SALAD WEIGHERS DELIVER THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF PERFORMANCE, FLEXIBILITY AND HYGIENE
Russia’s leading supplier of prepared salads is using multihead weighers from Ishida Europe for their accuracy, speed and excellent hygiene properties in handling a wide variety of salad items, including some very challenging products. Belaya Dacha says the waterproof design of the Ishida 14 head 5 litre multihead weighers enables it to consistently meet the highest hygiene standards that are vital for the supply of salad products and a key factor in maintaining the company’s excellent reputation. The Ishida weighers are an integral part of five specially designed lines handling around 33 different products including carrot sticks, apples, cut cabbage leaves, corn, rocket and iceberg lettuce, as well as salad mixes. Target weights for the MAP pillow bags vary from 75g to 250g for retail packs, up to 3kg for the foodservice sector. The Ishida weighers are exceeding the required speeds and levels of accuracy, particularly for a difficult to handle product such as rocket which is very sticky and prone to become tangled. Strong and consistent vibration throughout the weighers’ dispersion table and feeders ensures a regular and ordered flow of products into the weigh hoppers. This avoids overfill and helps to deliver the highest levels of accuracy. The Ishida weighers have replaced linear weighers and manual weighing processes in the factory. The new multihead weighers have not only greatly increased overall speeds and accuracy but also generated significant savings in manpower. Whereas previously each weigher required at least one and sometimes two operators, now Belaya Dacha needs just one operator for all five lines, freeing up workers for other tasks within the factory. Equally important, the weighers have the flexibility to handle changing customer orders, which may mean that up to seven product changeovers are undertaken during a single shift. The easy to use remote control screen is configured in Russian for intuitive and fast set up, and the weighers can be quickly cleaned by compressed air in a couple of minutes between product changes. At the end of each shift the multiheads receive a complete clean-down. All hoppers and radial feeders are easily removed from the weigher and placed for cleaning on a ‘wash down wall’ while the main body is treated with special foam and disinfectant to completely remove even the tiniest pieces of product invisible to the naked eye and to kill all potential bacteria. This hygienic and easy clean design is vital in ensuring Belaya Dacha can impose rigorous product quality standards in line with the company’s premium image. The ongoing investment in weighing equipment reflects continuing demand for Belaya Dacha’s extensive range of products. The Ishida models’ consistency, reliability and ability to handle even the most difficult fresh produce while delivering excellent speed and accuracy are vital factors in supporting the company’s ambitious growth targets.