Machinery

The amazing world of machinery from the food industry

The following video gives you a look in the world of machinery from the food industry. From processing pineapples into juice and making sausages to making cheese. Even the most artisanal products require machines. All of this can be seen in the video from Quantum Tech.

AGRO Merchants Vineland launches new optical grading equipment

AGRO Merchants Vineland, in partnership with LGS, has made a significant investment in an eight-lane optical grader. This will provide the company with the ability to grade citrus, avocados, and other commodities. This technology utilizes an array of cameras to photograph individual pieces of fruit,…

New equity deal promises greater pack-house efficiency and automation

Two leading innovators are coming together to deliver a formidable range of automation services to post-harvest operators across Australasia who want to enhance efficiency, meet compliance needs and overcome labour shortages. Following recent collaboration on a number of projects, Jenkins Group today…

Hepro GmbH presents optimized asparagus peeler at upcoming Interaspa

"New curved belt allows for maximum power of 2,400 h / h with just one employee"

HEPRO GmbH presents the compact vertical asparagus peeling machine HEPRO-1800 with curved belt at the Interaspa Praxis this year. With the HEPRO-1800, efficiency will be increased; from peeling to cost optimization by personnel savings. "Designed to meet the needs of our HEPRO 1800 customers, the new…

Interko and Idaho Steel go big:

Delivering four of the biggest drum dryers ever built

For a European potato processor, Idaho Steel and Kiremko have built four drum dryers with a total maximum capacity of 4.500 kg potato flakes per hour. Cooperating partners Kiremko (Netherlands) and Idaho Steel (US) have incorporated the newest technologies and knowhow from both partners in to the biggest…

Salmon Arm, British Columbia

Canadian firm receives funds to develop mushroom-picking robot

A Salmon Ar m company’s agriculture technology project is one of three in British Columbia receiving funding to help bring an innovative idea to reality. According to a notice…

Maap ready to welcome new clients

Maap, Mercato agroalimentare di Padova, is making available to its buyers and new clients controlled temperature platforms, packaging areas, a fleet for the transport of produce and the latest management software to reduce idle times. "A new platform will be ready by April 2020. It will cover 3000 sq m…

Sulfur free technology for lychee

A new installation to treat Lychee has been recently installed in Vietnam. The machine brings a new technique in treating Lychees without the use of Sulfur. “The existing method to keep the fruit skin Red is using Sulfur, which is not healthy for humans and the environment. With our technology, there is…

MonstaFill high capacity filler minimizes labour requirements

Tong Engineering has announced a new twin-head box filler which is already minimising labour requirements and almost tripling throughput for an established seed potato processor in Tasmania. Built to combine high capacity and gentle box filling, with reduced forklift movements for maximum efficiency, the…

Simon Fraser University develops robotic hand with human touch

Over the last several years, researchers have sought to create robotic personal assistants and bionic limbs or prosthetics that combine the durability of common robots with the flexibility of soft robots. More recently, combinations of cellular structures have shown interesting progress toward the…

Reemoon

"How we obtained a foothold in the African and Egyptian markets"

In recent years, the demand for high-quality exported citrus in China has been increasing. After its success in South Africa, Reemoon began to develop the fruit sorting system market in Egypt four years ago. Reemoon is a leading international company that produces and markets fruit sorting machines.…

Dirk Garos (Restrain) sees great demand for etylene as potato sprout inhibitor

"Worldwide search for residue-free CIPC alternatives"

As of 2020, the European Commission has banned CIPC as a potato sprout inhibitor. This poses a challenge for many growers. Storage equipment company, Restrain's, Dirk Garos has been working on introducing ethylene in storage situations for 13 years already. This chemical compound halts the formation of…

California spinach harvest:

New tech promises farmers reduced labor costs

A new tool to more efficiently harvest the Monterey County's $143 million spinach crop might bring relief for farmers who have been struggling to find enough workers . The spinach guard, developed by Harvest Moon Automations Inc., looks like nothing so much as a series of piano keys, splayed mere inches…

New machine for large and small packages

Packages no longer last for years, sometimes they even change per season. That requires packing lines that don’t just process products quickly, they also have to be flexible in use. The Multipacker XL fills 80 buckets per minute In Den Berk Délice’s packing shed in Merksplas, Belgium, they’ve had a new…

A simple act with major consequences

That a simple act could have major consequences has become apparent from the latest optimisation effort made in the handling of blueberries. Nowadays, sorting machines very quickly sort blueberries supplied in bulk for all kinds of quality requirements. Compared to manual sorting, an enormous gain was…

