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Germany: Automatic labelling of fruits and vegetables

Bizerba introduces the modular labeller LDI 20 for the automatic labelling of fruits and vegetables. Up to 14 label dispensers can be controlled separately, adapting to the product and applying different label formats for maximum flexibility. The system can be operated via a 9.7-inch touch screen, easily transferring data into higher-level systems.

For producers of fruits and vegetables it is just as important to position themselves as a brand, as it is for manufacturers of packaged products. Given that products such as apples, kiwis and bananas are often sold as bulk goods, this is not an easy task. The outer packaging is missing and so are the means of placing a logo or other information them. Many fruit and vegetable producers therefore resort to the possibility to provide the food itself with a small sticker. The labeller LDI 20 from Bizerba automates this process: An optical sensor recognizes the product whereupon the label dispenser positions itself correctly and the fruit is labelled.

Unique: the LDI 20 also labels loose fruits. (Photo: Bizerba)

The label dispenser can process up to 15 different label formats and sizes and can even use stickers with corrugated backing paper. Changing the cassettes is not necessary, which reduces set-up times and service costs. In addition, the LDI 20 stores all article data and keeps it in favorites lists. The step-by-step control makes it possible to label foods with different formats. So that the backing paper does not take up too much space after applying the labels, a downstream shredder cuts the material up.

The labelling system can be easily integrated into existing production lines and has interfaces to transfer data to higher-level systems. Simplified operation is made possible by the 9.7-inch touch screen, which at the same time reduces incorrect entries. Also, the device -made of aluminium- is easy to maintain and clean, and the label dispensers can be replaced quickly. Optionally, producers of fruits and vegetables can retrofit supply and discharge belts. It is also possible to equip the labeller with a vision system for automatic recognition of the product position and a photocell for the separation belt.

Source: Bizerba/Lewis

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