New Ishida range takes checkweighers to ‘the next level’

ISHIDA Europe has announced it is launching a new range of checkweighers tipped to take the machines to ‘the next level’.

The Ishida DACS-GN platform retains the familiarity of the existing range to enable companies to transition ‘seamlessly’ to the new models.

Manufactured in the UK for faster lead times, and with Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) approval across the range, the new checkweighers can be specified in two variants, Excellence and Advanced. Ishida said both offer improved performance with the flexibility to handle a wider range of target weights – from 5g to 6kg – at higher speeds of up to 480 packs per minute.

“At Ishida our focus is on continuous development, listening to our customers and identifying latest market requirements,” said Philip Grove, Ishida’s product manager – checkweighers, metal detectors, IDCS.  “The DACS-GN checkweighers build on our experience and expertise to deliver improved levels of speed and efficiency, together with enhanced flexibility.

“Equally important is the ease with which customers can change to the new models, which can be simply integrated into existing lines and which operators will be able to quickly adapt to.”

Ishida added that the development of the Ishida DACS-GN has focused on enhancements to three main areas: electronics, software and mechanical design.

The common electrical platform is designed to allow ease of maintenance and servicing, while the ‘simplified’ software system requires no additional operating hardware to accommodate both standard and optional programmes. The new design and layout is described as delivering further advances in reliability, performance and convenience.

Standard features include an intuitive colour touchscreen display, powered by Ishida’s latest generation of software. The software development incorporates several enhancements including a ‘licence key’, the ability to add options without the need for a service visit, local backup of production data to USB, and enhanced connectivity to support OPC-UA and Industry 5.0.

All DACS-GN models are compliant with the latest retailer standards including the availability of a metal detector and the incorporation of Ishida’s advanced RRC (Retail Reject Confirmation) software and hardware that checks and confirms that any out-of-specification product or pack has been successfully removed.

Additional photo-eye sensors are included to provide greater accuracy for the tracking of products throughout the weighing process. The system will automatically go into protection mode and stop if any inconsistency or unauthorised interference is detected, or if a rejected item is not removed successfully.

Models can be specified with IP54 and IP65 certification for dusty or wet conditions and to meet stringent cleaning requirements. The incorporation of lifting brackets avoids the risk of machine damage during installation or if the checkweigher requires moving and repositioning in the factory.

“The new DACS-GN checkweighers have the flexibility to meet the needs of a huge variety of applications, combining advanced features and performance with the quality and reliability for which Ishida has always been known,” Philip Grove added.