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Mussels weighed accurately to a gram – Dutch mussel cultivator relies solely on MULTIPOND for its weighing equipment
The packaging department, for instance, was recently expanded from 4 to 6 lines. Here, the company relied solely on MULTIPOND, infact two additional multihead weighers (Type MP 14-3800/1250-H) were recently purchased. Bram Verwijs, managing director and owner, is quite satisfied with the results: "When it comes to weighing equipment, we rely solely on the multihead weighers from MULTIPOND – and have done so from the very beginning. We never had a problem with them. The accuracy is exceptional, which is an important criteria with our high-value product. We also receive outstanding service support".
The mussels are packaged primarily in trays and pouches. After the washing process, they are fed by conveyor to the individual weighing systems from MULTIPOND. Once it has arrived at the top on the weigher, the product is first conveyed to the prefeed hoppers by the radially positioned feed trays and then to the weigh hoppers underneath. The system operates based on the principle of combining partial portions. Using the partial portions, a computer determines the best combination to achieve or comes closest to the targeted weight. Then, the precisely weighed portions are discharged into the timing hopper and finally to the packaging machine - horizontal tray lines from Tramper. The target weights vary between 50 g and 10,000 g, with underweights rarely allowed, since the mussels lose water naturally after being packaged. The standard deviation, for instance is less than 0.4 %. "The subject of accuracy plays an enormously important role for our products in the high-priced segment", states Bram Verwijs. "The MULTI POND systems satisfy this requirement fully." The entire line runs with an output of up to 68 trays per minute. As an alternative, the mussels can be packaged in pouches. In this case, the filling systems are simply placed under the weighers, enabling a quick changeover at any time.
All product contact parts have been matched exactly to the requirements for packaging the valuable mussels. For instance, a specially developed water outlet has been incorporated into the hopper specifically for this application. All parts can be removed easily and quickly for cleaning and maintenance without the need for tools. The system is operated using a convenient color touchscreen monitor. Easy-to-use controls make working with the systems uncomplicated. The employees have learned to operate the machines quickly and without any problems.
Danielle Westerweel from Marketing & Sales is also very satisfied with the results: "The high reliability of the systems gives us an enormous sense of security. Flexibility is very important in our company – the lead times are extremely short. Sometimes there are only a few hours between receipt of an order and its shipment. We have to be 100 % sure that everything is running perfectly. This is one of the primary reasons why we rely on the company we consider the best manufacturer of multihead weighers - MULTIPOND - for the heart of the packaging lines – the weighing system. We know without a doubt that we can rely on them".
MULTIPOND is the sales arm of the ATOMA-MULTIPOND Group, which was founded in 1946 and has been manufacturing automatic weighers for the packaging industry since 1963. The company is a market-leading innovator in the sphere of multihead weighers and acts as a supplier of customized solutions in the market. The entire development and production of the weighing systems takes place at the company headquarters in Waldkraiburg, about 65 km east of Munich. In addition to a global sales network, products are marketed through four subsidiaries in Great Britain, the Netherlands, France and the USA.
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