Machinery

Dolly/crate loader is used successfully at large German onion and potato processor

More efficient repackaging of small packaging with one machine

For processors of onions, carrots or potatoes in small packages from 250 grams to 3 kilos in bags or nets, automation can make the difference. These producers often deliver custom work to their customers and therefore have to deal with a wide range of packaging options or different product carriers. “As…

Flying fruit picking robot uses AI to distinguish between varieties

It's becoming increasingly difficult to find good workers. Fruit and vegetable growers, too, are facing these problems. This has been exacerbated by the global pandemic. But their tomatoes, apples, or pears must be harvested in time. So some growers turn to drones to pick their crops, as this video…

Fresh-cut strawberries are a time-proven success

"The cultivation of strawberries has increased in recent years, thanks in part, to genetics, allowing the fruit to be grown with an extended season. The strawberry used to be grown only in spring, but now in some areas this has been extended to 10 months a year," said Virginia Cascella, export manager at…

ProEx Food Automates Post-Harvest Leafy Green Processing & Packaging

"Controlled environment facilities automate growing, yet still rely on manual post-harvest processing"

“Over the last year or so, more growers have been looking to further remove labor and reduce human touches to help efficiently scale operations and mitigate contamination and recalls. We have added additional automation options to their leafy green line solutions. These lines and equipment include…

Tong introduces updates to its range of vegetable polishing equipment

As part of the company’s ongoing development programme, Tong Engineering has unveiled several updates to its range of vegetable polishing equipment. “As a supplier to the food industry we have been fortunate that demand for advanced and automated vegetable handling equipment has continued to strengthen,”…

Proseal

Proseal’s fast and flexible solutions prove invaluable for soft fruit growers

Proseal’s advanced tray sealing machines are helping growers meet ever-increasing demand for soft fruit - which has been particularly strong during the current pandemic - by providing high quality, flexible sealing solutions that also deliver on sustainability. As soft fruit volumes continue to climb,…

Corrugated Industry and its suppliers exchange on state-of-the-art innovations on process technology

The European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) held its first online technical workshop on Tuesday (23rd February) entitled ‘Sophisticated fortune telling –…

The Foxdrive Plus by Checchi&Magli is a universal and multi-purpose type gripper transplanter. Video below.

Efficient and easy transplanting of sweet potatoes

The Foxdrive Plus is the Checchi & Magli transplanter par excellence. Equipped with a distributor that features 5, 10, 15 or 20 grippers for an inter-plant distance of between 13 cm and 140 cm, it is a professional ally for transplanting sweet potatoes. "The Foxdrive Plus is appreciated by sweet potato growers…

Future Acres

Robot ‘Carry’ will be a great aid to farmers in the future

Farming is a tough business and global food demand is surging. There will be an expected 10 billion mouths to feed by 2050. At the same time, environmental challenges and labor limitations have made the future uncertain for agricultural managers. A new company called Future Acres will help enable farmers…

"We are working hard to develop a peeling machine with a great price-quality ratio"

As the labor cost is rising, food processing factories often experience labor shortages. This situation has only grown worse during the pandemic. In addition to the labor shortage, the need for hygiene and food safety has also stimulated the demand for automated food processing machinery. Ningbo Lueon…

Hyperspectral imaging: the stuff of science coming to an automated food line near you

Vision can be deployed in a number of different ways on a food processing line to tell if food is safe to eat and meets the quality standards demanded by retailers. Now the…

Corné van Liere, of ISM Machinery:

"We have everything in-house to design and engineer custom fresh produce processing and packaging lines"

In the three years that the firm ISM Machinery has been established in its new business premises on the De Poel industrial estate in Goes, the company has undergone significant developments. "Back then, we were still delivering just five machines a year; now we are already doing thirty," says head of…

Maurits van de Water (Van de Water Fruit Group) on Burg MachineFabriek installations

"Water purification installation always worth it for more than ten channels"

The busiest weeks for sorting Sweet Sensation pears have arrived at Van de Water Fruit Group in Waalwijk. The fruit is sorted on a 2x four-track machine from Perfect with Ellips hardware and software, whereby two varieties can be sorted simultaneously. The sorting company has a Burg 3D portal for the…

Designed to be used in walnut plantations, it can be adapted to other orchards. Video below.

