Food safety and checkweighing specialist Fortress Technology will reveal how meat and poultry processors can quickly adapt to consumer trends and adhere to legislative weight regulations using its Raptor Checkweighing series at IPPE 2024.
Tolerance tables vary depending on the product type, packaging and weight. Manually determining and programming the correct checkweighing tolerance for prepared meat and poultry applications and pack sizes can be a drawn-out and confusing process. It can also be prone to human error.
To help processors accommodate these weight check product variations, Fortress integrates defined tolerance tables into its Raptor Checkweigher software. This provides instant adherence to the regional legislative weight regulations, while simultaneously lowering operational costs and increasing profit margins.
Protecting consumers and brand reputation, as well as meeting legislative weight requirements, the robust Raptor Checkweigher series – available in four belt widths – also targets operational inefficiencies. This can include product overfill and giveaway, non-conforming food packs and packaging waste.
Easily integrated with existing metal detection equipment, the Raptor Checkweigher delivers dynamic weight monitoring. Its modular electronics suite allows for full upstream and downstream integration of the system into existing product lines, with minimal customizations required.
The in-motion, three-belt checkweigher captures thousands of sample readings of individual packs every second. By digitizing the checkweighing process, meat and poultry processors can rapidly achieve productivity gains and save thousands of dollars in product giveaway.
For premium meat products, the return on investment as a result of reduced giveaway and potential non-conformance to weight regulations is extremely quick. Payback, in some cases, can occur in just several weeks or less, claims the food safety specialist.
Also featuring integrated data collection software, everything from trends, pack rates and live OEE data is instantly reported. Production and QA personnel can utilize this trend feedback to monitor and fine-tune production line performance, even prior to the weight check process.
For example, if a meat manufacturer finds inconsistencies in the size of meatballs, this indicates that the processing machinery is not operating accurately. Beyond highlighting this fault, a Raptor Checkweigher can provide a controlled feedback signal to upstream automation equipment used to portion food products. This signal specifies when to increase or decrease the fill quantity accordingly, eliminating the need for human intervention.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, annual domestic consumption of chicken is anticipated to reach 100 lbs. per person in 2023. Conversely, higher prices for beef has meant consumption has dropped to its lowest since 2018.
To help processors within the sector adapt to these changing demands, the new slim-line, ergonomic Raptor Checkweigher on show at IPPE 2024 presents many more time and cost- reducing features. Discover more at Booth C-19139.
Can’t attend IPPE in person? Download a copy of the new Fortress Checkweighing Compliance Essentials whitepaper at https://fortresstechnology.com/white-papers/