Machinery

Bulltec machine installed in Sicily

Innovation for bell pepper grading

Bell peppers can now be graded automatically and precisely thanks to Bulltec. Master Fruit from Licata (Agrigento) chose this technology for a number of reasons. "Master Fruit focuses on innovation and needed a customized line for the electronic grading of bell peppers. The system is made up of different…

A new plastic wrapping and unwinding machine for asparagus

Investing in research despite difficult times

The best entrepreneurs are those who know how to allocate investments according to their availability and market conditions. The principle of not biting off more than you can chew is generally valid. A video below with the new gear "In this dramatic situation caused by the coronavirus, the economy has slowed…

RotoGro International to raise $1.53M for vertical farming

RotoGro International (RGI) has received firm commitments to raise $1.53 million through a placement. More than 38.2 million fully-paid shares will be issued to professional and sophisticated investors at 4 cents each. "This raise is an important step forward for RotoGro as the company welcomes a number of…

Celebrating three years of Sortex FA PolarVision

Since its launch in 2017, Bühler’s Sortex FA PolarVision range, which features the highest capacity optical sorter in the individually quick frozen (IQF) fruit and vegetables market, has gained traction as the most trusted optical sorting technology amongst leading processors around the world. Bühler’s…

Provided by Top Control

Solutions that optimize the fruit and vegetable packaging process

The year 2020 has been a difficult one dominated by the pandemic. Even with increasing work volumes and fewer staff available, TopControl technology provided its hardware and software solutions to guarantee fresh products. A video of the machine while it is operating The most challenging aspect in these…

Calderoni offers a double mulcher that allows a full processing on the whole row

Save time and money on shredding in one single step

Orchard shredder machines that perform only once on each row are increasingly in demand. This solution is offered by the Expander machine and on the one hand it saves diesel fuel and manpower, on the other hand it offers a more eco-friendly solution. "This machine allows, in a single operation, owners to…

Iran producer processes apples using Italian technology

Iran also uses Italian technology. In September, Arya Sam Coldstore & Foods started processing its produce thanks to a sorter designed and installed by Futura. "Our challenge was to deliver the material and supervise assembly remotely in time to start the apple campaign and we managed it. The company is…

Lueon fresh-cut vegetable washing line receives international recognition

"A growing number of Chinese suppliers use our vegetable processing equipment"

Consumers have paid more attention to food safety since the outbreak of Covid-19. This also means that standards in fruit and vegetable processing industries have been raised. Washing the product is an important step in processing fresh-cut fruit and vegetables. Efficient and convenient washing equipment…

Sukh Bubra about Dr B's new blueberry operation:

"Berry Class grader exceeds our expectations of production capacity and grading performance"

Dr. B's is a blueberry farming organization that was created by a group of individuals with significant industry experience (i.e., agronomy, production & marketing). From the ground up, Dr. B's developed a new blueberry operation that included a significant and unique blueberry growing and packing operation…

Major developments for increased food safety

Insort presents third generation Sherlock Safeguard®

Insort is proud to announce another major development for increased safety in food production with the Sherlock Safeguard®. The heart of the machine is the latest generation of the tried and tested Chemical Imaging Technology (CIT® Gen3). This hyperspectral imaging technology, which is now being used for…

Aweta installs an apple sorting and packaging line in Chile

The apples of Southern Chile are waiting for news. In the Unifrutti plant in Linares (total storage capacity 25,658 m2), the installation of a modern Aweta line for sorting and packaging is underway. The line will have a sorting capacity of 60 bins / hour and a packing capacity of 28 t/h. " We proudly give…

South Australia investing in maintaining fruit-fly free status as part of state budget

The South Australian Government has provided more than $40million in today's State Budget, to improve biosecurity including initiatives to ensure the state remains fruit fly free. "Protecting South Australia’s fruit fly pest-free status remains a priority and we will continue to spend what we need to…

Rene Tunker, Looije Packing, the Netherlands: "We want to add a second line next year"

