Raising the Bar on Mid-Range Multihead Weighers

September 11th, 2017 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

Ishida is launching a new series of mid-range multihead weighers for the high performance weighing of free-flowing and semi-sticky products for a large number of dry, fresh and frozen food applications.

The new Ishida RVE range is available in a wide choice of models – including 10, 14, 16 and 20 head models – together with a broad selection of radial troughs, hoppers  (from 3 to 7 litres) and discharge chutes.  This enables the weighers to be tailored to individual product requirements with models available for mono-mixed product (handling up to four different products simultaneously) and multiple-outlet weighing, and from small to large target weights. Speeds are dependent on model and application and can reach 120 weighments per minute.

Key to the excellent performance of the new RVE weighers is the introduction of several advanced technology features from Ishida’s top-of-the-range RV multihead weighers, including programmable digital filtering and advanced automatic feeder adjustment.  In addition, critical components such as loadcells and drive units are exclusively designed and manufactured by Ishida to ensure high performance standards are maintained.

An important benefit of the RVE range is that all models are pre-configured for the new generation of ‘smart’ factories and are available with a choice of packages incorporating Ishida’s pioneering Sentinel™ remote customer care software.  This provides users with the options of automated daily reporting of production line data, remote interventions or a live performance monitoring service.

In addition, along with the proven robust construction of all Ishida weighers, the RVE WP models offer a unique ‘dew sensor’ and ‘temperature sensor’ option for the live monitoring of moisture ingress or extreme temperatures during production.  Any problems, for example caused by a door cover left open or the failure of a loadcell membrane, will be immediately detected and flagged up on the weigher’s Remote Control Unit (RCU) or as part of Sentinel™ monitoring.  This allows fast intervention to protect companies against unnecessary downtime and help deliver enhanced maintenance and longer machine life.

The weighers also feature a new high-processing speed ROHS-compliant RCU (Remote Control Unit), with intuitive simple-to-use controls for fast set-up and adjustments.  The clear and easy-to-read screen prevents operator errors and simplifies procedures to help minimise downtime and maximise production efficiencies.  Plug and play USB data import/export and Ethernet connectivity ensure easy data management.

“The new RVE range represents a major step-forward in the provision of advanced multihead weighing solutions at a competitive price,” comments Ian Atkinson, Ishida Europe’s Business Manager – Multihead Weighers.

“The speed, accuracy and reliability of every model will ensure they deliver a fast return on investment.”

 

 

 

 

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Learning To Build Better Butchery Solutions

August 23rd, 2017 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

 

Whatever the scale of operation, be it small local butchery or large scale processing the craft of butchery is still as strong as ever.  Beyond incredible knife skills, butchers are required to understand the vast array of meat cuts from each animal, how to manage and prepare those cuts, identify the best cuts for purpose and turn the meat into the product that we all recognise on a butcher’s counter or supermarket shelf.

As designers of meat processing equipment, it is crucial that the team at SF Engineering afford the time and to learn the fundamentals of this craft. By understanding butchery practices; how meat is prepared and cut as well as the physicality’s of handling such large flanks/sides of meat, we are able to build processing lines that are more efficient and ergonomic.

Just as the butchery trade is often handed down from generation to generation, when new employees join the team at SF Engineering, we also take on the responsibility to pass this knowledge on.  Under the watchful eye of Shaun Fairweather from Fairweathers Butchers & Deli in Mirfield, Jonathan Browne, Proposals Engineer and Richard Atkinson, Projects set about their butchery training course.

During the course, they learnt the following skills and techniques

Pork

  • How to choose good pork based on appearance
  • Diverse cuts of fresh pork and their culinary uses
  • Simple butchery techniques and knife skills
  • Hand cutting
  • How to tie a joint for roasting

Lamb

  • How to choose good lamb based on appearance
  • Diverse cuts of fresh lamb and their culinary uses
  • Simple butchery techniques and knife skills
  • Hand cutting,

Sausages

  • Mincing
  • Mixing
  • Linking techniques for sausages

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Pork Joint Rolling

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Observing the training was Richard Smith, General Manager and Jason Hilton, Territory Sales Manager who joined them on the day to brush up on their skills and to discuss the practical application of how these techniques are undertaken on large scale production sites.

It was an enjoyable day at Fairweathers Butchers & Deli, everyone learnt a great deal during their training. Their new found understanding and appreciation of the butchery trade will now serve them well as they undertake a host of future projects at SF, such as boning hall solutions, pace line design, yield control and portioning & grading systems.

For information on any of our Meat Solutions, don’t hesitate to contact us:

IRE:  Tel +353 (0) 71 9163334 or Email info@sfengineering.ie

UK:  Tel +44 (0) 1487 740131 or Email info@sfengineering.co.uk

 

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The Importance of Preventative Maintenance in the Food Industry

May 15th, 2017 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

Preventative maintenance should be an integral part of every food processor’s daily operations.  An efficient food processing facility requires: Specialist machinery, quality control, skilled labour, to name but a few, but arguably the single biggest variable when it comes to production efficiency, cost saving and safety is equipment maintenance.

When equipment within the food industry breaks down or develops faults, the consequences can be costly but more importantly could be fatal. It is the responsibility of the maintenance team to ensure that machines are 100% safe and production is running efficiently.

