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By Process Industry Informer

Created for artisan food businesses to improve profit margins by driving down expensive overfilling, the new Raptor Checkweigher is the company’s most high spec economic checkweigher for washdown environments. By reducing product giveaway on premium product lines, the payback is super-fast. In some cases, predicted ROI can be several weeks or less.

At the start of 2021, global food prices hit a six year high. Already hit by massive income losses during the pandemic, now the cost of food staples, including essential ingredients such as grains, sugar, soybeans, corn, cocoa and spices, is impacting pricing strategies and profits for many food manufacturers. Particularly bakers, confectioners, manufacturers of chilled meals, condiments, healthy eating and wellbeing products.

Produced with skill and care, Britain’s artisan and cottage-industry food, drink and wellbeing label conveys a critical quality message. Viewed by consumers as higher-end products, brand integrity and product safety is paramount.

To help food manufacturers preserve capital and emerge stronger from Brexit and the pandemic, the Raptor Checkweigher delivers 100% reliable weight control.

The new compact Raptor Checkweigher measures less than 1.3 metres, fitting easily into existing food production lines.

Fortress Managing Director Phil Brown explains: “While giveaway is a long accepted practice to guarantee compliance with weight regulations, for artisan food producers and ingredient SMEs especially, even nominal overfilling escalates rapidly to lost profits.”

Weighing up to 200 ppm in motion, the Raptor’s robust digital checkweighing processor achieves a reliable weight accuracy of ±0.025 grams. Well within international and domestic weight compliance e-mark rules, yet critical for food maufacturers with post-pandemic recovery and expansion plans.

The standard Raptor Checkweigher can weigh lightweight product packs, up to a maximum of 8 kilograms. An XL version is available for bulk applications. Operating as a standalone product feed and packing weighing unit, the Raptor Checkweigher’s modular electronics suite allows for full integration with a Fortress metal detector or x-ray machine to create a high-precision combination system when investment budgets allow.

Made in Britain to assist UK food manufacturers avoid costly import taxes, the compact Raptor Checkweigher measures less than 1.3 metres with a reject system. Slotting easily into existing food production lines with virtually no business disruption.