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India: Automatic harvesting machine for potato farmers
For the progressive potato farmers of Doaba region of Punjab, the advanced technology of automatic potato harvesting machines could be a viable option to deal with issues such as migrant labour shortage, need for standardization and minimizing the damage to yield.Demonstrations of the imported machines are.....
The new orchard platform by Sorter
During the last international fair, Fruit Attraction 2014 in Madrid, one of the exhibitors was Polish company Sorter, the only company in Poland and Middle-East Europe producing complete technological lines for sorting, packing and palletizing fruits and vegetables. Sorter’s policy is to provide complete.....
Willem van der Does (BG Door): "Saves time and improves shelf life"
International interest in drying units of ginger
When ginger arrives in Europe, the problem is often that the product contains too much moisture. "So it is important to further dry the ginger. This can be done by unloading the ginger, drying it and repackaging it, but that is laborious and requires a lot of space. You can have the ginger stacked separately.....
US (WA): Labour worries spur automation effort
The robotic orchard crew is probably some time away, but as Washington apple production increases, the tree fruit industry is feeling an urgent need to automate in order to reduce its dependence on workers.Washington State University and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission are collaborating on a.....
Czech Republic: Financial support for agricultural machinery and insurances
The Support and Guarantee Agricultural and Forestry Fund (PGRLF) in collaboration with the Czech Ministry of Agriculture, has set the amount of aid provided to growers under the financial support and insurance programme. The basic interest rate on loans for the purchase of agricultural machinery has been.....
Vietnam: Sieving machine sorts litchis, controls dried fruit quality
Consumers do not have litchis to eat all year round. The litchi harvest lasts one month only in early summer. After the month, farmers have to throw tons of fresh litchis away, because only a small percentage of litchis can be dried and stored.Dried litchis are not favoured by consumers due to the low.....
Next generation fruit controller offers wide range of features
VDH Products will soon introduce a new fruit controller, the MC3 Fruit. The MC3 Fruit is developed for the conditioning of top and soft fruit. Apart from the controller being equipped with some exciting new features, the hardware is now based on an entirely new platform. "The new MC3 platform is entirely.....
The fastest machine in the market installed at COAGRI's facilities
VENUS P.114 grading machine consolidating in East Spain's kaki sector
Maxfrut S.L., post-harvest machinery manufacturer specialised in the grading of all types of fruit and vegetables, has taken an important step in its consolidation in the kaki sector with the largest-scale installation to date of the VENUS P.114, which has been carried out at the central packaging facilities.....
India: Mahindra reaps rich harvest by targeting potato farmers
A unique marketing initiative by Mahindra and Mahindra’s farm equipment division, aimed at potato farmers in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, has helped the company drive up tractor sales in a sluggish market.The $16.5-billion group has launched special potato tractors, and wants to “educate” farmers.....
A new range of telescopic elevators for high working speed
Downs, a company set up in the North of France, keeps improving its range of telescopic elevators in order to offer highly efficient solutions and machines compatible with high working speed.This new generation has been designed around three major axes : performance, robustness and simplicity of use. These.....
Key Technology introduces new Sanitary Belt Conveyor for bulk foods
Key Technology introduces its new Sanitary Belt Conveyor for transporting bulk foods on processing and packaging distribution lines. Featuring a positive drive urethane (PDU) belt, stainless steel frame and components, open construction, and other sanitary features, Key’s new belt conveyor eases the.....
Hepro presents new asparagus peeling machine at expoSE
With over 5,000 trade visitors and over 370 international exhibitors, expoSE, Europe's most important trade fair for the production of asparagus and berries, is the ideal place for the HEPRO company to present its new asparagus peeling machine 'HSM 180/ECO'. So the machine's presentation will take place.....
Erwin Bakker, Ellips Sorting Software from Eindhoven
Rise of the optical sorting machines
Earlier this year, Erwin Bakker, owner of Ellips from Eindhoven, talked about his remarkable software for sorting machines. "In time," he said, "the industry won't be able to do without it. At the moment, sorters are being looked at askance now and then. There are doubts about accuracy. But that is actually.....
Erik Leerdam (Longobardi): "Worldwide there is room for 150-200 machines"
Optical sorting machine runs over 30 tons of onions per hour
Longobardi (a company that manufactures high quality machinery for the fruit and vegetable sector) was present at both the Macfrut event in Cesena, Italy and the PMA in Los Angeles. This family company, from the Northern Italian apple country in Bolzano, has been developing equipment around apple sorting.....