This week, a new citrus washing line was installed at the location of Europe Retail Packing (ERP) in Barendrecht. The new MAF Roda line is currently undergoing extensive testing.
Location manager Cees de Vaan
According to location manager Cees de Vaan, the washing line can carry out the work of five people. Fewer human hands results in a faster process, fewer errors and a higher continuous quality. The new line has a capacity of 5 tonnes per hour.
The new line is suitable for citrus in the broadest sense of the word and can therefore be used for oranges, mandarins, lemons, grapefruit and limes. The fruit is brought to the line from the box or bins.
After an initial manual selection in which the rotten fruit is removed, the citrus enters the washing area and is then brushed and blown dry in the drying unit.
Then, the post washing selection takes place in the UV tent, whereby the cameras are able to detect the smallest fungal spots by means of UV light. "You can't always get melted rot out with the naked eye, but thanks to the UV light we can sort it out perfectly. That way only the very best citrus remains for packaging. Moreover, further damage to the batch is prevented," said Cees.
For Europe Retail Packing it is the first location with a citrus washing line. "Here in Barendrecht we are of course right at the heart of the citrus import and we have a lot of confidence in its added value. We used to do everything manually, but a citrus washing line at our own location saves labour and ensures a higher quality end product."
"Customers are therefore very pleased with this new line. As a result, the citrus is ready in no time to be delivered to the customer spotlessly clean and fresh," Cees concludes.