An integrated, high-speed bagging system for lightweight baked goods includes a 14-head Primo Weigher and dual VS horizontal baggers. To reach required speeds, the co. reduced the product travel time between the scale and baggers. This was achieved by eliminating product spiraling with the weigher’s individual lane chutes and a catch box system that allowed the product to be double staged. This increased production rates by 40 percent, successfully cycling at more than 60 bags of pita chips/min in increments of 200 g. The VS bagger automatically positions a premade wicketed bag, opens it and for waits for product. After loading, the VS bagger side shifts the bag to the sealer, positions a new bag and repeats the cycle.
Weighpack Systems, 514/422-0808.