Waste reduction and process optimization by labeling fruit and vegetables individually

Nature's Pride, in collaboration with Bizerba Netherlands, has taken a huge step towards reducing waste. By installing an LDI20 PAC8 , a label dispenser from Bizerba - with customer-specific adaptations - Nature's Pride has the absolute first for this solution across Europe.

Waste reduction
As a supplier of 230 unique fruit and vegetables from 59 countries, an efficient and optimal business process is an absolute precondition. In addition to a continuous concern for quality, Nature's Pride also aims to work as sustainably as possible. A solution that makes it possible to set the exact number of labels required per production badge, considerably reduces the waste of labels and residual materials that have been produced in excess.

Ergonomics
Where labels were manually applied in the past, the automation of this process has proven to be a significant efficiency boost for Nature's Pride. The operation of the machine is smooth and extremely easy thanks to the easy to operate screen. When working in shifts, no detailed instructions are required to transfer control settings to a subsequent shift.

The modular construction of the LDI20 PAC8 offers a high degree of flexibility, allowing processing of different packaging sizes, packaging and label sizes. For example, only one label dispenser can handle different label sizes. In addition, all applicators are equipped with a printer, which can print a bar code and / or batch number. The system is easy to operate and maintain. The optical sensors automatically position the label, as do the dispensers themselves. The fruit and vegetables can be labelled in fixed batches without packaging. In short: for example, mangoes or avocados (but also other fruits) can be provided with a sticker each.

Each applicator is controlled separately and can be positioned automatically depending on the products. Up to 200 different programs can be stored and processed taking into account the different positions of the product in the box. The backing paper is shredded and collected in a bin, minimising the amount of paper waste.

Ease of use
The whole system is controlled by a PC with touchscreen. A maximum of 8 label dispensers, with possible spare dispensers to prevent downtime, can be centrally controlled and operated. Operation is simple and intuitive with data transfer via USB and an open interface to the parent systems via Ethernet.

New standard in fruit and vegetable labelling
With the LDI PAC8, Bizerba is definitely setting a new standard within the fruit and vegetable sector in the labelling per piece of fruit and vegetables. The originally German company has been offering weighing, cutting and labelling solutions since 1866. Supplemented with smart software solutions that help companies optimise their processes, reduce waste and prevent recalls. This solution at Nature's Pride is a perfect example of this. The label dispenser labels fruit and vegetables individually, fully automatically. In addition, this process optimisation is an enormous efficiency boost and the labelling solution reduces waste. Waste and residual material is kept to a minimum with optimum ease of use for the operators of the display. Want to know more? https://www.bizerba.com/en_en/branches/agf/agf.

For more information
Bizerba Nederland BV 
Paul te Velthuis
The Lentfert 38
7547 SR Enschede
M +31 6 42288878
Paul.TeVelthuis@bizerba.com
www.bizerba.com


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