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First prototype: elastomer gripper for unpackaged food
The German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL), Fraunhofer IVV Dresden and the German Institute of Rubber Technology (DIK), have developed elastomer grippers for hygienic handling of unpackaged foods to be launched next year.
New washing line for cherry tomatoes
Buitendijk-Slaman, manufacturer of internal transport systems in the greenhouse vegetable sector, has extended the range of washing machines for vegetables with a cherry tomato washer.Buitendijk-Slaman has been producing washers for peppers and tomatoes for decades, for manufacturers of sorting machines.....
Mechanical pollination could end chemical use
Mechanical pollination shows promise for managing the crop load in cherry and apple orchards, preliminary research at Washington State University indicates.With the threat of declining honeybee numbers in the United States, crop pollination has become an important issue facing agriculture. A national call.....
New steam peeler at Anuga FoodTec
TOMRA Sorting Food will reveal the latest addition to its steam peeling portfolio at Anuga FoodTec, later this month. The Odyssey steam peeler is the ideal cost-effective steam peeling solution for seasonal processing companies and emerging markets. Based on the Orbit and Eco steam peelers; the Odyssey steam.....
AU: Orange orchard drones track health
Orchardists in Sunraysia are using drones to map the health of their trees. Growers heard about how the technology is being employed on Seven Fields properties near Mildura during bus tours run as part of Citrus Australia’s Citrus Technical Forum this week.UAVMAP’s Richard Waters, who has been employed by.....
Weighing line for mushrooms also suitable for grapes and soft fruit
ACB Solutions develops weighing machine
ACB Solutions has developed various innovative products over the years and put them on the market. They try to turn the customer demand into innovative machines that eventually profit the customers in terms of time, labour and money. Albert Vermeulen, Commerical Director: "We talk to the customers, map out.....
Italy: Ser.mac invests in human capital
"In December 2014, we hired four engineers (two electrical and two mechanical) to further increase the company expertise and know-how accumulated over the years," explainSer.mac representatives.Left to right: Danilo Nicoli, Manuel Sama, Iacopo Gemma and Alberto Vitali.Founded in 1990, Ser.mac manufactures.....
Skillpack packing machines and drying line at world's best tomato grower
Skillpack BV has represented the PFM brand, a leading producer of packing machines, since 2001. The installation of the first packing machine "PFM Hurricane" occurred in 2007 at Duijvestijn Tomaten in Pijnacker. At this year's Fruit Logistica, the grower was elected best tomato grower in the world. The.....
New weighing line for British potato processor
Caythorpe Farmers UK is bagging around 300.000 bags of potatoes of various weights for the wholesale and export market each year. They were using traditional electronic weighers where 1 large bucket is us used to make a weight. These weighers are as accurate as the last product(s) put in the bucket. At.....
Key Technology introduces new digital sorter for grading dates
Key Technology introduces DateSort™, its newest digital sorter for grading dates. This compact and mobile sorter combines mechanical pre-cleaning to remove foreign material (FM) with optical sorting to grade dates by size. As the lowest cost digital sorting system for dates, DateSort eliminates manual.....
Innovations that will shape the future of the food industry
“Traditionally static consumption patterns have undergone a transformation and we believe there are now three prevalent consumer mind-sets for food buying: sustainability, convenience and health” explained Rabobank analyst Jelle Groot. “Understanding these mind-sets and using appropriate innovations could.....
Flowrap machine doubles packing rate
RedPack Packaging Machinery had the new P325E-FI flowpack machine on display at this year's Fruit Logistica in Berlin. Redpack's Marketing Manager explained that the machine was developed due to a gap in the market. "Before the installation of the Redpack flow wrappers, apple packers were using 'Polybags'.....
Italy: Raytec Vision installs over 50 sorters
Raytec Vision has already installed over 50 sorting machines in Northern Europe and North America. An important order was recently commissioned by H. und H. Raidl in Vienna.A Raynbow sorter is used for washed, selected and packaged carrots. Raidl replaced the traditional manual sorting table with Raynbow.....
Italy: UNITEC grows and opens new packaging division
Continue growing despite the crisis - this is what UNITEC did. An Italian company with branches in six foreign countries with technologies dedicated to over 35 types of fruit and vegetables. In 2014, its turnover almost reached €70 million, a 38% growth with respect to the previous year (€50 million).As.....