Ishida GmbH

Ishida GmbH

Stand F 07

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74523 Schwäbisch Hall


Ishida Europe is a leading supplier of automated weighing and packaging equipment and solutions for many industries. We design and build mulithead weighers, snack food bag makers, fresh food weighers, checkweighers, x-ray inspection systems, quality control systems, tray sealers and the software that integrates them with our own and other equipment.
In addition, we produce the conveyors, tray denesters, gantries and other equipment that enables overall weighing and packaging systems to function smoothly and reliably.




Ishida Europe is introducing its advanced X-ray inspection system, already a proven top seller in Japan, into Europe for the first time.

The company is launching its IX-GA range, which is ideal for detecting foreign bodies – including steel, aluminium, tin, glass, stones, hard rubber, plastic, bones and shells – in a variety of packed and unpacked food products including fresh meat, poultry and fish , ready meals, as well as dry and frozen foods.

The IX-GA range uses a unique self learning Genetic Algorithm (GA) technology to offer maximum detection sensitivity and reliability. The machine can detect impurities down to 0.2mm in size and can also spot missing items or damaged products. In addition, the place of contamination can be accurately pinpointed.

X-Ray offers advancements over standard metal detectors as it is not only able to detect metal but also other foreign materials. In addition, it distinguishes between ‘legitimate’ metal, such as clips on the ends of sausages or aluminium tins, while still monitoring and identifying unwanted items.

The machine can handle top sealed and thermoformed trays and flexible bags as well as unpacked product. It features a user-friendly Windows XP® operating system, while an advanced auto-set function enables the X-ray output and sensitivity level to be automatically set up for each product.

The machine’s conveyors and belts are manufactured to IP-66 and the main body to IP-65 regulations, and it conforms to HACCP standards. Its hygienic design, with easy, tool-free access to all parts, allows fast cleaning.

A stainless steel body and 3 set of lead curtains provide protection for operators. Other safety features include warning lamps when the machine is in operation and automatic stopping of the X-ray process if the inspection cover door is opened or if a product remains in the inspection area.

Ishida Europe says the new IX-GA will be a valuable tool in helping manufacturers and retailers avoid the major implications of product recalls owing to contaminants, which in addition to the costs involved in removing product from the shelves and the corresponding loss of sales, can also lead to a drop in consumer confidence and possible expensive litigation.

“Today with heightened awareness of food safety among consumers, manufacturers want maximum peace of mind, knowing that the products that leave their factories are totally safe,” comments Ishida Europe marketing director Paul Griffin.

“The IX-GA provides complete quality assurance for contamination, ensuring not only that the packs contain no foreign bodies but also that the products themselves are not damaged.”



Ishida is taking the accurate weighing of mixed products – such as nuts, confectionery and convenience meals – to a new level of sophistication and accuracy with the introduction of a 36 head multihead weigher. In particular, the new CCW-R-236 is able to ensure the correct amount of high value products with no need for overfilling.

The new weigher is capable of handling and mixing up to eight different products at high speeds, with a top speed of up to 360 weighments per minute for a single product.

The mix weighing process means each section of the machine acts as an individual weigher, allowing each ingredient in the mix to be given a specific target weight to ensure that the final product contains exactly the right proportion. Equally important, each section can be specified with different contact parts in order to cope with the special characteristics of difficult-to-handle products, such as sticky items including raisins or jellies, without compromising speed or accuracy.

The CCW-R-236 incorporates Ishida’s proven R Series technology, including Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), which ensures a controlled and more predictable flow of product through the machine, and unique combination calculation software, 5-stage digital filter, anti-floor vibration and Ishida-made load cells that enable the weigher to maintain excellent accuracy at these high speeds.

This accuracy has further reduced product giveaway, meaning significantly more packs can be produced from the same amount of product, while faster calculation speeds allow the weigher to calculate several possible final combinations each time. As a result, the missed cycles that can occur in competitor machines have been all but eliminated.

Easy-to-follow graphic displays on the Remote Control Unit (RCU) keep operators fully informed of machine status, weighing results and any action needed, while information such as presets or software upgrades can be rapidly downloaded via a network. Equally important, the RCU software uses a Windows XP® platform, enabling weighing data to be made readily available to factory managers anywhere in the company,

One-touch presets and tool-free removal and replacement of hoppers and feeders minimise downtime. Packs can also be photographed to provide an easy reference for operators selecting presets.

“Our new CCW-R-236 offers the perfect balance of consumer satisfaction and high pack yield,” comments Paul Griffin, Marketing Director of Ishida Europe. “Each pack contains the expected amount of high-value components, yet virtually no overfilling is needed to achieve this.”



