The checkweigher’s role as the ‘policeman’ of the packing line is evolving to one where it can make a significant contribution to overall efficiency and profitability, says Philip Grove, product manager, Ishida Europe.
High output bread bakeries can now achieve excellent quality economically thanks to developments in mixing and forming technology that focus on gentle dough handling. New ideas also bring added value and variety options for the standard loaf. By Keith Graham, marketing manager, Baker Perkins
Pumped products are now finding their way to consumers’ grocery baskets more frequently and traditional food inspection at the end of line may no longer be sufficient in detecting food contamination. X-ray inspection can be one of the tools that helps to maintain food safety. By Daniela Verhaeg, marketing manager, Mettler-Toledo safeline x-ray.
KHS, in conjunction with Bottles and Shapes lightweighting, have introduced lightweight PET bottles.
The 0.5 litre bottles weigh 8.9 g, while the 1.5 litre containers come in at 22 g. In contrast, the conventional 0.5 litre PET bottle weighs 13 g, while the1.5 litre one weighs up to 26 g. The lighter bottles still retain the stability found in heavier bottles.
The company has developed bottle designs and preforms for both formats that will make the bottles lighter. The major cost, 70 percent, of producing PET bottles comes from the materials, leading to high cost savings.