Citrus and avocado washing line meets need

The Dutch company, Looije Packing's, citrus washing line is very popular. "Handwashing is outdated. It takes longer, costs more, and has a poorer end result. Thanks to the washing line, the end product is cleaner and looks and stores better. We're increasingly being asked to wash entire batches.…

Crate erector increases efficiency for folding crate users: automatic de-stacking and unfolding

The folding crate is gaining ground in the fruit and vegetable market. The reason is the considerable savings in terms of transport and space. But, users of these folding crates need to be aware of the large amount of monotonous and labor-intensive work, says Lan Handling Technologies from Halfweg. The…

Automato Robotics

Picking robots address agricultural labor shortages

Around the world, growers have always found innovative ways to work smarter. Although processes and inputs can be stretch to the limit to maximize profits, human labor cannot, and it is becoming a devastating problem. The increasing worker shortage continues to make it difficult for farmers to get the…

VARTA and Naïo Technologies working on charging station for agricultural robots

Naïo Technologies and Varta collaborate to create an autonomous transportable charging station for robots to offer higher performing robotics solutions to farmers. The first prototype will be presented at the FIRA 2020 from 8th to 10th December 2020. The event will be hosted online. The objective of this…

Bem Brasil goes for PEF system

Bem Brasil is a potato processor and manufacturer of frozen French fries in Brazil. ELEA GmbH, a supplier of Pulsed Electric Field systems for food processing, has supplied a first PEF Advantage system for potato processing suitable for processing up to 30 t/h. In addition, a second line with a capacity of up to 60 t/h will be…

Menno Chemie presents latest low pressure Skumix foaming process

"Possible areas of application would be vegetable packers, peeling plants and convenience production"

Due to the strong demand, Menno Chemie LLC has developed a new model variant for the "high-end foodgrade" area of the proven Skumix foam application. It is a mobile disinfection device made of stainless steel with air drive, which was especially designed for the use in the food sector. Unique to the…

TOMRA Food publishes new eBook for vegetable processors

TOMRA Food has published an eBook to help vegetable processors respond to current and future market demand changes. The new 17-page publication identifies how the COVID-19 pandemic will disrupt the vegetable market for some time yet, and how deeply-rooted consumer trends will affect supply-side food…

Fresh fruit picked by Israeli robots

Israeli Industry experts estimate that about 10 percent of the world’s fruit crops rots on the trees and goes to waste because there are not enough workers to pick it. That is why one apple grower in northern Israel is testing out a robotic fruit-picking system from Tevel Aerobotics Technologies, a local…

South African solar-powered cooling system for crop storage

Researchers from South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Agricultural Research Council have assessed the feasibility of a solar+storage air-cooling system, combined…

Paolo Ferrentino

First mechanical weeding prototype

The first prototype of a robot for mechanical weeding was created in 2014 by Paolo Ferrentino (in the photo). "It is a vehicle that performs mechanical weeding proceeding autonomously without the need for operators. It is still a prototype for now, so we are not presenting the definitive machine, but…

Morning Glory Farms - DiMuto Blockchain

The Australian vegetable grower capitalising on blockchain technology to boost business practices

A Western Australian farmer is utilising blockchain technology to help promote his business and hopefully grow markets into the future. In partnership with DiMuto, Morning Glory Farms has started using a special label and QR Code, which is placed on its Spaghetti Squash, that included details such as…

New tech for contactless fresh food ordering

Chowbotics encourages grocers to ‘Reclaim Your Salad Bar’

While some people fear COVID has pushed salad bars to extinction, Californian company Chowbotics has unveiled new technological developments for its fresh food robot Sally that should allow grocers to reclaim this once profitable area of the store. The Hayward-based Chowbotics company has developed a…

'Crops for robots' instead of 'robots for crops'

Vegetables to be adapted to suit picking robots

In the future, vegetable varieties will be created with the specific intent that picking robots can harvest them more easily. Colinda de Beer predicts it will be a case of…

