MULTIPOND Wägetechnik GmbH

MULTIPOND Wägetechnik GmbH

Stand B 17

Contact details

84478 Waldkraiburg
Germany
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Multihead weighers, combination weighers

We develop and produce customized multi-head weighing systems for our customers from the Food and
Non-Food sectors.

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Press releases

  • Product saving of up to 10 g per package when weighing

    Poultry, game and ready-to-eat meals - these are areas in which GETI WILBA is active. The company from Bremervörde in northern Germany has a long tradition, especially when it involves preparation of chicken and hares. Production of frozen ready-to-cook meals is a market segment that is enjoying particularly strong growth. GETI WILBA supplies the food industry, bulk consumers, the wholesale delivery trade as well as home-delivery services and food retailers. Their strength in the market is attributable to a focus on quality that is based on careful selection and handling of raw materials in conjunction with high production standards. GETI WILBA considers itself a single-source frozen food specialist whose expertise extends from the live animal to the final product. Thanks to state-of-the-art production technology, GETI WILBA continues to develop products that give fresh impetus to the market. Its five facilities employ a workforce of over 800.

    At the wild game meals facility in Bremervörde, the wild game goulash (target weights: 150 g – 400 g, with piece weights varying between 25 g and 50 g) were, until recently, weighed and packaged manually by several employees. This cost lead the customer to search for an automation solution that would be both accurate and gentle on the product. Proposals for possible solutions were requested from various manufacturers of multihead weighers. In the end, MULTIPOND offered the best solution. Our experts recommended the use of a semi-automatic linear multihead weigher, the SAL 10-3100/2500-H, which was installed recently.
    The operations manager of the wild game department, Jens Almstadt, is extremely satisfied with the result: "Compared to before, we are now weighing up to 10 g more accurately per package. Every day the system weighs 7000 packages. Extrapolating the savings, you can see that the machine paid for itself very quickly."

    The weigher is operated by two employees. The operators feed the prefeed hoppers with the goulash meat from a work table. Afterwards, the weigher transfers the meat from the prefeed hoppers to the weigh hoppers where the target weights are determined using the combination of partial portions principle. The partial portions are now dumped onto two belt units located underneath which transport the partial portions to the timing hopper (SB). If over weights are detected, the belt unit changes its direction and drops the failed portion into a container. Lastly, the timing hopper dumps the final portions onto another belt unit for final packaging.
    Having the ability to weigh a wide range of products was a major criteria for purchasing the multihead weigher. For instance, the equipment can also be used to weigh the popular venison steaks.

    Weighers in this series are ideally suited for weighing products which cannot be conveyed automatically in a gentle way due to their characteristics and therefore cannot be weighed using conventional multihead weighers. This applies primarily to chunky meat products such as cutlets, chicken legs or steaks. Maximum accuracy and system availability are guaranteed by the high-resolution DMS load cells of MULTIPOND manufacture. This results into minimum giveaway. These cells are automatically monitored during operation at preprogrammed intervals using installed calibration weights. The weigher is controlled and operated using a user friendly color touchscreen monitor. An "intelligent" learning function enables the operator to become familiar with the system quickly. All product feeding parts can be removed for cleaning and product changes without tools.
    The weigher runs continuously at 30 weighings per minute and has additional capacity in reserve. This means that the plant can weigh 450 kg of product per hour with the multihead weigher. The giveaway is kept to the absolute minimum. Jens Almstadt states: "At the end of the day, we are accurate to within a decimal point. In addition, we receive excellent support from MULTIPOND Service. Telephone support is available whenever we need help quickly." Currently, GETI WILBA is considering the purchase of further MULTIPOND systems.

    MULTIPOND is the sales and service division of the German based manufacturing company ATOMA which has been established since 1946. The first automatic weighing system for the packaging industry was launched in 1963. It is positioned as the market leading innovator in the design and manufacture of customized multihead weighing systems for the packaging industry. Headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Waldkraiburg, Germany, about 65km east of Munich. Beside the global network of sales and service representatives, there are four wholly owned sales and service subsidiaries in the UK, the Netherlands, France and the US.


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  • Weighing of IQF ready meal components with maximum

    Poultry, game and ready meals - these are areas in which GETI WILBA is active. The company from Bremervörde in northern Germany has a long tradition, especially when it involves preparation of chicken and hares. Production of frozen ready-to-eat meals is a market segment that is enjoying particularly strong growth. GETI WILBA supplies the food industry, bulk consumers, the wholesale delivery trade as well as home-delivery services and food retailers. Their strength in the market is attributable to a focus on quality that is based on careful selection and handling of raw materials in conjunction with high production standards. GETI WILBA considers itself a single-source frozen food specialist whose expertise extends from the live animal to the final product. Thanks to state-of-the-art production technology, GETI WILBA continues to develop products that give fresh impetus to the market. Its five facilities employ a workforce of over 800.

