JAPAN – US packaging systems company Automated Packaging Systems and Japanese weighing equipment and systems provider Yamato Corporation have teamed up to develop a semi-automatic scale and bagger combination designed specifically for fixed weight food packaging applications.
The FAS SPrint Revolution bagger presents a horizontal row of pre-opened bags that are ready for automatic loading from the fully-integrated Yamato Dataweigh TSDW-205W scale. The system loads the weighed products directly into the bag and is ideal for packaging fresh food and fragile products such as grapes, shrimp, fruit, vegetables, beef jerky and other products sold by a fixed weight.
The Dataweigh scale is a tabletop unit with 12 weigh scales; six on each side of a central conveyor. One or two operators manually place products onto the scales and the system automatically calculates the best combination of products nearest to the target weight. The system then discharges the right amount of products onto a central conveyor, which loads the items directly into the pre-opened SidePouch bag.
Once the bag is filled, it is indexed, sealed and delivered to a tote or takeaway conveyor. This integrated system will package up to 30 bags per minute.
This new, combination weigh scale and bagger is a fully integrated packaging system that improves productivity, reduces weighing losses, and achieves significant labor savings. The unique belt conveyor system provides for a small drop, making it possible to transfer fragile products to the bag that would normally be damaged by other scale systems. The ergonomic design is L-shaped for maximum worker productivity and minimal footprint.
“The Yamato weigh scale and FAS SPrint Revolution complement each other extremely well,” says Chris Rempe, Director of Product Management at Automated Packaging Systems. “The individual Components combine to create a high-quality solution capable of producing very accurate, fixed weight packages in a small footprint and at a reasonable cost.”