In-line Checkweighing

In an environment of ever-increasing complexity due to regulations and pressure to maximize efficiency, businesses are turning to A&D’s line of accurate and precise checkweighers to reduce giveaway and improve quality in production from the food and beverage industry to applications like pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemicals, and more.

Regardless of your manufacturing environment, A&D can customise a solution that meets your specifications, including considerations like throughput, sanitation, and network connectivity. In-line checkweighers help protect your brand and reduce costs with an easy to operate user-friendly interface.

cw-2kg EZI-Check Intelligent 2kg Checkweigher

There’s no tradeoff necessary: simplicity and best-in-class precision with the 2,000g Checkweigher from A&D. This in motion checkweigher is versatile with dual range capacity and high repeatability.

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cw-6000g 6kg Checkweigher

Accelerate your productivity with the highly-efficient 6,000g Checkweigher from A&D. Our modular design allows the system to be customized to fit your exact needs without taking up unnecessary space or slowing down your line. Perfect for products such as bulk protein powder canisters and applications in food & beverage, like meat trays.

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cw-600g 600g Checkweigher

We think good things come in small packages. The 600g Checkweigher from A&D can process up to 400 pieces per minute with an overall system length under 3 feet. Perfect for products such as precision machined parts and applications in food & beverage, such as specialty candies.

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AD-4413-CW AD4413-CW Touch Panel Checkweighing Indicator

This indicator can store up to 1000 registered items, as well as provide key summary reports such as weighing history, operational history and more.

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checkweigher EZI-Check AUTO Carton Checking System

The EZI-Check freestanding powered roller weighing systems can be incorporated into new or existing production lines allowing precise checking of cartons for missing or damaged products.

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checkweigher EZI-Check BASIC Carton Checking System

The EZI-Check freestanding gravity roller weighing systems can be incorporated into new or existing production lines allowing precise checking of cartons for missing or damaged products.

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Reasons for introducing checkweighing solutions into your production line:

Avoiding costly fines and order rejects
Avoiding costly fines and order rejects
Product filling machine feedback
Product filling machine feedback
100% product inspection
100% product inspection
Avoid additional labor costs & reduce false rejects
Avoid additional labor costs & reduce false rejects
Produce more packages with materials saved
Produce more packages with materials saved
Improve efficiency in your process
Improve efficiency in your process

Ensure that your products are packaged to the correct weights, and reduce the number of rejects on packages that are under or over the set weight with an accurate and reliable food checkweighing system.

For businesses that require a high speed in-line checkweigher, our EZI-Check inspection system is specially designed to weigh, classify and segregate products according to weight.

Our checkweigher machines come in a range of capacities, from 500g to 150kg, to suit all applications and requirements.

If you need a compact machine that packs a punch, our 600g checkweigher will do the job. This inline checkweigher is able to process up to 400 pieces per minute, and has an overall system length under 3 feet.

The EZI-Check Intelligent Checkweighers come in 500g and 2kg capacities, and are versatile with dual range capacity and high repeatability. These checkweighers are IP65 dust and waterproof, with the entire system designed to be washable.

To check heavier cartons for missing or damaged products, our EZI-Check Auto Carton Checking System is an ideal solution. It is a freestanding powered roller weighing system that can be easily incorporated into new or existing production lines. This industrial checkweigher can check up to 50 cartons per minute, and comes with built-in traffic lights.

To find out more about our checkweigher machines, or if you need assistance to choose the best checkweighing system for your business, please contact the A&D team directly.

How does a checkweigher work?

A checkweigher is a measuring instrument that checks the weight of packaged commodities. Normally found at the end of the production process, in-line checkweighers are used to ensure the weight of products are within the specified limits.

A typical checkweigher system is comprised of a series of powered conveyor belts, usually including:

  • An infeed section
  • A weighing section
  • An outfeed section which includes a sorting/rejecting device
  • A weighing terminal as user interface

Unlike static scale checkweighers, these in-line systems are referred to as dynamic checkweighers.

While static scales are used to check the weight of products that stand still, dynamic checkweighers weigh products in motion. Static scale weighing is a manual operation requiring product weighing, result recording and then product removal for the next weighing procedure. Meanwhile, dynamic checkweighing is entirely automatic and does not need any manual intervention or a dedicated operator. Products are automatically weighed as they pass along a production line, with under or over-weight products being rejected from the production line by automated removal devices such as pneumatic pusher arms or air-jets. This means, while static scales are generally only used for sample spot-checking, dynamic checkweighers weigh and record 100% of the products produced.

