Deutsche Post DHL unit DHL Supply Chain has installed a new CW3 combined checkweighing and metal detection unit at its Liverpool centre in the UK, with the aim of increasing its packaging service capabilities.
The new CW3 system installation is a second at the facility and is in line with DHL's intention to expand into contract manufacturing for the food industry.
In order to continue its expansion, the firm is currently focusing on the evaluation of its quality management and safety control processes in line with food safety and quality standards, including BRC.
The CW3 unit has been supplied by the non-contact inspection systems firm Loma Systems which functions as an official partner to the BRC global standards organisation.
This new installation is expected to help DHL in prompt and precise measurement of the weight of packed products.
The unit has the capacity to handle packaged products of up to 5kg with an accuracy class of 0.5g. It also supports inspection of products at speeds of up to 400 packs a minute.
The system also rejects any item that is 'out of tolerance', DHL said, and its metal detector is claimed to detect and reject contaminated products.
DHL packaging services head Simon Woodward said: "There is no doubt that we have secured new business as a result of our investment in market-leading equipment such as the CW3.
"Many of our customers are high-profile confectionery and biscuit manufacturers so the metal detector's ability to quickly adapt to different products and pack sizes has been invaluable. This equipment also played a part in DHL achieving Grade A level BRC accreditation and becoming an approved M&S packer."
Image: The metal detector is claimed to detect and reject contaminated products. Photo: courtesy of DHL Supply Chain.