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Aurenzo Bagioni: "Companies must decide where to position themselves"

Asparagus, a crop at the crossroads

New asparagus growers need to know where to go in advance. And the consolidated ones must make a drastic choice, according to the production costs and the potential GMO (gross marketable output). "For several years, an organizational transformation of the companies has been going on - explains Aurenzo…

University of Auckland - Centre for Automation and Robotic Engineering Science

‘Semantic segmentation’ boosts performance of kiwifruit-harvesting robot

Facing a shortage of seasonal workers and rising labour costs, kiwifruit growers may get some relief from robots equipped with a new AI-powered fruit detection system.…

Norwegian strawberry picking robot popular due to covid crisis

The corona pandemic has once again demonstrated how dependent agriculture is on seasonal workers, but Norwegian growers may get help from robots next year. For Norwegian growers, the development of autonomous robots cannot move quickly enough, especially now that many of them are struggling to find…

Choosing the right vertical form fill seal (VFFS) bagger

It takes decades for a produce processor to build up its brand, but only seconds to ruin it. A product recall traced back to contamination in your packaging equipment can destroy one's credibility overnight. That’s why selecting the right vertical form fill seal bagger (VFFS) is critical to the success…

The Australian online trading platform giving wholesalers the technological edge

One of Australia's leading fresh produce wholesale management software companies, Zupply has found that using a digital platform during the COVID-19 pandemic has given their clients an advantage in terms of reducing costs while maintaining supply. The system works by connecting wholesale companies with…

Food safety comes from extended vegetable disinfection time

Food safety has always been a concern in the fresh-cut industry. For ready-to-eat vegetables such as lettuce, the entire cleaning process usually takes 2 to 3 minutes, which is too long for conventional cleaning lines. Therefore, a cleaning line with an extended launder is necessary to ensure the…

André Vois (project Service & Produktion LLC) on the ProBand V banding process

"Demand was so great that there were supply shortages"

The innovative PROBAND V banding process from the Kranenburg company project Service & Produktion LLC was one of the absolute highlights at this year's Fruit Logistica. It was not unexpected that the machine with its quick-change frame was nominated for the coveted Innovation Award. We talked to Product…

Bulltec

New ultra-delicate grader for vegetables

Bruno srl has decided to invest on Bulltec for vegetable sorting, a single-channel grading line with manual loading. Bruno mainly uses it for eggplants, but the grader can also process other products. Bulltec develops versatile lines that are intuitive and easy to maintain. “We supply systems made-to-measure…

Manoj Karkee

WSU and Pennsylvania State University researchers

Researchers working on robotic system for fruit flower pollination

Researchers at WSU and Pennsylvania State University are intent on creating a robotic system that will artificially pollinate fruit tree flowers due to threats to natural pollination worldwide. The robotic system will be able to detect where flowers are  using cameras and a computational system and algorithm.…

Guus van Hecke, Marine Systems

“A clean container in 2-4 minutes”

The Dutch company, Eco-containerwash, has brought an automated container cleaner onto the market. It can clean containers faster, safer, and more sustainably. Marine Systems developed it. "Several years ago, a container depot asked if we could automate container cleaning. There was no machine for that,"…

Thanks to Profix AGF and Eqontrol software

MSP Onions now has fully automated processing and trading processes

MSP Onions in Nieuwdorp, the Netherlands, has been building its 'Factory of the Future' since 2017. In this entirely new factory, the processing process is almost fully automated. From when they arrive by truck at the weighbridge, the onions find their own way through the plant. Profix IT Solutions played…

Burro.ai

Burro autonomous farm robot can help workers with grape harvest

Launching an agricultural AI startup requires identifying specific use cases, as well as which fruit and vegetable growers to work with. When Burro.ai built a robot that uses autonomous driving to ferry produce between workers, it chose to initially focus on table grapes. By contrast, other agricultural…

Giro Pack UB S65 Speedline

New bagging line released to increase production and low labor costs

Giro Pack, a sustainable packaging company, has released their new UB S65 Speedline. According to the company, it is the fastest and most versatile line ever offered by Giro. The new bagger’s speed increases production and lowers labor costs. With its reliability, non-stop performance, and versatility,…

Reemoon develops Afu selection equipment

Reemoon selection line minimizes the risk of bruised fruit

One of the most important issues for any fruit industry is efficient control over product quality. This issue has only gained more importance in recent years as Chinese consumers have increasingly high standards for the fruit they purchase. Chinese consumers value the product quality and fresh appearance…

New X-ray inspection system for beverages, liquids and solid foods

Mekitec Group, a global manufacturer of food quality control systems based on X-ray technology, announces the launch of a completely new X-ray inspection system, Sidemekitm, targeted for the product safety and quality control needs of food and beverage producers worldwide. Mekitec describes their newest…

Christiaens Agro Systems sets new standards for mechanical harvesting of green asparagus

"Both dependence on skilled personnel and production costs are reduced"