The Speedy Cut pruner features fast and environmentally friendly technology

A pruning machine for small fruit trees like walnuts, but that also applies to all other situations where plants can be harvested and chopped mechanically. The machine is called Speedy Cut and is equipped with a multi-disc bar supported by a hydraulic and telescopic arm which is adjustable to obtain…

Innovative harvesting system developed for the blueberry industry

In Oregon – one of the best blueberry growing regions in the world – it’s expensive for pickers to hand-harvest the delicate fruit for fresh market. New harvesting technology developed by Wei Qiang Yang, associate professor and berry Extension agent for Oregon State University Extension Service, could…

"Robot pickers could also work during night time"

Attention to ‘discerning robotic vision’ is key when designing a picking or harvesting robot. Improvements in machine-vision algorithms and the use of multi-spectral cameras…

P&C Automation

Horticulture labour shortage leads to a surge in demand for automation solutions

The worker shortage in the Australian horticulture industry following the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in interest for automated systems in the past few months for one post-harvest consulting and equipment supply company in South-East Queensland. P&C Automation Director Hayden Stewart says the…

WSU Ag Robotics team

WSU, OSU, UC team with tree fruit groups and other universities in a major global push.

Farm groups, researchers strive for automated harvests

A trio of West Coast land-grant universities are teaming with farm groups and other researchers in a major global push to automate the harvests of apples, pears and other tree fruit. Scientists from Washington State University, Oregon State University and the University of California are working with…

Stavros Vougioukas receives $1.6 million to develop innovative fruit-picking machines

Biological and agricultural engineering associate professor Stavros Vougioukas is leading two new research projects to mechanize the orchard and pick fruit more effectively. The first project, which received $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation’s Robotics Initiative and National Institute of…

Higher speed, minimized yield loss, and a cleaner product

A new industry standard in the almond and pistachio processing industries

In the past decade, California has seen a dramatic increase in tree nut production, in particular in almonds and pistachios. As a result, significantly higher volumes of nuts need to be processed and processors are looking to increase capacity. “We’ve responded to their needs by building processing…

Tomra Food Compac

Analysing fruit data in the supply chain has never been more important for business efficiency

Fruit and production data can be used in ways that it has never been done before to improve a company's efficiency and boost profits, according to global packhouse equipment and automation supplier Tomra Food.  The company is renowned for supplying turn-key packhouses across a range of horticulture commodities.…

CubicFarms

CubicFarms' cultivator module

Bringing food production closer to home

Dave Dinesen, CEO of CubicFarms, believes that we are experiencing a global crisis in food security and that technology is necessary to feed the growing global population. CubicFarm Systems Corp. is a local chain agtech company headquartered in British Columbia, Canada. The company specializes in the…

IQF; a viable solution for a sustainable future?

As oceans become increasingly polluted, low underground water levels reaching historically low levels, CO2 levels increasing in the atmosphere, and on top of that, a climate emergency right at our doorstep, it should really not be a surprise that one of the top three food trends when it comes to…

ZTI, in the Netherlands, introduces new Fruit & Vegetable Wedger

"The pandemic created room for new developments"

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dutch company ZTI smart machines is positive about the past year. Machine production lagged somewhat, but the scope for new developments was also created. The Watermelon Wedger, the Watermelon Dicer, the Fruit & Vegetable Wedger, the Mango Peeler-de-Cheeker 20, and the…

EE Muir and Sons

Australian-made lasers reduce bird damage

Troublesome birds can be a problem for some specialist horticultural crop growers, but evidence suggest that using lasers can severely curtail their damage. Gazzola Farms installed the laser bird deterrent in 2018. It showed a decreased bird presence of up to 90%. The business, located near Melbourne,…

Ryo Takeshita: “more than 20 types of fruit can be peeled with one machine”

Industrial fruit peeling machine balances maximum capacity and minimum waste

Automatic peelers are used often in the fruit processing sector. At the moment, factories with high capacity demand mostly use the ‘round-type peeling unit’, but it has a high wastage problem. For businesses that process small sized fruits, when peeling accuracy is guaranteed, productivity becomes a…

