Market-leading cheese manufacturer relies on the quality of MULTIPOND
Goldsteig - a young company with a name rich in tradition. The company founded in 1992, has developed into one of the largest mozzarella manufacturers in Europe and into an important manufacturer of hard, sliced and soft cheese within a few years. Approximately two million liters of raw milk are processed every day in the three factories in the Bavarian Forest. The Works Manager, Uwe Grünemeyer, relies exclusive on the multihead-head weighing systems from MULTIPOND for weighing his high quality products: ''When it is a matter of purchasing a new weighing system, we only contact MULTIPOND. All projects to date have been implemented to our complete satisfaction''. Recently, a further weigher from Multipond was purchased for weighing Mozzarella Balls in their Cham factory.
Previously the small balls (piece weight: 7.5 g to 8.5 g) were filled in the trays using a counting system. Accurate packing by weight was not possible. Therefore, the cheese manufacturer turned to MULTIPOND again for this requirement.
Shortly afterwards, a 16-head memory weigher, an MP 1601-FFC-S5, was installed by MULTIPOND. The extreme hygiene requirements, particularly in the soft cheese area, needed particular attention. Therefore, the weigher had to be designed and built in accordance with precise specifications from Goldsteig. Among other areas of the weighers particular attention was paid to the design of vibrators, prefeed and weigh hoppers. Further optimization measures were taken on the product-contact parts, chutes and funnels, in order to achieve the required performance of up to 4 x 40 weighings per minute.
Goldsteig is so impressed by the weighing solutions from MULTIPOND: ''It is extremely important for us to obtain solutions which are exactly customized to the conditions and requirements of our production. MULTIPOND is exactly right for us here. After all, the conditions from product to product are different. If we need a different weighing solution we contact the specialist from MULTIPOND and obtain the perfect solution in the shortest time'', says Uwe Grünemeyer, Works Manager.
The weigher installed was a 16 head twin memory hopper combination weigher An elevating conveyor feeds the small mozzarella balls to the distribution cone of the weigher. These are first conveyed from there via the radially arranged feed trays into the prefeed hopper and then into the weigh hopper arranged underneath it. After the weighing process, the partial portion is deposited via a special swiveling funnel under the weigh hopper into one of two memory hoppers. The use of this twin memory hopper syatem dramatically increases the number of possible combinations which is finally the basis for maximum accuracy and speed.
A micro-processor now determines the combination of the partial portions which corresponds or comes the closest to the target weight of 125g. Two of these portions are now always transferred simultaneously via two outlets of the weigher to an additional distribution system. This distributes the accurate weight portions into the four trays of the Dosomat underneath. Thus, with each cycle of the Dosomat, four trays are always filled simultaneously with the small mozzarella balls.
During the main season main mozarella ball season (March-September) the system runs on a three-shift operation. The weigher is controlled and operated using a user friendly color touchscreen monitor. In the case of problems, the MULTIPOND fitters are available at any time. Uwe Grünemeyer says: ''This simply amounts to a complete package from MULTIPOND for us. A quick response is very important and that is what we receive from MULTIPOND. However, as the machines already installed in factories are running without problems, not a single service call due to a problem has been necessary in recent years. The same applies for spare parts. We simply consider ourselves to be in good hands with MULTIPOND''.
MULTIPOND is the sales and service division of the German based manufacturing company ATOMA which has been established since 1946. The first automatic weighing system for the packaging industry was launched in 1963. Headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Waldkraiburg, Germany, about 65km east of Munich. Beside the global network of sales and service representatives, there are four wholly owned sales and service subsidiaries in the UK, the Netherlands, France and the US.
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