For only the fourth time in its 117 year history, Ishida has
a new company president: Mr. Takahide Ishida
Takahide Ishida assumes
leadership of the worldwide operations of Ishida Co. Ltd. from his father, Ryuichi, who held the position for over 42 years and who, as Chairman, will continue to play an active role in business functions.
With an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and having served as Board Director and General Manager of the Engineering Division and most recently as Vice President, Takahide has worked closely with his father to build Ishida's
strong business partnership with Heat and Control.
That partnership began back in 1979 with our introduction of the first Ishida
multihead weigher to North America. Since then, our companies have worked together to continually push the envelope to develop innovative technologies that help our customers weigh, package and inspect their products better. The personal and business relationships that have developed between our two family businesses, and our common goal to serve our customers, will continue to thrive.
As Takahide puts it, "The changes in the company and the business environment that
took place during my father's presidency have been enormous. The pace of change is not likely to slow in the coming years, and we look forward to many interesting and exciting developments. I am confident that our overall business standards and
values will remain constant, and will stand us in good stead."
Stauffer Biscuit's Christmas conveyor challenge
Stauffer Biscuit of York, PA had several good reasons for ordering 66 FastBacks to replace
their old product conveyors. But it wasn't until a truck delivering eight conveyors crashed during the Christmas holiday installation that the company realized the value of Heat and Control's resources and commitment to react quickly to customer problems.
Jeff Patzer, Director of Engineering and Maintenance at Stauffer, recalls the project's history. "Our old equipment had many shortcomings. We needed a new system that was easier to clean, required less maintenance, and had minimal support structure to make access easier for our personnel. We also wanted a gentle-handling system that wouldn't break our cookies and crackers, or knock off the sugar and seasonings. In addition, we needed a flexible system that could get product from all our oven lines to any of our bagging lines."
After narrowing the field to three suppliers, visiting installation sites, and listening to what those end users had to say, Patzer concluded that "the FastBack system proposed by Heat and Control met all of our needs at a reasonable
cost." So the order was placed, system designed, and conveyors built and shipped.
"Then the unthinkable happened," says Patzer. "The second to last truck delivering
the equipment was involved in an accident, destroying its whole load of eight conveyors." It was decided that new equipment would need to be built, so Heat
and Control rushed into production to meet Stauffer's fast-approaching and firm
"In the end, Heat and Control came through," reports Patzer. "Everyone jumped right in and helped us out of this bind, and the equipment was ready to ship within a very short time."
"Heat and Control came through. Everyone
jumped right in and helped us out of this bind".
Jeff Patzer, Director of
Engineering & Maintenance
Regarding the installation, Patzer says "The people we worked with through the whole process were wonderful and assisted us every step of the way. Installation went very well. Drawings, instructions, and signage on the equipment were all very well done. And on January 4th when we started running, the conveyors and drives started right up. Some adjustments needed to be made to the newly designed mid-gates, but
production began on schedule."
Patzer has not been disappointed with the performance of his new FastBack system.
"The conveyors have fewer moving parts which has lowered our maintenance and
overall operating costs. The flexibility of the system's design allows us to produce any product on any line and go to any bagger, and changeovers that used to take an entire production shift to complete now are done in less than 2 hours."
"Our maintenance department is enjoying the decrease in maintenance," he continues,
"and the production department likes the fact they can observe what is happening on the user-friendly operator interface. We have no breakage of the product, and they're
easy to clean. We are very happy with the conveyors." More on FastBack conveyors See Videos
Petfood safety is paramount at SmartPak
"We view ourselves as a health care company for animals," says Dodd Corby,
Vice President of Operations at SmartPak in Plymouth, MA. "We need to provide a very high level of quality control for our products, equal to human foods, so metal detection has become an important part of our quality control plan."
To make sure the bags of dog food
they package are metal-free,
SmartPak relies on a CEIA
drop-through metal detector from
Heat and Control. Corby reports
that the CEIA, integrated with an
Ishida CCW-RS multihead weigher
(also supplied by Heat and
Control), "has been operating
for over two years and we have
experienced no downtime due to either the
metal detector or scale."