A typical dynamic checkweigher has a system of three conveyor belts arranged in a row. Products are taken from the customer’s conveyor belt by the infeed belt, which separates the product using product acceleration and transfers it to the weighing belt. After being weighed, the product is then transferred to the outfeed, or discharge, conveyer belt. At this stage, products will be separated according to the customer’s requirements – with off-weight products being removed from the production line in order to allow good products to go through to the next processing stage. In most cases, products cannot be less than the printed net weight on the packs, but in some cases, checkweighers judge based on batch average weight where the ‘e’ symbol is used.

What are typical applications for dynamic checkweighers?

Ensuring compliance with pre-packaging regulation

Under the Australian trade measurement legislation, manufacturers and sellers of pre-packaged goods must ensure that each package is correctly labelled and that the measurement marking is accurate. Packages cannot have a shortfall greater than 5% of the advertised quantity. Having an accurate checkweigher will ensure that each packaged product weight is as accurate as possible.

Completeness Check

Products to be weighed contain various components which can have different weight values. However, certain products have been assigned a limited number of components whose weights are already known. These products can therefore only take on a finite number of weight values. Dynamic checkweighers must check products for completeness, expelling incomplete products from the production process.

Quality Control

Checkweighers typically undertake quality control, where any deviation from the product’s target weight indicates faulty production. In this instance, checkweighers will reject off-weight items.

Classification

Checkweighers are also used to classify products – as in the above examples, where items are classified into “good” and “bad”. They are also used to sort products into different weight classes. Several successive discharge mechanisms push products of differing weight classes into different lanes or collection containers. These lanes or containers will only contain products that fit within a defined weight range.

Optimisation of the filling and dosing processes (filler feedback control)

Checkweighers can automatically communicate with and control the filling system in a production line, based on existing data on the weights of products being dispensed. This means checkweighers can compensate for any fluctuations in weight, preventing unnecessary over or under-filling.

Which features of checkweighers are important?

In order to guarantee a safe production chain, dynamic checkweighers must meet a series of industry requirements.

It is important that checkweighers have high measuring precision and throughput. If measurements are inaccurate, this can lead to an unnecessary loss of material due to overfilling. Under-filling during production is equally as detrimental to businesses, causing damage to the brand and leading to expensive recall campaigns. Further to this, the more pieces per minute that a checkweigher can produce, the higher a company’s profit margins.

If your production line is involved with wet products, a waterproof checkweigher is imperative. A checkweigher with IP65 protection is protected from dust and water, and a hygienic design is crucial when using checkweighers in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Hygienic design means that parts, components and production facilities are designed in a way that allows the entire system to be washed. For instance, parts being removable for the purpose of cleaning them.

Modular and configurable designs are key in ensuring that checkweighers can cover a wide range of applications, as well as fast and simple assembly and maintenance.

Dynamic Checkweigher

Checkweighers offer precise weighing, helping to prevent under or overfilled packages from reaching consumers by removing them from the production line before they can cause further issues for the production company. The use of these machines can help to reduce product waste and rework time by providing completeness checks for package components.

Pharmaceutical Checkweigher

Checkweighers offer precision weighing that allows for accurate verification of a product’s completeness. They are so precise that they can detect the slightest variations in weight. For pharmaceutical products, this is crucial as it means that products with missing instructions for use can be removed before distribution. They can also be equipped with open flap detection in order to help remove askew products or products that have not been properly closed. Once the system detects these issues, the checkweigher can remove the problematic products, thus avoiding dangerous consequences for consumers, and a product recall that would be damaging to the brand’s reputation.

Food Industry Checkweigher

Using a checkweigher guarantees consistent weights across your products. This is particularly useful if your product uses pre-printed food packaging and labelling, as it allows companies to ensure their products match their advertised weight and nutritional information. Checkweighers can also act as an inspection system; if items are out of weight specification, this can indicate potential contaminants such as large foreign objects in the product. Thus, checking the weight of products in this way reduces the potential for danger to your customers and costly product recalls. For fine contaminant detection, checkweighers can be combined with x-ray or metal detection systems to offer a complete inspection solution. Staying within the required limits to reduce over-packing/filling, checkweighers help to reduce waste. Thus, by establishing a more streamlined production process, companies can keep running costs down and increase profit margins.

