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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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UK Portioning & Grading Demonstration Month

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




 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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Season Greetings

December 16th, 2016 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering


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Building Freedom Into Your Career

November 18th, 2016 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering




This is your opportunity to have a career where you are free – like our team in this video.

  • Are you ready to take on a new challenge?
  • Are you prepared to take control of your career?
  • Do you have the vision to be free?

We are offering you the chance to feel free: Free to make decisions, develop talents, find solutions and travel the world.

At SF we are always looking for talented, enthusiastic and creative people to join our teams in Ireland and the UK. We offer employees exciting challenges, opportunities for career advancement and the chance to work at the leading edge of food processing technologies.  By recruiting great people that contribute to the success of the company we have achieved unbroken growth since we were established over 33 years ago.

If you are ready to take on a new challenge talk to SF now.

Careers at SF



Introducing Ishida Expert

November 2nd, 2016 / No Comments » / by SF Engineering


Ishida Expert Banner


Ishida Europe has launched the first interactive computer-based training programme for multihead weighers.

Called Ishida Expert, the programme provides fully interactive learning that is delivered remotely on a customer’s site to an unlimited number of users.  The self-paced learning product offers best in class training for Ishida’s range of multihead weighers, ensuring that the equipment is set up, operated and maintained to optimum performance levels at all times.  This helps to maximise overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and deliver a fast return on investment.



Comprises of three training levels – Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced – it helps users develop skills from basic operation through technical support to machine trouble shooting.



It combines visual operating animations of Ishida CCW multihead weighers with simultaneous narration, supported by an in-depth learning booklet that serves as a permanent user reference.  Users have to pass a test on completion of each level before moving on to the next learning module.







Ishida Expert complements Ishida’s existing on-site training programmes provided by its specialist teams.  Because the Ishida Expert programme is delivered remotely, it can be easily offered to multiple staff and training can take place around individual shift patterns.  The training can be implemented immediately with no waiting for trainers to become available.

Equally important, the programme enables every participant to learn and progress at their own pace, ensuring that each participant can get the most out of their training.


“We believe Ishida Expert is a unique offering in our market which will help all types and sizes of businesses introduce company-wide best practice in the operation and maintenance of their weighers,” explains Ian Atkinson, Ishida Europe’s Business Manager for Multihead Weighers.   

“This product offers so much more than the conventional basic introduction training – allowing customers to really push the boundaries of their machine and line performance.  The programme can assist all levels of learning – from introducing new employees to the machine to providing existing operators and engineers with enhanced knowledge and skills as well as enabling senior management to maximise operating efficiencies and to get the most from their investment.”

Ian adds that initial customer workshops for Ishida Expert have proved successful with very positive feedback and high approval ratings from users.

Ishida Expert is currently available in English and additional languages are in development.  Training programmes are also being prepared for other equipment in the Ishida range including checkweighers, tray sealers, bag makers and X-ray inspection systems.

Further information or to request a demonstration, please do not hesitate to contact us.