Northern Valley Packers continue to seek ways to refine their operation

When Northern Valley Packers was established in 2017, the facility was built with a commitment to innovation and excellence. This included some of the most advanced sorting software and automation equipment. Three years on, Northern Valley Packers continue to seek ways to refine their operation,…

Crop-spraying drones coming into vogue in South Africa

Using drones to spray crops is a new method of dusting in South Africa, with the first license being awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in 2019. And while start-up…

Yannick Collard, Collard:

Collard is now looking to conquer the arboricultural market

Already present in the world’s major vineyards with a well established distribution network, the company Collard is now looking to develop the marketing of its pneumatic leaf strippers in the main apple producing countries. “We were there at the start of the distribution and the manufacture of the very…

Patrick van der Vegt, VWS Nederland

"Our machine's advanced blow-on system allows it to label packaged fruit and vegetables"

VWS Nederland turns 20 this year. This Dutch company develops, manufactures, and supplies labeling machines for the food industry. Chances are that their machines have labeled products like packed tomatoes, broccoli, pointed cabbages, and mushrooms. The LP500 automatic barcode label printer series. “Our…

WSU

Washington State University

WSU partners with Netherlands, Washington growers to improve orchard robotics & automation

Washington State University scientists are joining forces with researchers, fruit growers, and technology companies in the Netherlands and Washington State to solve major tree fruit challenges through orchard automation and robotics. On Feb. 3, 2021, André-Denis Wright, dean of WSU’s College of…

East-Fruit

Greater focus on exports

Modern onion processing line launched in Tajikistan

On February 2, a new onion processing line was launched by Khujand-Agro LLC in the northeastern industrial zone of the city of Khujand in Tajikistan. The main activity of the enterprise is the processing, drying, and packaging of fruits and vegetables. The installation of the new additional line for…

"Our goal was to pick the most efficient equipment and deliver a process that took the fruit from the orchard to a finished product"

Montague moving closer to fully opening its new production facility near Melbourne

Major Australian fruit producers Montague has opened its some of its new production facilities and new retail space, which includes state-of-the-art equipment from its partners Tomra Compac. As part of a tour for APAL's recent online Post-Harvest Seminar, Chief Innovation Officer Rowan Little says the…

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Brian Fulford - Omahuri Orchards, Hawkes Bay

New Zealand grower philosophical about season

Brian Fulford, of Omahuri Orchards in Hawkes Bay, is philosophical about the current season and the industry. ‘We got through the summerfruit season thanks in the main to our 10 permanent staff.  We usually have 12 RSEs (Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme workers) but those particular workers went home in…

Oliver Werner (Upmann Verpackungsmaschinen LLC):

"Corona has significantly accelerated automation"

In recent years, the agricultural industry has rapidly automated itself. Whether in sorting, processing, weighing or packaging - fully automated solutions are increasingly being used. The purpose of this automation is to save personnel and thus labour costs. This demand has only increased because of the…

Scott announces multi-million contract from the Alliance group

Following on from the previously announced lamb automation system, Scott has been awarded a second large contract by Alliance Group, this one to design and build a carton handling, sortation andpalletising system in frozen environment (-28°C). The system will increase product handling efficiencies by…

Astra fruit-peeling machines Youtube.com

Top solutions for fresh cut produce

With labor and food safety concerns more important than ever, more and more grocery retailers are looking to commissaries, central kitchens and other offsite facilities to…

Beni Dürr (Verdunova AG) on the modernisation of the vegetable freezing installation

"With our new flowfreezer, we are expanding our production capacity by 30 tonnes per day"

Exactly twenty years ago, Swiss entrepreneur Beni Dürr brought a very inexpensive flowfreezer to what was then Czechoslovakia, which, although almost new, was suddenly made redundant by the change in a company. The giant box was installed at the main site of his company Verdunova AG. For twenty years,…

