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Fortress Unveils Modular Raptor Combi System

Fortress Technology, in collaboration with Sparc Systems, has unveiled its first ever modular combination metal detector and checkweighing conveyor system. Featuring a single swipe touchscreen HMI and paperless audit software with unlimited pre-programmed Codes of Practice, the robust Raptor captures all the data required to guarantee absolute traceability.

Due to be unveiled at interpack, the Raptor Combi is the first flexible, fast and fully integrated checkweigher and metal detector from Fortress. Specifically designed for several food applications, including high care confectionery, chocolate, bakery, and nutritional bars. It applies industry-leading technology and has the ability to accurately inspect and check the weight of larger size products and pack formats – up to 8kg and measuring 300mm by 400mm.

Innovative common fixings and connection features, such as jigsaw style panels at the metal detector infeed and checkweigher outfeed, give manufacturers the option to rotate the equipment around to suit a specific production layout, while maintaining the metal detection and checkweighing sequence.

Additionally, Raptor’s universal design gives manufacturers the option to purchase a standalone Raptor checkweigher, and attach a complimentary metal detector at a later date to meet different phases of their production and inspection investment strategy.

Managing Director Phil Brown adds: “Both elements of this Raptor system uses compatible collective parts, even when there’s a bespoke element. This means that we can confidently give the assurance of fast delivery – typically six weeks – at the best price-performance ratio.”

In order to detect the smallest metal particles, a stealth metal detector is integrated into the inline system. Meeting retailer Codes of Practice and complying with industry guidance, the Stealth model features digital signal processing, built-in data capture, remote access and single pass product learning.

The unique motor release features a design concept developed by Sparc, where operatives can unclip and disconnect the conveyor motor in a matter of seconds, removing the conveyor and releasing the belt for maintenance and cleaning. “From a hygiene and cleanability perspective, the Raptor is quick to disassemble, reassemble and slot back into place. By introducing Sparc’s tight fitting, smooth surface conveyor we eliminate belt noise which affects a checkweighers’ accuracy,” explains Brown.

Using a pneumatic reject system, the Raptor Combi efficiently isolates weight and metal contamination rejects into two separate lockable BRC-approved reject bins. For weight rejects, an operator can simply rework the product and send it through to secondary packaging, diminishing the frequency of false rejects and waste.

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