After the introduction of Chrisje and Chris for the non-selective harvesting of white asparagus, the Christiaens company's machine catalogue is extended with a new innovation: Christi-AN. Christian is a patented solution, exclusively for harvesting green asparagus. The Christi-AN is usually mounted on…

Spain

The University of Cordoba develops a citrus harvester

The Rural Mechanization and Technology group at the University of Cordoba is working on the design of citrus harvesters that allow harvesting to be mechanized in intensive plantations by using a system of lateral agitators. The group has adapted and tested citrus harvester prototypes developed for the…

"Chinese companies keep an eye on automated selection machine with great price quality ratio"

Chinese companies are paying increasingly careful attention to automated selection machines for the fruit industry because the labor cost continues to rise every year. Zhengzhou First Industry is a company specialized in the manufacturing of automated selection equipment. Manager Wang, a spokesperson for…

Christian: A green and purple asparagus harvester that's 'hitched to the tractor'

"We introduced the Chrisje and Chris for the non-selective harvesting of white asparagus. Now, ten years later, Christiaens has another addition to the family - Christian. Christian is a patented machine that harvests green asparagus. It's hitched to the tractor," says a Christiaens Agro Systems…

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Salad robots, smoothie robots and vertical farms:

California: Bay Area food automation goes from niche to necessity during pandemic

Before the pandemic, Chowbotic’s salad-making robot named Sally was mostly seen in the food world as a quirky, non-essential gadget capable of stealing headlines for any business using one. But in a new dining landscape shaped by social distancing and increased sanitation practices, Sally is a necessity.…

"Vegetable growers looking to accelerate switch to mechanical harvesting due to coronavirus crisis"

Due to the coronavirus crisis, vegetable growers and processing companies in countries such as the UK, Spain, Italy and Germany are looking to accelerate their transition to mechanical harvesting. Although the biggest focus is on leafy vegetables, growers of other crops are also interested in increasing the…

Kittipong Jirasukhanont

Robots might ease UK migrant worker shortage

Britain is troubled by a lack of labourers to pick up its ripe fruit in 2020. The Coronavirus and Brexit have caused an uproar among the United Kingdom’s fruit and vegetable…

University of Illinois

University of Illinois

US researchers develop robots to help on the farm

The University of Illinois' Coordinated Science Laboratory team has accelerated work on the TerreSentia robot, a nimble and semi-autonomous machine that can provide the same attention to detail as human labor. “Essentially, with the COVID-19 crisis, two things happened. One is the urgent need to keep…

Maximizing production efficiencies with new analysis platform

Tray sealing specialist Proseal has launched an advanced automated platform that captures and analyses valuable machine data to improve the efficiency and performance of the entire production line. The new Proseal ProVision™ system enables companies to maximise the benefits of Industry 4.0 and the fully…

"At this stage, we can confidentially share that this will be successful in a wide range of products"

Australian research into new fresh produce postharvest treatment using supercharged air

Australian fresh produce growers may soon have a new method of treating fruit and vegetables that minimise microbial food safety risks, with promising results from a current project with the potential to greatly improve food safety and reduce postharvest losses. The New South Wales Department of Primary…

The 'green' novelty of GNA from Bologna

Piranha: a machine for closing cardboard boxes

The new Piranha closing machine was developed by GNA srl in order to support users and consumers interested in eco-friendly alternatives. The company from Ozzano dell'Emilia (BO), which boasts over thirty years of experience and presence on domestic and international markets, is investing many resources…

Chowbotics salad vending machine 'Sally'

US: Robotic vending machine in Silicon Valley

Just a few months ago, Chowbotics and fellow Bay Area makers from a high-tech vending machine that sold cappuccinos, hot ramen, and croissants warmly discussed their appeal in terms of freshness and 24-hour comfort. Then COVID-19 makes dangerous food orders for workers and customers. Suddenly, the…

Suwin Puengsamrong

Robotics to fill soft fruit labour gap

UK growers to trial new robot-based systems to combat labour shortages

UK growers are set to trial several new robot-based systems this season on farms producing strawberries, apples, blueberries, lettuce and broccoli. A UK agri-food consortium has been formed to address labour shortages by accelerating the use of robotics and automation (R&A) for picking soft fruit and…

Rory Cole – Flowpack Systems

Elifab, high-speed electronic blueberry sorter, available in South Africa

Grabouw-based Flowpack Systems has wide experience in installing sorters, graders and flow wrapping machinery at apple and pear packhouses across South Africa. Given the buoyant growth in the local blueberry industry, it is only natural for them to now introduce the Elifab Berry Class sorter, employing…

Automated picking bins set to help New Zealand growers save labour costs

A New Zealand startup company is hoping to progress to the development of its partially automated fruit harvesting robotic devices in early 2021. YieldTec founder Dr Khalid Salah says the company's mobile bin robots that will automate the logistics during the harvest, which will eliminate the need for…

Made by Zetapack. Watch the video!