Bagioni Technology continues shipping machines all over Europe

Covid hasn't stopped the asparagus sector

Another 15 asparagus harvesters were shipped from the Bagioni Technology headquarters to Italy (in Foggia), France and Eastern Europe. This is a sign that there is still a certain optimism and hope towards the future. "Entrepreneurs are aware that technology is an investment that improves the yields and…

Edeka relies on automation solution from Cimcorp

Edeka Rhein-Ruhr is equipping its new distribution center, located in Oberhausen-Waldteich, with modern food storage logistics from Cimcorp. Being part of Germany’s largest…

Sorma Group launches high-tech platform for SormaTech optical sorting machines

SormaTech, the Sorma Group’s proprietary optical sorting machine designed to sort fruit with extreme precision, now features a further technological advancement: the research and development centre run by the Group’s Spanish subsidiary, Sorma Iberica, has developed the HyperVision platform, a…

Bid online for potato processing and packaging machinery

Industrial Auctions is organizing an online auction of machinery, inventory, trucks and trailers, due to the bankruptcy of potato processor AC Loogman & Sons in Aalsmeer (NL). Included in the broad offer are; infeed bunkers, desanders, washing machines, drying belts, sorting and batching machines,…

Wolf Pro by Checchi&Magli

A transplanter that makes the difference

The Wolf Pro transplanter was developed for professional use on crops with mulching films such as strawberries, melons, watermelons, tomatoes, salads, vegetables in general and hemp, but it can also be used on soils with no mulching films.  "Wolf Pro is suitable for conical, pyramid and cubic plant peat plugs measuring…

Machine trader Franz Führer on the Austrian freshcut market

"Compared to Germany and Holland, we are light years behind"

The Corona crisis has left deep scars in the catering and bulk consumption sectors, as well as among their suppliers, for example of ready-to-cook fruit and vegetables. Accordingly, the willingness to invest in freshcut equipment was also rather down. However, demand has shifted from large-scale industry…

APAL Post-Harvest Seminar - MAF RODA

"The fundamental question asked to me every day is how can I reduce the packing cost to the grower"

Leading global packing equipment company, MAF RODA says the industry is now able to analyse every piece of fruit more thoroughly than ever before, thanks to huge advancements in technology available in Australia. Speaking at APAL's online Post-Harvest Seminar, MAF Oceania Sales Director, Phil Alexander…

Washing and drying line for leafy vegetables VeggieLine deployed for mise en place

The Rungis mise en place is one of the most modern cutting kitchens in Europe. To meet the rapidly growing market demand, Rungis decided to use a washing and drying line from Sormac's VeggieLine range. Rungis is a vegetable and fruit supplier that specialises in supplying products to the hospitality…

FAA issues first fully automated flight authorization

Drones capable of watering cabbages without human intervention

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is still developing rules on the use of drones, but individual companies are gradually getting some kind of license.  Now, the FAA for the first time approved fully automatic drone flights for commercial purposes. The permit was issued to a small Massachusetts company,…

Agrobox technology against point source pollution. Video below.

The latest technology in water recovery from air-blast sprayers

Sooner or later, the world of horticulture and viticulture will have to face the issue of point source pollution. At present, wash waters are dispersed in the soil, as are those few liters that remain at the bottom of the sprayer. The company Agrin has developed Agrobox, a technology that allows the…

Mango peeling machine for the fresh-cut and processing industries

"We are proud to report that mango peeler mod. PL6M is one of our most popular machines. Despite the copies made by our competitors, our clients recognize ours as the original, rigorously made in Italy," explains Virginia Cascella, export manager at PND, an Italian company specializing in the development…

China: Drone services expanded in 2020

According to official data, drone services expanded last year in China, as the emerging technology has been promoted in various sectors. There were about 523,600 registered…

DOWNS

New DOWNS CropVision: ‘A new generation optical grader for unwashed potatoes’

January 12 saw the launch of the new DOWNS CropVision by manufacturer Dubrulle DOWNS. The company calls the machine “a new generation optical grader for unwashed potatoes“. Dubrulle DOWNS is a manufacturer of handling and storage solutions for potatoes based in France. The DOWNS CropVision is fitted with…

Daniel Ghadiri, ProEx Food:

"Our initiatives revolve around finding even more efficient equipment designs that translate to efficient manufacturing"

ProEx Food is looking forward to a year of growth in 2021, and is expanding their product portfolio to address customer needs. “We know there are more fruit and vegetable processors that still have ambitions to put new capital projects in place for 2021 installs, but have not yet put in their orders. We…

NSW DPI aiming to strengthen the future of agriculture planning through a proposed land use strategy

The New South Wales Agriculture Commissioner is seeking feedback from farmers and horticulture industry members, after releasing an options paper to improve planning outcomes and recommending the development of an Agricultural Land Use Planning Strategy (ALUP Strategy). In a video released by the…

International demand for special solutions for kosher washing

There are already several washing lines in use around the world that are specially adapted to the requirements of kosher washing. An additional washing line is now being delivered, whose suitability for kosher washing of salads and other products has been tested in a mixture of online and in-person…

How technology helps to propel growth

The umbrella of CMI Orchards’ owners and partners are using cutting-edge technology from the orchard to packing facilities. “A big focus at CMI Orchards is to strategically…

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Murre Technologies, The Netherlands

Automatic slicer cuts apples into perfect wedges

Murre Technologies, a Dutch company that supplies food-processing equipment around the globe, has developed industrial machines that automate cutting, peeling, dipping and sorting fruits, vegetables, seaweed and seafood. For example, there is the installation that cuts and core fresh apples into perfect…

"Mangos are very delicate to process"

Because mango is a very tender piece of fruit, it's often peeled by hand. The main USP's of ZTI's machines are longer shelf life and a better yield.  Shelf life: Because the mango is held on the stone with a sharp fork, it can stay completely intact. The peeling knives of the machines are equipped with Elastosprings.…

Virto Group again chooses Tomra and renews equipment at its main plant with eleven Nimbus BSI+ sorters

Virto Group, the largest frozen vegetable company in Spain and one of the most important in Europe, has again put its trust in TOMRA. The company has updated its main plant in Azagra (Navarra) with eleven Nimbus BSI+ sorters. This frozen vegetable mixing, packaging, storage, and distribution center is…

"We improve our production quality to offer consumers better price-quality ratio"

An important process in the fresh-cut fruit and vegetable industry is drying after the products are washed. Keeping the surface of the fruit and vegetables dry helps to inhibit the reproduction of microorganisms on the surface, which in turn helps to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.…

"Bruised apples a thing of the past with this weigher"

Manter has expanded the range for weighing hard fruit with the M1 SF. With this belt weigher system, sorted fruit such as apples can be weighed effortlessly, at a relatively low investment. “We unburden our customers with an easy to integrate solution and a quick return on investment.” Weighing sorted…

Combating aging population

Fruit harvesting robot to be employed in Japan

A conglomeration of parties, including Japan's National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), has developed a prototype of a robot that automatically harvests…

PIP Innovations and FoodeQ team up to offer robotic cutting line

The development of PIP Innovations' robotic cutting machine started five years ago with the request from potato processor Peka Kroef to develop a machine that cuts defects from potato slices while retaining their shape.With built-in cameras and vision technology, the 'defects' are trimmed by delta robots…

Implementations for the asparagus harvesting machines by Bagioni Technology

An innovative 4.0 machine remote-controlled

Thanks to a specific control unit that detects approximately fifty parameters at once, the new green asparagus harvesting machines by Bagioni Technology can be controlled remotely, wherever they are in the world. The display screen on the machine "We have been working on this 4.0 project for a few years now,…

Stuart Payne - GP Graders

"The core of our business is to replace the human hand and the human eye with automation and vision technology"

Despite the pandemic or perhaps because of it, domestic sales have been very strong this year for Australian automation company GP Graders. "We had a number of sales for blueberry machinery, small tomato machinery and of course cherry machinery," explains Stuart Payne, Director of the company. "A big…

Rick Briston, Redpack: "We are fully prepared for Brexit"

"We are happy that our machines could help providing front-line workers with safely packaged supplies"

“This year hasn’t been great but considering the circumstances, we were quite lucky”, says Rick Briston, business development manager for UK-based machinery manufacturer Redpack. A common sentiment at the end of this year. The COVID-pandemic has brought a number of challenges for the fruit and vegetable…

