The DACS-G is operating at speeds up to 150 packs per minute for double bar packs in three, four, five and six multipacks, and around 98 packs per minute of traditional ‘Rounds’ cookies containing up to eight items. While the checkweigher has a top speed of 160 packs per minute, the performance of the line is governed by the automated case packer which places the multipacks into retail ready trays.
The flexibility of the checkweigher installation provides an additional benefit in that, if there is a problem with the case packer, the conveyor leading to the DACS-G can act as a buffer to hold packs. The conveyor can then be slowed down to gradually release the held packs once the line is fully operational again, and the high speed capability of the checkweigher allows these packs to be quickly cleared.
The DACS-G is equipped with both Reject Confirmation and IDCS (Ishida Data Capture System) features. Reject Confirmation incorporates a sensor in the reject bin that detects every pack that is removed from the conveyor by the air blast system. This is a particular requirement of UK retailers.
IDCS provides valuable production information that can be accessed remotely. This allows Ravensbergen Food to assess the overall efficiency of the line and, if necessary, make adjustments to improve the packing operation.