Ishida Europe has launched a new range of checkweighers which the company says takes the key requirements of checkweighing – including speed and accuracy, robustness, hygiene and easy operation – to a new level of effectiveness.

The Ishida DACS-G range features a new Ishida designed, exceptionally fast and accurate digital loadcell that is able to operate with great reliability in the harshest of environments. A unique feature of the loadcell is its ability to switch between two weighing capacities and graduations, thus giving each model in the range the flexibility to handle a much larger product range.

For example, at the touch of a button, the DACS-G 015 model can be switched between a maximum capacity of 600g (0.2g graduations) to 1500g (0.5g graduations), while the DACS-G 060 offers 3000g (1g graduations) and 6000g (2g graduations) ranges.

Operator innovations include a Dislocating Force Limiter, which automatically disconnects the weigh sensor from the weigh conveyor should sudden excessive force be applied (i.e. during cleandown), and an easy turn-and-press operating dial, which eliminates the potential for operator error and can be used while wearing gloves, saving time and helping to maintain hygiene.

The DACS-G’s rounded stainless steel main body with open-frame design and quick-remove conveyor prevents bacteria traps, and enables fast and thorough cleaning with reduced downtime. Importantly, unlike many checkweighers, the DACS-G’s vital measurement unit is protected during operation and cleaning by a special housing.

All Ishida DACS-G models are certified according to the European MID specification.

Torsten Giese, Marketing Manager – PR & Exhibitions of Ishida Europe comments: “Checkweighers operate in a demanding environment where they need to be accurate, fast and capable of performing in the toughest factory conditions. They must also be easy to operate and able to interact fully with corporate information systems. The new DACS-G range makes significant advances in technology in all of these key areas and offers substantial benefits to the food industry.”



Ishida has developed a data capture system that records data from every pack weighed by up to 100 checkweighers into a single secure database, providing a rich source of valuable production data

The Ishida Data Capture System II (IDCS) is a user-friendly, secure system that offers an extensive range of reporting options to enable production managers to employ state-of-the-art monitoring for legislative compliance whilst also identifying cost saving opportunities, minimising product giveaway and improving production efficiencies.

The system is compatible across all Ishida DACS checkweigher models.
As well as allowing remote control and set up of the checkweighers, an extensive range of reporting options is available. Data can be analysed by batch, shift, operator, product or machine, and reports fully customised to include, for example, production histograms, downtime, checkweigher OEE (Overall Equipment Efficiency) and daily reports.

The information generated can be used to monitor and analyse all types of pack data such as product giveaway and film wastage, enabling corrective actions to be identified and cost savings implemented. Data is accessed either on-site or remotely using secure Ethernet connections, the only software required to interrogate the server-based database being a standard web browser.

To ensure that data from every pack is recorded, if access to the central server is lost, a DACS Checkweigher based memory enables data from approximately 45 million packs to be stored locally. Once server connection is re-established, this buffered data is automatically added to the central database

The optional feedback control feature provides the ability to increase or decrease the fill from upstream volumetric and auger fillers, providing additional cost saving through reduced giveaway.

“In today’s modern production environment, manufacturers need to reconcile the need for full reporting to meet legal obligations with the pressures of operating to maximum efficiency,” explains Paul Griffin, Ishida Europe’s Marketing Director.

“IDCS II has been developed to meet both these challenges and importantly the software can be tailored to individual customer requirements.
A further advantage is that it can enable companies to operate in a paperless environment while still complying with the law.”



In response to market demand for a truly integrated and fully flexible tray packing line from a single source, Ishida Europe has launched the world’s first high performance split dual-lane tray packing system for fresh foods that enables food manufacturers to create bespoke packing lines for their specific requirements and achieve significant savings in labour, downtime and consumables.

The Ishida Flex-Line comprises a set of integrated modules that fit together to make up a variety of complete, high-efficiency tray packing lines, capable of handling a wide range of applications including different packaging materials and pack sizes while delivering speeds of up to 15 cycles per minute.

The main Flex-Line modules cover filling, sealing, checking and case-packing. Specific equipment within these includes tray denesters, multihead weighers, tray fillers and sealers, foreign body detection, checkweighers, seal testers, label inspection and end-of-line packing, all of which are tailored to precise product requirements. All units have been designed to work together in terms of product handling, signalling, data sharing, data collection and interfacing.