Zetapack introduces a sorter for ripe fruit

While there is a lot of talk about high-quality and ready-to-eat fruit, it is also true that entrepreneurs need to keep costs down. Zetapack's new sorting machine processes ripe fruit so as to supply consumers with produce with a high Brix level at a contained cost thanks to automation. "Softlight C2/16…

Daniel Ghadiri of ProexFood LLC:

"We offer complete solutions for all types of berries"

"We want to offer our customers a complete solution for IQF berries - from washing on arrival to packaging," says Daniel Ghadiri of ProexFood LLC. "When we receive a customer request, we use pictures and samples to see exactly what the demands are that are being made on our machines, depending on the…

Freshly prepared meals for tens of thousands per day in Izmir

At the “Bortar Collective Cooking Factory” of the Bortar Group located in Izmir, Turkey, every day 70.000 meals are prepared and delivered by the company´s own vehicle fleet to business centers, factories, schools or hospitals in the region of Izmir. In 1993 the company started its operation in the food…

5G technology and artificial intelligence at the service of agriculture

New agricultural robot developed in Fujian, China

The Fujian Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Fujian Newland Era Hi-Tech Co Ltd have developed a new agricultural robot with 5G technology and sensors that can move between the rows of leafy vegetables in greenhouses, collect data on the plants and send them to the control room where they are…

New digital sorter for wet-end vegetable processing introduced

Key Technology has introduced the VERYX® belt-fed digital sorters. According to the company, VERYX is the world’s only belt-fed sorter that can inspect product entirely in-air with top and bottom sensors that are designed to detect and eliminate foreign material, adding that the new machine can be…

AgROBOfood: Towards a European network and effective adoption of robotics

Wageningen University and Research has been assigned to manage a €16 million innovation action project. Agro Food Robotics Programme Leader Janneke de Kramer from Wageningen…

Ireland

Pineapple-to-go at Dunnes this weekend

People shopping at Dunnes Stores in Marshes Shopping Centre at the weekend of July 11th – 14th will have the chance to witness something they probably didn’t know was possible – a machine that can strip every pineapple and chop it into succulent bite-size pieces, which are then served in a compostable…

Electric tractor to transport and tow fruit bins

Helpy, an electric tractor for the transport and towing of fruit bins by Ecogreen Italia is suitable to harvest apples, pears, peaches, oranges, kiwifruits, etc. "It can tow between 10 and 12 bins and makes fruit harvesting extremely efficient. We are selling a lot of them, precisely because it is an…

A global platform for buying and selling affordable agricultural machinery and vehicles

Investing in machinery and vehicles can mean large investments for companies in the fruit and vegetable sector. "The Tradus platform is an international marketplace for commercial vehicles and second-hand equipment from all over the world. We can help companies find what they are looking for at the right…

Agrobot brings its smart harvesters to the US

Spanish robots harvesting strawberries in California

The Huelva-based company Agrobot has made a name for itself in agricultural robotics and reached the fields of California, US, which is home to the largest strawberry multinationals in the world. "We work with firms that reach 2,000 million dollars in revenue a year. They own huge lands where any type of…

M.H. Verpackungs- und Anlagentechnik GmbH continues to rely on 3 main crops

"Complete solutions for potatoes, onions and carrots are our core competence"

German early potatoes have been available for sale for several weeks now, and this year's harvest campaign is also getting ready for carrots and onions. For Michael Hörnschemeyer, Managing Director of M.H. Packaging and plant technology, this will traditionally be the peak season. After all, tailor-made…

Vegebot: UK robot uses machine learning to harvest lettuce

The 'Vegebot' is a vegetable-picking robot that uses machine learning to identify and harvest a commonplace, but challenging, agricultural crop. The bot was developed by a team at the University of Cambridge, was initially trained to recognise and harvest iceberg lettuce in a lab setting. It has now been…

Reemoon and KW Automation expand reach in Australian market

Hort Connections 2019 was a success for Reemoon, a Chinese based company that manufactures and distributes fruit sorting equipment. The recent partnership between Reemoon and KW Automation, has now made this equipment available to the Australian market. Dennis Clock representing Reemoon at Hort…

Trucks and other tools for agriculture

The Spanish company Amate, which is mostly devoted to the research, manufacture and marketing of trucks and other tools for agriculture, has recently developed a multifunctional agricultural machine that allows the movement between crop lines by coupling different implements through its hooking system.…

Mexico: citrus juicer prepares for export to US and EU

Akil Juicer has begun processing Persian lemon concentrate and lemon oil for export to the United States and Europe, and has opened the border with China for the first time.…

