The installation cements a 25 years working partnership between the two businesses, a company news letter said.
The new weigher has replaced an older Ishida model that has been operating reliably and effectively for a quarter of a century. The advanced technology of the Ishida CHW-210 now provides Niger Biscuit Co with greater accuracy and weight consistency for enhanced throughput and pack quality. As a result, the company estimates that the weigher will have paid back its investment within one and a half years.
The CHW-210 weighs Niger Biscuit Co’s popular twist wrapped Jenka bubble gum into 150g boxes, 20 of which are then packed into outer cartons for onward transport. Top speed is 40 boxes per minute, which is well within the weigher's capabilities; however speeds are constrained by older equipment further down the line.
As part of the weigher's installation, Ishida engineers configured the timing hopper to optimise the interface with the cartoning machine and ensure fast and clean transfer of product.
The company commented that the CHW-210 is a value-for-money multihead weigher specially developed by Ishida to enable African food manufacturers to improve yields and productivity and overall pack quality in order to meet increasingly competitive demands of both domestic and export markets. The hygienic design allows easy cleaning and maintenance. Tool-free removal and replacement of contact parts and a user-friendly keypad operation minimise downtime. At Niger Biscuit Co, the weigher is now in operation 24 hours a day, five days a week.