    To address the rapidly growing "frozen food products" market, the company recently purchased an additional multihead weigher from MULTIPOND for the ready meals production facility in Bremervörde. The system incorporates a 16-head memory weigher, an MP 1612-FFC-S5 with two-way product separation that is used to weigh a variety of frozen ready-to-cook meals and frozen partially cooked items used in the preparation of soups, vegetable and meat dishes.

    To maintain its high quality standards, GETI WILBA enclosed the weigher to ensure the integrity of the frozen chain. The result is that the weigher operates at an ambient temperature of -5°C. To ensure hygiene, the two subcomponents were transported to the enclosure by means of two lift and tip units. MULTIPOND provided the enclosure and the two lift and tip units in cooperation with trusted partners.

    Arriving at the top, the product is transferred to two MULTIPOND cross head feeders that feed the two subcomponents of the multihead weigher. Ultrasonic probes above the product separation ensure an even product feed to the weigher by way of a vibratory feeder.

    On the weigher, the subcomponents are first conveyed to the prefeed hoppers by the radial feed trays, and then to the weigh hoppers underneath. Maximum accuracy and availability are provided by the calibration systems integrated in each load cell, which means completely automatic calibration is possible even during the production.

    After the weighing process, the partial portions are deposited into the memory hoppers via specially developed swiveling funnels. Use of these memory hoppers increases the number of possible combinations greatly, and ultimately provides the basis for maximum accuracy and speed. Using the partial portions, a computer determines the combination which corresponds to the target weight to be achieved or is closest to it.

    Finally, the accurately weighed portions are transferred to the 8-fold format of the deep-drawing machine via the product transfer system. The system runs continuously and reliably at 80 weighings per minute. This line produces a total of 8 million packages per year.

    The weigher is controlled and operated using an operator friendly color touchscreen monitor. All product contact parts can be removed for cleaning, product changes and maintenance easily without the use of tools. To keep the time and effort devoted to cleaning to an absolute minimum, a wash wall was installed directly next to the multihead weigher. In this way, it is only necessary to remove the hoppers from the weighing system after every shift or product change, attach them to the wash wall and hose them down.

    Overall the operations manager of the ready meals facility, Andreas Strauss, is extremely satisfied with the system: "The MULTIPOND weigher runs very reliably and meets our demanding requirements for hygiene completely. There are absolutely no problems. Moreover, the system offers the flexibility we need. Product changes are accomplished easily, which is very important to us, since we package about 30 different meals on the line. Our cooperation with MULTIPOND Service is excellent – telephone support is available whenever we need help quickly."

    MULTIPOND is the sales and service division of the German based manufacturing company ATOMA which has been established since 1946. The first automatic weighing system for the packaging industry was launched in 1963. It is positioned as the market leading innovator in the design and manufacture of customized multihead weighing systems for the packaging industry. Headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Waldkraiburg, Germany, about 65km east of Munich. Beside the global network of sales and service representatives, there are four wholly owned sales and service subsidiaries in the UK, the Netherlands, France and the US.

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  • Cereal product manufacturer Brüggen relies on quality from

    With annual growth rates of two digits and an annual production of more than 100,000 tons, the company H. & J. Brüggen KG is one of the leading and fastest growing cereal manufacturers in the world. The manufacturer´s large product range requires maximum flexibility in the production and final packaging. Therefore, the company relies on the multihead weighers from MULTIPOND for weighing the products for good reasons. More than 35 machines installes already at the total of four production locations in Germany, Poland and France speak for themselves. Only recently, another multihead weigher of the type MP 3601-FFC-S5 has been installed in the Lübeck factory.
    The weighing system is a 36-head Twin memory hopper weigher which is used for weighing of various muesli-mixtures with up to three components for target weights up to 1,000 g. Transferring the individual partial portions to the packaging in the exactly correct mixing ration was decisive for the purchase of the multihead weigher at Brüggen.
    The individual components of the muesli mixtures are supplied to the weigher here via two MULTIPOND vibratory conveyers and via 2 tubes – for the free-flowing components such as oat flakes or cornflakes. Two ultrasonic probes above the product separation provide even product feed to the weigher in the area of the vibratory feeders.
    The weigher is equipped with a 4-way product separation and has two separate outlets for filling of two vertical VFFS (vertical from fill seal machine). Individual sectors – feed trays and chutes – have been provided with a special surface in order to also be able to weigh difficult, sticky products without problems.
    Combining, mixing, counting and dosing are included as standard as basic functions in the weigher software. The weigher described here mainly operates in a combination of the combination and patented MULTIPOND dosing modes. Depending on the application, the target weights of one or more supcomponents are determined in the traditional combining mode while the weights of other subcomponents are determined in the patented dosing mode.
    “One of the reasons why Brüggen comes back to the weighing systems of MULTIPOND again and again is the high degree of flexibility in relation to the weigher software”, says Stephan von Melle, Technical Director of the company. “The development factor in this area is established so high, unlike any other supplier. Our own ideas and imagination about the individual projects are always implemented one hundred percent here. However, software and operator guidance of all systems are designed so that these are easy to operate”.

