Gainco, the US-based labelling and packaging supplier, has launched what is claimed to be a ground-breaking system for accurate high-speed, in-motion weighing and labelling of poultry case goods.
The GS-2450 Case Weigh and Labelling Systems are stand-alone stations that can be linked together as part of a complete production and inventory system. Designed for durability and to withstand the rigours of the processing environment, they are available either as fixed stations or as portable units with RF and Ethernet connections to provide operational flexibility for the processing facility.
Constructed using type 304 stainless steel tubing with heavy-duty ball bearing castors for uneven floor surfaces, the case weigh and labelling systems are simple to install. They feature an hermetically sealed loadcell design with 8-point overload protection and NEMA 4x controller enclosure to prevent damage to "smart" components from harsh washdown and production activities.
The company also claims that the controller features increased uptime and reduce maintenance costs, while the touchscreen PC incorporates user-friendly graphic displays with multilingual communications.
Hardware and software packages are custom-configured to meet specific customer throughput and accuracy requirements. The Dataman Data Collection System, available for use with case weigh/labellers and all other Gainco equipment, is a combined software/hardware solution that allows for the integration of all remote units on the production floor.
Operators can set parameters, monitor yield and throughput, and create customised reports from a single location. Raw data can be made available throughout the plant network as well as across the corporate network. The data can then be moved to databases such as Oracle, SQL Server and DB2.