Netherlands: Teboza and Martens buy Cerescon asparagus harvesting robot

On Friday, Teboza and Martens Asperges signed an agreement to purchase the Sparter. This is the Dutch company, Cerescon's, selective asparagus harvesting robot. This marks the start of robotization in labor-intensive asparagus cultivation. ‘’We're enormously pleased with the market's confidence in our machine.…

Canadian company launches new labelling technology line

If the pandemic has highlighted one thing for growers across North America, it is their relationship with labor. Given the challenges growers have seen this year in accessing labor for field/grove/orchard work or in packing houses, maintaining the health of workers and much more, it’s no surprise that…

Terra Amica farm of Loiano (Bologna)

Mechanized harvesting for chestnuts

Managing a chestnut forest at 650-700 meters above sea level is challenging. Terra Amica from the Italian town of Loiano in the province of Bologna are currently harvesting their chestnuts. An air blower is used to facilitate the work. This moves the bolsters to predetermined areas, after which they are…

James White - SelectEquip

Flexible packing systems which are equipped for the future while doing the job that needs to be done today

Getting cutting edge, labour-saving technology for the packhouse and seeing them pay back in just 2-3 years for equipment which has a 15-year life span, sounds like a no-brainer! But it is not that easy to convince people that the investment is going to be worth it. James White, Marketing & Sales…

Modern carrot harvesting machine in action

Modern harvesting machines have simplified the process of carrot picking. Toplift harvesters pull the carrots out of the ground swiftly and with minimal effort. The machines optimize harvest times, and multiple rows of the carrot crop can be harvested at a time. As the machine is tracked across the…

Senegal’s locust harvester fights locust invasion ecologically

A means to fight locust invasions ecologically has just been developed in Senegal. The prototype of the “locust harvester” was presented on October 17th, 2020 in the capital…

“Today it’s essential to limit personnel on the lines”

Automation plays a key role in several applications that Unitec applies for their systems. According to the company, clients are happy with their investment after deciding to go for these automated systems as their lines ‘pay for themselves’ in a short time. Due to the pandemic in the world, some…

Haith Group sees a lot of interest in bag filling machine after video post on social media

Haith Group has seen a resurgence of interest in its innovative bag filling machine after a video posted on social media was viewed more than one million times. The twenty second video which shows the Haith Supa-Bag 10 mobile bagging trailer filling ten one-ton jumbo bags was posted by the company last…

ZTI smart machines

Mango Peeler-de-Cheeker 20, peeling at full speed at Dutch company

The new Mango Peeler-de-Cheeker peels and pits 20 mangos/minute. That's half it's big brother, the Mango Peeler-de-Cheeker 40's capacity. As its name indicates, that machine processes 40 mangos/minute. But, these large quantities aren't always needed. It's only the large mango processes that require this…

Now available for the food industry

TOMRA Insight turns sorting and grading machines into connected devices that generate valuable process data

Following its successful launch last year by TOMRA Sorting Recycling, TOMRA Insight is now also being made available to TOMRA Mining customers, TOMRA Food and Compac, part of the TOMRA Food family. TOMRA Insight’s data-gathering helps processors in near real-time and retrospect. Because product quality…

Tomatoes on the vine - the new frontier of automation

Packaging tomatoes on the vine has always been an expensive and slow process in fact, in most cases, operators work in front of scales and weigh each punnet singularly until the exact weight is reached. As a consequence, the weight of packets can be uneven and there can be a high level of giveaway. Watch…

"The AI software system integrates the brain, the eyes and the hands, enabling any robot to pick and pack any item"

Commercial trials underway for new packing and sorting technology at Australian avocado packhouse

An Australian robotics company has successfully deployed its technology in commercial trials at Sunnyspot Packhouse avocado facility in Queensland. LYRO Robotics, based in Brisbane, say their world-leading picking and packing technology combines computer vision with machine learning. The robotic grasping…

Cauliflower cutting machine processes 150 caulis per hour

The video below features a cauliflower cutting machine that can cut up to 150 cauliflower per minute. The cauliflower are placed directly from the field onto the conveyor belt of the machine that cuts the product into pieces. The video was produced by Sweere Food Processing Equipment.

