Ishida, a maker of weighing and packaging machines for food manufacturers, took home the ‘Product Protection’ gong at a glitzy ceremony at the Armani Hotel Dubai for its AirScan leak detector.
The machine uses a laser to identify carbon dioxide leaks from tiny holes as small as 0.25 millimetres in sealed modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) packs. It can pick out these leaks even when operating at full speed, scanning up to 180 packs per minute, said the company.
AirScan could help retailers and meat processors reduce food waste, as Ishida estimates nearly 500,000 tonnes (t) of food is binned every year due to packaging leaks.
The business also picked up the ‘Robotics Industrial Vision’ award for an eye-catching machine called the Robotgrader. This slice of food production gadgetry delivers automated fixed-weight packaging for meat and fish.
The speedy space-saving Robotgrader can place up to 320 pieces of meat in packaging per minute. Processors firing up the machine will use less floor space and get more meat in packs faster than a manual operation, Ishida claimed.
By automating one of the most labour-intensive parts of the meat packaging process, Ishida said the Robotgrader could deliver a welcome boost to profitability, especially for firms operating in markets with high minimum wages.
“Winning these prestigious awards at the inaugural Gulfood Manufacturing Industry Excellence Awards is testament to the hard work and commitment of our team who relentlessly work to protect our customers’ brands and help them succeed in their businesses,” said Jeff Say, general manager of Ishida MEA (Middle East and Asia).