One key feature of the Flex-Line is its option to run two different products simultaneously and independently of each other. Those two products can differ in terms of type, size and weight and also in the type of tray or film used or in the MAP gas mixture. They can even be destined for two different end-customers. The Flex-Line also has the ability to allow one lane to be changed over while the other remains in operation.

By sourcing all equipment from a single supplier, each system is fully integrated for maximum efficiency and reliability. Users benefit in particular from Ishida’s extensive expertise and experience in all areas of food handling and packing. The system is also highly space efficient to boost return on floor space by up to 50% compared with two traditional single lane systems.

The entire line can be set up via a sophisticated but easy-to-use control from a single human/machine interface, including automated set-up and pre-programmed product details, with minimal manual handling. It also offers advanced remote supervision, monitoring and analysis.

The result is perfect pack presentation with accurate filling and intact seals, while end of line quality control and traceability features ensure correct weight, contamination protection, seal integrity, correct label position and printed data accuracy. Such features reduce product giveaway and rework, and minimise manpower requirements, to deliver a fast return on investment.

All Flex-Line elements are built to Industrial Design standards for ease of use, with an open design that benefits from self-draining curved surfaces and easy access for cleaning and maintenance, ensuring the entire system can meet the stringent hygiene standards of fresh food environments.

Press releases



    An Ishida multihead weigher capable of handling a variety of hard and sticky ingredients has enabled German snack food manufacturer Heinrich Brüning to cut giveaway of expensive ingredients to just 0.5%, and delivered a fast payback on investment.
    Heinrich Brüning GmbH makes many tons of Studentenfutter each day at its Hamburg factory. This popular snack, so called because students nibble it while revising, has ingredients which differ greatly in size, form and hardness: raisins, cashews, Parana nuts, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts. Previously these were pre-mixed and then packed into 200g bags on multihead weighers designed to handle single products.
    The differences in the properties of the ingredients made it almost impossible to obtain a homogenous and consistent mixture, and in order to ensure each bag contained a fair mix Brüning had to include excessive amounts of the more costly cashews and Parana nuts. This led to extensive and costly giveaway.
    Ishida, whose equipment has been in use at Brüning’s Hamburg factory for decades, solved this packing challenge with 24-head, R-Series weighers supplied in a 6-mix configuration, so that all mixing could take place on-machine, resulting in a much higher level of accuracy.
    The detailed design of the weighers took into account the different properties of the ingredients. Those sections handling nuts have contact parts made from polished stainless steel, the only material that can resist the impact of hard nuts, day after day. Where raisins are handled, contact parts are ridged and Teflon-coated to prevent sticking.
    The solution also addressed the space constraints at Brüning’s Hamburg factory. Limited floor space and headroom were major challenges. “Restrictions on our site mean we can only grow internally,” says the Production Department’s Dieter Behnke. The CCW-R has a particularly small footprint, while the problem of the 3.95 metre headroom was solved by confining all the conveyors and funnels feeding the multihead weighers to the floor above.
    Major advantages of the Ishida solution include speed and reliability, which are vital to ensure Brüning meets the high demand for Studentenfutter. The new packing line operates for two shifts each day at a consistent speed of 70 bags/minute, and pre-programmed settings on the Ishida multiheads make it quick and easy to modify the proportions of ingredients, or even omit some altogether, according to customer specifications.
    “Performance-to-cost ratio is outstanding”, comments Dieter Behnke on the Ishida CCW-R installation.
    Along with the significant reduction in giveaway, the elimination of pre-mixing has also halved the number of personnel needed. As a result, the Ishida installation quickly paid for itself.
    Matthias Behrens of Quality Control says: “Our Studentenfutter now contains each ingredient in exactly pre-defined amounts. This has further reduced our already low complaint level”. He adds that cleaning of the weigher is also “very easy and fast.”