Readying asparagus harvesting machines for the next season

Technology is of great help, but it is necessary to take care. This is why Bagioni guarantees free assistance and discounts on spare parts. "During the next season too, we will help make your machinery high-performing and safe. We will perform revision and checks on all machines built between 2016 and…

Key Technology

Next-generation horizontal-motion conveyor introduced: Zephyr™

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, introduces Zephyr™, the next-generation horizontal-motion conveyor. Featuring a patented direct drive with a counterbalance system, Zephyr’s unique motion profile gently moves product with no segregation or stratification and at…

Joeri Ongena, Uienschilbedrijf Ongena:

"Long life and finely diced onions now in our range thanks to new processing line"

“2020 is a year to be quickly forgotten,” says Joeri Ongena of Ongena onion peel company. “The corona crisis has had a significant impact on the demand for processed products, including sliced ​​onion. In a normal year, the summer is great for us, but because many parties and barbecues were not allowed…

SwarmFarm

Australia's SwarmFarm Robotics

SwarmFarm raises $3.2 million to develop open platform for ag robotics

Australian company SwarmFarm Robotics has raised A$4.5 million (US$3.22 million) in a funding round led by local VCs Tenacious Ventures and Artesian. The Queensland Business Development Fund also supported the round. The start-up was founded in 2012 by farmer couple Andrew and Jocie Bate. SwarmFarm is…

Manter introduces AutoMesh + for more speed and efficiency

Manter launches a new packaging machine with a capacity up to 25 bags (at 2.5 kg) per minute. The AutoMesh+ packs fully automatically into mesh bags from a roll and can be adjusted to a different package weight at the touch of a button. Manter thus meets the increasing demand for versatile automation of…

"IPL enjoys 25% increase in throughput"

One of the UK’s potato packers has seen a dramatic increase in productivity after investing in new machinery. Over the last six months, IPL, which is part of the ASDA family, has seen throughput increase by 25%. In February, the company doubled the number of GIC machines operating at its Scottish factory…

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…

"The definition on the cameras and the level of defect accuracy is second to none"

Investment in high-tech grading technology set to pay-off for a Queensland mango company

For the past few months, a Queensland mango grower has been installing state of the art grading technology, which will hopefully significantly improve productivity and fruit quality this summer. With the harvest season beginning next week, Marto's Mangoes, in Bowen, has been racing to install the MAF…

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…

Australia: Bellamish Aerial Imaging checks on tree health

Bellamish Aerial Imaging Solutions can tell growers how their crop is performing with a simple press of a button. This will send a thermal imaging drone whirring across fields. Owner Craig Corpe said he could provide farmers with an overview of crop health with relative ease. He supplies a drone that has…

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…

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…

Tummers’ expansion project starts with excavation works

Tummers Food Processing Solutions' ambitious expansion plan has officially started on September 2nd. With this long-awaited building project the Dutch machine building company prepares for a sustainable future, which will also be reflected in its new building. Tummers’ construction project is expected to…

Lueon equipment supports development in Chinese freshly-sliced fruit and vegetable industry

Developments in the industry for freshly-sliced fruit and vegetables do not just come in response to consumer trends, but they are also stimulated by technological developments. Every research breakthrough and technological innovation leads to a change in the industry, no matter how small or big that…

Can also be applied in fruit growing and horticulture

Prevent diseases with UV-C rays

The latest, if not the definitive, solution to combat fungal diseases such as mildew and botrytis, that unfortunately still affect a lot of crops, is called Icaro X4. Experiments are currently underway in viticulture (against downy mildew), but patents (both in Italy and abroad) have been extended to fruit growing and…

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…

VHM Machinery, Leo de Kock

Dutch potato processor gets complete crate emptying line

VHM Machinery has installed several machines at Leo de Kock. This company is VHM Machinery's fruit and vegetable retailer partner. There's not only a fully automated crate emptying line. There's also an all-in-one system including a BigBag unloading system, crate filler, and automatic sampling system.…

