Special Automation

Carrier Transicold launches autonomous electric refrigeration system

Carrier Transicold has reaffirmed its commitment to reducing emissions, improving sustainability and increasing efficiency across the refrigerated transport sector with the…

"Automation grows in South East Asia"

Autogrow has been in business for over 27 years but in the last four years they have been focussing on cloud-based solutions and digital platforms. “That is the future of the industry,” said Kylie Horomia, Head of Brand & Communications. Hwang Shuang Chuan Regional Business Partner Manager in Asia adds,…

Yamato Scale launches its most advanced X-ray inspection machine

Yamato Scale Dataweigh, a leading global manufacturer of product inspection equipment, has unveiled its most advanced X-ray inspection machine to help food producers detect unwanted and potentially dangerous contaminants. Yamato’s COP compliant YX20 is flexible across all formats, can be programmed with…

Michel Spruijt - Brain Corp

"We will definitely see a big rise in retailers fully adopting robotic cleaning"

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, a leading international technology company has experienced an increase of 24 per cent in the use of its cleaning robots in retail stores, warehouses and distribution centres. Brain Corp Vice-President, and General Manager of Europe operations Michel Spruijt says that cleaning…

Alphabet

‘Mineral’ project addresses sustainable food production

Alphabet’s latest X project: A crop-sniffing plant buggy

Former Google division Alphabet X lab has presented a computational agriculture project called ‘Mineral’. This project focuses on sustainable food production and farming at large scales, with a focus on ‘developing and testing a range of software and hardware prototypes based on breakthroughs in…

Box filler model BKV 2880 can fill boxes from 1.800mm wide

The new box filler, model BKV 2880, is a further development of the model KV 2800. Where the KV 2800 can fill boxes from 1.400 - 1.600 mm wide, the BKV 2880 goes a step further by also completely filling boxes from 1.800 mm wide. In addition, the box filler is equipped with a touchscreen with which various settings…

Plantai

New app for automatic fruit counting and citrus crop estimating

Plantai, a Brazilian startup, announced this month the launch of the very first application of the market that provides citrus crop estimates based on photos taken from a cell phone. Elaborated with Artificial Intelligence and intensively tested in the field, its objective is to give the entire citrus…

Garry Sandercock - Propak Industries

Automatic systems which can reduce labour and plastic

Increasing automation while reducing plastic usage is a very valuable service and if you can do this while also increasing the use of recyclable materials then its a definite win-win all round. “We provide a fully automated pallet wrapping line where the client can palletise the fruit and wrap it with…

David Jahn - Brillopak

Is now the time for fresh produce packers to automate?

In recent years, manufacturing businesses have been under increasing pressure to reduce labour due to both increasing cost and dwindling availability. The situation has been exacerbated in the UK, initially by Brexit, as a lot of the foreign workers, some of whom have been in the UK for years, decided to…

Giumarra partners with Reliable Robotics

Reimagining fresh distribution logistics using autonomous aircraft

The Giumarra Companies announced a joint project with Mountain View, Calif.-based startup Reliable Robotics Corporation to test shipments of produce utilizing autonomous aircraft technology developed by the latter company. The test flight program, created to help address supply chain and delivery…

‘Blade peeler’ makes peeling machine high yield, high speed and high quality

Using an automatic peeler machine to replace manual peeling is a common trend. There are many types of peelers in the market, and although they all serve the same peeling purpose, the functionality, productivity and results can be very different. ASTRA Inc. is an innovative Japanese peeler developer. The…

Robotic bin filler takes care of valuable fruit and produce to a new level

Any grower will tell you minimising damage to fresh produce is paramount throughout the chain, from harvesting to packing to delivery at the client.  The new Hortworx RBF100 robotic bin filler takes care of valuable fruit and produce to a new level by gently lowering fruit down into a bin as if it’s done one…

FreshPlaza October special - Automation

FreshPlaza will be will be highlighting Automation in our October special. Growers, packers and retailers have been moving towards mechanisation for some time and as new technology becomes available, we are seeing more and more companies investing in automation, be it picking/packing machinery, drones or…


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