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Tauranga startup signs global deal for robotic apple packers

New Zealand agricultural robotics and automation company Robotics Plus, today announced it has signed an agency and distribution agreement with GlobalPac Technologies which will see the company’s robotic apple packers go global. The deal, which will initially target the US, Australian and New Zealand markets,.....

Innovation in the fresh fruit industry

In Scandinavia it is standard procedure for many retailers to sell melons and watermelons in quarters or halves, even slices. However, for the fresh produce service departments process of cutting and slicing was a tedious, time-consuming and sometimes even dangerous process. In 2017 the Norwegian innovation.....

New technology for blueberry grading and sorting

Blueridge Produce cleans and packs millions of pounds of fresh blueberries in an 8- to 12-week season. To increase production efficiencies and reduce labor while maintaining product quality, they installed a VERYX® digital sorter from Key Technology. Tailored especially for Blueridge Produce, this sorter.....

Optical onion sorting machine -TOP Onions demonstration for onion companies

Last week JDC demonstrated the optical onion sorting line at TOP Onions in 's-Gravenpolder. This demonstration was visited by ten Dutch and three foreign onion companies.The visitors could see that the Elisam sorter with eight lines was 70-80% filled with onions.JDC always shows the practical situation during.....

Automation as a key to greater productivity and resource conservation

Swedish trading company uses German processing line

The Grönsakshallen company - one of the largest greengrocers and freshcut producers in Sweden - is currently investing in modern, automated production. Recently, KRONEN GmbH installed a new processing line at the production plant in Hägersten, with which large quantities of lettuce and vegetables can be.....

Robotic automation leader Soft Robotics raises $20 million

Award-winning industrial robotics company, Soft Robotics, announced today that it has raised $20 mln in an oversubscribed funding round. The new investors include Scale Venture Partners, Calibrate Ventures, Honeywell Ventures, Tekfen Ventures, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., with Hyperplane Venture Capital leading the.....

REV Packaging Solutions present new taping machine at Macfrut

Over the past few years, REV Packaging Solutions has become one of the most dynamic companies manufacturing packaging machinery. In addition to delicate weighers, fruit counters, netters for loose and punnet produce and end-of-line machines, REV managed to gain a position of leadership in the "niche" packaging.....

Martin de Boer:

“Reliability of the machine is important”

Each item of packaging has one, and it’s different for every product: labels. Information about the products on the packaging can be found on the labels. Tuinderij Vers invested in a new labelling machine that has more options. Besides, a large part of the process was automated.Tuinderij Vers has used.....

Poland: New cart designed specifically for orchards

With harvest time only a few months away, Polish machinery company Sorter has developed a system to make harvesting in orchards more efficient for growers, both on the field and for post harvest.Sorter has been designing carts for transporting crops from the orchard to the cold store, or to a warehouse. The.....

Philippines to start using drones for crop chemical spraying

Plantations in the Philippines plan to use drones in farms for spraying fertilisers and pesticides. The goal is to keep farmers further away from harmful chemicals and to make agriculture management more efficient. Secretary Manny Piñol stated that the Department of Agriculture is adopting Aerial Spraying.....

NZ: Spraying without chemicals, residues or health and safety issues

Biofume is a New Zealand based company which specialises in technology relating to the control of fungus, bacteria and ethylene removal in produce storage facilities. The company has now developed an ozone system which can be applied to a sprayer for plant and crop disinfection along with deterring insects......

Harvest CROO B-4 robotic strawberry harvester

Robotic strawberry harvester rolls out in Florida

The Harvest CROO B-4 robotic strawberry harvester is now crawling across fields around Plant City, Florida, as a functioning model that is about another season away from becoming a commercial product.The harvester is the brainchild of berry baron Gary Wishnatzki of Wish Farms. The company recently hosted a.....

Washington company develops automated apple tray inserter

Automation is becoming a normal part of the fresh produce supply chain. As the industry becomes more competitive, more and more functions are being automated in response to labor, cost, time and other factors.There is a new product available that has automated the packing of fruit trays into boxes. Although.....

Jaguacy Brasil invests in packing automation

Jaguacy Brasil invests in its structure every year to improve its Brazilian Avocado production. At the end of the Brazilian harvest in 2017, the efforts and investments in the packing house were for the acquisition of a high-performance optical classifier to meet the market's quality expectations."Working with.....