Platform designed to futureproof packhouse businesses

Compac launches next generation sorting platform

Compac, part of the Tomra Food family, launches the most advanced sorting platform in the industry: the Tomra 5S Advanced. It builds on the class-leading performance of the Compac Multi Lane Sorter. It is the only platform truly designed for hygienic operation with toolless cleaning and sanitization…

Bid on fruit and vegetables processing lines and machinery

In the first half of October, Industrial Auctions organises an online auction for food machinery but with a focus on fruit and vegetable processing machines. For example a weighing line for fruits with a denester and netting device of the well-known brand J.Affeldt. Furthermore, an Eillert vegetable slicer,…

Increasing production of ready-to-eat fresh herbs and salads at Granja Mallorca

Producing fresh and healthy products with little impact on the environment has been the mission of family-run business Granja Mallorca for more than 20 years.  Granja Mallorca, a family-run producer of herbs and salads in the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay, supplies different supermarket chains with their…

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…

B2A speaks of Industry 4.0

Technological and digital transformation process solutions

Industry 4.0 is a transition that is leading to a fully automated and interconnected industrial production. The National Industry Plan 4.0 offers Italian companies tools to seize the opportunities for innovation and digital technology that are linked to the fourth industrial revolution. It foresees…

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…

3rd prize in Pentawords 2020

International design award for fruit and vegetable packaging line Johannes

Last year AGF-Holland introduced the Johannes packaging line, a plastic-free packaging line for the entire fruit and vegetable department, with a line of baskets, trays and bands made of specially developed natural cardboard. Johannes Janssen already knew that this packaging met a need due to worldwide interest,…

Futura's choice to keep operating anywhere in the world

Video tutorial with instructions in native language

The company Futura, specializing in machines for the processing of fruit and vegetables, is currently inspecting their installations before they are sent across the world, but not without making special video tutorials, in particular for machines that have to be installed in countries that have strict…

Lithium batteries for greener agriculture

"As the patent filed in some countries was accepted, the time has come to talk about high-voltage lithium batteries. Lithium batteries are now commonly used all over the world thanks to their performance, durability, size and weight. It was easy to adapt the electrical system of our machines (equipped…

Harvesting robot can work 24 hrs/day

This video features a fruit harvesting robot. It's more efficient and precise than a person. The robot uses artificial intelligence and the latest technology and is fitted with lights. So, it can navigate through large greenhouses and orchards, 24 hours/day. It can then detect which fruits are ripe…

Video: automatic pallet removing machine

Check out this video about a fully automatic unpackaging machine. The robot arm grabs 6 boxes at once, turns them upside down and places them on a conveyor belt. Could people move this fast?

Ton van Raaij, Finis-Eillert

“This small onion peeler will ensure better returns again”

Industrial onion peeling is labor-intensive, and peeling small onions takes even more time. In other words - the larger the onion, the better the returns. Larger onions have, however, become increasingly scarce in recent years. So, the industry’s returns have decreased. The dry summers are causing onions…

Ilya Bliznyuk

Bonduelle Group enters collaboration with Fieldwork Robotics to develop cauliflower harvesting robot

Portfolio company Fieldwork Robotics, is to develop a cauliflower harvesting robot in collaboration with the Bonduelle Group, one of the world’s leading vegetable producers.…

"It is becoming more and more important for fruit growers to be able to grade their fruit correctly"

New fruit and vegetable grading technology headed to the Australian market

A packaging and processing company that is bringing a new fruit and vegetable grader to the Australian market says it has received a phenomenal response from local growing and packing companies. Auspouch is in partnership with Italian company Zetapack, which is supplying the machines and hopes to have…

Jeju Island - South Korea

Drones used to check illegal distribution of unripe mandarin oranges

In the southern resort island of Jeju, drones are being used in a crackdown on the distribution of unripe Gamgyul that are below state quality standards. The citrus fruit is a…

High speed packing line for WDK Onions

Family business WDK Onions is sorting and packing onions since 1933. The cooperation with Eqraft goes back for decades. This summer, Mike de Koster, grandson of the founder, invested in a new packing line. WDK Onions focuses on high end onions and ships around 15000 tons per year. With the new Baxmatic and…

