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Robotisizing sorting and packing of fruit and vegetables

"The production of fruit and vegetables is still increasing in the Netherlands. Here, the demand for cheaper labor continues to play an important role. Using robots can significantly reduce the cost involved in the sorting and packing process", says Jan Nijland, Director at the Dutch company, Greefa. "We have, therefore,…

Optical sorter helps to vertically integrate and reduce sorting costs

Bühler technology is enabling the world’s largest fig grower to double its processing capacity to 20,000lbs per hour and reduce increasingly expensive costs associated with sorting, by up to 90%. The SORTEX F sorter is helping The Specialty Crop Company to provide their customers with dried figs that are…

Measuring more equals knowing more

Demand for ripening systems is high. On the one hand, companies in emerging economies are investing in ripening systems. On the other hand, ripening systems in Europe, still…

Albert Llaguerri, Manter Iberica:

"Rapid growth in five years in Spain"

Manter Iberica S.L. celebrated their fifth anniversary at Fruit Attraction. This event, held in Madrid, is the most important trade show on Spain's fresh fruit and vegetable sector's calendar. This company's first five years have been a success. What began as a one-man show, has now grown into a Spanish…

Julio Aparicio, of Sienz/Compac:

"In a citrus campaign like the current one, every cent counts"

Unlike previous years, 2018 has been quite rainy in Spain, and the citrus sector has been struggling as a result. "Last year, the weather was quite dry and this allowed plenty of citrus fruits to be marketed with 'zero waste' treatments, or at least with few active substances," says Julio Aparicio, new head for Northern Spain at…

Spargelhof Werner, a satisfied user of asparagus harvester AspergeSpin

This year, the German company Spargelhof Werner bought the 10,000th machine built by Engels Innovatietechniek. The proceeds from this transaction were donated to the German Fund against childhood cancer (Deutsche Kinderkrebsstiftung). The association assists children and their families by offering advice…

Small Robot Company attempts to re-imagine farming with Tom

During the next few years, farming will change beyond all recognition, with robots replacing huge tractors, that’s the view of the Small Robot Company, a small start-up that has built its first prototype robot: Tom. Tom is part of a family of robots designed to operate at a more precise plan-by-plant basis, rather than…

Proceeds going to German Juvenile Cancer Foundation

Engels Innovatietechniek BV sells 10,000th asparagus spider at ExpoSE

Asparagus grower Werner is a staunch user of the ‘asparagus spider‘ for harvesting white asparagus. This year, the company acquired the 10,000th machine built by Engels Innovatietechniek BV. The proceeds from this asparagus spider were donated to the German Juvenile Cancer Foundation, at the ExpoSE trade…

Italy: technology manufacturers discovering the Colombian market

There is one concrete project for doing business with Colombia – a country that is looking for agricultural machinery and technology for the post-harvest. The agricultural sector is spearheading the Colombian economic growth. The outlook seems increasingly promising thanks to the pacification process…

Tray sealing company expands with US factory

Tray sealing specialist Proseal has expanded its business in the US with the opening of a new production facility. The growth of Proseal America reflects the hard work and dedication of the Proseal America team, in particular in identifying and meeting the growing demand in the US for fresh convenience…

Chris Komatas:

“Internal quality increasingly important”

On the one hand, labels are becoming increasingly important, but on the other, consumers are becoming more and more critical. Because of this, it’s becoming more important to fulfil the promises on the labels. One bad apple no longer contaminates an entire barrel, but a six-pack. “One of six is bad in…

Kiremko innovations during Interpom Primeurs 2018

At this year’s Interpom Primeurs, Kiremko introduces two innovations that can be installed in your French fry line and will enhance your processes. Primary Oil Filter The Primary Oil Filter…

US research: Robotic hands, sensitive enough to pick soft fruit

A new breed of robots with humanoid hands capable of performing delicate tasks such as picking soft fruit has been made possible by a technological breakthrough from Stanford University scientists. Researchers in the US have developed electronic gloves designed to give robots an improved ability to touch and grasp…

Reduce give-away with this smart scale

In 1998, the Dutch company, LRE, introduced its DTS-III scale. This is a cluster selection scale consisting of various scales and an indicator light. The DTS-III automatically calculates from which scale products need to be removed. It also gives a light indication. The scale was installed at various…

