Sanitation Made Easy
Giesen, 1st June 2020 – METTLER TOLEDO has launched a series of washdown resistant checkweighers for weighing applications in food manufacturing environments. The equipment is designed for use in areas with cleaning regimes that use caustic cleaning agents to combat bacterial contamination risks.
Typical applications include the processing of meat, fish and seafood, but also baked goods and ready meals, in which pasty and liquid product ingredients can spill over and contaminate conveyor belts or other parts of the machine in direct or indirect contact with food. The new dynamic checkweighers are designed for the sort of harsh cleaning routines found in the food industry. The systems are IP69 tested and are resistant to most caustic detergents and disinfectants in line with the ECOLAB Material Compatibility Test. This includes the system touchscreens, which do not need to be removed or covered during cleaning procedures, resulting in reduced downtime for regular cleaning.
"In the food production industry, there's nothing more important than keeping consumers safe from contamination – bacterial or otherwise." says Dr. Jürgen Kress, General Manager at METTLER TOLEDO Garvens. "It is important that production equipment is able to stand up to the rigorous cleaning routines required to maintain a hygienic environment without sacrificing accuracy." This includes making sure that new checkweighers comply with global regulations governing conveyor materials expected to come into contact with food, including Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 and Regulation (EU) 10/2011, which supports the customer in their need to comply with FDA standards.
The new washdown checkweighers are built with the principles of hygienic design in mind while still maintaining the high level of precision for which METTLER TOLEDO checkweighers are known.
Sloped surfaces discourage liquid and debris collection to avoid bacterial contamination and conveyor belts can be removed quickly and easily. An open frame design with only four feet on the floor provides easy access for cleaning. Reliable, high weighing precision with MID certification helps to comply with weighing regulations and reduces costly product waste.
C33 PlusLine Washdown Checkweigher – Robust Performance
A combination of reliable weighing accuracy with rugged machine design, the C33 PlusLine delivers high precision weighing in harsh environments. The system design makes cleaning and maintenance simple; with easy dismantling and reassembly of system conveyors – including self-adjusting elastic belts that remove the need for tensioning. In most cases, cleaning with the parts in place is possible and the flip-up design of the conveyors allows easy access to all critical areas.
The 12" touchscreen monitor is positioned at the front of the system to encourage worker safety and is included in the IP69 rating of the system – meaning there is no need to cover or remove it during cleaning. The system provides key runtime data and statistics in over 30 languages, with additional accessibility and ease-of-use options available.
C35 AdvancedLine Washdown Checkweigher – Precision and Versatility
Built for harsh environments, the C35 delivers precise weighing results on a stable weighing platform resistant to high-pressure washdown and most caustic detergents. The system frame is designed according to hygienic principles, with easy access for cleaning and sloped surfaces to discourage liquid collection. The system supports speeds of up to 250 packs per minute and a weighing range from 25 g to 7 kg. The system seeks to reduce maintenance-related downtime through easy dismantling – it takes less than a minute to remove the driving unit completely with the minimal use of tools. A 15" touchscreen interface is fully washable along with the rest of the system, and the weighing software supports IoT/Industry 4.0 initiatives using open interfaces such as OPC UA, Pack ML and Fieldbus.