Supermarket Compliant Checkweigher

When choosing supermarket products, consumers expect high-quality, safe food that is free from contaminants. Major supermarket chains, such as Coles, Woolworths and Aldi, have a reputation to upkeep, so manufacturers must meet strict QA standards. Combination checkweighers are crucial in making sure that food remains free from contaminants. An additional x-ray or metal detector module can indicate potential contaminants such as metal in the product and will lead to the product’s removal from the conveyor belt. Checking products this way reduces the potential for danger to your customers and mitigates costly product recalls.

Customised Checkweigher

Not every type of product inspection requires the same technology to ensure safety and quality. Your products and processes will dictate which systems might best suit you. Our expert team at A&D will provide consultation to help you determine how best to take advantage of technologies to increase your efficiency, quality and throughput. We can even tailor a return-on-investment report to your business. Contact our team today for custom solutions for non-standard applications.

Checkweigher for Wet & Harsh Environments

A&D’s checkweighers for wet and harsh environments are rated IP65 – meaning they are built to support a rigorous sanitation routine. To improve efficiency, A&D’s washdown checkweighers are designed for easy cleaning and maintenance, and they meet the requirements of hygienic food processing.

Benefits of Checkweighers

Checkweighers give precise weight measurements that ensure products are consistent with stated guidelines. This can help companies to eliminate returns and complaints, instead securing brand loyalty from their customers. Thus, they are key in reducing the loss of profit and materials.

Checkweighers increase productivity by eliminating the need for manual sample testing and recording for weight. The automation of the production process will ensure that your company is 100% efficient.

Using a checkweigher gives companies peace of mind that their production plants are 100% compliant with consumer-protection legislation and retailer requirements.

FAQs

A checkweigher is a machine that checks the weight of packaged commodities. Normally found at the end of the production process, checkweigher machines are used to ensure the weight of products are within the specified limits. There are two types of checkweigher machines: static scale and dynamic checkweighers.

Checkweighers are predominantly used as part of a manufacturing quality control programme. Their weighing results are required to ensure that manufacturing sites comply with local packaging laws and regulations during production. Checkweighers can be used in near to all industries as part of an effective quality assurance system, including food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, beverages, transport/logistics, chemicals, automotive, and metal manufacture and fabrication industries.

A typical checkweighing system comprises of:

  • An infeed section
  • A weighing section with Weighing/load cell
  • An outfeed section with sorting/rejecting device
  • A weighing terminal as user interface
  1. While static scales are used to check the weight of products that stand still, dynamic checkweighers weigh products in motion.
  2. Static scale weighing is a manual operation requiring product weighing, result recording and then product removal for the next weighing procedure. Meanwhile, dynamic checkweighing is entirely automatic and does not need any manual intervention or a dedicated operator.
  3. While static scales are generally only used for sample spot-checking, dynamic checkweighers weigh 100% of the products produced.
  • Keep fillers operating in sync
  • Save material, producing more products and increasing profit margins
  • Improve production processes and equipment efficiency
  • Save on labour costs
  • Avoid costly fines with 100% weight inspection
  • Reduce false rejects and rework
  • Maintain the identity of your brand
  • Improve your overall equipment efficiency, thus reducing your total cost of ownership
  1. While static scales are used to check the weight of products that stand still, dynamic checkweighers weigh products in motion.
  2. Static scale weighing is a manual operation requiring product weighing, result recording and then product removal for the next weighing procedure. Meanwhile, dynamic checkweighing is entirely automatic and does not need any manual intervention or a dedicated operator.
  3. While static scales are generally only used for sample spot-checking, dynamic checkweighers weigh 100% of the products produced.

An environment wherein equipment is regularly cleaned using high temperature, high pressure water and cleaning detergents with caustic characteristics.

The IP rating was developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission to define the level of ingress protection against both solid and liquid intrusion on an electrical cabinet. The first digit deals with solid matter (i.e. dust), while the second deals with water. For example, IP69 means the electrical cabinet is dust tight and protected against high temperature water jets.