Corby's search for a metal detector was not
unusual. Since metal detection was a new
field to him, he discussed his application with
several of his vendors to learn who they used,
and then attended a Pack Expo show to narrow
a list of top suppliers. "The Heat and Control
staff at the show was very knowledgeable
about CEIA equipment for my
application. I saw a unit in action
on the show floor and liked its
small footprint, easy to understand
operator controls, and its ability to
interface with my vertical bagger."
"The Ishida and CEIA
system has allowed
efficiency by 100%".
Dodd Corby, VP, Operations.
That introduction to CEIA
lead to a purchase, and for
over two years now "the
equipment has been
great," says Corby. "It
has performed exactly
the way they said it
would, and has exceeded our expectations
in terms of machine uptime and producing
a quality product."
The combination Ishida/CEIA system has,
according to Corby, "been a game changer
for us. We offer dog food in custom doses
with weights that are very close to each other.
We needed precision to within 1 gram, and
the Ishida scale has delivered. We know that
the custom-dosed pack is exactly what the
customer ordered, no more, no less.
And the speed has allowed us to
increase our efficiency by over 100%."
Product quality means everything
to SmartPak. "From the time we
put our Heat and Control system
into production we have had zero
complaints about incorrect dosing
or metal contamination. We've got the right equipment for the job." See Videos
Better breader belt life boosts
productivity at Brakebush Brothers
Conveyor belts take a beating on hard-working breading applicators. Constructed of thin wire and subjected to long hours of operation, multiple turns, varying loads, and high stresses, these conveyor belts traditionally have a short lifespan.
However after installing new Heat and
Control breading applicators,
Brakebush Brothers, Inc.
(Westfield, WI) reports belt
life has greatly improved.
Founded in 1925, Brakebush is a
leading processor of chicken tenders,
strips, formed nuggets, and patties for retail,
foodservice and deli outlets. In order to improve
uptime, Brakebush installed a new coating line
from Heat and Control on a fully cooked
chicken production line. The new line included
a SureCoat Breading Applicator equipped with
an automatic belt tensioning system.
In addition to maintaining consistent belt
Better breader belt life boosts
productivity at Brakebush Brothers
Belt tensioner B A tension, the system works like a
shock absorber to prevent belt
damage during abrupt belt
"Based on our maintenance
records, we have increased belt
life to 8 months since switching
to the SureCoat breaders,"
explains Martin Beringer,
Process Improvement Manager.
"We run our breading
applicators up to 16 consecutive
hours each day. Any time a
breader belt fails the entire line
must be shut down for belt replacement, and
that quickly gets very expensive," he explains.
"Longer belt life is a big improvement," adds
Beringer, "and the SureCoat breaders have
proved to be reliable and durable."
Brakebush was so pleased with the equipment,
they installed another coating line in January
2010. "We've standardized on Heat
and Control breading applicators
because they are robust and easy
to operate," states Beringer.
"They also have a lifter
conveyor that lets you adjust
the breading bed density and
prevents break-off jams
(breading jams at the infeed
end)," he adds. "We run flour,
crumbs and J-crumbs on the
same breader and its operation
with all coatings is excellent.
We are also very pleased with
the service and support provided by
Heat and Control," concludes Beringer. More info on SureCoat Breading Applicators
Twin Spiral Bakery Oven
Uniformly bake muffins, rolls,
breads, and other products with
our latest spiral baking oven
360-degree air distribution across
the full conveyor width and all
conveyor tiers bakes foods quickly
and uniformly. We also provide
efficient linear baking ovens,
fryers, branding, and
coating equipment See Spiral Oven Video
Inspect both light and heavy packages with the same Ishida DACS-G checkweigher. Easily switch between two weight ranges to verify the package weight or content count of a variety of products. For details, visit our DACS-G checkweigher web page
Convey product up inclines of 8-degrees with our patent pending ClimbBack pan available only on FastBack horizontal motion conveyors
. Elevation of product allows compact placement of distribution conveyors and saves floor space. Gentle FastBack conveying prevents product breakage and loss of coatings.See Videos
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