    After the actual weighing process, the accurate weigh portions are transferred via the two funnel outlet to the two VFFS (vertical form fill seal machine). The performance potential of the multihead weigher is not yet exhausted with the 2 x 60 weighings per minute required by Brüggen.
    Maximum accuracy is achieved using calibration systems integrated in each load cell which make completely automatic calibration possible even during the production. “With their high reliability and effectiveness, the system certainly represents the core for the line availability”, says von Melle.
    Stephan von Melle is also satisfied with the collaboration with MULTIPOND. “The fast reaction of this special machine manufacturer is particularly beneficial here. The technical and advisory support of the MULTIPOND service employees has already contributed to some optimization processes in our final packaging”.

    MULTIPOND is the sales and service division of the German based manufacturing company ATOMA which has been established since 1946. The first automatic weighing system for the packaging industry was launched in 1963. It is positioned as the market leading innovator in the design and manufacture of customized multihead weighing systems for the packaging industry. Headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Waldkraiburg, Germany, about 65km east of Munich. Beside the global network of sales and service representatives, there are four wholly owned sales and service subsidiaries in the UK, the Netherlands, France and the US.
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  • Mederer prepares for future market - `Minibags in

    Mederer Süsswarenvertriebs GmbH, a successful company since its founding in 1948, is today one of the world's most prominent suppliers of fruit-flavored gelatin-based confectionery. Mederer's "Trolli" brand, which is known for its high quality and innovative products, continues to enjoy a growing demand. Its seven facilities around the world produce 500 metric tons of product daily, with brand-name items accounting for about 30%.
    However, the company is relying not only on innovation in the product area – the production facility in Hagenow, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania/Germany, can be counted among the world's most modern production plants in this sector. When it comes to weighing products, Herbert Mederer, owner and CEO, relies solely on weighing systems from MULTIPOND: "One might say that we are a `single-variety` operation. Good support in terms of service and engineering, first-class reliability and system availability translate into a total package, which makes for a good partner."
    In the packaging field, Herbert Mederer observes a trend to smaller packages such as the beloved minibag.
    To address this growing future market, three additional MULTIPOND MP 28-400/400-H weighing systems will soon be installed and put into production at the Hagenow facility.
    With more than 450 weighings per minute, the machine is the fastest combination weigher of its kind in the world, while providing the highest accuracy.
    "In this regard, MULTIPOND has made making inroads in a field where physics starts to reach its limits. It was always difficult to find suitable form, fill, seal machines that could meet these performance requirements.", according to Herbert Mederer. Plans call for systems that can run at a rate of 420 minibags per minute in production.

    The extremely compact design is the perfect solution for production areas with limited headroom. Thanks to the small (0.4 liter) weighing hopper developed especially for the weigher, the system is ideal for use in minibag applications.

    The 28-head weigher operates according to the combination of partial portions principle. The weigher is controlled and operated using a user friendly color touchscreen monitor. A product change is possible without great complexity as all product-carrying parts can be replaced easily and without tools. The product-specific adaptation of the parts makes possible the weighing of even the most difficult products with optimum performance and highest possible accuracy.

    Due to the combination of this weigher with the patented MULTIPOND high speed product transfer system "Timing hopper TDSE", up to 40% higher speeds with simultaneous maximum output quantity are achieved in comparison with conventional timing hopper concepts.