  • Emsland Frischgeflügel automates weighing of fresh chicken wings

    Emsland Frischgeflügel automates weighing of fresh chicken wings

    Emsland Frischgeflügel GmbH, located at Haren-Hüntel close to Meppen in Northern Germany, is a specialist processor of poultry products. The company is expanding fast and relies on high tech production machinery.
    This now also applies to the difficult process of weighing fresh chicken wings: the company has invested into a highly advanced, efficient and hygienic solution, centered on two Ishida CCW-R multihead weighers
    Emsland Frischgeflügel processes chicken legs, wings and breasts. The barbecue season from April to September is the period of peak activity for poultry processors. Within the product range, the fresh chicken wings take an important part. The portions are presented in trays and supplied to various discounters and retailers.
    Previously, the wings would have been counted and weighed by hand using scales – a both slow and time-consuming process. Automating such a process appeared initially impossible as the chicken wings, which are being handled at a temperature not exceeding 2°C, are quite sticky and thus do not flow easily.
    To meet the target weight, Emsland always had to operate with a certain amount of giveaway per tray.
    To achieve the planned process automation, Emsland got in touch with Ishida. Richard Wenneker, factory manager at Emsland, comments: „We already had contacts to Ishida, and besides the company has a sterling reputation for its weighing systems“. The German Ishida specialists for weighing and packing, located at Schwäbisch-Hall, came up with a 14 head weigher of the CCW-R series as the suitable solution. A multihead weigher of this type utilizes the combination weighing principle by assembling partial weighments from any of the 14 weigh hoppers of the machine to consistently meet as closely as possible the target weight for every weighment.
    Ishida pioneered the fully automated weighing of fresh chicken wings on a multihead weigher. To perfect the system’s product flow, the Ishida engineers equipped the weigher with a non-standard device: they added small wheels between the radial feeders and the pool hoppers, on which the wings glide smoothly and consistently. After several weeks of thorough testing at Emsland, the weigher was deemed adequate and purchased by the company in December 2005. An identical machine was purchased in March 2007, as Emsland had added in the meantime a processing line for fresh, ready-spiced chicken wings.
    Currently, both weighers operate in two shifts, 7 days a week. Conveyor belts bring the wings to the top of each machine, where they are fed to the top of the weighers via discharge chutes. The radial feeders are equipped with a self-regulating vibration system to ensure an even product flow.
    In addition, the product feed to both weighers is monitored by digital cameras.
    The accurately weighed product – with target weights of for example 550 or 1,000g – is forwarded through a chute to a conveyor belt leading to the filling and sealing stations. Each packing line achieves an output of 25 to 30 trays/min, well above the previous capacity.
    At the same time, the product giveway was drastically reduced.
    Each multihead requires only one operator . Changeovers to a different target weight require little more than pushing a button.
    The wide-angled touchscreen monitor and the logical, straightforward and user-friendly interface are further benefits for the operators at Emsland.
    The excellent hygiene levels are easy to maintain, as the weighers can be conveniently cleaned by removing the contacts parts, cleaning them and replacing them, without tools.
    Factory manager Richard Wenneker confirms his satisfaction in terms of results: „The weighers are reliable and very accurate. They have significantly increased our efficiency. Both machines have already payed for themselves“. Currently, Elmsland is considering the automation of its weighing systems for fresh chicken legs and breasts. This might be an opportunity for the new Ishida screw feeder weigher!



    A customised packing line solution devised by Ishida Europe and the company’s Belgium sole distributor BRN has increased production output by 200%, greatly reduced product giveaway, and improved flexibility at leading Belgian tomato producer/packer Frani.

    First established as a tomato growing business, Frani’s activities have expanded to include trading and packing for other growers, and today the company is a major supplier to many of Belgium’s leading supermarket chains.

    Previously, the weighing and packing of tomatoes was done manually, which in addition to being extremely labour intensive - usually taking 18 people between 12 and 16 hours per day during the tomato season - often resulted in inaccurate pack weights. Frani wanted to make the whole packing process less labour intensive and more accurate, and at the same time introduce the popular ‘shaker’ style trays for its cherry tomatoes. However, this created its own set of challenges as shaker trays are notoriously difficult to handle in an automated process.

    The Ishida/BRN solution provides a fast and flexible means of handling both the shaker trays for the cherry tomatoes (at a target weight of 250g) and rectangular trays for the larger tomatoes (at a target weight of 1kg).

    Tomatoes are placed on a belt for manual inspection before being taken to the top of a specially-designed Ishida CCW-RS-214W-S/30-SS multihead weigher. The weigher incorporates a number of ‘gentle handling’ features, including bancollan lining for the hoppers, which provides a cushioned surface to avoid bruising of the tomatoes, and a gently sloping 45° discharge chute.

    After weighing, the tomatoes are guided in two lanes into an innovative timing hopper beneath the weigher which ensures a controlled discharge, one by one, into the tray to avoid blockages. At the same time, a tray denester provides reliable and accurate positioning of both types of trays under the weigher.

    After filling, the trays are manually inspected and lids placed on them before passing over an Ishida DACS-W-012 checkweigher for a final weight check.

