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Better quality thanks to new electronic clod separator

Prinsen Agricultural & Handling Solutions specializes in post-harvest processing technology. With offices in the Netherlands, Germany and Canada, the family enterprise deals with development and supply of bespoke machines. Think of harvesting, sorting, weighing, packaging and palletizing of products like potatoes, onions and carrots.

Recently, Prinsen added a new machine to its product range: the electronic stone and clod separator Agrisep. The Agrisep can be used for both unwashed and washed potatoes, but also for other products, like onions or carrots. Frank Prinsen notes that at the moment, there is a lot of interest in this machine. “The Agrisep works based on infrared light, measuring the humidity of the objects on the supply belt. That way, it distinguishes between organic and inorganic material,” he explains. “The clods and stones among the potatoes or onions are sorted in a product-friendly manner.” At least 80 to 90% of the clods and stones are detected by the camera. The gentle treatment of the produce is a particular plus, he says. “This results in a higher quality. In addition, this machine requires less manual labour, which will eventually lead to saving money.” The Agrisep comes in different versions, and has a capacity of 10 to 50 tonnes per hour. “It’s really a hot item. Quality is becoming ever more important, and with an electronic clod separator, you can make a difference.”

Propak from Geldermalsen, owned by the same shareholder as Prinsen, recently installed the second new Propak Delta-V automatic bagger. This compact but robust machine can be used for both jute and net bags. “An advantage of this machine is that there are 4 magazines, which switch automatically. The Delta V can also be integrated seamlessly into a sewing street, and it’s very user-friendly,” says John Kirpestein of Propak. The machine has a capacity of 800 to 1000 bags an hour.

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Prinsen Agricultural & Handling Solutions
Frank Prinsen

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