Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery (spee-dee.com) has launched the Evolution Checkweigher, a PLC-based system that features non-proprietary controls to make it easy to calibrate and communicate with other systems in the plant. 

Unlike other checkweighers that feature PC-based controls, the Evolution Checkweigher offers a communications package that provides access to data, which can then be downloaded via Ethernet IP, Modbus TCP/IP, USB and other methods. The Evolution offers end-users the ability to calibrate in the field, without the need of a Spee-Dee technician.

Packages are weighed with an Electro Magnetic Force Restoration (EMFR) technology that is 10 times more accurate than traditional strain gauge load cells, in addition to being more durable with plant operations. The Evolution can handle primary packages such as bags, pouches, canisters, jugs and jars.

The checkweigher can be used as a stand-alone unit or integrated with Spee-Dee auger, cup and rotary fillers, or with existing production equipment on the plant floor. With a three-leg design and without an electrical cabinet, the Evolution has a small footprint that fits into a production line.

In addition, a tool-less, open design enables easy cleaning. The Evolution comes with a standard seven-inch, full-color HMI display, and either an anodized aluminum or stainless steel base.

Visit Spee-Dee at Booth N-5421 at PACK EXPO, Oct. 14-17, 2018, to see live demos of the Evolution Checkweigher.