    MULTIPOND is the sales and service division of the German based manufacturing company ATOMA which has been established since 1946. The first automatic weighing system for the packaging industry was launched in 1963. It is positioned as the market leading innovator in the design and manufacture of customized multihead weighing systems for the packaging industry. Headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Waldkraiburg, Germany, about 65km east of Munich. Beside the global network of sales and service representatives, there are four wholly owned sales and service subsidiaries in the UK, the Netherlands, France and the US.
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  • MULTIPOND optimizes the weighing of noodles and salad

    Kanes Foods Ltd. is one of the largest salad processors in Great Britain. Packaged, pre-washed "ready to eat" salads are one of their main areas of business which is complimented by prepared Stir-fry vegetables, Coleslaw and dressed salads, Sauces and dressings along with a Beansprout growing unit. The company employs 1,500 people across 5 separate business units based in Evesham near Birmingham. Further expansion is in the pipeline with the building of an ecologically-based factory. The owner, John Randall says: "We consider our activity and the further development of the company not only in economic terms but also from an ecological viewpoint too. We are both committed to our customers as well as our surroundings". Production in this most modern facility is planned to start in April 2011.

    This innovative company looked to expand its scope of business and in 2005 opened a unique plant for the processing of fresh noodles. Kanes Foods Ltd produces fresh noodles daily and the company decided to purchase its second multihead weigher from MULTIPOND to replace a competitor's weighing system in order to optimize the noodle packaging process.

    The weighing system is a 20-head multihead weigher, the MP 20-3800/2500-H. The freshly prepared noodles are conveyed to the weigher using a new type of conveying system. The weighing system has been custom built to the requirements of the products to be weighed. The product contact parts of the weigher were supplied with the specially developed stepped profile to enable perfect product flow. Noodles, once deposited on to the weigher, are conveyed to the prefeed hoppers via the radial feed trays and then to the weigh hoppers underneath. Using the partial portions, a micro-processor determines the combination which corresponds to the target weight to be achieved. After the actual weighing process, the accurate weight portions are transferred to the VFF & S (vertical form fill & seal machine) via an outlet funnel using a special timing hopper. Maximum accuracy and availability are provided by the calibration systems integrated in each load cell which makes completely automatic calibration possible even during the production. "With their high reliability and effectiveness, the system certainly represents the core for the line availability", says Sam Saunders, Engineering Manager.

    The system complies with the highest hygiene requirements in the prepared produce sector and has proven to be extremely reliable in the harsh environment even when being hosed down several times a day. The weigher is operated via an easy to use color touchscreen monitor. Mark Harris, Kanes General Manager says: "Thanks to the easy to use interface, our employees can operate the weighers from MULTIPOND in a very short time which is extremely important for us. The weighers manufactured by MULTIPOND are one of the most reliable machines according to our records in the factory. If all the factors such as giveaway, reliability, spare parts and personnel costs are considered, the MULTIPOND weighers pay for themselves within a very short time".

    For a target weight between 350g and 410g, approx. 40,000 bags are packed daily in a 2-shift operation 7 days per week. Mark Harris is extremely satisfied with the results achieved: "With MULTIPOND we optimized labour usage at twice the previous pack rate thus exceeding our objectives. We were also able to reduce pack ‘giveaway’ due to the accuracy of the weighers”. The project went so well that the whole manufacture and packing installation was duplicated 2 years later to cope with increased demand from its retail customers.

    It was at this time that Kanes Foods Ltd started to look at the weigher and the stepped profile as a solution to handling salad leaves more effectively and efficiently. Trials were completed across the entire range of salads with improvements demonstrated on pack rate and mean weight control. A program of investment has seen all multihead weighers in the existing salad packing operation be replaced with weighers from MULTIPOND with the most recent installation incorporating 2 of the MP 20-3800/2500-H weighers. The popular "Caesar Salad" is packed here with dressing and the cheese and crouton bags being added into dedicated heads on the weigher ensuring the correct number of sachets end up in each pack with zero complaints.

    A genuine partnership between the two companies has emerged over time since the installation of the first MULTIPOND machines for weighing Stir Fry and Salad products. MULTIPOND was the only manufacturer of multihead weighers able to solve the problem of "completely automatic weighing of fresh noodles". Further multihead weighers from MULTIPOND have gradually been installed to improve production lines performance. There are already a total of 13 combination weighers from MULTIPOND in use at Kanes Foods Ltd and MULTIPOND have been chosen to be the weighing partner for the new leafy salad factory with a further 8 multihead weighers ordered.

