“The ability to quality grade and weigh a product accurately is an essential precondition for ensuring that the best and most profitable use is made of it.”
In recent years line speeds have increased along with the requirement for ever more accurate weighing for sizing, batching and yield control. Give-away, yield loss and wrongly allocated whole products are all issues faced by today’s processors fighting to defend tight margins. Any new equipment promising to weigh consistently accurately at the highest line speeds will therefore always find a ready audience!
These were reasons enough for Marel Stork Poultry Processing to develop SmartWeigher. SmartWeigher is already in everyday operation in plants in Europe and the USA. Weights obtained in SmartWeigher are used to determine how and by which modules each broiler is cut.
Simple robust weighing bridge
The SmartWeigher weigh bridge is simple, robust and very compact. It consists of a section of Sigma track, installed into a conventional Sigma overhead conveyor system, to which a load cell and vibration sensor are attached. Broilers pass over the weigh bridge with no acceleration or deceleration. Products are weighed in the shackle, without opening the shackle or removing the products from the shackle.
Innovative vibration management
For maximum weighing accuracy Friction and vibration are the main enemies of accurate weighing. SmartWeigher incorporates a vibration sensor which picks up any vertical vibrations. The weigher’s electronics then compensates for these vibrations, ensuring that they cannot compromise weighing accuracy. Both the vibration sensor and its electronics are an excellent example of synergy within the Marel Group. The technology was originally developed to be able to weigh fish accurately on board Icelandic trawlers pitching and rolling through the rough Northern seas.
Easy to live with
SmartWeigher’s weigh bridge has a single sensor, which, once installed, never has to be moved. The system is calibrated during assembly and no further calibration is necessary. The SmartWeigher is virtually maintenance-free.
Simple pleasing design
SmartWeigher has been designed not just to excel at its job but also to look totally at home in a hygienic food processing environment. All surfaces are smooth without blind spots and can be washed down easily; electronic controls are contained within the weigher’s beam. Safety has been thought of too. All potential nip points are effectively guarded.
Newest Stork SmartWeigher
SmartWeigher’s proven success in cut up operations is now expanded for the use in distribution lines. SmartWeigher for distribution lines offers:
- High performance for separation of light, average and heavy birds to control your product flow into cut-up lines
- Low maintenance and low COO
- No daily calibration
- No floor space needed
- All in a robust and reliable machine
With the addition of SmartWeigher’s proven technology for use in distribution lines, we offer the perfect, universal solution for in-line weighing. Contact us to find out how you can expand your distribution line accuracy with the new Stork SmartWeigher.
Please visit us (hall 7, booth D010) at VIV Europe (May 20–22), Jaarbeurs Exhibition Centre Utrecht (Netherlands).