line Performance with Mettler-Toledo’s ProdX™ 2.0
|To support global food manufacturers in meeting the documentation and active managerial control requirements of the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) when exporting their products to the US, Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection has launched the enhanced ProdX™ 2.0 data management software system (www.mt.com/pi-prodx).|
Designed for use on food lines this new and improved data management software package connects product inspection equipment across the entire production line into a single, unified network. In doing so, it is able to collect in-depth data about productivity and product quality issues, such as foreign body contamination, and access it in real time from one centralised location.
ProdX 2.0 not only records the date, time, location of the reject, and the reason for removal, it now enables manufacturers to store verifying documentation about the active managerial control measures taken to prevent incidents re-occurring in the future. This ensures compliance with the new Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative Controls (HARPC) requirements of the FSMA, and with those of a wide range of international food standards approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), as well as pharmaceutical and product quality guidelines.
Robert Rogers, Sr. Advisor Food Safety & Regulations, Mettler-Toledo explained: “Under the FSMA, food manufacturers looking to trade in the US now need to take a risk-based approach to implementing product safety controls - known as HARPC. This requires manufacturers to actively manage the points on their production line where food safety issues are most likely to occur by regularly reviewing and refining procedures to further minimise risk in future. For food manufacturers, documenting these steps is vital to demonstrate due diligence to food safety authorities in the US and, in doing so, retain access to such a lucrative market.”
To ensure optimum product inspection documentation for manufacturers, ProdX 2.0 is able to manage data from a wide range of product inspection machines, including x-ray systems, metal detectors, checkweighers and, for the first time, vision inspection equipment. It is even capable of storing x-ray and vision inspection images of rejected packs to allow further analysis of rejection incidents by operatives at a later date.
In addition to helping to optimise food safety, ProdX 2.0 can support manufacturers in boosting productivity. Featuring a new standardised OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) server interface, and able to support PackML tags, the software can be seamlessly integrated into existing production line networks, not only connecting Mettler-Toledo systems, but also equipment and computer interfaces supplied by other manufacturers. This enables the software to collect data about the performance of all the inspection machines on the production line, from throughput speed to instances of product over- or under-fill, enabling the calculation of the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of the manufacturing process by the company’s control and MES system.
Robert Rogers, Sr. Advisor Food Safety & Regulations, Mettler-Toledo added: “Having a comprehensive understanding of the OEE for the entire production line, manufacturers can identify precisely which machines need to be adjusted to improve overall line efficiency, so they can take steps to boost throughput speeds and minimise product waste. It is also possible to understand where steps need to be taken to minimise downtime during product changeovers, as operatives often already have an idea, in advance, of how much time each machine needs to be set up correctly, by giving them the information they need to devise an efficient and effective changeover plan.”
ProdX 2.0 is available as a turn-key starter pack that can be easily installed on standard-sized production lines and existing network equipment, as well as an expandable base pack that can be scaled to manufacturers’ specific size and connectivity needs. Mettler-Toledo will showcase the software at Interpack in Düsseldorf, Germany, 4-10 May 2017. Visitors will be able to see the software for themselves at Mettler-Toledo’s stand B55 in Hall 11.
To find out more about ProdX 2.0, visit the Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection website www.mt.com/pi-prodx
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|CSB Automated System Boosts Delivery Performance By 99%
|A Dutch manufacturer of pre-packed meat products has automated its in-house logistics using an IT solution from CSB-Automation and CSB-System. |
The new system is helping ProMessa BV meet the needs of its customers more efficiently, with a delivery performance of over 99 percent, and therefore enhance its market position.
With the CSB solution, the entire materials flow at ProMessa has been automated – from packaging following production, to storage and picking, and loading onto trucks. In the past, goods and crates were moved manually, whereas today, state-of-the-art robotic technology, conveyor systems, sorters and the CSB software work seamlessly together to get the job done.
The software organises and monitors a network of machines, including two automatic crate storages, robot units, four automatic weigh labelling lines with connected sorters, a dispatch warehouse and a conveyor system. Integrated production scheduling ensures precise tuning of workflows in terms of time and quantity. Any important details, such as up-to-date order, production and inventory data, are captured and processed in real time. This high degree of networking facilitates fast and error-free processes and enormous productivity.
“We deliver a vast range of products to about 1,200 supermarkets,” explains ProMessa’s Managing Director Harold Rouweler. “The logistics system helps us to pick and deliver even small quantities in an efficient manner. Our customers can order any item even on short notice. Everyone who places their orders in time usually will receive the goods on the very same day.
“We have nearly doubled our output – sometimes to more than 100,000 packages per day,” he continues. “We would never have achieved such growth rates without the new logistics system, which was established in the existing buildings without any major staff increase.”
In accordance with the company’s FIFO policy (first in, first out), the software from CSB-System constantly reorganises the warehouse by re-stacking the plastic storage containers. Next, it groups together order data, products and containers, before supplying them to the picking lines for weigh labelling. It also calculates quantities and volumes, necessary material flows and optimal conveyor tracks for loading the trucks. At special CSB-Racks, staff can easily see which order is being processed, which products and quantities belong to what order, and which labels need to be attached.
“Our staff at the sorters can handle numerous orders in parallel without any errors, and pick items directly for the dispatch crates,” says Harold Rouweler. “The work stations have an ergonomic design, avoiding unnecessary motion. As a result, we can process our large variety of products in an efficient manner, irrespective of the quantities ordered by our customers. The order quantity virtually has no effect anymore on the logistics costs.”
The entire intralogistics system was designed to offer a high level of productivity and flexibility. For example, the high-performance despatch warehouse secures optimal picking of customer orders with the CSB-System generating individual sub-orders, depending on the availability of the goods. The four weigh labelling lines are capable of compiling between 5,000 and 7,500 packages per hour in mixed containers, depending on the order structure.
ProMessa can now also respond even quicker to reorders without having to build up large stocks. Daily deliveries to customers can be realised even with very short order lead times. The delivery performance is currently over 99 percent.
“This project has demonstrated the importance of choosing the right partners for the technical advancement of our production facilities,” concludes Harold Rouweler. “CSB-System and CSB-Automation are valuable partners for us because they always contribute new ideas and develop innovative, practical solutions that enhance our competitiveness sustainably.”
For more information contact:
An Fürthenrode 9-15
Tel: +49 2451 625 430
Fax: +49 2451 625 291
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