"Fruit and veg processing industry increasingly strict on machinery"

On a global scale, people are increasingly aware of eating healthy. Therefore, fruit and vegetables are becoming an increasingly important part of consumers' daily lives. In China, this trend is not only reflected in the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables, but also in the consumption of processed…

Supa-Fill 400 Pro launch extends box filler range

Hairh has extended its range of box fillers, with the launch of the Supa-Fill 400 PRO Box Filler. The new machine from Haith offers several advantages over the current version. Capable of filling up to 40 boxes per hour, the Supa-Fill 400 comes with an Omron NB 3 HMI control screen, giving the user…

Harvesting cabbages with a Vanhoucke cabbage harvester

In this clip, you can see the cabbage harvester at work. This patented system was designed by the Belgian company, Vanhoucke Machine Engineering. Two 'torpedo's' at the front of the harvester lift the cabbages. Clips hold the vegetables in place. A stainless steel knife cuts the cabbages' roots off. Two…

First automated strawberry sorting in Moldova

The cooperative of fruit and berry producers, whose post-harvest infrastructure is located in the village of Nishkan (Calarasi district), this year was the first in Moldova to…

Robotized lettuce production automated by 24 programmers

A plant to handle and dispatch 150,000 heads of lettuce a day all year round, with high precision and homogeneity? Robotics and automation are one of the hallmarks of the Murcian company El Dulze, a pioneer in the implementation of high-precision machinery and cutting-edge robotics for its production,…

German machine manufacturer on site at Canadian asparagus producer

"Last week we visited our customers and service partners in Ontario and Quebec, Canada, where the asparagus season will go on until the beginning of July. They are very satisfied with the season," says Matthias Kinzel from Strauss Packaging machines GmbH. Due to the cool weather, yields there were…

Unitec on entering the Japanese market

"The quality standard in Japan is very high"

"Japan is a good market for doing business and to acquire a good quality positioning, but it is also a risky market for those ‘cheaters’ who sell poor-quality products. This is because the quality standard in the Japanese market is very high. Consumers buy products when they recognize their value." These…

Agri-tech companies are teaching robots to be growers

How do you teach a computer what a good strawberry looks like? According to AgShift founder and CEO Miku Jha, whose company is innovating food inspections with deep learning, you do it the same way you train a three year old. “You give them a ping pong ball and an egg, and you keep telling them, ‘this is…

A machine to disinfect the soil using steam

A machine that uses steam to disinfect the soil with excellent results is finally available. It is semi-moving, suitable for both protected crops and open fields and works in all cases where soil fatigue must be eliminated or prevented. The steam deactivates nematodes, fungi and weed seeds with an…

China: UAVs help to improve apple cultivation in Shaotong

Being the most suitable region for apple cultivation in southern China, Shaotong has a long history of growing apples. Recently, Eavision have deepened their cooperation with the Yongfeng Haisheng Apple Production Center in Shaotong. Their UAVs are going to carry out plant protection operations in…

Increased support for North American clients

Partnership between Canadian and Dutch ripening technology companies

While the relationship between the two companies may be longstanding, their more formal and recent North American partnership will offer new opportunities to customers on this continent. VDH Products BV, based in the Netherlands, develops and produces mechanical and electronic instruments for measuring…

Enrique Azcárate, of Envapack:

"Blueberry craze is slowing down, so it is necessary to invest in quality"

Following the drop in blueberry prices, some companies have been slowing down their investments. Still, the best bet is to offer a premium quality fruit: a firm blueberry, of maximum hardness and with the bloom intact. "These characteristics can only be obtained in two ways: with manual handling and…

Monique van Tuil of Dominiak Fruitmachines and Jan Willem Wellner of Wellner fruit

Silent fan in the orchard

Polish fruit grower, Pawel Dominiak, just could not find the perfect spraying machine for his orchard near Warsaw. What do you do then? You build one yourself. Pawel's sprayer quickly became a success, and not only in Poland. Jan Berend van den Berg is from Lienden in the Netherlands. He owns a fruit cultivation company. Jan…

Rwanda: Drones offer high-tech help to smallholders

Towards the end of last year, Charis Unmanned Aerial Solutions, a company that was started by young Rwandan nationals, was demonstrating the potential of drones in driving agriculture output. The exercise took place in Gataraga Sector in Musanze District, Northern Province in the presence of central…

Spain

Grupo Agroponiente sets up two new melon and watermelon sorting lines

Grupo Agroponiente has set up two new weight-based sorting lines for melons and watermelons; a "new technological and innovative leap for the group." The sorting lines have been put into operation in the centers of Campohermoso (in the municipality of Níjar) and La Redonda (in El Ejido), after a total…

