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Fabricio Santos, of Elifab: "The sector is undergoing great changes"

Spain: "We didn't expect such a high demand for our blueberry calibrators"

The demand from large distributors for perfect blueberries, without external damage and with homogeneous calibres, is on the rise. This, together with the high labour costs and the limited availability of it in a sector that expects the production volumes to increase significantly in the next 4 or 5 years, is.....

Prince Edward Island:

Canada: Potato packaging company gets ACOA funds for upgrades

A Prince Edward Island potato packaging company received funding by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency that helped it make investments into upgrades. These in turn will make the company more efficient and contribute to its plans for long-term, sustainable growth.The upgrades at Thompson Potato Company.....

Boix Europe trains operators

Last week, Biox Europe held a training session and meeting for their operators in Eerbeek, the Netherlands. Diverse topics, such as daily maintenance, safety, and customer-specific demands were discussed and explained.A Boix FP-4/2M tray set-up machine with an AR/5 stacker and a pre-feeder was used for the.....

Diederik Peters, Greefa: “A successful challenge”

New packing robot for apples

Greefa recently launched the SmartPackr2, a packing robot that has initially been developed for apples. Diederik Peters, project manager development, was closely involved in the development process of the team of six people. “Focusing on apples was challenging, because apples have to have their blushed sides.....

US: Steel trade war worries agriculture industry

When his turn came to question Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Tuesday, Congressman David Young relayed a concern he'd just heard from a farmer in the hallway."He says, 'There's not a day on the farm when a farmer doesn't touch steel,'" the Republican from.....

Italian transplanters popular all over the world

It exports 80% of its production all over the world, including the US. We're talking about Checchi&Magli, which designs and manufactures transplanters for vegetables, nursery plants and tobacco as well as machines for the cultivation and harvesting of potatoes.Claudio Zarri in the Checchi&Magli.....

Designed for integration with metal detector

Automation manufacturer presents specialized Iso-Flo® vibratory conveyor

Key Technology presents a specialized Iso-Flo® vibratory conveyor designed specifically for integration with a metal detector to inspect bulk foods on processing and packaging distribution lines. Compared to traditional plastic or fabric belt conveyor systems integrated with metal detectors, Key’s vibratory.....

World's first baby-leaf harvesting and sorting machine

On the 19th-20th & 21st of February, Raytec Vision’s and Gemini’s customers were given the opportunity to test the harvesting machine Bellavista directly in the field. The event was held in Cartagena, where the company owned by Justin Edgell, Toro Verde, made its spinach crops available for this purpose......

With robot-assisted pepper packaging

30% more productivity and fewer failures

VIDEOCombilo - a leading fruit and vegetables wholesaler in the Netherlands, recently installed a new robot-assisted packaging line and, overnight, increased productivity by 30%. The new packaging line includes delta robots and a vision system from Omron and was built by the systems integrator EasyPack.....

Costa Rica celebrates a milestone in improved supply chain connectivity

A formal ceremony was held at Terminal de Contenedores de Moín on February 23rd to commemorate the arrival of the facility’s first three Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and six Rubber-Tire Gantry Cranes (RTGs).The President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, and the CEO of APM Terminals, Morten Engelstoft,.....

Optically sorting onions with a click of the mouse

Supplying an even higher and more consistent quality of onions, that was the most important reason why TOP Onions chose optical sorting technology from JDC and Ellips/Elisam last year. The Dutch onion processor has now also experienced the labour-saving effect of the new machine. In the old situation, 16.....

California, US

Robot follows farmworkers as they pick berries

Augean Robotics has designed an automated helper to help farm workers carry the produce they pick. Because farm workers harvesting table grapes in California’s Central Valley in the 45oC August heat have to also wheel some 50 kgs of grapes down the long rows of grapevines. The new robot is designed to do that.....

Manfred Berbel, commercial director of Zumex Group:

"Freshly-squeezed orange juice grows considerably compared to other categories"

Orange juice continues to be in high demand, both by the domestic and the international markets. This was explained by the commercial director of Zumex Group, Manfred Berbel."The founding of our firm is strongly linked to orange juice, as Zumex came to be after the development of an innovative squeezing system.....