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Ishida Europe bv

Ishida Europe bv


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Ishida is a world leader in the design, manufacture and installation of complete weighing and packing line solutions for the food industry.
With an installed base of in excess of 100,000 industrial machines worldwide, covering a huge number of applications, Ishida are the undisputed world market leader for multihead weighers and one of the leading suppliers of traysealers, snack food bagmakers, x-ray-inspection systems, checkweighers, weigh-price-labellers, seal- and leak detectors, vision systems as well as a world-class supplier of complete turnkey solutions for snacks, poultry, meat, fish, ready meals, vegetables and many dry foods.

Ishida’s product range now includes:
• Traditional multihead weighers
• Fresh Food and Screw Feeder Weighers for sticky and fragile products
• Cutgate weighers for granular products
• Snackfood bagmakers
• Traysealers
• X-ray inspection systems
• Checkweighers and Weigh-Price-Labellers
• Seal / leak testers with integrated vision systems
• Pick-and-place systems


Product news



    The ability of Ishida’s ‘’Micro’’ multihead weigher (with just 50cc hopper size) to handle extremely small target weights with pinpoint accuracy has made it the ideal choice for Bejo Zaden, one of the world’s leading companies in the breeding, production, processing and sales of premium quality vegetable seeds.

    And as a further demonstration of the wide-ranging capabilities of Ishida multihead weighers, Bejo is also using 14 head 3 litre CCW-RS models for its larger pack sizes, while the very first Ishida multihead that the company purchased in the 1990s is still in operation at the factory, dedicated to Bejo’s organic seeds ranges.

    Bejo has a long-established reputation for quality. The company offers over 1,000 different varieties of seeds for around 50 crops for the global market and a wide range of target groups. Each variety has its unique characteristics, such as flavour, disease resistances, shape, colour, strength, or has been developed to be suitable for a specific climate. Bejo invests a substantial part of its annual revenue in research, but it can take between ten and fifteen years to bring a new variety successfully to market.

    The seeds are therefore high value items, which means that accurate weighing is a vital part of the packing operation. At the same time, the seeds present additional weighing challenges since each seed batch is different in its characteristics. Some are even so small that they need an additional coating, which breaks down naturally once in the ground, in order for them to be handled and sown effectively. A further challenge is that Bejo sells its seeds mostly by number in the pack rather than by weight. …/

    The Ishida weighers are therefore set at a target weight that matches the number of seeds per pack, which vary for each seed batch. For the Ishida Micro weighers, pack weights are from 2g to 80g, which represents anything from 250 to 25,000 seeds depending on the variety. In order to ensure the correct amount of seeds in every pack, the accuracy of each weighment is vital. Bejo reports that accuracy is to within 0.03g on a 2g pack, with speeds of up to 75 packs per minute.

    For its larger bag sizes up to 1.5kg, Bejo is using the two Ishida CCW-RS multihead weighers. Again, excellent accuracy - to within 0.1% of target weight – is being achieved at speeds of currently 30 bags per minute but this is limited by the manual packing of the bags into cartons. The company is now installing a robotic pick-and-place system for this operation, which will take the speed of the line to up to 50 bags per minute.

    The huge number of seed varieties means there can be up to 20 changeovers per day on each weigher. With easy cleaning using vacuum cleaning and compressed air and the settings for each production run pre-set and easily called up on the weighers’ remote control unit, these changeovers can be carried out quickly in around 10 minutes.

    Bejo currently operates three Ishida Micro weighers, two 3 litre models and the original CCW-Z model purchased in 1993. And it is the reliable and accurate performance of the weighers that has sustained the company’s long-standing relationship with Ishida, one which has withstood the challenges of rival equipment.

    “When we installed the new lines for the larger bags, we did trial some alternative weighers,” says Bas Schult, logistics team leader at Bejo Zaden. “However, their performance simply wasn’t up to our requirements and this demonstrated the capabilities of the Ishida models.

    “The Micro weighers in particular are ideal for weighing seeds and have transformed our packing operation for the smaller pack sizes.”
    Bejo also uses Ishida checkweighers throughout its operations.

