TORONTO — Fortress Technology, a Canadian metal detection system supplier, unveiled its first launch into checkweighing solutions during Pack Expo Connects, a virtual adaptation of Pack Expo held Nov. 9 to 13.

Fortress’s new Raptor checkweighers are “smart” systems offering pet food processors and manufacturers in other industries a digitally advanced option for food safety and quality assurance.

The series includes a single frame, stand-alone checkweigher; a combination metal detector and checkweigher, and an XL caseweighing system for ingredient and big bag applications. Key features for all Raptor systems include no-tool maintenance, leading digital software and a unique conveyor motor release.

“This is a breakthrough advancement for the North American food inspection market that applies unseen technology to improve process efficiency,” said Steve Gidman, president of Fortress. “Raptor is a premium weight control solution that can be integrated with or without a metal detector, at the best price point. All delivered in a flexible, hygienic package.”

Fortress’s Raptor series machines include cutting-edge weight control technology to ensure highly accurate and consistent results. The systems are designed to help food processors mitigate waste and product giveaway.

“Using Raptor’s digital data capture feature, manufacturers can pinpoint upstream operational deficiencies, including overfilling of packs, processing and packaging waste,” said Matthew Gidman, sales engineer for the Raptor series.

Additionally, Fortress’s new Raptor series can offer pet food manufacturers peace of mind “at a highly competitive price,” as brand reputation remains top of mind for processors in this industry.


Raptor systems feature a new tight-fitting conveyor design concept with a quick release and easy disassembly for the deck, belt, motor and rollers. According to Fortress, the conveyor takes just seconds to remove for maintenance and cleaning.

“The Raptor conveyor is super fast to disassemble, reassemble and slot back into place,” Matthew said. “No tools are needed. Which means there are no hidden contaminants or loose screws to worry about. Additionally, the tight fitting, smooth surface conveyor eliminates belt noise, which can affect a checkweighers’ accuracy.”

The solutions also feature a 19-inch touchscreen to customize operational parameters to individual processes. Quality assurance personnel can use the interface to set program reminders and test schedules using the smart technology. Visual alerts, graphs and prompts help processes run smoothly.

Additionally, the solution does not demand much space, measuring just 1.7 meters (3.2 feet) wide and between 30 and 32 inches tall. Despite their compact size, Raptor systems feature a full-sized inspection head to ensure accuracy is not compromised, Fortress stated.

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