Company: METTLER TOLEDO
Equipment Snapshot: Food producers and contract packagers with limited factory floor space can now benefit from product label inspection and checkweighing at high throughputs using the new METTLER TOLEDO CV35 combination inspection system. The system offers accurate weight measurement and high-performance label inspection in one compact machine. This system helps manufacturers and packagers ensure accurate product weight, comply with labeling guidelines and weights and measures legislation, and minimize product rework, retrieval and recovery.
Today’s high-speed automated production line speeds can produce hundreds, if not thousands, of Incorrectly labeled products before the defects are detected. Re-labeling or re-packaging products is costly in terms of time, labor and production downtime. If the production line has automatic secondary packaging, wrongly labeled products may be automatically packaged and sent to retailers. Costs related to tracking down, retrieving, and rework of the products then grow exponentially. In addition, there may also be retailer fines and, if the product gets into the hands of the consumer, there will be large recall costs, as well as potential liability lawsuits.
The CV35 system combines METTLER TOLEDO'S innovative C35 checkweigher platform with the capabilities of METTLER TOLEDO machine vision technology. The combined technology simultaneously measures product weight and performs multiple inspections of the label’s crucial information – the product identification number, expiration date, and lot number – ensuring compliance with both weights and measures and product identification regulations. Its compact footprint and a single reject mechanism for both inspection technologies help shorten the production line, optimizing use of factory floor space.
The CV35 can handle large package sizes, big inspection target areas, and multiple product inspections. This gives manufacturers the flexibility to both weigh and inspect the labels of products with a wide range of widths, lengths, and weights. The system features METTLER TOLEDO CI-Vision’s CIVCore® 11 software, which offers precision analysis of high-resolution images at up to 250 ppm. The checkweigher’s sensitive weigh cells and high-performance software deliver accurate weight measurement at high speeds. This combination optimizes detection rates for defective products without compromising line productivity. Its easy-to-use touchscreen display, intuitive dropdown menus and graphic toolbars simplify the set up process for product changeovers, enhancing flexibility and boosting production uptime.
The CV35 system also features an easy-to-clean open construction, with sloping surfaces and tubular framework to minimize dirt traps, and a robust stainless steel cabinet to protect internal mechanisms from water or dust ingress. The hygienic capabilities ensure that manufacturers can maintain the high standards of sanitation expected on pharmaceutical and food production lines.
As well as offering the high-performance technology in a compact footprint that consumer product manufacturers are looking for, the CV35 has been designed to be robust and easy to clean, but also flexible, enabling manufacturers to optimize product safety and respond quickly to changes in market demand.