The new 9-inch AccuSizer portion classifier from Gainco is specifically designed for handling items such as breast fillets and butterflies, wings, tenders, drums, thighs, whole legs and other smaller food portions weighing less than two pounds and shorter than 10 inches in length. It can process both fresh or quick-frozen products, said the company.
The units are engineered to be both cost-effective and user-friendly, said the US firm, citing features such as an IP69K-rated touchscreen interface with graphical displays and multi-language communications. The all-new tubeless frame design reduces vibration, enhances bacteria control and reduces cleaning time.
The equipment can size up to 180 portions per minute, with a tolerance of + 1.0 grams at one standard deviation for even the smallest pieces, claimed the company. Interchangeable in-feed systems help it adapt to the size and type of product being processed.
Other notable design features claimed include a pull-off arm that reduces the incidence of product damage during discharge, and conveyor belting, produced by Habasit AG Corporation, that provides durability at the weigh deck while also improving sanitation.
Local or remote PC interface
The new 9-inch model features a large touchscreen display monitor that allows the viewing of all drops at one time. The system is designed for local or remote PC interface. Any possible weighing inconsistencies that might arise from plant electrical noise are eliminated by a digital load cell that provides both RF and EMI resistance. A combined hardware/software system allows for the integration of all remote units on the production floor.
“Operators can set parameters, monitor yields and throughput, and create customized reports - all from a single location,” said a Gainco statement emailed to FoodProduction.Daily.com
“Raw data can be made available throughout the plant network as well as across the corporate network.”