Ishida Europe is introducing an enhancement to its market-leading Atlas range of snack food bagmakers which the company says will increase its already-high speeds on Potato Chips by a further 35% to a performance leading 150 bags per minute, on a single packaging machine.
The new Ishida Charge Transfer Control (CTC) system is easily retrofitted to existing Atlas systems, meaning packing capacity can be immediately boosted with no requirements for additional floor space.
The CTC enhances the weighing and bagmaking operation by providing greater control of the product charge, the process where product is transferred from the weigher to the bagmaker. The resulting reduction in product charge length means speeds can be closely controlled to deliver the increased throughput while also contributing to a decrease in product and film waste.
Key to the CTC’s operation is a high speed chute design, featuring a rotary poker and shutter system combined with gentle product handling. A hygienic construction ensures simple maintenance and cleaning, and the CTC’s lack of dedicated tooling enables faster changeovers than the previous model. Easy monitoring and control is via the intuitive Ishida Snacks system control screen.
The CTC enhances the proven performance of the Atlas bagmaker whose innovative double rotary jaw motion delivers high packing speeds along with accurate film registration and tight bag seals.
"This is a further improvement to what was already the best-in-class weighing and bagging solution for the snacks market," comments Simon Ruffley, Ishida Europe’s business manager – Snacks Packaging Systems.
"Through further control of the product charge, we have once again extended the boundaries of what can be achieved, delivering the sort of high packing speeds for snack products that up until now were simply unattainable."