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OHAUS Scales Improve Seafood Processing Efficiency

OHAUS Defender and Valor washdown scales are ideal for seafood processing applications.


With a highly perishable product like seafood, speed and efficiency are critical throughout the stages of processing. Toeing the line between production speed and process efficiency is tough enough, but when you factor in all the government and industry oversight, it becomes very challenging for the seafood supply chain to keep up. To maintain peak efficiency, seafood processing plants demand the very best industrial scales – ones that can offer consistent and reliably precise results; ones that are food safe, easy to clean, and durable enough to withstand harsh wet and refrigerated environments - ones like the Defender® 5000 bench scale and portable Valor® 4000 washdown food scale from OHAUS.


Efficiency Is Everything 

OHAUS scales are designed to make your job easier – no matter the task. This is especially critical in the seafood industry where there are so many areas of quality control and quality assurance to maintain.  

On the production side of the industry, monitoring weight and portion control is essential. To minimize food waste, comply with legal-for-trade packaging requirements, and, ultimately, deliver a consistent customer experience, plants must carefully control the weight of each portion of seafood. OHAUS food scales are used to weigh bulk totes of incoming seafood, set portion sizes, recheck in-line equipment, and test post-packaging samples to ensure LFT compliance. Many OHAUS products include GMP and GLP fields, and can integrate with data systems for traceability. Post packaging, higher capacity scales can be used for loading skids and other operations in the warehouse facility prior to shipping.


High-Performance Food Scales for Harsh, Wet Conditions

For demanding, legal-for-trade seafood processing and production, the compact Valor 4000 food scale is an excellent choice. The multifunctional, food-safe OHAUS Valor 4000 washdown food scale offers reliable precision, fast results, and impressive durability, even in harsh, wet environments. Valor 4000 is water resistant and can also operate in low-temperature environments where frozen food is processed.


This portable, tabletop washdown scale sets the industry standard for food industry weighing with advanced features like touchless operation, checkweighing, accumulation and percent weighing modes for maximum efficiency. Boasting an impressive half-second stabilization time, Valor 4000 allows for increased productivity without sacrificing accuracy. NSF certified/USDA-AMS accepted Valor 4000 supports HACCP certified systems. Valor 4000 XW comes equipped with stainless steel housing and platform, while the PW model include ABS housing and stainless steel platform. Both models offer puncture-resistant, polycarbonate keypads, making Valor 4000 an excellent choice for use in seafood weighing operations.

Valor 4000 offers protection from moisture as well as from knives and other sharp instruments used in food preparation, processing, and portioning applications. The unique IPX8 flow-thru design ensures that Valor 4000 will channel fluids that may enter the housing through strategically located drain holes, helping the scale remain clean and operational in wet environments. Non-slip leveling feet offer stability and limit movement on the countertop. Stabilization time is less than a half-second, allowing for fast weighing results. Large LED front and rear displays allow for easy viewing and shared operation.


Valor 4000 XW can operate on the included AC adapter or rechargeable battery for up to 50 continuous hours of operation. It features an up-front level indicator, auto-close power jack cover, and convenient carry handle. Non-slip leveling feet offer stability. Valor 4000 is easy to set up, operate, and thoroughly clean.


A Washdown Bench Scale Built to Withstand Tough Environments

Seafood processing doesn’t end with weighing and packaging fish. Inventory control and warehousing, as well as shipping and receiving all play a big role in preparing end products for delivery to supermarkets, restaurants and consumers.


The OHAUS Defender® 5000 Washdown bench scale is reliably used in seafood processing for portioning and checking package weights. Its easy-to-configure software, operator access control, and multiple tare weight memories make it a smart choice for warehouses.


Durably constructed to withstand wet environments, Defender 5000 Washdown features a 304-grade stainless steel platform and frame, and stainless steel IP68 indicator. Its stainless steel loadcells are protected to IP67, meeting standards like OIML, EC Type Approval, NTEP and Measurement Canada (up to 5,000e). Adjustable, non-slip rubber feet help ensure operational stability. All Defender models are easy to clean and maintain for continued use.


OHAUS Defender 5000 Washdown is well-suited for standard applications, including production, packaging, inventory, and shipping. The multifunctional bench scale allows for precision weighing, checkweighing, percentage weighing, and more. It comes equipped with advanced features, such as maximum configurability print output, GMP/GLP data output, library/user management and multiple connectivity options including WiFi and Bluetooth. Yet, despite all of these functions, Defender 5000 is easy to set up, operate, and clean. Defender 5000 is designed to simplify demanding commercial applications. Most importantly, Defender 5000 Washdown offers reliably precise results, even in extreme environments.


For more information about Valor 4000 and Defender 5000 scales,contact your regional OHAUS representative.


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