How to overcome the problems of chemical weeding

Increasing interest for cutters and inter-row mulchers

Alessandro Calderoni highlighted a trend whose growth seems unstoppable. "The demand for inter-row equipment to work between plants, under the row, is constantly increasing, with a double-digit growth. Since the focus on chemical weeding has shifted, manufacturers around the world have been looking again…

“The COVID-19 pandemic provided an unexpected level of challenge"

Compac, part of the TOMRA Food family, and its partners ICOEL and Sardas were confronted with unique challenges, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit just as they were preparing to ship and install three turnkey cherry grading and packing lines in Turkey and a fourth one in Uzbekistan. They overcame the…

That's easy asparagus harvesting

We've seen an increasing number of asparagus harvesting machines being developed in recent years. But, we've never seen anything like this. This oversized go-kart has two electric motors and drives itself. Handy, right?

Lisa Zapf conquers Southern Palatinate with Zalat-O-Maten:

"Like having a greengrocer next door - in a digital way"

You can see them around more and more often: vending machines that offer eggs, grilled meat or fresh fruit and vegetables. These are often set up by farmers* who are looking for an additional outlet for their goods. In the Palatinate, in the Kandel area, there are now more and more Zalat-O-Maten: vending…

JD Cooling and Worldwide Fruit launch softripe facility

JD Cooling Group, an independent supplier of temperature control systems, and Worldwide Fruit Ltd (WFL) have unveiled their new Softripe® avocado ripening facility in Spalding, Lincolnshire. A total of 132 pallet spaces using Softripe® technology are now in operation with fruit set to arrive nationally…

Henk Boers, Haarakker blueberry nursery, the Netherlands

“Blueberry harvester can bring cost price down in Europe”

A seasonal labor shortage during harvesting is always a challenge. The entire fruit and vegetable sector is already facing this or will do so in the future and blueberry farmers aren't exempt. That's why Henk Boers decided to design a machine which mechanically harvests blueberries. Henk is from the…

PND released an innovative die-cutting machine

Interest in fresh-cut pineapples remains high

The growing interest in the international markets for tropical fruits and their consumption continues apace. While, in recent years, consumers in the old continent have been able to learn more about exotic fruits, such as mangoes and avocados, some of which are produced in Europe, the demand for bananas…

Marius Ras – Rovic Leers, Cape Town, South Africa

SYNCROFLOW® spray technology: Better deposition while reducing drift & run-off

“Efficiency of spraying will become increasingly important on high-value crops as the demand for food production rises and integrated pest management practices improve,” says Marius Ras, Specialist Consultant at Rovic Leers. “While agricultural chemicals are softer than before, it still has large impact…

ASTRA introduced a new onion peeler model to the market

“Our innovation goes far beyond just a Multi-fruit peeler”

The innovative Japanese automatic peeler developer, ASTRA recently released a new peeler model, particularly suitable for the onion industry. The sales manager, Ryo Takeshita introduced the features of this new model and shared with us the technological concept behind the innovation. “When talking about…

Dutch company gets automatic crate unfolding device

Two Dutch companies recently signed an agreement. Tielen Groenten is a vegetable grower and wholesaler. They wanted Reintjes Systems to design and build an automatic crate unfolding machine.  Barely a month later, on 31 August, this device was placed at the wholesaler. Reintjes Systems is a startup company.…

Semi-automatic spring onion packaging line

The packaging sector is always looking for ways to help clients reduce labor. This video shows a semi-automatic spring onion packaging line in action.

