Polish spice processer goes for MULTIPOND
In terms of revenue, the Prymat Group is the market leader in the manufacture of spices and spice mixes. This 30-year old traditional company makes around 5000 different products. Around 2000 tons are produced every month. The Prymat Group's dynamic development is predominantly down to huge investments in the machinery, new technologies and infrastructure. One of the significant steps towards increasing competiveness in production was the purchase of multihead weighers, which substantially improved the process speed and achieved a higher degree of weighing accuracy.

The weighing of spices with low bulk density presents the greatest challenge. The biggest problem is the product's low weight. The fully automated weighing of marjoram in particular presents a special challenge. The company was therefore on the lookout for new solutions and came across the multihead weigher manufacturer MULTIPOND at a trade fair. As Prymat explains: "We had already heard the name MULTIPOND. The company was known to us for being able to weigh even the most difficult products quickly and accurately. There are no off-the-peg weighers, only custom built special solutions." Various tests were carried out at the company's German headquarters, where Prymat was impressed by the high quality, performance and accuracy of the MULTIPOND systems. A 16-head weigher from MULTIPOND with specially matched product contact parts is now being used to weigh even the most difficult products, such as marjoram, quickly and accurately. The weigher weighs a total of 200 different products.


Until just recently, Prymat products were weighed by competitor multihead weighers. Commissioning the MULTIPOND weigher significantly improved accuracy. 100,000 packs of spices per day are weighed and packed on the line. This means that the line now works 30% faster than before. Use of the MULTIPOND multihead weigher, the core of the line, reduced the giveaway from the previous 6% to less than 1%. Prymat is extremely satisfied with the results: "MULTIPOND delivers what it promises. The accuracies are incredible, the investment has paid off in a very short time. We are now able to weigh quickly and accurately." In view of these facts, the two other competitor multihead weighers were likewise replaced by weighers from MULTIPOND.


The weighing system is a special version of an MP-16-1000-400-H-UL MULTIPOND multihead weigher. All product contact parts were precisely adapted to the product to be weighed in order to create a perfect product flow. Once at the top on the weighing system, the product is first conveyed to the prefeed hoppers via the radially positioned feed trays and then to the weigh hoppers below. The computer now determines from partial portions the combination that corresponds or comes closest to the target weight. After the actual weighing process, the accurately weighed portions are transferred to the timing hoppers and to the packaging machine via product-specific single chutes. Just like the hopper with serrated edge, the single chutes were designed, bespoke, to this sytem, which permits fast and accurate weighing of extremely difficult products. In addition, all weighing systems were provided with dust enclosures. The line runs five days per week in a 3-shift operation.

A simple and tool-free removal of the product contact parts was therefore a key criterion for reducing the cleaning times to an absolute minimum.


The weigher is operated by means of a user-friendly touch screen monitor. As Prymat explains: "Thanks to the simple user interface, our employees were able to operate the MULTIPOND weighers in no time at all. For us, the MULTIPOND name also stands for excellent reliability, as well as the highest precision at the highest speed. The overall package is rounded out by the fast and reliable service and the robustness of the machines."

The compete installation of the line was planned and implemented by Prymat on site and proceeded flawlessly. Prymat values above all the fast service at MULTIPOND. This aspect was a key criterion in the decision to purchase a MULTIPOND multihead weigher. The collaboration has been smooth from the outset. "The support from the company and its local agent is simple and uncomplicated", confirmed Prymat.   

MULTIPOND has been an owner-managed German company since the very beginning. Drawing on more than 70 years' experience in industrial weighing technology, we are a pioneer in this sector. Our success is based on the high quality and excellent technical standard of our weighing systems. We consciously commit to a high level of vertical integration, as well as production exclusively in Germany. Customer focus has become our corporate maxim. A team of over 250 employees commits worldwide to offer our customers from the food and non-food sectors optimized, unique solutions tailored exactly to their requirements at all times.
Sales, project planning and service activities are handled at the German headquarters, and from four of our own subsidiaries in France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the USA and by a worldwide network of agents.

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