EUROPE – Food packing equipment supplier, Ishida Europe has launched an enhanced version of its mid-range multihead weighers that offers enhanced performance in the fast and accurate weighing of a wide variety of dry, frozen and sticky products.

The new RVE Series, which has been further expanded to include a 24-head model alongside 10, 14, 16 and 20 head variants, now features patented Ishida technology, Powerful Frequency Controlled Vibration (PFCV).

Ishida notes that the technology provides greater control of the infeed of product at the top of the weigher and during transfer to the weigh hoppers.

By being able to automatically vary both the amplitude and frequency of vibration, the weighers ensure a steady and consistent flow of product in order to maintain speed and efficiencies and eliminate the danger of overfill in the hoppers.

In particular, the new technology means the latest models can handle sticky and larger, heavier items with greater ease while at the same time allowing for flexibility to accommodate different product types.

This translates to maximum performance, which can be retained throughout the lifetime of the machine without the need ever for mechanical adjustments, the company explains.

Combined with existing advanced features such as digital filtering and advanced automatic feeder adjustment, the new RVE range offers speeds of up to 120 weighments per minute – depending on model and application.

The new RVE models also incorporate as standard the Reporting Pack from Ishida’s pioneering Sentinel remote customer care software that supports the new generation of ‘smart’ factories as part of Industry 4.0.

This provides remote access to live machine performance and reports, and additional packs can be specified for further protection and support, including remote monitoring and intervention by Ishida engineers.

In addition, along with the proven robust construction of all Ishida weighers, the models offer the unique ‘dew sensor’ and ‘temperature sensor’ option for the live monitoring of moisture ingress or extreme temperatures during production.

The new model has the capabilities to to be immediately detected problems and highlight them the weigher’s Remote Control Unit (RCU) or as part of Sentinel monitoring, allowing fast intervention and eliminating unnecessary downtime.

“Our RVE range was a game-changer in its provision of advanced technology at a competitive price,” comments Ian Atkinson, Ishida Europe’s Business Manager Multihead Weighers.

“The incorporation of these additional features, in particular PFCV, will further enhance every model’s speed, accuracy and reliability to maximise production yield and ultimately deliver a fast return on investment.”