Food & Beverage Asia Oct/Nov 2018

62 FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2018 FIRST LOOK Key Technology Multivac Direct Web Printers Maximise Hygiene and User-Friendliness Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, introduces VERYX ® digital sorters for fresh-cut leafy greens. VERYX is the world’s only belt-fed sorter that can inspect product entirely in-air with top and bottom sensors in order to detect and eliminate all foreign material (FM) and product defects. Combining Key’s expertise in sorting and conveying, these integrated VERYX systems are specifically designed to handle the challenges of sorting leafy greens. VERYX maximises sort accuracy to remove more FM and defects while virtually eliminating false rejects, improving food safety and increasing yields simultaneously. Detecting colour, size, shape and structural properties of every object, including the presence or absence of chlorophyll, VERYX removes insects and animal parts, paperboard, wood, rocks, plastics, glass and more, as well as defects and blemishes including leaf discolouration, tipburn and leaves that are decayed, wilted or broken. VERYX sorting Digital Sorters for Fresh-Cut Leafy Greens Last year, MULTIVAC Marking & Inspection launched the DP 230, the first model in a new generation of direct web printers, for integrating into R 08x and R 1xx thermoforming packagingmachines. From the 4 th quarter of 2018 onwards, the new models of direct web printers will also be available for the R 2xx and R 5xx thermoforming packaging machines. When the new generation of direct web printers was developed, there was a particular focus on meeting the latest hygiene and safety standards. As with the machines of the previous generation, the new direct web printers are based on a stainless steel and anodised aluminium construction. All exposed edges are chamfered and dead space has been systematically avoided. This means that liquid can easily drain away during cleaning. The innovations include hygiene cylinders with stainless steel connections on the ̬lm brake and hybrid cables for all connections to the packaging machine. The cover plates are specially designed for use in the food sector and are perforated for ease of cleaning. Since security against loss of product has a high priority in the medical and p h a r m a c e u t i c a l sectors, the DP 230 direct web printers for these industries are supplied with solid cover plates and plexiglass windows. Also, in order that the direct web printer has a high degree of user-friendliness, MULTIVAC has equipped the printer mounting with a quick-changing device, so that it can be dismantled easily when changing the thermal printhead for example. All removable covers are provided with ergonomically arranged handles, which enable the covers to be handled easily from the operating side. Ŷ systems can be configured to handle a wide range of products including iceberg, romaine, leafy spinach, cabbage, arugula, frisée, escarole, radicchio, Belgian endive, mache greens, watercress and various salad mixes. Key tailors each VERYX with the optimal sensor types, sensor positions, lighting, ejection system, product handling and software to meet each customer’s speci̬c requirements. Next-generation 4-channel cameras and laser scanners o ̫ er twice the resolution of previous sensor technology. For lines that process a variety of leafy greens and salad mixes, fast and accurate recipe-driven changeoversmaximise production ̭exibility anduptimewhile ensuring repeatable results. Ŷ