Autonomous asparagus harvesting machine ready for use in 2019

In April this year, an autonomous harvesting machine for asparagus was tested in practice by AvL Motion from Westerbeek, the Netherlands. Evaluations from the past testing period showed that the most important function, the modules that actually harvest the asparagus, function as they should. The next…

FTNON expands with new onion and bell pepper machines

JBT Corporation (NYSE: JBT) has announced the launch of two systems from its FTNON fresh-cut machinery business that have been designed to make life easier for bell pepper and onion processors. Introduced by FTNON at its recent customer open week, held in Horst, The Netherlands, JBT says the two systems place an…

Perfect Uni-Grader

More efficient and specific trading with optical sorter

The Netherlands is a strong player in the global trade of top fruit, particularly in the production and export of Conference pears. To retain this position, while being able to offer continuity in quality, is of great importance. Developments have been rapid, particularly in the field of sorting in…

Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH:

"From first enquiry to project engineering to the finished product"

"The new partial automation is intended to optimize the transition between the asparagus scale and the downstream packaging unit, where the asparagus is currently still being manually inserted into a flow-pack machine. One will save on personnel as as consequence." This is how the Strauss Buxtehude…

Revolutionary packing machine unveiled at Interpoma

The Cesena group will be at the Bolzano Exhibition Center with its latest innovations, starting from Aporo, the revolutionary packing machine which receives its European unveiling at Interpoma The Sorma Group will be at stand D24/12 in sector CD, where visitors to the specialist apple industry exhibition will be…

Sorting machine for frozen chips presented at Interpom 2018

Since 2011, the Austrian company Insort has been developing sorting machines for various foodstuffs (potatoes, berries, almonds, nuts…), which recognise foreign substances using Chemical Imaging Technology (CIT®) and remove them from the production process at high speed. The machines are being used by…

New Zealand: Yamaha puts $12 million into Robotics Plus

Ag-tech start-up Robotics Plus, a Tauranga-based maker of automation systems to address labour shortages in horticulture and forestry, has revealed a US$8m ($12m) investment from Yamaha. The Japanese giant has now put in a total of US$10m, including an earlier investment in May. An October 31 Companies Office update…

New machine helps when harvesting green asparagus

Asparagus production is in full swing with a tendency towards an intensive production with a high harvesting efficiency. An AspergeSpin using the M-arches system for the management of foil is used for 90 days per season. This intense use of the AspergeSpin makes new demands on the machine. To reinforce this development, Engels Machines further…

New module 'REDpulse' to be presented at the upcoming Interpoma

''Proportion of Class 1 grade apples increased by pneumatic defoliation''

The guarantee of an optimal and even exposure becomes more and more important - especially with modern, red-coated apple varieties. German supplier Fruit Tec GmbH has set itself the goal to enable higher light and temperature incidence, guaranteeing optimal coloration of the pome fruit. For this purpose,…

China: Vegetable vending machines take root in Shanghai

Vending machines stocked with articles like carrots, peppers and tomatoes have become a common sight in China's largest city. QR codes now empower the consumer to check where these articles were grown and when they were harvested. Transparency of origin is vital information in a country that has endured years of…

Start-up Augean Robotics

Burro helper robot Increases productivity by 20 to 30%

Robotics start-up Augean Robotics from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has come up with Burro, a robot version of a small donkey that can haul up to 500 pounds, improving…

p2raumdesign presents Liftboxx at expoDirekt 2018

Efficient storing and presentation option for loose and ready-made goods at POS

As a Europe-wide trade fair premiere, p2raumdesign will present its Liftboxx at expoDirekt (21 & 22 November, Messe Karlsruhe). The Liftboxx is equally suitable for moving and presenting loose goods (such as apples and pumpkins) or for made-to-order goods (bags, sacks, crates or fruit…

Staging facility and platform for banana sales

Banana Ripening Centre provides a critical service to South African farmers

On average, the Tshwane Fresh Produce Market sells about R15 million (€935,000) in produce every day. Banana sales account for 11% of this figure. About 1.3 million kilograms of bananas are processed weekly by the state of the art banana ripening facility. This facility is responsible for the…

70 years of metal detection in Aachen

As a leader in technology, Minebea Intec offers a full portfolio of metal detectors to guarantee product quality as well as protection of consumers and production facilities…