Sparacino Farms - Reemoon Fruit Sorting Machine

"This system was as good or better than anyone else's and the price is much better"

COVID-19 has provided many challenges for fresh produce companies in 2020, but one Australian avocado and citrus producer has self-installed its new fruit sorting machine over a video call. Sparacino Farms, on the New South Wales Central Coast, this year set up the Reemoon technology systems in the company's…

Daniel Ghadiri and Nick Maglio, ProEx Food, LLC:

"Cost and availability of labor, and now concerns about pathogen transmission will be the big issues in 2021"

It’s been a complicated year for many businesses in the fruit and vegetable sector. One of the big trends that became even more obvious during this pandemic was automation. We spoke Daniel Ghadiri (CTO & president) and Nick Maglio (marketing director) of ProEx Food, LLC about the challenges and chances…

Unmanned aerial vehicles revolutionise scouting in citrus production

Traditionally, sensing technologies in citrus production, where growers are looking for pests and diseases and are field phenotyping, rely on manual sampling. This method is…

Mango sorter by Futura

Egypt chooses Italian technology

It is not difficult to sort mangoes perfectly in Egypt, especially if using the latest technology available. "We are very proud to share our experience with a mango processing line, sold and assembled with an Egyptian partner despite the Covid-19 pandemic," reported Omar Papi, general director at Futura.  "We sold this line to our client…

New mechanical harvester to pick white asparagus

White asparagus is a delicacy variety, larger and sweeter than the familiar green kind. However, its underground growth habit poses several harvesting problems. Firstly, white asparagus is harvested selectively, meaning that only a portion of the crop is taken, and the plant continues growing for further…

Japan: Ultraviolet ray machine to prevent mikan from rotting

A Japanese research institute has developed a machine that uses ultraviolet rays to protect mikan -satsuma- against rotting. Researchers at the Saika Technological Institute Foundation, which produces food quality inspection equipment and devices, and other parties, including the Shizuoka prefectural…

Arno van Lankveld, AvL Motion

"New investment round means Dutch asparagus robot can be production-ready a year earlier"

The Dutch company, AvL Motion, is speeding up its AvL Compact S1560's series production. This is an autonomous robot for harvesting white asparagus. The high-speed robot,…

A $11 million investment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Italian technology for the Lukula agro-park

The work to build the platform-agropark for the processing of agricultural products in Lukula (Democratic Republic of the Congo) is finished. Economist Gianluca Bagnara is the consultant who as worked within a project co-financed by the World Bank. The Lukula platform was built thanks to a grant ($11…

PND presents SS8 Maxi

Multifunction cutting machine for the fresh-cut world

For over a decade, fresh-cut products have represented a new purchase opportunity for consumers looking for nutritious healthy food easy to consume. The main fruit processers are Great Britain and France, followed by Germany and Italy. The success of these products is due to various factors, the most…

Packaging Automation

Test Kitchen helps customers through the development of new packaging concepts

Packaging Automation’s Trial Facility at their factory in Knutsford, Cheshire offers customers the opportunity to carry out tests using different packaging materials with their product incorporating MAP, SkinPAC, Map F to verify the results prior to investment in machinery. Simon Wilson, Seal…

Bid online for fruit and vegetable processing and packaging machinery

Are you looking for weighing and filling lines, multihead weighers, slicers, washing machines, traysealers, separators or other machinery? The online auction in Kapelle (NL) for the food industry, includes a various offer of fruit and vegetables related machinery. The broad offer holds a weighing and filling…

Calderoni

Organic grass cutting now possible with self-leveling disc

The use of herbicides is more and more considered as a last resort, as the public opinion considers them as the "root of all evil". Mechanical weeding is therefore becoming popular once again. Calderoni is perfecting its inter-row disc even more with a self-levelling system. "Thanks to this system, the disc…

AU: Pickers flock to cherries

Cherry Growers Australia federal president, Tom Eastlake, states with conviction, the cherry industry has a valuable reputation when it comes to workers. "We don't want it or have it because we…

