Reason 1: Checkweighers Make You Money!
While checkweighers are often associated with compliance to regulations, they also boost your bottom line through the reduction of waste, tightening of tolerances and helping to produce more consistent products. Checkweighers provide an immediately positive contribution to productivity and profits with most systems paying for themselves in a matter of a few months, weeks or even days!
Reason 2: Avoid Costly Fines & Tarnished Brand Identify With 100% Weight Inspection
Ensure compliance with government regulations and industry standards through in-line checkweighing of all packages. 100% weight inspection is an integral part of a coordinated quality and process control program helping to deliver the documentation and process requirements needed in today’s demanding market.
Keep a watchful eye over filler performance to prevent unwanted over and underfills through proactive feedback, keeping filler heads properly adjusted. Checkweighers can be integrated directly with the filler control or networked to existing factory floor automation systems for complete and seamless feedback control.
Reason 4: Use Material Savings To Produce More Product & Profits
An accurate checkweigher will drive tighter production tolerances, yielding less waste, enabling more final products to be produced with the same amount of inventory!
Reason 5: Integrated Metrics Drives Process Improvements & Efficiencies Checkweighers provide real-time monitoring of production processes, including yield statistics & SPC trending all of which can be used for process improvements and operating efficiencies.
Reason 6: Improve Quality & Customer Satisfaction With Tighter Processes Using checkweighing as a tool to tighten tolerances & make processes more repeatable is a key element in making a consistently high quality product which will delight your customers!
|What’s a gram worth?|
Reducing overfill of a package by 1 gram by using 100% weight inspection or through replacement of an inaccurate existing checkweigher with a higher performance solution yields impressive savings. A simple example using an inexpensive product valued at 0.1 cent per gram is shown below.
|Package & Production Information|
Labelled Package Weight: 450 grams
Material Cost = 0.1 ct per gram
Line Rate = 200ppm
Line Utilisation = 65%
Shift = 8 hours
Shifts Per Day = 2
Production Days per Year = 230
Savings Yielded By A 1 Gram Waste Reduction
0.1 ct Savings per Package
20 ct Savings per Minute
€12.00 Savings per Hour
€124.80 Savings per Day
€28,704.00 Savings per Year
Plus over 60,000 additional packages, revenue & profits that could have been produced with the saved inventory!
Reason 7: Labour Saving Operation
Use of static scales to spot-check products is common to many operations; use of in-line checkweighing eliminates potential sampling errors & long-term labour costs inherent to these types of operations.
Reason 8: Fewer False Rejects, Less Rework & Reduced Scrap
Processes that incorporate an accurate & well maintained checkweigher also find fewer products in their reject bins! Tighter tolerances lead to improved overall process quality, thereby reducing the amount of production scrap and reworked products produced. False rejects are also minimised, as checkweigher accuracies become more precise as zone settings become more refined and the potential zone of indecision is reduced.
Reason 9: Don’t Risk Client Relationships!
Don’t jeopardise contracts with clients by short shipping products or case counts. Checkweighers & case scales ensure multi-packs & case shipments are complete & correct!
Reason 10: Increased Overall Equipment Effectiveness
Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is enhanced through improvement of all three metrics “Availability, Performance, and Quality”. 100% monitoring of the items produced provides valuable indications of process variations which leads to unexpected downtime events (availability) and reduced line capacity (performance) caused by out of tune upstream devices. Tighter production tolerances delivered through the use of checkweighing reduces overfills and underfills, resulting in a higher yield of “Good” products from the production process.
The Garvens Principles of Checkweighing Guide serves as a definitive reference work providing an insight into all aspects of checkweighing from basic principles to implementation of a comprehensive programme.
An effective checkweighing programme can provide maximum protection for your customers and your brand, protection against product failure and recalls, help to comply with local Weights and Measures guidelines and reduce overall operating costs.