    “These provide a vital final quality control check and this is becoming increasingly important as we move to automated packing of our cartons, which means there are no checks by operators,” explains Bas.

    “Like the multiheads, the Ishida checkweighers are consistently reliable and accurate.”




    Two Ishida IX-GA 4075 X-ray systems are providing an enhanced quality control role at leading Belgium dairy Olympia.

    The machines are monitoring Olympia’s market-leading range of dairy desserts, including rice pudding, and vanilla and chocolate puddings and creams, for contaminants such as metal, glass, ceramics and other non-metal foreign bodies, to ensure product quality is of the highest standards.

    One IX-GA is dedicated to 100g and 200g pots, operating at up to 10,000 pots per hour, while the second system handles larger pack sizes up to 800g at around 4,000 pots per hour.

    The Ishida systems were selected after an in-depth comparison with another manufacturer. Wim De Spiegeleer, Olympia’s operations manager, says the IX-GA delivered a better overall performance, including greater detection sensitivity and a clear and focused X-ray image of the product time after time, as well as offering a stable and well-engineered machine construction.

    “With many other X-ray machines something like the lift-off tab on the dessert lid being raised up could trigger a false reject,” he explains. “This is a very annoying problem that causes extra stress for the operators and distracts them.”

    The Ishida X-ray system avoids this problem thanks to its unique Genetic Algorithm (GA) technology, which enables operators to ‘train’ the machine to spot problems specific to each particular application by using image data analysis over a number of inspections. As it is common in food production for similar contamination problems to recur, data logging can help to build up a more precise calibration protocol with each inspection. This enables defects to be more easily identified and their location in the pack pinpointed, even at high throughput rates.

    The ability to detect foreign bodies in the Olympia dessert range is important because of the company’s high standards, including absolute certainty.

    “Filling the various desserts into the pots involves some quite complex machinery with many different moving parts,” explains Wim. “If any small parts were to drop off the machine, we need to be confident that these can always and quickly be identified.”

    Metal detection is not an adequate solution, because of the aluminium foil lids on the pots. However, says Wim, in the past X-ray technology was deemed too expensive and the only tool was a thorough inspection of the machine each day. While Olympia still inspects the machines, this is now complementary to the technology and enables the company to inspect the condition of the machine at the same time.

    “Today, X-ray prices are much more reasonable and this makes the investment worthwhile,” explains Wim. “And we can also benefit from the additional product quality monitoring.”

    There are further advantages of the Ishida system, he continues.

    “Because every pack is monitored and an image produced, we can very easily pinpoint the area of contamination in each individual pack. And the individual images are also an important part of our comprehensive traceability procedures.”

    The two IX-GA models were installed by Ishida’s Belgium agent BRN, who also supplied the conveyors and guarding around the machines. Olympia reports that the X-ray systems are proving reliable and easy to set-up and operate.

    "It is essential that operators trust these machines and are able to work with them day-in, day out,” concludes Wim. “The decision to purchase is made at one point but the machines will be around for many years afterwards so it is important to get it right. And that is what we have done with the Ishida IX-GA X-ray systems.”


    About Olympia

    Established in 1946, Olympia, based in Herfelingen, Belgium and part of the Pajot Dairy group, has always been a family-run business, which today is headed by Luc and Marc Van Impe.

    Olympia processes around 150 million litres of fresh milk annually, supplied from over 400 local independent farmers, into both fresh and long-life products, supplied under its own brands, private label and as a co-packer.

    The company’s commitment to quality and product development has kept it at the forefront of the market over the years. The 1980s saw the building of its own sterilisation unit, while in the 1990s Olympia was one of the first dairies to start UHT milk production in PE bottles co-extruded in different layers.

    The company began production of its milk-based desserts including a highly successful sugar-free range in the 2000s.

    As well as its leading position in the Benelux market, Olympia products are sold in the rest of Europe and the company also exports its long-life products as far as Japan.




