Yamato Scale Dataweigh UK, a leading manufacturer of quality industrial weighing machines, has published a white paper which highlights the importance of checkweighers in processing and packaging lines and the importance of investing in them.

One of the requirements of process manufacturing is ensuring that packaging contents are accurate and compliant with local weights and measures legislation. Another related issue is reducing or (eliminating) over or underweight packs. This results in either product giveaway or waste. Either way these issues will cost the manufacturer money and adversely affect the business’ bottom line. The most effective solution is to install a checkweigher in the production line. 

Checkweighers are a cost-effective solution to weights and measures issues, product giveaway and wastage. They improve productivity and enable manufacturers to remain compliant with weight regulation legislation and food hygiene requirements. 

Yamato commercial operations manager Andrea Spencer said: “The choice of checkweigher needs to be informed by the application, environment, accuracy, rate, package type, transfers, package spacing, package rejection and reporting. That’s where this new white paper comes in. We want to help end users make the right choices.”

A checkweigher weighs, classifies and separates items by weight. A typical system comprises an infeed section, scales, line divider or rejecter and a computer controller. 

Checkweighers validate that the weight of a product is within given limits. They weigh items that move along a production line, classify them by weight and then sort or reject items by weight class. 

Typical applications include nett weight regulation compliance, process control to reduce overfill and waste, measuring and reporting on production line efficiency. 

The quality and capabilities of checkweigher components vary by manufacturer, application, model and cost.Most checkweighers that are designed for food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing applications are wash-down capable and able to withstand extremes of temperature and pressure. In some manufacturing environments, checkweighers include an integral printer or provide an interface to a programmable logic controller (PLC) or supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA). Network and internet capabilities allow the user to print the data, feedback or even control the checkweighers remotely. 

Andrea Spencer said: “All of this enables process manufacturers to effectively control their production processes and keep track of their bottom line. The ROI of including a quality checkweigher in the production line is always beneficial.”

Visit https://tinyurl.com/yarnzu2h for the white paper.