    MULTIPOND is the sales and service division of the German based manufacturing company ATOMA which has been established since 1946. The first automatic weighing system for the packaging industry was launched in 1963. It is positioned as the market leading innovator in the design and manufacture of customized multihead weighing systems for the packaging industry. Headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Waldkraiburg, Germany, about 65km east of Munich. Beside the global network of sales and service representatives, there are four wholly owned sales and service subsidiaries in the UK, the Netherlands, France and the US.
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  • New multihead weighing system for the \'smiling child\'

    Product mixes consisting of up to four components
    Anyone who thinks of biscuits today thinks of "Brandt" and the smiling child on the orange colored package. Brandt Zwieback-Schokoladen GmbH, the successful business founded in 1912, purchased a four-component MULTIPOND multihead weighing system of the type MP 2001-FFC-S5R to optimize its three-shift operated packing process at its Landshut site and was able to reduce its waste almost to zero as a result.

    The company currently employs around 900 staff at 4 locations in Germany. With a share of more than 80% Brandt is the market leader in Germany and distributes its products - six million biscuits per day alone, crispbreads and chocolate - throughout the world. In the chocolate market, however, the company does not only produce under its own brand but regards itself here more of a B2B (Business to Business) specialist. This means that Brandt produces in this sector seasonal items among other products for well-known companies.

    The background to the procurement of the MULTIPOND multihead weighing system was the weighing of a four component mixture (60 weighings per minute) consisting of four different wrapped chocolate bars, with the challenge being the small quantity of two items for each component. Brandt's basic requirement was to eliminate any inefficiency due to over feeding of product, bearing in mind that only two pieces are required per component. MULTIPOND succeeded in finding the right solution for precisely this application by developing the new S5R model.

    The concept is based on a standard twin memory hopper weigher. The outer memory hopper is replaced by a second pivoting funnel which can either deposit product into a `good combination` or alternatively divert it to a reject position, as demonstrated in the photo. Using this solution there is no loss in weighing efficiency as rejects are evacuated on an individual head basis whilst the rest of the weigher can continue weighing resulting in no missed cycles.


    In addition, the shortest changeover times were demanded by Brandt. With this in mind, another requirement was for the weighing system to be operated with up to four different components as well as with a single product. As a result the weighing system can be utilized for the entire Brandt range. If the weighing system is operated with a single product, it is possible to use only one or two sub-segments of the weighing system in order to keep cleaning time as low as possible.

    "Because of the overall design of the weighing system, meaning smooth surfaces on the product contact parts, low angles of inclination at the chute/hopper unit and an integrated impact protection curtain in the hopper, even fragile products can be weighed gently" according to Thomas Huber, Technical Manager.
    MULTIPOND's experienced engineers have installed the weighing system on site and set it up in such a way that smooth running of the entire packaging process is guaranteed. All recipes are stored in the weighing system's memory and can be readily called up by the operators. As a result, expensive operation training courses were not necessary and product changes are simple and smooth.
    Thomas Huber, Technical Manager at Brandt in Landshut, was extremely satisfied with the implementation of the entire project: "MULTIPOND successfully met all our requirements. It was clear to us that we could not procure an "off-the-shelf weighing system" for this application, but would need an individual solution for it. For this reason we decided on a weighing system from MULTIPOND as the company specializes in custom built machinery. As a result, the ideal machine was designed for our application based on the closest of cooperation."

    MULTIPOND is the sales and service division of the German based manufacturing company ATOMA which has been established since 1946. The first automatic weighing system for the packaging industry was launched in 1963. It is positioned as the market leading innovator in the design and manufacture of customized multihead weighing systems for the packaging industry.
    Headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Waldkraiburg, Germany, about 65km east of Munich. Beside the global network of sales and service representatives, there are four wholly owned sales and service subsidiaries in the UK, the Netherlands, France and the US.
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  • Well known freshly prepared salad supplier from the UK counts on the quality from MULTIPOND

    Hazeldene is one of the leading providers of freshly prepared, ready to eat bagged salad products in Great Britain. The main business area of the company is the processing of leafy salads, with key customers in Convenience Retail, Sandwich Manufacturing and Food Service. All products, including sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, are washed, packed ready to consume in many different bag or tray formats. A total of 50 tonnes of fresh produce is processed through the factory each day. Hazeldene purchased a multihead weigher from MULTIPOND for its site in Wigan, Greater Manchester, for the optimization of the packaging of leafy salads.

    The weighing system incorporates a 16-head memory weigher, the MP 16-2400/1250-H-S5 which is principally used for weighing cut leafy salad such as Iceberg. The system is installed in combination with a CFS form fill seal machine. This arrangement gives the highest levels of production availability within the High Care packing department according to Jo Porter from Continuous Improvement. The reason for the purchase was the achievement of improved line performance and increased accuracy which has been realized by the MULTIPOND unit.