New measuring system for sugar content: "98% accurate and starting to show benefits"

Greefa and Med Automation have installed an advanced measuring system for properties like sugar content and water center, as well as faults like internal browning in deciduous fruit, for four of its clients. The advantage and uniqueness of the new generation iFA (internal Flavour Analysis) is that it…

Agrobot

AI is already changing agricultural landscape

Agrobot is an autonomous robotic harvester that’s poised to revolutionize the agriculture industry. It works with the world’s leading farmers to automate berry harvesting through the power of artificial intelligence. Agrobot uses deep learning to determine when to pick fruit at its ripest. Up to 24 robotic arms grip…

Now available in the Iberian Peninsula

Dutch technology to reuse 100% of fruit and veg washing water

VAM Watertech, known in the fruit and vegetable sector for its innovative and reliable solutions to reuse the washing water of horticultural products, has expanded to the Iberian Peninsula. Working in partnership with Martinmaq, renowned manufacturer of machines and complete processing lines in the…

Fruit Attraction:

Gold medal for the technology Blueberry Vision 2

A Gold Medal for Blueberry Vision 2 technology from UNITEC for quality selection of blueberries at “Premios Accelera a la Innovación y Emprendimiento” in the category “Fruit&Vegetables Industry”. The award ceremony held at the Fruit Attraction exhibition in Madrid, filled with sincere joy and gratitude the entire…

"With these lines, you can process two tons of jumbo asparagus per dag "

Hepro offers peeling machine for extra-large asparagus

After the introduction of their two previous peeling plants for green and white, normal-sized asparagus, Germany machine manufacturer, Hepro, has further developed the HSM-3000. This machine's big sister has now appeared on the market. It is called the HSM-3000 Jumbo. It can be used for asparagus with a…

Ton Smolders, Engels Machines:

“The asparagus sector is choosing efficiency”

“After the International Asparagus Days in Cesena, it can be concluded that entrepreneurs in the asparagus sector are very interested in harvesting asparagus more efficiently, and guiding the harvest by means of foil management,” says Ton Smolders, Crop Specialist Asparagus of Engels Machines. “We…

Raynbow and Bellavista: Raytec Vision technology for potatoes and baby-leaf

With more than 15 years of experience in different segments of the food market and more than 1,300 machines installed around the world, Raytec Vision is a leading company in the field of optical sorting technology and X-ray inspection. Thanks to a constant research activity, a wide range of innovative…

Raynbow and Bellavista: the Raytec Vision solution for potatoes and baby-leaves

Raytec Vision is a leading company in the sector of optical selections and x-ray inspections. The company has over 15 years of experience in different segments of the agri-food market, counting over 1.300 units installed all over the world. Thanks to a constant research activity, the business developed a…

Hepro GmbH expands its range for processing oversized asparagus

"With this line, you can process two tons of jumbo asparagus a day"

After the introduction of the two previous peeling machines for green and white asparagus of the most common calibres, machine supplier Hepro GmbH has further developed the HSM-3000. Now its big sister will appear on the market: The HSM-3000 Jumbo, for asparagus with a diameter of 18-42mm. The large-size…

Daniel Ghadiri, ProexFood LLC:

"We have the only functional solution for processing fresh sweet corn"

"We are developing complete solutions for processing lines from receiving to packaging a large variety of fruits and vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, onions, fresh sweetcorn, mushrooms, berries, apples and many others. In fact, we are the only company with a functional solution for processing fresh…

John Koekenbier, Perfotech

“In England, packing stations are in the middle of the fields"

Perforated packaging can extend fruit and vegetables' shelf life. In the food chain, up to 50% of fresh products go to waste. To counteract this kind of food wastage, PerfoTec brought a special type of laser technology onto the market. This technology is used to package fruit and vegetables. This Dutch industrial equipment…

New weigher and tier for asparagus

There was a lot of interest for the asparagus weigher/tier displayed at the International Asparagus Days by Multi Import. Italian and foreign operators wanted to know more about a harvester that reduces processing and bunch preparation times. Angelo Moroni and Mario Cosattini "There was a lot of interest as producers or companies that…

Cherry Vision 3.0 and Pears Sort 3 for the quality selection of cherries and pears as main characters at the stand

