Ishida 23.04.24

Ishida Europe has launched its new range of checkweighers, designed to meet the latest European market requirements, improve hygiene and speed up servicing and maintenance.

The company says the new Ishida DACS-GN checkweighers, manufactured in the UK for faster lead times and with Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) approval, can be specified in two variants, Excellence and Advanced. Both reportedly offer improved performance with the flexibility to handle a wider range of target weights – from 5g up to 6kg – at higher speeds of up to 480 packs per minute. 

The development of the Ishida DACS-GN has focused on enhancements in electronics, software, and mechanical design. The company states that the common electrical platform allows ease of maintenance and servicing, and the software system requires no additional operating hardware to accommodate standard and optional programmes. 

Its standard features include a colour touch screen display for ease of operation, powered by Ishida’s software, which incorporates a “licence key”: the ability to add options without the need for a service visit, local backup of production data to USB and enhanced connectivity to support OPC-UA and Industry 5.0. 

Ishida adds that all DACS-GN models are compliant with the latest retailer standards – including the availability of a metal detector – and Ishida’s RRC (Retail Reject Confirmation) software and hardware, which checks and confirms that any out-of-specification product or pack has been successfully removed from the line. 

Throughout the weighing process, additional photo-eye sensors provide greater accuracy for tracking products. The system will automatically stop and go into protection mode if any inconsistency or unauthorized interference is detected, or if a rejected item is not removed. 

The checkweighers’ re-designed covers and access panels aim to provide faster, easier access for service and maintenance, with Ishida’s Anti-Floor-Vibration (AFV) technology maintaining weighing accuracy. Models can be specified with IP54 and IP65 certification for dusty or wet conditions and to meet stringent cleaning requirements. 

A ‘Plug-and-Play’ platform apparently speeds up installation, and quick-release stainless steel conveyor beds across all waterproof models are designed to improve hygiene and facilitate faster cleaning. Lifting brackets are also present, aiming to avoid the risk of machine damage during installation or if the checkweigher requires moving and repositioning in the factory. 

Last month, Ishida announced its new IX-EN-2493-Compact machine for flow wrapped packs, which can fit into existing lines with speeds of up to 120 metres per minute. The machine features Ishida’s Genetic Algorithm (GA) technology that enables operators to optimize the X-ray inspection process for greater sensitivity to specific foreign bodies. 

Newtec also revealed a new weighing solution for the convenience and processed food sector, offering customers ‘an additional layer for rapid distribution’ with memory pans for portion weighing. The model reportedly features an increased capacity of up to 140 portions per minute, improving upon the capacity of the 2008PCM model without memory pans. 

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