    The salad is conveyed to the multihead weigher using a vibrating conveyor. Once it has arrived at the top on the weigher, the salad is conveyed to the pre-feed hoppers by the radially positioned feed trays and then to the weigh hoppers underneath. The system operates according to the combination of partial portions principle. After the weighing process, the partial portion is deposited via a specially developed rotating funnel into a memory hopper underneath. The use of the memory hoppers greatly increases the number of possible combinations and ultimately provides the basis for maximum accuracy and speed. Using the partial portions, a computer determines the combination which corresponds to the target weight to be achieved.

    All product contact parts can be removed quickly and without tools and have been specifically manufactured to ensure a perfect product flow. The system is operated using a operator friendly color touchscreen monitor. Jo Porter, Continuous Improvement Technologist, says: "The familiarization time of the operators on the MULTIPOND machine is faster in comparison with other operating systems installed in our factory. The simple operator guidance on the monitor makes a significant contribution here.”

    The machine also meets the high hygiene requirements of Hazeldene; even cleaning several times a day does not pose any problem.

    Portion weights between 150 g and 1,000 g depending on the product and target weight are weighed with the system at up to 70 weighings per minute. The giveaway here is less than 1.7%. "We have very few problems with the system, which runs reliably in 2-shift operation, 18 hours per day” says Jo Porter.

    "We feel we are in good hands with MULTIPOND. The quality of the equipment and the relationship with MULTIPOND’s specialists has developed very positively over recent years", says Simon Ball, Managing Director at Hazeldene.

    MULTIPOND is the sales and service division of the German based manufacturing company ATOMA which has been established since 1946. The first automatic weighing system for the packaging industry was launched in 1963. It is positioned as the market leading innovator in the design and manufacture of customized multihead weighing systems for the packaging industry. Headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Waldkraiburg, Germany, about 65km east of Munich. Beside the global network of sales and service representatives, there are four wholly owned sales and service subsidiaries in the UK, the Netherlands, France and the US.
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  • How Confectionery is packed efficiently with lowest possible standard deviation

    SWEET TEC GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality specialty *candies. Up to 140 tons of soft and hard *candies are produced every day by some 160 employees in the Boizenburg plant, one of the most modern confectionery production plants in Europe. The Company positions itself as a full-service provider for designing, developing and implementing contract manufacturing projects, especially for manufacturing and commercial enterprises in the Confectionery field. This successful Company was recently awarded the prestigious "Grand Prize for Outstanding Mid-sized Companies" by the Oskar Patzeldt Stiftung.

    When it comes to depositing the *candies with precise package weights, Klaus Pauly, the Operations Manager of SWEET TEC GmbH, relies exclusively on MULTIPOND, the manufacturer of custom made multihead weighers: "I have more than 20 years’ experience with the systems from MULTIPOND. There are never any problems with their systems; they are definitely among the most reliable machines I know. If all systems worked as well as the MULTIPOND weighers, we would have no more problems." With this in mind an additional system was ordered for the weighing of wrapped *candies and has recently been installed.

    The system is the MP 14-2400/1250-H multihead weigher. The wrapped *candies are fed via a vibrating conveyor to the weighing system. Product sensors in the product feed area ensures a uniform pre-dosing, which is the basis for ultimate precision and speed.
    Once they have arrived at the top on the weigher, the *candies are first conveyed to the prefeed hoppers by the radially positioned feed trays and then to the weigh hoppers underneath. The installed weigher operates according to the combination of partial portions principle. From the partial portions in the individual weighing hoppers, a computer determines the combination that best approaches the target weight.

    After the actual weighing process, the accurate weight portions are transferred via a funnel outlet to the form fill seal machine. Maximum precision and availability are provided by the
    calibration systems integrated in each load cell, which makes completely automatic calibration possible even during the production.

    All product contact parts can be removed for quick cleaning without tools, which reduces the downtimes to an absolute minimum. Combining, mixing, counting and dosing are included as default basic functions in the weigher software. The weigher described here operates primarily in combination mode.

    The system operates reliably in 3-shift production, and runs at a constant 105 weighings per minute. The standard deviation for target weights between 200 g and 300 g is less than 0.1%.

    Overall, four multihead weighers from MULTIPOND are installed in Boizenburg. They are definitely the machines with the lowest maintenance costs in the entire plant. Klaus Pauly comments: "Multihead weighers from MULTIPOND are simply indestructible. If there is occasionally a problem, the qualified MULTIPOND team is on the ball immediately." Further joint projects are planned for the near future.

