At Seafood Processing Global in Belgium, Ishida Europe will demonstrate its comprehensive range of weighing, packing and quality control equipment for the fish industry. Highlights will include the company’s recently-introduced X-ray inspection system, revolutionary Airscan leak detector, advanced grading system and unique screwfeeder weigher.

Ishida’s new IX series X-ray range raises the bar in performance and usability, offering customers easy maintenance and stress-free operation, and a robust fail safe system that prevents a contaminated product reaching the consumer, thereby minimising the potential for costly recalls.

The Ishida IX-EN-4093 is ideal for manufacturers requiring an affordable but highly accurate entry-level inspection solution, with a reliable machine that balances impressive sensitivity with minimal operating costs to deliver an excellent return on investment.  The IX-EN-4093 incorporates Ishida’s unique Genetic Algorithm (GA) image processing function that delivers superior inspection sensitivity.  Additional benefits include the identification of damaged and missing products or components.

Also on the stand, the new Ishida AirScan minimises spoilage in a wide variety of pre-packed retail fish products where CO2 is used as part of the MAP process. It uses advanced laser technology to identify leaks of CO2 from holes as small as 0.25 mm in sealed MAP packs at speeds of up to 180 packs per minute, ensuring that maximum quality can be achieved without compromising on high throughput speeds and minimum packing time.                                

The 8 station Flexgrader uses Ishida’s proven high performance weighing system to provide a high speed operation with excellent accuracy that is able to grade product to a variety of different specifications. Grading can be carried out to specified weights, minimum weight or number per pack, perfect for seafood applications. It can also deliver target batching with tolerances and priorities. 

Developed specifically for sticky products, such as fish, which are traditionally difficult to move efficiently through an automated weighing system, the 14 head Ishida screw feeder weigher incorporates unique rotating corkscrews to provide a powerful, controlled and fully automatic product feed to the pool and weigh hoppers. 

The entry-level semi-automatic QX-300-Flex tray sealer is ideal for low volume production runs, such as niche markets, or for new product development, using the right balance of sealing pressure and temperature to ensure excellent pack appearance and seal integrity. Sealing tools are available for outside cut, MAP, skinpack and shrink film applications. The machine features simple controls for fast set up and changeovers, and its compact dimensions reduce floor space requirements.