Are you familiar with the world of checkweighing?
If not, you’re missing out on a valuable quality-control tool for your business. But before you recognize the benefits and uses of checkweighing, it’s important to understand how using a checkweigher works.
What Is Checkweighing?
Simply put, a checkweigher is a machine that weighs items as they move through a production line. It then sorts items by preset weight zones, rejecting items that don’t fit into these predetermined zones. This process is much more efficient than randomly quality checking items by hand.
Checkweighing machines come in a variety of different sizes and can weight just about anything, from a bag of potato chips to a large semi-truck. So, no matter what your business produces, a weigher should be the final step in your process.
A checkweigher is a lot like a traffic cop for your assembly line. It’s there to call out mistakes and ensure that your product is ready to hit the market. In fact, without a weigher, many mistakes made in assembly wouldn’t be caught.
Benefits of Using a Checkweigher
Checkweighing has many different benefits, but those benefits depend on the industry in which it’s used and how it’s used.
One of the main applications for a checkweigher is compliance. Compliance means different things to different industries, but, for most food manufacturers, checkweighers are used to ensure the reporting standards for the USDA, FDA, and other agencies are met.
They’re also used to meet net contents laws for pre-packaged goods. This is especially important if you produce food, since one surefire what to make customers angry is to give them less than they pay for.
Checking for Completeness
The purpose of a checkweigher is to catch mistakes in your product and product packaging before they get to the consumer.
Checking for completeness is just one way that a checkweigher makes sure your product is high quality. A checkweigher can also call out if something is missing a part or if something extra has been added.
If you’re a potato chip manufacturer, for example, checkweighing can verify counts by weighing how much is in a package. Not only does this reduce waste and mistakes, it can save you money by making sure nothing is too full.
How quickly and efficiently is your assembly line working? A checkweigher can tell you. If products are routinely coming up under or overweight, a part of your assembly line might not be working properly.
Removing Human Error
Employees can’t always catch every item that doesn’t meet standards, but a checkweighing machine can. As we mentioned earlier, using a checkweigher prevents human error by removing items that don’t fit into your predetermined weight zones.
Want to Learn More?
And remember: Checkweighers have many more uses than the ones we listed above. If your industry requires giving or preparing specific items at specific weights, checkweighing your products is a great way to increase efficiency, reduce waste, and increase compliance.
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