Newbridge

Irish fruit importers Fyffes shows off first-of-its-kind pineapple chopper

People visiting Dunnes Stores in Newbridge next week can get their pineapple stripped, chopped and delivered in bite-sized pieces, in a compostable tub - all in just 20 seconds. The state-of the-art pineapple cutting machine – understood to be the first of its kind in Ireland – is being supplied to…

CoreTakr technology makes full commercial debut

Robotic system removes lettuce cores for the ready-to-eat market

JBT Corporation (NYSE: JBT), technology solutions provider to the global food and beverage industry, has announced the commercial introduction of the FTNON CoreTakr. An innovative robotic system, the CoreTakr uses advanced 3D camera technology to accurately and speedily remove unwanted cores from lettuce…

The OMIP experience in Mexico

Pitting machines for avocado and stone fruit: the Latin American market responds well

The feedback from the just-ended Expo Pack exhibition in Guadalajara, Mexico, has been very positive as there has been a good interest in the avocado and fruit processing lines in general. "The cost-benefit advantages of our lines for pitting, peeling and extracting pulp from fruit have been appreciated.…

Smart Ripe: Digital technology to help consumers choose fruit

Last month, at the international horticulture trade show, Macfrut in Italy, an interesting new product was launched; A high-tech in-store ripeness checker for fruit. Developed…

DT Dijkstra and Prinsen Handling Solutions develop potato processing line

DT Dijkstra and Prinsen Handling Solutions have together produced a potato processing line, which was installed in Canada in March. For more information: DT Dijkstra info@dtdijkstra.nl www.dtdijkstra.nl

Kronen GmbH installs processing line at salad producer Verdeagua

Production of fresh, ready-to-eat salads in Uruguay

Verdeagua, a lettuce producer based in Montevideo, Uruguay, has recently put into operation a processing line for making ready-to-eat salads. The sensitive products are supplied to supermarkets and gourmet restaurants, ensuring a high standard of quality. The processing line machines were delivered by…

Plymouth robots field-tested in Cornwall

The future of farming?

The fruit and veg harvesting robots from Plymouth that have been field-tested in Cornwall could be the future of farming, a new report suggests. Pioneering robotics technology that could help fruit and vegetable growers worldwide has been featured in a national report celebrating outstanding collaborations between academia and…

Hygienic conveyor enhances food quality and safety

Tray sealing specialist Proseal has developed a new ultra-hygienic conveyor to help food manufacturers meet the highest food quality and safety standards. The next generation OC Conveyor incorporates a number of features that avoid potential food traps, together with an enhanced design which ensures fast…

As chosen by three of Morrisons manufacturing sites

Brillopak to showcase fresh produce automation

At the PPMA Total Show, Brillopak will unveil the P180 Spider Arm Robot Cell which loads and presents packs of fresh produce in retail crates. Brillopak’s P180 system has recently been chosen by three of Morrisons fresh produce and fruit manufacturing sites to ensure that packs look good on their…

Karl Shackleton - White Air Solutions

Air purification system kills pathogens, reduces waste and removes Ethylene

White Air Solutions, which was established in 2015 have developed an air purification system using photocatalytic oxidisation which extends storage capabilities and reduces waste by removing Ethylene and other VOC gases as well as viruses, pathogens, bacterial and fungal spores. “We have been working on…

Daniel Ghadiri, ProexFood LLC:

"Our new peelers use very little water"

ProexFood LLC is developing complete solutions, from the arrival of fruit and vegetables at a processing plant all the way to final packaging. The lines are available for many different products, including potatoes, carrots, onions, sweet corn, mushrooms, berries, apples and many more. The company is…

Rhima Australia focusing on smaller scale farms with its equipment washing systems

Australian owned equipment washing system company, Rhima, says it is making an effort to focus on supplying the smaller farms and businesses with their specialised cleaning needs. Rhima is a family owned company that originates, and still has operations, in the Netherlands. There are three arms to the…

Robotic strawberry harvesting

Scientists at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, along with the Computer Science Department of Minnesota University, have developed and evaluated a robot for harvesting strawberries grown on table-tops in polytunnels. The robot consists of a newly-designed gripper mounted on an industrial arm which in turn is mounted on…

Tauro Essiccatori manufactures driers for all needs

Tauro Essicatori offers a wide range of driers against fruit and vegetable waste and to produce high-quality aromatic herbs. "Thanks to our thirty years of experience, Tauro's professional driers are perfect for those businesses or greenhouses that deal with high-quality material and are looking for new…

