New Over/Under Scales Speed Production, Improve Hygiene

Thursday 8 March 2012

With open, stainless steel construction that stands up to repeat wash-downs, new, portable METTLER TOLEDO ICS4_9 and ICS6_9 food scales help manufacturers address both food safety and bottom-line pressure at the same time. ColorWeight® displays reduce eyestrain; audit-quality tracking enhances traceability. Production becomes faster, more transparent—and ultimately more profitable.

METTLER TOLEDO introduces ICS4_9 and ICS6_9 food scales. These rugged, easy-to-clean and portable scale models make up a new family of over/under scales that can be configured to a wide variety of manual portioning and checkweighing tasks to speed up production—and thus enhance profitability—in harsh environments where hygiene counts.

“Food manufacturers are being called upon to address growing international food safety concerns. But they must also contend with pressure on their bottom lines, which means production speed, scale versatility and durability, are also critical,” explained METTLER TOLEDO food segment specialist Mr. Markus Diefenbach. METTLER TOLEDO has responded with an open, stainless-steel construction in the ICS models. When coupled with double-sealed displays, the scales’ durability is significantly improved in repeated high-pressure/high-heat washdown situations.

A small benchprint and portable design mean easy integration at many points along a processing line. The new systems also feature ColorWeight®-enabled displays improve operator throughput by giving immediate feedback if a portion is over- or under-tolerance so he or she can move more product in less time. Intuitive keypads and multiple language options further enhance ease-of-use and processing speed.


Every ICS4_9 and ICS6_9 model is available with three different terminal-mounting options: compact, column-mounted, or separate weigh terminal. A built-in battery and WLAN capability allow quick pick-up-and-go, too.

As far as critical software capabilities, ICS models include data log functionality—also known as alibi memory—for safe process parameter storage and easy scanner and label printer integration. They also include an internal database to archive product records and a variety of interface options to assure easy connectivity with existing data management systems.

Load cells include potted aluminum IP65-protected versions through hermetically sealed stainless steel IP69k-protected versions. Manufacturers can choose the appropriate load cell design based on their specific environment and cleaning procedures so parts and equipment need less maintenance and do not need to be replaced as often. This increases uptime and reduces ownership costs over the life of the scale.

Ultimately, manufacturers invest less and get more. “The design and configuration options of the ICS4_9 and ICS6_9 series, backed by METTLER TOLEDO precision, enhances production processes for faster, safer and ultimately more compliant food processing,” Mr. Diefenbach said.

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