Ishida Europe has developed a range of entry-level weigher/bagmaker combination units, which offer an economic, medium-speed solution for food manufacturers, thus delivering a fast payback on a reduced investment cost while ensuring consistent weights, pack quality and seal integrity.
The Ishida First Range comprises either a ten or 14-head CCW-SE economy multihead weigher with an intermittent motion Astro-S-103 bagmaker or a 14-head economy weigher with a rotary motion Atlas-113 packaging machine.
Whilst the Atlas option is ideal for handling pillow bags at speeds of up to 90bpm, the Astro will usually be specified for speeds up to 70bpm, offering gusseted and block-bottom bag formats with minimum change parts and simple machine maintenance.
Both the Atlas and Astro bagmakers feature servo-motors and software-controlled variable seal time, jaw temperature and pressure that allow the handling of many film types, including standard, metallised, recyclable and biodegradable. Stripping plates clear the seal area before sealing, which ensures good pack quality, and servo-driven and vacuum-assisted pull-down belts enable accurate and consistent bag lengths to maximise film use and optimise pack presentation.
The user-friendly operator interface includes integrated self-diagnostics and a colour touchscreen. This allows easy and rapid transfers between bag types and film, while minimising downtime.