Fortress Technology unites inspection, checkweighing and IoT

By Gwen Ridler contact

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Fortress Technology has launched three new machines in its Raptor range
Fortress Technology has launched three new machines in its Raptor range

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Fortress Technology has expanded its new range of intelligent inspection systems for food manufacturers developing IoT lines, including an extra-large (XL) version for bulk applications.

The ’smart’ Raptor checkweighing series uses digital process monitoring technology to advance inspection efficiency, target operational inefficiencies and slash product giveaway. 

Fortress has designed three entries into Raptor series: a compact modular Raptor combination metal detector and checkweigher; a single frame high-spec checkweigher; and an XL caseweighing version for ingredient and large applications.

Key features

Key features in the smart machines include ‘no-tool’ maintenance, automated COP conformance checks, a novel conveyor motor release for ultra-fast machine sanitation, plus secure remote access.

“Designed for new-generation manufacturers embracing the digital revolution, the Raptor series addresses major changes on the horizon, including how humans and machines will work even closer together in the age of AI,”​ Fortress added

“With the World Economic Forum forecasting that half of all work tasks will be handled by machines by 2025, the Raptor series merges high performance machines and digital data capabilities with human critical thinking.”

All three Raptors feature customisable swipe touchscreens, allowing users to select the statistical information and trends that are most relevant to their food operation.

Configurable testing options

The systems are also reportedly the only known machines on the market to configure every test by retailer and product being inspected, Raptor gives food manufacturers the assurance that test steps are never overridden or bypassed. 

Using a beacon to alert machine operatives when a test is due, if not performed by the deadline, the Raptor system halts and an alert is generated and sent direct to the factory’s QA or technical manager.

“Guaranteeing absolute traceability and consistent weighing results, the Raptor instantaneously captures sample readings of individual packs by the millisecond,”​ Fortress continued. “Only possible by using the most advanced ARM processors, this data capture and analytics is a game changer for food factories concerned about product waste and giveaway.”

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