Ishida Europe has announced plans to upgrade its Atlas range of snack food bag makers in order to increase speeds in the packaging of crisps.
The company aims to increase capacity by 35% to 150 bags per minute on a single packaging machine.
The new Ishida charge transfer control (CTC) system can be retrofitted to existing Atlas systems, helping to boost packing capacity without the need for additional floor space.
The CTC provides better control of the process where the product is transferred from the weigher through the bagmaker, known as the product charge.
This is achieved through a new high-speed chute design combined with better product handling.
Fast product changeovers are enabled by the lack of dedicated tooling in the CTC.
The system overall enhances the performance of the Atlas bagmaker, whose double rotary jaw motion delivers better packing speeds, better film registration and tight bag seals.
Ishida snacks packaging systems business manager Simon Ruffley said this is a further improvement to the weighing and bagging technology for the snack's market.
"Through further control of the product charge, we have once again extended the boundaries of what can be achieved, delivering the sort of high packing speeds for snack products that up until now were simply unattainable," Ruffley added.
Image: Ishida's new CTC improves the weighing and bagmaking operation. Photo: courtesy of Ishida Europe.