Menno Jongsma, Synergy Systems:

"With this bell pepper de-coring machine, we're focusing on the high-middle segment"

Producers seeking solutions, often come up with ideas for new machines. Or, it's machine manufacturers who see a gap in the market. This time, however, it was a distributor who came up with an idea. They developed it into a working machine along with the manufacturer. The result? A bell pepper de-coring…

Japanese peeler innovator introduced the new citrus- friendly model

‘Depth adjustable peeler’ makes maximum use of citrus

Lemon, orange, grapefruit, pomelo… a variety of citrus skins contain rich aromas, which can serve different functions such as flavoring drinks, seasoning food, or making fragrances. Each usage requires its own way of peeling. The Japanese fruit peeler innovator, Astra recently introduced its newly…

Citrus washing line removes almost all spores

Retailers no longer accept inferior citrus, says Looije Packing's René Tunker. This zero-tolerance policy means this Dutch company has become an automated citrus washing specialist. 'Dustballs' release mold spores called endotoxins. These are meticulously extracted in this process. Any spores still…

Information from the VSD

Risks of sprout inhibition via the hot fog process

Besides optimized storage management, sprout inhibition of potatoes is an indispensable component for maintaining the quality of stored potatoes. In connection with the…

"Chinese fruit industry pays more attention to washing and disinfection this year"

Chinese consumers have been paying more attention to food safety since the outbreak of Covid-19. They also have higher standards for the product quality of fruit and vegetables. Recently, the company stand of Ningbo Lueon Technologies at ProPack attracted many visitors, who all came to see the washing…

University of New South Wales

Including fruit and vegetables

University of New South Wales develops robotic 'snake' device that can grip and pick up objects

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney researchers are exploring ways of handling delicate objects. Their soft fabric robotic gripper behaves like an elephant's trunk to grasp, pick up and release objects without breaking them. According to the researchers, this technology could be widely applied in…

Schomaker Convenience Technik LLC confident about the new year

"More and more potato producers are looking for convenience solutions"

The mechanical engineering industry in Germany seems to have weathered pandemic rather well so far. The increased demand for automation, in connection with labor shortages and an increase in sales of convenience products -due to changed consumption and eating habits in the lockdown and home office- is…

Grape wash line gets key technology upgrade

HMC Farms, a grower, processor and shipper of fresh fruit, including ready-to-serve seedless grape packs, recently upgraded its grape wash line at the company’s Kingsburg, CA facility. Central to the technological innovations on the enhanced wash line are process control solutions from SmartWash…

Software company for the produce industry celebrates 30 years

Produce Pro Software is celebrating its landmark 30th anniversary which is centered around the theme of “Growing Together.” The company that once started off with just a few…

Space-saving packaging for vending machine salads

Efficient processing for maximum freshness

Since 2016, Lisa Zapf, managing director of Zalat-o-mat LLC from the Palatinate, has been operating a steadily growing number of vending machines, called Zalat-o-mats, in which fresh regional products -particularly vegetables and salads from her own farm- are sold. The increasing production volumes now…

Duijndam Machines continues the remarkable growth story with second generation

What started in the seventies with the emergency sale of some agricultural machines by Dutch vegetable grower Bert Duijndam, has now grown into a large international trading company in used agricultural and horticultural machinery. The company supplies used machines suitable for sowing to the packaging…

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies broadens European footprint with Balkan deal

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Ltd has expanded its European presence through a letter of intent with established agriculture and water treatment technologies…

AMBIDEX

Collaboration between NAVER LABS and Korea University of Technology & Education

AMBIDEX cable-driven robot learns to mimic human physical intelligence

Engineers from NAVER LABS have developed the AMBIDEX cable-driven robot, a machine capable of precise movements, instructed to learn and mimic the physical intelligence a human possesses. The robot can memorize actions and perform them autonomously (like peeling a vegetable or catching a ball.) Developed…

The solution offers users 205 and 225 indicators, along with floor scales.

Western Scale’s unique solution for produce-processing

While servicing industrial scale weighing operations for central and western Washington, Western Scale also assists customers with produce-processing systems, which can be…


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