Fortress Expands Smart Raptor Inspection Range

Fortress Technology has expanded its new range of intelligent inspection systems for food manufacturers developing IoT lines, including an XL version for bulk applications. With three models now in the family, the smart Raptor checkweighing series uses digital process monitoring technology to advance inspection efficiency, target operational inefficiencies and slash product giveaway.

The Raptor series now comprises a compact modular Raptor combination metal detector and checkweigher, a single frame high-spec checkweigher, and XL caseweighing version for ingredient and large applications.

Designed for manufacturers embracing new technological advancements, the Raptor series addresses major changes on the horizon, including how humans and machines will work even closer together in the age of AI.

To assist operatives working alongside these smart machines, Fortress has invented numerous advanced time-saving features. Including ‘no-tool’ maintenance, automated COP conformance checks, a totally unique conveyor motor release for ultra-fast machine sanitation, plus secure remote access.

Guaranteeing absolute traceability and consistent weighing results, the Raptor instantaneously captures sample readings of individual packs by the millisecond. Only possible by using the most advanced ARM processors, this data capture and analytics is a game changer for food factories concerned about product waste and giveaway.

Using a beacon to alert machine operatives when a test is due, if not performed by the deadline, the Raptor system halts and an alert is generated and sent direct to the factory’s QA or technical manager.

For extra cleanliness and stricter hygiene control, Fortress unveils a new tight fitting conveyor and ‘no-tool’ maintenance concept. Overcoming the longstanding industry challenge of loosening belt tension during machine sanitation, in just seconds operators unclip and disconnect the Raptor conveyor motor and lift out the entire conveyor assembly for maintenance and cleaning. Belt tension and alignment are instantly restored when clipped back into place.

All three Raptors also feature customizable swipe touchscreens, allowing users to select the statistical information and trends that are most relevant to their food operation. For 24/7 support and to eliminate machine downtime, every Raptor is fully configured to provide remote and secure access.

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