Low standards of equipment management can result in foreign materials entering the food chain. Materials such as bone, glass, metal, wood, nuts, bolts, cloth, and plastic frequently contaminate product on a production line.  The use of quality control systems such as metal detectors and x-ray systems has significantly decreased this risk – but if the machines are not maintained then problems can quickly occur.  The damage to a company’s reputation is incalculable. It can take a long time for consumer and business confidence to recover.

Don’t Risk Unexpected Downtime

 

Preventative Maintenance is a programme that can help to: keep consumers safe, reduce downtime, prevent or minimize equipment damage, extend the life of your systems and can be used to evaluate equipment performance for forward planning and systems upgrades. If undertaken correctly, preventative maintenance can be a true cost-saver within the food industry.

Preventative maintenance involves the systematic inspection of equipment where potential problems are detected and corrected in order to prevent equipment failure before it happens. In practice, a preventative maintenance schedule may include things such as cleaning, adjustments, repairs, inspecting and replacing parts, and partial or complete overhauls that are regularly scheduled. But preventative maintenance includes much more than simply performing routine maintenance on equipment. It also involves maintaining accurate records of every inspection and servicing, as well as knowing the lifespan of each part to understand the replacement frequency. These records can help maintenance technicians anticipate the appropriate time to change parts and can also help diagnose problems when they occur.

 

Preventative maintenance offers food producers a number of important benefits including:

  • Prolonged life span of machinery
  • Improved consumer safety
  • Less unplanned downtime caused by equipment failure
  • Fewer errors in day-to-day operations
  • Improved reliability of equipment
  • Fewer expensive callout costs caused by unexpected equipment failure that must be fixed quickly.
  • Reduced risk of employee injury

 

The Service team at SF Engineering are here to support all your maintenance requirements to ensure your processing facility continues to operate at optimum performance and your reputation is not tarnished by product recalls. At SF we offer the following services:

 

  • Preventative maintenance assessments
  • Staff equipment training, one-to-one or group training
  • Preventative maintenance scheduling & planning
  • Machinery inspections & servicing

Call us now to discuss your maintenance needs on:

IRE : +353 (0) 71 9163334

UK: +44 (0) 1487 740131

 

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Portioning & Grading Demonstrations – Ireland

March 28th, 2017 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

 

Don’t miss our Exclusive Portioning & Grading Event

1st – 14th April 2017

 

We are inviting you to SF Engineering, Grange, Co. Sligo to put our portioning and grading solution through their paces. During your exclusive visit, you will receive a one-to-one demonstration of the Marelec Portioner and the Marelec Compact Grader. These solutions are specifically designed to bring efficiencies into your production process that drive yields and profits.

You will have the unique opportunity to test your own products on both machines, enabling you to see real results and evaluate the true impact these solutions will have on your own production processes. You will receive a full factory tour and our experts will be on-hand to give you guidance and advice throughout the day.

Intelligent Portioning

  • Intelligent, ultra-fast portioning
  • Fixed weight or fixed thickness
  • Pre-programmed calibration
  • Up to 1000 fixed weight cuts per minute
    Find out more here

 

 

Compact Grading

  • Simple one-piece robust solution
  • Batch by size or number
  • Gentle grading
  • Easy to programme
    Find out more here

 

 

At SF Engineering, we have been designing and building high quality processing line solutions for the Meat, Fish and Poultry Industry for 35 years. Our partnership with a leading global equipment manufacturer such as Marelec has further enhanced our product portfolio enabling us to deliver greater efficiencies to your business.

We challenge you to put these solutions to the test. Book your exclusive demonstration now. Email info@sfengineering.ie or call the office on +353 (0) 71 9163334.

 

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UK Portioning & Grading Demonstration Month

January 31st, 2017 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering

 

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 Put Our Portioning and Grading Solutions to the Test

 

Now extended to March

We are inviting you to the SF Engineering UK site to put our portioning and grading solution through its paces. During your exclusive visit, you will receive a one-to-one demonstration of the Marelec Portioner and the Marelec Compact Grader.  These solutions are specifically designed to bring efficiencies into your production process that drive yields and profits.

 

You will have the unique opportunity to test your own products on both machines, enabling you to see real results and evaluate the true impact these solutions will have on your own production processes. You will receive a full factory tour and our experts will be on-hand to give you guidance and advice throughout the day.

 

 Portioning Machine - Portio 3

Intelligent Portioning

  • Intelligent, ultra-fast portioning
  • Fixed weight or fixed thickness
  • Pre-programmed calibration
  • Up to 1000 fixed weight cuts per minute

Find out more here

 

Compact Grader

Compact Grading

  • Simple one-piece robust solution
  • Batch by size or number
  • Gentle grading
  • Easy to programme

Find out more here

 

At SF Engineering, we have been designing and building high quality processing line solutions for the Meat, Fish and Poultry Industry for 35 years. Our partnership with a leading global equipment manufacturer such as Marelec has further enhanced our product portfolio enabling us to deliver greater efficiencies to your business.

We challenge you to put these solutions to the test. Book your exclusive demonstration now.  Email info@sfengineering.co.uk or call the office on +44 (0) 1487 740131.

This event has been extended due to a high number of demonstrations booked throughout February.

 

 

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