Unitec Group at PMA Fresh Summit 2018

Unitec Group will be present at the PMA Fresh Summit Trade Event, scheduled at Orlando on October 19th and 20th, 2018 for the ninth year in a row (Hall G – Booth 401) , taking with them all the innovation and excellence of their technologies, which are able to produce important evolutionary changes in…

Hydroponics start-up Iron Ox automates indoor farming

American robotic farming system could be the answer to labor shortages

Start-up, Iron Ox, founded by Brandon Alexander and Jon Binney, uses two robots and a cloud-based “brain” to grow lettuce, tomatoes, basil and more in a hydroponic system in its first production farm in San Carlos, California. Alexander and Binney claim is the first indoor, fully autonomous robot farm. The company,…

New pear sorting line for Houtekamer Fruit

Aweta will supply Houtekamer Fruit in Krabbendijke, the Netherlands, with an advanced pear sorting machine in October. Houtekamer Fruit’s pear sorter will be used for their Conference pears. By placing wider brushes in the singulation machine, the Conference pears are optimally rotated to be assessed by…

Customised system to be presented and demonstrated on upcoming ExpoSE

Inventory management: APRO.CON offers complete solutions from a single source

At the upcoming ExpoDirekt 2018, the SYNER.con specialist trade group will be showing one of the leading merchandise management systems for food companies in German-speaking areas. The software addresses agricultural businesses that market their products directly in farm shops and at weekly markets or…

Demand for walnut sorting is growing

With the looming possible labour shortages, walnut growers are more and more often looking implement automation solutions in their hulling and drying facilities. WECO Sorting is one of the leading global suppliers of walnut sorting and moisture metering technology. The company proposes comprehensive…

BrimaPack delivers new generation in transplanting equipment

BrimaPack has built and delivered a VeTrac II 9/7 T 18-row Transplanter. With three, six row Ferrari’s FastBlock Transplanter modules, attached to the VeTrac eDrive caterpillar from BrimaPack, the machine can transplant up to 8 meters wide with a maximum capacity of 130,000 Plants/hour. The VeTrac is…

Automotive technology used in asparagus harvesting machine

The Italian Bagioni Alfiero machines are used in the harvesting of asparagus. They are now being converted into vehicles. This latest development will be presented at the International Asparagus Days. It uses a device that is similar to those used in motor vehicles. This means the worker can keep the key in his…

Efficiency increased tenfold

China: JD uses maglev technology in express delivery packaging

JD officially started using AI packaging machinery in preparation for the commercial activities around November 11th. JD also implemented magnetic levitation technology in the packaging process, which increased the efficiency to 1 thousand packages per hour. This is ten times more than the average in…

Automation is the future of asparagus

Automation in the asparagus sector thanks to Neubauer Automation This German company deals with innovative machinery for the processing of shoots. The development is understood to be opportunity to facilitate the workflow, to reduce the costs and to increase productivity. The company note states, “More than 800 clients of the…

Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH at 2018 International Asparagus Days

Automated harvesting options to combat labor shortages

The Strauss company from Buxtehude in Lower Saxony, develops, designs and builds machines for harvesting and processing asparagus, apples and leeks. This fall, they are will also be present at the International Asparagus Days, from October 16th to 18th in Cesena. There they will inform us of the…

Hatfield, UK

Ocado - The factory of tomorrow?

Ocado, headquartered in Hatfield, is a British online-grocery company using air-traffic-control systems and AI technology to co-ordinate 700 factory robots. Its use of technology has made it a challenger to Amazon’s grocery-delivery business.

Iron Ox start-up

Will America's future farmers be robots?

Angus possibly will be America’s farmer of the future. He's heavyset, weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds, and he is a bit slow. But he's strong enough to hoist 800-pound pallets of maturing vegetables and can move them from place to place on his own. Angus is a robot. To Brandon Alexander, Angus and other robots are key to…

Swiss company develops fully automatic potato sorting facility

'Visar Sortop Potatoes' enables pinpoint calibration, sorting and weighing

Technological developments in the field of potatoes are currently progressing rapidly. During Potato Europe there was Swiss company Visar to present its new sorting system, Visar Sortop Potatoes. The fully automated action of the optical sensors as well as the high number of cycles of up to 30 tubers per…


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