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New technologies to classify fruit quality

Fruit baskets usually hid unpleasant surprises: even though they were good-looking, the fruits within were not. The recent technological development has allowed us to avoid such a risk. Angelo Benedetti describes one of the optical selection technology by Unitec. This technology can ‘go beyond’ the aesthetic appearance and analyse the inside of the produce, “For the cherry selection, for instance, we were able to exclude from the packaging process all those cherries affected by the Drosophila Suzuki fly which look normal but they have a little worm within”. These analysis processes are very short in terms of time thus allowing to manage large volumes while quickly intervene on bad produce.

What if such a technology could ensure not only getting rid of bad produce but also improving its quality? This is the Unitec Group challenge. They want to use the power of technology to classify that excellent produce that can be marketed as premium.

During the Unitec press conference at Interpoma 2018, Benedetti, “For instance, we can distinguish the apples with those characteristics which will offer a superior taste to customers”. Considering an overproduction scenario, it is crucial to promote what remains unseen which will represent an incredible strategic advantage.

At Interpoma 2018, Unitec Group presented its Unisorting branch, which is specialised in the development and manufacturing of high-performance innovative technology made for every phase of the apple processing.

Unisorting showcased the Unical 8.0 technology equipped with the Apples Sort 3 system. Through high-res cameras, this technology allows classifying every apple internal and external qualities.

A moment of the traditional Angelo Benedetti press conference

Multiple parameters influence the selection: internal and external quality, shape defects and the different percentage of size and colour.

Solfrutta is one of the Italian company that recently implanted the Unical 8.0 technology. Solfrutta is a renowned company working within the horticultural sector for more than 30 years, both nationally and internationally.

Benedetti, “We have been working together with Russia a lot. There, we contributed to the realization of large plants. The results for 2018 have been very satisfying”.

Unical 8.0 guarantees the respect of the highest sanitary regulations and therefore it can prevent the contamination of the produce. The machine was designed to be 100% cleanable and it has the EHSR 2.1 of the Machine Rules 2006/46/CE certificate.

Unical 8.0 combine extreme productivity and comfort even in smaller spaces.

The Unisorting's stand at Interpoma 2018

Additionally, Unisorting showcased Uni 9.0 Pear technology equipped with Pears Sort 3. This is an innovative technology for the pears selection. The American Diamond Fruit Growers company has recently implemented this technology.

Unisorting provides solutions tailored to clients in order to improve the processing processes. The president of the Unitec Group Angelo Benedetti, “Our motto is ‘Our technologies quickly pay for themselves thanks to the benefits they provide’”. He specifically refers to the customer loyalty generated from a produce which is both good-looking and good-tasting.

For more info on UNITEC technologies: https://www.unitec-group.com/ 


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