Crux Agribotics develops SortiPack for sweet pointed peppers

Crux Agribotics expands its SortiPack product portfolio by developing a Grading, Sorting and Packing application for sweet pointed pepper. Sweet pointed peppers are becoming more popular. Mainly due to taste and health value, the consumption by consumers is increasing. Sweet pointed peppers are available…

RS Bilance

Processing lines for the agricultural and food sectors

"Thanks to our extensive experience, we manufacture equipment for the agricultural and food, retail, industrial and commercial sectors looking for weighing, dosing, packaging, storing solutions etc. Our markets of reference are mainly Europe, central and southern America and north Africa," reports Santo…

Scotts Precision Manufacturing

Largest ever export order leaves Scotts for Canada

Scotts Precision Manufacturing sent 14 Evolution Separators to Allan Potato Equipment Manufacturing Ltd., Canada’s largest designer and manufacturer of potato harvesting…

Location manager Cees de Vaan, ERP Barendrecht:

"Citrus ultra clean and with the customer quickly thanks to new washing line"

This week, a new citrus washing line was installed at the location of Europe Retail Packing (ERP) in Barendrecht. The new MAF Roda line is currently undergoing extensive testing. Location manager Cees de Vaan According to location manager Cees de Vaan, the washing line can carry out the work of five people.…

Destemmer: grape destemmer can also be used for cherry tomatoes

Rapidly destemming cherry tomatoes

Convenience fruit sales have risen considerably in recent years. Mixed fruit salads containing grapes are very popular in supermarkets all over the world. Small wonder, then, that the Destemmer is one of the Dutch company, ZTI's, international best-selling machines. It's well-know that it destems grapes…

Agricultural robot maker raises EUR 9.5 million

Norwegian and UK based Saga Robotics has recently raised EUR 9.5 million from international investors in support of its ambitious growth plans. Thorvald robots are operating on multiple farms across the world, where they perform light treatment to control mildew on strawberries and vines, drastically…

Multi-functional cutting machine satisfies Chinese market demand for sliced fruits and vegetables

Consumers have been paying even more attention to food safety since the outbreak of Covid-19. At the same time, there is also a growing demand for sliced fruits and vegetables. The cutting up of fruits and vegetables is an important step in the processing of fruits and vegetables. This step is not just…

'An ally to the Spanish packing houses dealing with a unique cherry campaign'

The reference to the unfavorable weather conditions is always present in the thoughts and words of those who faced the cherry sorting season which has recently ended. Just like the reference to Covid-19, which is also inevitable. When there are issues, it becomes fundamental to have an ally to rely on,…

Roy Lemmen, Sormac

“Furthermore minimize the residual flows”

Optical sorters aren’t the only indispensable machines for potato processors. Many workers should be pleased that peeling machines exist; making this laborious task a thing of the past. Sormac manufactures these machines and processing lines. These are for the vegetable processing industry. They have…

Steve Raskins, Optimum Sorting

“Cameras and lasers complement each other in the optical sorting”

Optimum Sorting was founded in 2017. That makes this Dutch company the newest player on the market. “First and foremost, we want our company to build a technological lead,” says Steve. “First, with the new sorting platform, the Cloudsorter. Then with the introduction of a multispectral higher resolution…

Newtec

Newtec ups automated grading equipment for potatoes and carrots

Around the world, countless potato and carrot producers have are choosing for optical sorting equipment for their packhouses. This enables them to ensure consistent quality…

Martin Bourgondiën, Commtrad

"Accurate to less than a millimeter"

Martin Bourgondiën, as Commtrad machines’ owner, sells Select machinery to fruit and vegetable companies.  close-up of the 6-legged finger rotor on the Arcus The client Martin just visited has a new Select Arcus optical sorter. It replaced the 16-year-old Agroselector that was standing in the company’s peeling…

"Many processors find themselves under unprecedented pressure to improve productivity"

Tomra Food is reaching out to vegetable processors everywhere to help them tackle the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. By launching an information campaign and sharing advice online for plant managers, production managers, process engineers, and quality managers, the company is taking steps to…

'30 Strata Invicta®'s in 30 months'

“We didn’t know of this anniversary of the Kiremko Strata Invicta® steam peeler at the moment we bought it,” Aviko Belgium Project Manager Cor Koole admits. “We just bought it because it offers us the highest reliability. We know the Kiremko Strata Invicta® from other Aviko locations. Yield, capacity,…


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