Next generation product inspection solutions for increased efficiency and quality; track and trace solutions for enhanced product security
Giesen, Germany – To address the quality and process control needs of food and pharmaceutical manufacturers, the "Product Inspection" and "Industrial Weighing" divisions of Mettler-Toledo will present their comprehensive portfolio of product inspection, quality assurance and track and trace solutions at interpack 2014 (8 May – 14 May, Düsseldorf, Germany) at Hall 11, Stand B55. The company will focus predominantly on solutions for better product security, increased productivity, seamless compliance and optimised quality, while demonstrating their global and local capabilities.
"This year's exhibition concept for interpack focuses on the key benefits for collaboration with Mettler-Toledo: our global reach with local excellence. Our regional service experts, around the globe, ensure that our customers continually receive a high-level of local and international support and advice around-the-clock. This allows food and pharmaceutical manufacturers to enhance their productivity from reduced operational downtime, protect their brand reputation by producing high-quality safe products through deploying the latest product inspection technologies and facilitate business growth through compliance with local and international product safety standards and regulations. In addition, manufacturers can gain competitive advantage from utilising Mettler-Toledo for all of their product inspection and industrial weighing needs, so we can implement the most effective technology solution to future proof their business", said Jana Meier, Marketing Manager and interpack Project Leader, Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection.
The guiding theme for this year's exhibition is effective process data collection and Management Information Systems (MIS). The theme is embodied by a series of loops which will demonstrate equipment used in typical food and pharmaceutical production lines. Taking today's challenges of a global world into consideration, Management Information is the key ingredient for manufacturers to stay ahead through monitoring and controlling multiple production lines across one or more facilities. With a network of sales and service organizations, Mettler-Toledo offers qualified specialist advice and support to manufacturers around the globe. In addition, manufacturing facilities located around the world enable Mettler-Toledo to stay connected to its customers, allowing for rapid response supported through local expertise.
Visitors will learn more about Mettler-Toledo's proactive service concept from mobile service ‘islands' located around the stand. These points will be used to explain how Mettler-Toledo can support process efficiency and compliance with standards and regulations. Service experts will provide information on how manufacturers can reduce their total costs of ownership and how they can guarantee long-term operational efficiency. "Visitors can talk to our experts, examine the newest product inspection systems at our stand, get an overview of the latest technologies and exchange ideas with consultants from all over the world", said Jana Meier.
Mettler Toledo's interpack highlights at a glance:
Mettler-Toledo will showcase a multitude of advancements in checkweighing. A new generation of Garvens checkweighers designed for use in many industries including pharmaceutical, food and cosmetics ensures precise weighing results, regardless of production environments and supports manufacturers in continually improving their quality and product safety. Delivering unparalleled weighing accuracy with high throughput, the new generation is built to enhance performance by up to 33% through total design customization.
X-Ray Inspection Technology
Mettler-Toledo will present, for the first time, its latest generation of Safeline x-ray inspection systems. The X36 Series is designed for monitoring a wide range of products within the food and pharmaceutical industry and deploys advanced imaging technology, to ensure maximum efficiency on processing lines to maintain competitiveness. Product inspection solutions are tailored to manufacturers needs and boast enhanced detection accuracy combined with reduced energy consumption.
Metal Detection Technology
A newly enhanced conveyor system with improved hygienic design for integration with the company's advanced Safeline metal detectors is also presented at interpack 2014. Food manufacturers can benefit from compliance with numerous hygiene and food safety standards such as those covered by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) including the International Featured Standards (IFS) and British Retail Consortium (BRC).
Serialization and Track & Trace Solutions
The company will present a full range of complete track and trace and serialization solutions for labelling, controlling and verifying pharmaceutical packaging for every step of the pharmaceutical packaging line from Pharmacontrol Electronic GmbH (PCE). A new version of the Shipping Case Station and the Manual Aggregation Station will be on display at the stand. Furthermore, the company will also present its new service range which accompanies the global track-and-trace rollouts.
Experts will be on hand to provide information on specialist areas such as China Coding, applicable to sales operations in China that are in-line with established guidelines and Tamper Evidence product protection based on security seals.
Vision Inspection Solutions
Mettler-Toledo's vision inspection systems verify correct labelling and package integrity to guarantee perfect product presentation in line with compliance needs. Visitors to the stand can view a demonstration of the CI Vision V6300 system. The modular design can support up to five cameras and is easily integrated into existing production lines.
Management Information Systems
Software solutions are an integral part of Mettler-Toledo and play an important role at the interpack 2014:
The data management software ProdX 1.2 for integrated management of x-ray inspection, metal detection and checkweighing technologies will be presented. The software connects data from multiple systems and enables central monitoring from any location for improved process efficiency and allows for faster response times. The software also supports compliance with food safety standards and regulations.
Mettler-Toledo offers the network-based software solution FreeWeigh.Net, a highly configurable, standardised software system for statistic quality control (SQC) of filling and packaging processes. With the FreeWeigh.Net device integration module, a wide variety of devices can be connected to the system without additional programming. FreeWeigh.Net evaluates the data from many measuring devices and instruments such as checkweighers and static scales in order to comply with the fill quantity control, such as FPVO (German Packaging Regulations). The new software version 6.1.3 offers increased performance and compatibility, and supports a large number of measuring devices and instruments.
Pilot Site Manager (PSM) software for integrated track and trace line management provides enterprise-wide high visibility of data for the pharmaceutical industry. The software is a global solution and can be fully accessed by production managers from any location, enabling compliance with a wide range of regional requirements as well as allowing flexibility to meet future regulations. PSM forms the basis for unique item-level serialisation and aggregation of serial numbers to packaging units and boasts a mobile user interface. Simple integration to customised enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems such as SAP and central data warehouses is possible.
About Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection
Mettler-Toledo Safeline is the world's leading supplier of metal detection and x-ray inspection solutions for the food and pharmaceutical industries. Together with Garvens Checkweighing, CI-Vision and Pharmacontrol Electronic GmbH (PCE), Mettler-Toledo Safeline forms the Product Inspection division of Mettler-Toledo.
Mettler-Toledo develops, produces and markets precision instruments worldwide. The company is one of the largest suppliers of weighing and quality control systems in the world, whose products are used in laboratories as well as industrial processing and food retailing applications. Renowned producers of all conceivable everyday products rely on Mettler-Toledo's technology as an important aid to delivering consistent product quality and innovative developments. These producers reap the benefits of the company's global presence and sales and service network.
Mettler-Toledo's corporate philosophy centres around high-quality standard and tailored solutions. The company forms a true partnership with its customers providing support during the selection of appropriate systems and working together to develop unique solutions which increase process efficiency, reduce overall manufacturing costs and improve competitiveness.
For general information on Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection, visit: http://www.mt.com/pi.
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