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Spanish veg producer cuts 400 jobs using robots

Spanish farm produce supplier El Dulze has reduced its human workforce from 500 down to just 100 with the use of robots.The company is said to be using Fanuc robots – LR Mate 200iB models – which use vision systems to even out the production line so the vegetables are not bunched up too close together for.....

WUR releases report on Ethylene Postharvest Gas Analyser

The MACView Ethylene Postharvest Gas Analyser is independently evaluated and tested on its performance by Wageningen University and Research. The test report is now released by the WUR and the report is published by EMS and publicly available.The Ethylene Postharvest Gas Analyser is tested on several important.....

New features for vibratory conveyors

Key Technology has introduced new features to their vibratory conveyors – Iso-Flo, Impulse, Horizon and Marathon – for food processing and packaging lines with the addition of a new grounding arm, label stand-offs, sanitary drives and Vector-Lock Gen 2.Jim Ruff, General Manager of the Integrated Solutions.....

Mexican nursery installs new Conic System seeder machines

El Oasis, a nursery located in Tunas Blancas, near Queretaro, has incorporated the Seeder Line PRO335 full automatic form Conic System.The PRO335 joins the PRO110 and PRO130 which are still running at the nursery. Ingeniero Ignacio Calderón, CEO of El Oasis, told that he chose the PRO335 due to their increase.....

Stop&Go Recogniton

Italy: Asparagus harvesting machines to be brought into compliance

In order to safeguard the health and safety of workers, white asparagus harvesting machines must comply with what is set out by the CE mark. It is also possible to bring into compliance all machines that do not currently do so with a safety system calledStop&Go Recogniton.Play to watch the video.The.....

First Chinese automatic mango production line

On 30 August, the first Chinese standardized automatic mango production line was put into use in Ruihua Agriculture's controlled atmosphere storages, as an investment in standardized production. By using this line the hope is to improve both the appearance and quality of Chinese mangoes.This mango production.....

Compac unveils "leap forward" in cherry grading

Compac has announced the development of new technology to overcome the traditional issues associated with grading and sorting cherries.End View is the new cherry grading technology that utilises learnings from Compac’s Spectrim platform to improve outcomes for cherry-specific produce lines. End View will be.....

Frank De Brauwer, Tomra Sorting NV

"Less waste thanks to careful sorting"

The machine manufacturer, Tomra, is based in the research park at the edge of Leuven. This Belgian branch of the company builds machines that sort whole and processed foods by means of a camera, laser and x-ray techniques.Tomra's Sales Manager, Frank De Brauwer."At Leuven, Tomra focuses on making sorting.....

Costa Rica to transform pineapple production waste into biofertilizers

The first plant in Costa Rica capable of transforming pineapple production waste into an environmentally friendly fertilizer will start operating in Upala, Northern Zone, at the end of October 2017.The machine, whose construction is already at an advanced stage, will operate in the farm Valle del Tarso, which.....

Eqraft develops system to laser print directly onto bags

One of the most common frustrations during packing of bags is the time consumed by the labeling system. Changing tape, tickets or ribbons means halting the process while another tape or ticket roll is being loaded.This leads to unnecessary delay, accumulation of costs per bag and increases in lead time......

Aweta's apple processing lines sold in Germany

For decades Aweta has had sorting grading and packing machines for apples as its core business.Now we are unveiling the four leaf clover i.e. the four pillars of Aweta's leadership in apple processing lines:1 - The Powervision, external quality selector.2 - Calistar, the unbeatable state-of- the-art.....

Cleaning lettuce and vegetables using ultrasound saves resources

By the time lettuce makes it to a customer's plates, it has often gone on a long journey with many washing cycles. This usage of drinking water though is neither environmentally friendly nor sustainable. The joint project "MultiVegiClean" is developing a cleaning facility which cleans heads of lettuce with the.....

LABELPAC launches new Print and Apply labeling system

LABELPAC developed the Patent Pending MOTOHEAD™ high-speed Print and Apply labeling system. “After a successful testing phase at customers sites and at our facilities, we have started selling systems to our customers and the results and feedback are tremendous,” shared Sam Sleiman, founder and president of.....

Cost-effective packshed solutions

Fruit sorting machines are expensive capital investments that are supposed to last many years, but producers who have older legacy machines are often left behind with few options when the electronic parts of their machines need replacement. They are forced to purchase imported machines and pay for them in.....

Jaap Goud, Goud Biervliet:

“Crate filler creates calmness on line despite high capacity”

Onion trader Goud Biervliet BV is specialised in trading onions, growing first-year seed onions and selling seeds. The onion company in Zeelandic Flanders, the Netherlands, consciously decided not to do its own sorting and packing, but to play a role in the chain as a link between growers, packers and.....

US (FL): Will robot pickers save the strawberry industry?

Gary Wishnatzki, third-generation family owner of Plant City-based Wish Farms, isn't comfortable leaving his industry's future in someone else's hands.So Wishnatzki, working with engineer Bob Pitzer, created the company Harvest CROO Robotics in 2013 to develop an automated strawberry picker that's expected to.....