    MULTIPOND is the sales and service division of the German based manufacturing company ATOMA which has been established since 1946. The first automatic weighing system for the packaging industry was launched in 1963. It is positioned as the market leading innovator in the design and manufacture of customized multihead weighing systems for the packaging industry. Headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Waldkraiburg, Germany, about 65km east of Munich. Beside the global network of sales and service representatives, there are four wholly owned sales and service subsidiaries in the UK, the Netherlands, France and the US.
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  • How the cereal chambers of yoghurt pots are filled quickly and

    TINE SA is Norway's largest manufacturer, distributor and exporter of dairy products. The company has recently purchased a multihead weigher from MULTIPOND for their site in Trondheim for filling the yoghurt corners of the popular brand "Go Morgen" with cereals and nuts.
    The yoghurt pots were previously filled using a chamber feeder. However, it was not possible using this system to fill the nuts due to their sticky and oily nature. Furthermore, there was the issue of weight inaccuracy for such types of systems. A more precise solution was sourced to incorporate the nut mixture filling. In doing so, MULTIPOND, the provider of customized weighing solutions, was found. The manufacturer of tailor made multihead weighers could already show similar successfully implemented projects which was one of the reasons why TINE Meieriet Tunga decided on a system from MULTIPOND. Iver Bjørgum, Dairy Manager of TINE Meieriet Tunga, was extremely satisfied with the complete project execution and implementation. After intensive collaboration, a multihead weigher of the Type MP 24-1000/400-H was installed in Trondheim.

    The products are fed to the weigher via a tube. A total of six different cereals and nut mixture are filled with the system. All MULTIPOND systems can also be operated in the patented dosing mode which is indispensable for this application. It is only in Dosing Mode that the required dumps per minute of 12 times 25 can be realized with the maximum performance of the system still not completely exhausted (12 times 40 weighings per minute are potentially possible).

    In this dosing mode, the target weights are achieved using a single weigh hopper and not combined as is usual for combination weighers. Twelve yoghurt corners can be filled simultaneously at TINE Meieriet Tunga. The flaps of the prefeed hoppers remain open in dosing mode until the required weight is reached. The prefeed hopper flaps close at the end of feeding and the weigh hoppers are opened to dump all individual portions jointly.

    MULTIPOND also designed the customized Distribution System. This is a 12-way format, divided into two by six filling points, exactly tailored to the shape of the yoghurt corners. A particular feature is the format funnels with an integrated rise and fall function which ensure that no fine particles reach the edge of the pot or the yoghurt chamber itself which is extremely important for the shelf life of the yoghurt. The format funnels dip directly into the cereal chambers of the pots for each dump. For a target weight of 25 g, the standard deviation, depending on the product, is between 0.5 g to max. 1.1 g. Approx. 100,000 yoghurt pots are daily filled with the system.

    Another important requirement from Tine was to be able to remove and change all product-contact parts quickly. With this in mind they asked to be supplied with two set of parts. The reason for this being the wide spread problem of nut allergies. The six different cereal products are weighed using one set and the nut mixture with a different set. Iver Bjørgum says: "This aspect was very important for us and has been fully realized by MULTIPOND. The nut mixture is always processed on Monday. Afterwards, all product-contact parts are removed for cleaning and the machine is converted using the second set of parts for weighing the cereals".

    Geir Borgen, Technical Manager, is also extremely satisfied with the collaboration and the support of the MULTIPOND engineers: "We had no problems with the machine right from the start. The system is easy to use and runs with maximum utilization".

    MULTIPOND is the sales and service division of the German based manufacturing company ATOMA which has been established since 1946. The first automatic weighing system for the packaging industry was launched in 1963. It is positioned as the market leading innovator in the design and manufacture of customized multihead weighing systems for the packaging industry. Headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Waldkraiburg, Germany, about 65km east of Munich. Beside the global network of sales and service representatives, there are four wholly owned sales and service subsidiaries in the UK, the Netherlands, France and the US.

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  • Market-leading cheese manufacturer relies on the quality of

    Goldsteig - a young company with a name rich in tradition. The company founded in 1992, has developed into one of the largest mozzarella manufacturers in Europe and into an important manufacturer of hard, sliced and soft cheese within a few years. Approximately two million liters of raw milk are processed every day in the three factories in the Bavarian Forest. The Works Manager, Uwe Grünemeyer, relies exclusive on the multihead-head weighing systems from MULTIPOND for weighing his high quality products: "When it is a matter of purchasing a new weighing system, we only contact MULTIPOND. All projects to date have been implemented to our complete satisfaction". Recently, a further weigher from Multipond was purchased for weighing Mozzarella Balls in their Cham factory.

