Made in the UK and designed for food applications and factory configuration to offset inflation, food price hikes and reduce waste, Fortress Technology has introduced its zero-contaminant Raptor series at PPMA 2021.
Comprising metal detectors, checkweighers and x-ray, plus any combination category, the Raptor series features every British retailer COP digitally pre-programmed into every inspection machine before installation, Fortress claims.
Custom built in the company’s manufacturing centre in Banbury, the Raptor series is its most high-spec economic inspection range for washdown environments.
Responding to pandemic-recovery challenges, the series is designed to counteract wasteful and costly product giveaway. Particularly staples such as grains, sugar, soybeans, corn, farmgate produce and spices. These ingredient commodities are reportedly impacting pricing strategies and profits for bakers, confectioners, producers of chilled meals, condiments, healthy eating and wellbeing products.
European MD Phil Brown said: “Providing truly integrated software, a single HMI, data capture, and automatic testing addresses rising demand from customers seeking heightened food safety solutions and zero tolerance for all food contaminants.”
The Raptor Checkweigher and Raptor Combination systems also deliver reliable weight control.
Brown said: “While giveaway is a long accepted practice to guarantee compliance with weight regulations, even nominal overfilling escalates rapidly to lost profits.”
The standard Checkweigher system can weigh lightweight product packs up to a maximum of 8 kg, while an XL version is available for larger applications. Operating as a standalone product feed and packing weighing unit, the system’s modular electronics suite allows for integration with a Fortress metal detector or x-ray machine to create a combination system when budgets allow.
The Raptor’s debut at PPMA features four different conveyor configurations, including a compact Combination Metal Detector and Checkweigher and the Fortress X-Ray first.