    Greater efficiency, improved flexibility and enhanced quality control are the major benefits of a bespoke packing line created for leading biscuit and pastry manufacturer Poppies International by Ishida Europe’s Belgian agent BRN. The new line at Poppies’ factory in Zonnebeke, Belgium comprises an Ishida CCW-R-108P linear multihead weigher with a special distribution system that enables it to handle both trays and bags of biscuits, while an Ishida DACS checkweigher and IX-GA 4075 X-ray system provide weight and quality checks for all pack types.

    The Ishida multihead weigher is achieving 50 packs per minute on a typical 125g tray. Accuracy is to within 0.5g and overall the weigher is delivering an efficiency level in excess of 95% for this challenging product and application.

    Poppies manufactures its delicate sugar-glazed puff pastry biscuits in two shapes – Twists and Palmiers. As well as its own brand, the company also produces the biscuits for many national and international retailers. This equates to around six different pack formats, both trays and bags, in a range of sizes from 75g to 400g. As a result, during a typical shift, the company might need to effect up to seven changeovers.

    The new BRN/Ishida system enables these changeovers to be carried out in just 15 minutes thanks to two important factors. The linear configuration of the Ishida weigher is ideal for fragile biscuits and it allows two distribution systems to sit comfortably beneath the weigher. A special BRN-designed tray denester feeds the trays to two dipping funnels that place the biscuits into the trays. These can be changed for an alternative filling system that places the biscuits into individual compartments on a conveyor which takes them to a bagmaker.

    Equally important, the three Ishida machines (multihead weigher, X-ray inspection system and checkweigher) are all controlled by a single Control Unit, meaning that the settings for every pack format on each machine can be easily called up by the touch of a single button on the panel.

    The installation of the Ishida IX-GA X-ray system has also delivered an important enhancement to Poppies’ quality control, as production manager Geert Vandoorne explains:

    “Before the X-ray, the biscuits would pass through a metal detector immediately after coming out of the oven. Nevertheless, the packing operation involves a number of additional pieces of equipment, so it was more appropriate for the metal detector to be placed further down the line. This however created another problem as some of the trays feature aluminium foil seals, while the bags are tied with a metal clip, and these factors would prevent the metal detector from operating properly.”

    By comparison Ishida’s X-ray system is able to detect unwanted objects through metallised film, and its advanced technology can also mask the metal clip on the bags without reducing the detection performance of foreign bodies. Missing or additional clips are also identified.

    In addition, the IX-GA 4075 is able to spot a wider range of contaminants and can pinpoint the location of any foreign object despite the fact that the biscuits are quite densely packed in the bags and trays.

    The installation of the Ishida DACS checkweigher has also helped to improve overall efficiencies. “Previously operators simply checked the fill level of the trays or bags by sight to assess if the correct amount was in each pack,” explains Geert, “but this led to excessive giveaway on occasions. Now we can be confident that every pack is close to its target weight.”

    The new line at Poppies incorporates the company’s existing bagmaker, flow wrapper and boxing machine with BRN supplying the three new Ishida machines along with transfer conveyors and elevators.

    After baking, the biscuits are taken on an inclined conveyor through a ventilation system that cools them down before being transferred to a bucket elevator to take them to the linear mulithead weigher. An important modification to the line here is the inclusion of a special buffering system for the biscuits. If there is a problem further down the packing line, the feed conveyor to the bucket elevator goes into a backward and forward motion in order to collect the biscuits and hold them at this stage. This gives time for the problem to be fixed and, if it is likely to take a long time, production can be halted. Once the line is restarted, the biscuits are gradually re-fed to the bucket elevator.

    Another innovation is the BRN-designed tray denester which uses suction pads to remove each tray from the stack and place it on the conveyor. This ensures gentle handling that will not deform the lightweight trays.

    Geert Vandoorne is pleased with the new line.

    “We have always been big Ishida fans – we have Ishida weighers in operation throughout our factories because they are fast, accurate and reliable. The company was therefore the natural choice to help us upgrade and improve our biscuit packing operation.

    “The X-ray and checkweigher have delivered the same high standards of accuracy and reliability and with BRN’s help with the design of the line, we now have an extremely flexible and efficient packing operation that ensures the high quality of our products and further enhances our reputation.”



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