    Despite the challenges of the installation, the new line was able, from the start of operation, to achieve the required 62 trays per minute for the 250g shaker trays, and 32 trays per minute for 1kg trays. As well as reducing the number of personnel required on the line from 18 to only 4, weighing accuracy has been improved, with product giveaway reduced by as much as 6%, while the line is operating to close to 100% efficiency levels.

    “Ishida’s and BRN’s approach to our packing line requirements and the solution that was devised have been excellent, with the installation being carried out smoothly and on time,” comments owner Nico De Wachter of Frani.

    His wife Karine Van Ostaeyen confirms; “Ongoing support by BRN has been equally impressive with any problems sorted out on the same day, while BRN has also established an internet link that enables remote diagnostics and service to be carried out from its offices.”



    Ishida Europe has designed and installed a complete packing line enabling three to four operators to produce prepared salads at up to 40 trays per minute, whilst automating inspection and making every pack traceable to a stored X-ray image.

    Gastro Star AG produces 30 tonnes of fresh products every day, ranging from vegetables and salads to fruit, including ready to use salad mixes under the Betty Bossi and Weight Watchers brands. The company was an early adopter of automation in salad packing, and the new line is part of a wider series of measures Gastro Star has taken to increase capacity and efficiency in the face of steady demand for its products.

    The new line was designed by Ishida’s Solutions Division, who installed it in November 2009 in conjunction with Itech, Ishida’s distributor in Italy and Switzerland. It produces 200g and 250g packs and includes tray denesting, multihead weighing, tray sealing, labelling, seal testing, vision system, x-ray inspection, checkweighing and packing into crates.

    The Ishida design enables crates of prepared leaves, which have been cut to size and washed, to be run via an elevator above the multihead weigher, where the salad is tipped into an infeed system. The tray sealer at the heart of the line is a state-of-the-art Ishida QX-1100. It handles four trays at a time, flushing them with an atmosphere of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide, and delivering a neat, economical seal with no protruding edges.

    The new line has ensured that previously labour intensive elements to the weighing and packing of products have become more efficient. The stainless steel contact surfaces and sophisticated vibratory system of the 10-head Ishida RS-series weigher reduce the possibility of clumping or sticking of leaves, and the need to manually rectify potential product-in-seal problems is largely eliminated by a distribution system that delivers the leaves to the tray in a neat and discrete batch via a feeder tube and dipping funnel, that gently tamps them to below the tray edge.

    At the end of the line, the IPS (Ishida Packing System) pick-and-place system not only automates what used to be the most labour-intensive part of the line, but does it at high speed and with far greater flexibility by picking individual packs rather than pre-determined lots or layers. The addition of a plastic cup containing product-specific additions, such as salad dressing, cheese or croutons, accounts for much of the small amount of labour involved.

    The new Ishida line has been designed so that the weigher is mounted on wheels, for easy movement around the floor, and both weigher and infeed system can be effortlessly raised and lowered for full cleaning access. Together with the general Ishida policy of designing contact parts to be removeable and replaceable without tools, this means that hygiene standards can be improved while man-hours spent cleaning are reduced.

    The Ishida Vision Seal Tester integrated into the line can optically (by comparing images of perfect with imperfect packs) detect a 0.75mm hole or gap in the seal at high speed. Mounted on it, and capable of using its rejection system, is an Ishida Vision System which verifies that each label is appropriate and positioned correctly, as well as relating the overprinted data to the company’s information systems in order to check that dates, weights, prices and barcodes are correct, providing extra protection for the end-customer as well as for retailers and brand reputations.

    Gastro Star decided to incorporate an X-ray inspection system into the line to ensure complete traceability for every pack of packaged salad. The chosen X-ray inspection system is an Ishida IX-GA 2475, which can not only detect unwanted metal, plastic, glass, stone, rubber and bone, but can also draw attention to underfilled or damaged packs.

    The monitoring system can record the exact gas mixture received by each modified atmosphere pack, and the temperature at which sealing took place. It also provides the company with an X-ray image associated with the pack, which can be used in order to settle any dispute about its contents.

    The 30-40 packs per minute achieved with the new line is double that of the former fastest line at Gastro Star, with product giveaway as little as 1-2%, by comparison with 10%. Currently working no more than 2 shifts per day, Gastro Star calculates that the line will pay for itself within five years.

    “The whole project has been very well and very professionally managed,” comments Ueli Forster, Managing Director of Gastro Star.

    “Ishida is an expert in line solutions and made the best integrated proposal. The line’s layout was convincing and service, as well as guaranteed line availability, was included. In addition, we were keen, as we lacked experience with such a line, to be able to rely on a one-stop-shop supplier”

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