Manners finds new weigh

Catering butcher R Manners & Sons, based in Ponteland, Newcastle-on-Tyne, has found that the installation of an Ishida Fresh Food Weigher (FFW) has helped growth and expansion.

When high pressures were put on the manual packing process, R Manners & Sons installed an Ishida CC CCW-NZ-108 FFW, which has brought a number of important benefits such as excellent accuracy, said the company. This means product giveaway has been all but eliminated, while production throughput has increased tenfold. As a result, employee numbers on the packing line have been reduced, allowing staff to be redeployed more effectively elsewhere.

The FFW forms part of a dedicated packaging line devised by Ishida, with products fed by a conveyor to the top of the weigher and then transferred by a second conveyor to a full stainless steel VFB 4000 GIC

VFFS bagmaker, which incorporates gas flushing to maximise the shelf-life and appearance of the meat.
The bags are then quality checked in a combined Ishida DACS checkweigher and metal detector before being transferred to the despatch and delivery area.

Tony Manners, MD of R Manners & Sons, said: "We are very dependent on the weighing system to meet our daily production targets and both Ishida and GIC are always very quick to respond to any problems or queries we have in order to ensure that day-to-day operations are reliably maintained."