Italy loses its leadership in the fruit and vegetable processing machine sector to the Netherlands

Cibus Tech, the fair that will take place in Parma between 22nd and 25th October 2019, was presented on 12th June 2019 in Milan. The event was attended by Thomas Rosolia, president of Koeln Parma Exhibitions, Antonio Cellie, Ceo of Koeln Parma Exhibitions and Maria Ines Aronadio, director of the Made in…

Californian growers interest as well

Robotics coming to the aid of New Zealand's asparagus industry

New Zealand’s Waikato University is working on robotic technology that may one day end the labour intensive task of harvesting asparagus. The university has developed a conceptual robot, which is on display at their site at this year’s Fieldays at Mystery Creek that uses sensors to 'read' the asparagus…

Israeli start-up develops fruit picking drone

Although the automation of the fresh produce sector is in an advanced stage, fruit is still being picked by hand. An Israeli start-up now wants to dispense with labour intensive harvesting by utilising small drones. The people from Tevel Aerobotics Technologies feel confident that harvesting can be done…

Agricultural tech revolution

Scotland: Drones to examine spuds from the sky

Recently, drones have been given what might just be their most important ever role: being deployed to protect Scottish potatoes. Scientists are increasingly looking at how the technology, developed for the military and corporate interests, could be used to save crops and livestock. Researchers at…

Earlham Institute’s AirSurf-Lettuce platform

Innovative lettuce imaging UK

Earlham Institute researchers have created a machine learning platform to categorise lettuce crops using computer vision and aerial images. The platform, called AirSurf-Lettuce, is capable of scoring iceberg lettuces with high accuracy of greater than 98 per cent, according to the study. The researchers conducted field trials…

Australian potato industry: X-ray tech pays off

In the state of Victoria, the first trials of x-ray technology in a potato packing facility are underway. A 32-year strong partnership between Red Gem (potato growers) and…

Video:

Packing iceberg lettuce on the harvester

A video by Markus Nöthen, from Redpack Maschinen GmbH, shows the iceberg lettuce packaging machine, which can be operated stationary or mobile on a harvester. The output per hour for a well-rehearsed team with a regular product is at about 4,000 to 4,500 packagings per minute. "Compared with other…

Strawberry picking robot should soon be picking faster than people

Researchers of the American University of Plymouth have developed a harvesting robot that can pick strawberries. The robot is currently still very slow at harvesting, but it should soon start picking faster than people. On average, a human can pick 15,000 strawberries in eight hours. The robot is…

ProEx Food exhibits at United Fresh

"We heavily focus on automation"

ProEx Food is a full-service provider of fruit and vegetable processing and packaging lines. The company will be exhibiting at United Fresh Expo in Chicago next week, showcasing their latest technology to visitors. Ross Lund, the CEO of ProEx Food and in charge of North and South America as well as Australia, said more of their…

Uzbekistan a new frontier for Futura

"Uzbekistan is representing a new and increasingly interesting frontier for Futura, a company that manufactures small-medium sized sorting systems. Four new lines are about to be tested for a company growing peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers in greenhouses. Between 12th and 14th June 2019, Futura will take…

Ocado: Working on robotic 'soft hands' that adapt to objects and surroundings

UK online supermarket Ocado wants to pick and pack every one of its 55,000 items that customers can order and has worked with the Horizon 2020-funded SOMA project to develop robotic 'soft hands'. This means that robots might soon be packing up fruit and vegetable orders at Ocado after the online…

Iowa State University, Ames, US

A robot learns to slice onions

The effectiveness of cutting in general is measured by the ability to achieve material fracture with smooth knife movements. The work performed by a knife overcomes the material toughness, acts…

Three ways innovation will transform the fresh produce supply chain

The fresh produce supply chain was once pretty much invisible, but today’s consumers are eager to know the story of how and where their food is grown and packaged. A recent report from Innovative Fresh and Pink Sky stated: “It is increasingly important to talk to customers about food production, food…

New ethylene generator to be demonstrated at Hort Connections

Hort Connections will be taking place in Melbourne, Australia from June 24 - 26. One of the US-based companies exhibiting at the show is Catalytic Generators. The company manufactures ripening equipment and will be showcasing the latest version of its Easy-Ripe® ethylene generator which was just launched…

Why choose OMIP?

Tele-assistance service allows access to the machine anywhere in real-time

In addition to providing quality machines which offer durability, good yield, and low production and maintenance costs, OMIP is continuing to innovate. As a key player on the world market in the sector of fruit processing machines, the Italian company has made it possible for its clients to enjoy…


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