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Automatically meeting the grade with Mettler-Toledo Garvens X-Grader
2011-07-26
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Mettler-Toledo Garvens has launched the X-Grader XG 300 in Asia, an automatic sorting and grading module that classifies individual food products such as poultry, fish and raw meat, according to weight zones. Easily integrated with all Mettler-Toledo checkweighers, the automated system eliminates manual sorting errors, accelerates the sorting process with speeds of up to 120 pieces per minute, and increases product hygiene. By improving production line efficiency, eliminating waste through decreasing sorting errors and reducing labour costs, the new grader will directly boost profitability levels for Asian food manufacturers.

By integrating the X-Grader into their production lines, manufacturers benefit from a streamlined and accurate process. The X-Grader classifies the product weight value received from the checkweigher for each individual product, and photo-electric sensors trigger the respective swing gate immediately at product arrival. The swing gates gently guide the products to lateral outlets, ensuring the appropriate handling and sorting of sensitive products. The X-Grader is independent from the checkweigher so vibrations caused by mechanical movements during the sorting process do not affect weighing accuracy.

All contact parts of the X-Grader feature food quality materials that are extremely stable, inert, and taint- and taste-free. This ensures that there is no potential for product contamination, which makes the X-Grader ideal for use in food processing and production.

"Individual food products such as shrimp, poultry or fish are highly in demand from Asian consumers. In order to meet this demand while guaranteeing quality, Asian manufacturers need to streamline their production lines with as little downtime as possible. The addition of the automated X-Grader helps manufacturers deliver on volume and quality concurrently," said Dirk Bettels, Product Manager, Mettler-Toledo Garvens.

The X-Grader is available with six or eight grading outlets, respectively known as the XG300/6 and XG 300/8 models. Its flexible design enables it to be upgraded according to manufacturer product line expansion plans. The plug-and-go concept facilitates the extension of the XG300/6 to 12 grading outlets and the XG 300/8 to 16 grading outlets with minimal investment and set-up time.

The system is operator friendly with a touch screen and structured interface, reducing operating and training time. Also, all production data such as weight totals and counters per outlet chute can be accessed at any point of time, which allows instant corrections to the production process.

The new X-Grader is part of Mettler-Toledo's product inspection technology portfolio, which includes x-ray, metal detection and checkweighing solutions.