    Previously the small balls (piece weight: 7.5 g to 8.5 g) were filled in the trays using a counting system. Accurate packing by weight was not possible. Therefore, the cheese manufacturer turned to MULTIPOND again for this requirement.

    Shortly afterwards, a 16-head memory weigher, an MP 1601-FFC-S5, was installed by MULTIPOND. The extreme hygiene requirements, particularly in the soft cheese area, needed particular attention. Therefore, the weigher had to be designed and built in accordance with precise specifications from Goldsteig. Among other areas of the weighers particular attention was paid to the design of vibrators, prefeed and weigh hoppers. Further optimization measures were taken on the product-contact parts, chutes and funnels, in order to achieve the required performance of up to 4 x 40 weighings per minute.

    Goldsteig is so impressed by the weighing solutions from MULTIPOND: "It is extremely important for us to obtain solutions which are exactly customized to the conditions and requirements of our production. MULTIPOND is exactly right for us here. After all, the conditions from product to product are different. If we need a different weighing solution we contact the specialist from MULTIPOND and obtain the perfect solution in the shortest time", says Uwe Grünemeyer, Works Manager.

    The weigher installed was a 16 head twin memory hopper combination weigher An elevating conveyor feeds the small mozzarella balls to the distribution cone of the weigher. These are first conveyed from there via the radially arranged feed trays into the prefeed hopper and then into the weigh hopper arranged underneath it. After the weighing process, the partial portion is deposited via a special swiveling funnel under the weigh hopper into one of two memory hoppers. The use of this twin memory hopper syatem dramatically increases the number of possible combinations which is finally the basis for maximum accuracy and speed.
    A micro-processor now determines the combination of the partial portions which corresponds or comes the closest to the target weight of 125g. Two of these portions are now always transferred simultaneously via two outlets of the weigher to an additional distribution system. This distributes the accurate weight portions into the four trays of the Dosomat underneath. Thus, with each cycle of the Dosomat, four trays are always filled simultaneously with the small mozzarella balls.




    During the main season main mozarella ball season (March-September) the system runs on a three-shift operation. The weigher is controlled and operated using a user friendly color touchscreen monitor. In the case of problems, the MULTIPOND fitters are available at any time. Uwe Grünemeyer says: "This simply amounts to a complete package from MULTIPOND for us. A quick response is very important and that is what we receive from MULTIPOND. However, as the machines already installed in factories are running without problems, not a single service call due to a problem has been necessary in recent years. The same applies for spare parts. We simply consider ourselves to be in good hands with MULTIPOND".


    MULTIPOND is the distribution company of the ATOMA-MULTIPOND Group which was founded in 1946 and has been manufacturing automatic weighing systems for the packaging industry since 1963. The company is a market-leading innovator in the sphere of multihead weighing systems and acts as a customized solution finder on the market. The entire development and production of the weighing systems takes place at the company headquarters in Waldkraiburg, about 65 km East of Munich. In addition to a global sales network, the products are marketed through four subsidiaries in Great Britain, The Netherlands, France and the USA.

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  • Highest efficiency for ready meal lines

    With the launch of the new S5R option (individual head reject system), MULTIPOND is introducing a new fully-automatic multihead weighing solution for single piece weigh counting, the weighing of a small number of pieces or alternatively small target weights. The S5R is the perfect solution for today´s complex ready meal industry.

    Ready meal lines are becoming ever-more complicated with the inclusion of a multitude of different components. A meal might consist of one or two main component and several more expensive ingredients. At the moment, these other ingredients are often hand placed as the requirement could be for a single piece or a small number of pieces. MULTIPOND has with their new S5R option a fully-automatic weighing solution for this application.

    The S5R option is available on a number of MULTIPOND multihead weighers from 16 heads to 36. The unit is based on a standard twin memory hopper weigher. The outer memory hopper is replaced by a second pivoting funnel which can either deposit product into a `good combination` or alternatively divert it to a reject position, as demonstrated in the photo. Using this solution there is no loss in weighing efficiency as rejects are evacuated on an individual head basis whilst the rest of the weigher can continue weighing resulting in no missed cycles.

    The rejected product can be manually or automatically feed back into the system reducing wastage. The S5R can be fitted to a section of the weigher for mixture applications for some ingredients.

    MULTIPOND is the sales and service division of the German based manufacturing company ATOMA which has been established since 1946. The first automatic weighing system for the packaging industry was launched in 1963.
    Headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Waldkraiburg, Germany, about 65km east of Munich. Beside the global network of sales and service representatives, there are four wholly owned sales and service subsidiaries in the UK, the Netherlands, France and the US.

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