A very precise grader for fruit and vegetables

Improving work quality, reducing product waste and ensuring amortization of the investment cost in a few months. How? The solution is the Zetapack grader/weigher, which allows you to select both vegetables and fruit in an ultra gentle way, guaranteeing an increase of at least 40% in production. The manual…

Jeroen Lijkendijk, Sales Director HiTec Foodsystems B.V.

“The press of a button and the machine does the rest”

The installation of a HiTec Decore Cutting Machine in Canada was completed just in time. Soon after, the coronavirus put a stop to all international travel. HiTec Foodsystems’ Canadian client could, therefore, get started with the new machine. Jeroen Lijkendijk, this Dutch company’s sales director, has…

Vending by JSR

Vending machines open up market for UK growers

JSR supplies out of Blairgowrie, Scotland, supplies fresh produce vending machines to farmers in the UK. Sales and marketing director Stuart Retson said many farmers now realise it is a viable way to sell all their produce, following the success of milk vending machines on dairy farms. “Typically, folk…

Suwin Puengsamrong

New report by research company IDTechEX

Agricultural Robots and AI – It’s a question of when, not if

Experts say robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) will drive a deep and transformative change in the agricultural world during the coming decades. It is already clear that seeing, localising, and taking plant-specific intelligent action are no longer the exclusive realm of humans. Machines have…

How ProEx Food prepares for their digital presence at United Fresh:

"Virtual exhibitions will indirectly foster innovation"

Around the globe companies are trying to come up with ways to cope with the COVID-pandemic. The fruit and vegetable sector was not as affected by the measures and shutdowns as others but keeping distance and finding enough employees has been a challenge. Another big change has been the cancellation of…

MCR Machinery:

"New pumpkin washer can be used for sweet potatoes too"

The Dutch company, MCR Machinery, has been building pumpkin washers for several years. These are used to wash and dry not only pumpkins. They can also be used for Turban squash and ornamental fruit. There is an increasing demand for smaller, simpler washers. The company, therefore, decided to manufacture…

Basket washing machine to save labor cost

In the fresh-cut industry, hundreds of baskets are used to carry raw products or transfer semi-products. But the cleaning process of these baskets is a huge cost, which requires a lot of time and labor. As requested by customers, Lueon Technologies Co., Ltd. have designed an automatic basket washer,…

"Remote" assembly for Futura processing lines

Futura did not get discouraged by the lockdown and the subsequent absence of flights all over the world. "We are fully booked with orders until the fall and we cannot disappoint our clients. We are fully organized and therefore have been able to manufacture and ship machinery also during these difficult…

Marsha Verwiebe with Volm Companies on exhibiting at a virtual trade show

“This is an opportunity we should take advantage of”

In less than three weeks, the produce industry will experience its first virtual trade show ever, organized by the United Fresh Produce Association. “With our membership going back three decades, we’ve been a long-time supporter of the association,” says Marsha Verwiebe with Volm Companies. “We know that…

Edelpilzzucht Kroll puts vending machines into operation

Exotic mushrooms in Offenbach 24/7

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is currently the unofficial motto of the German fruit and vegetable sector. In many places, people are trying to compensate for losses caused by the Corona-virus. Some people are implementing plans that have actually been in the back of their minds for quite some time.…

Active IT: Reduce transfer risk using state-of-the-art production planning software

"Despite the new requirements of COVID-19 and fewer personnel, we will come out of this crisis quickly"

In times of COVID-19, more and more companies are looking for a solution to adjust and control their technical production facilities (e.g. production lines) with as few manual work processes as possible. This means that scales or price markers, for example, are being done partially or completely without…

Australian manufacturing stays strong throughout COVID-19

Australia’s management of the Coronavirus pandemic has left the country in good stead to continue onshore manufacturing operations. This means international exports have resumed to some extent in the midst of global restrictions. These sectors of the Australian economy are working hard to get back on…

Together with Compac, Levubu grower-packer throws out the rule-book with their packhouse design

Amondel Pakkers revel in their new bespoke high-speed avocado packline

Last year, at the end of a third season of packing avocados during 24-hour shifts (plus frequent overtime) from late January into May, six days a week, Lizelle Muller, packhouse and local marketing manager at Amondel Pakkers, singlehandedly started dismantling the packline – just in case the plans for an…

Private investor sinks 3 mill. into Cerescon's asparagus harvesting robot

Cerescon has developed the first selective asparagus harvesting robot, the Sparter. This Dutch company recently received additional financing to the tune of €3 million. Cerescon is using the extra capital to get off to a flying start in the Sparter's production and sales. During the current asparagus…

New fresh produce packing robotics set to enter the trial phase

A Queensland-based start-up company is hoping to step up trials in the coming months on its intelligent robots, which are aimed at improving fresh produce packing operations. Co-Founder of LYRO Robotics says its machine intelligence tightly integrates 'the brain, the eyes, and the hands', enabling robots…

Oregon, Washington and Idaho onion producers on Ellips/Elisam:

“Delivering value to the onion industry through increased production, cost reductions and improved product quality”

While everyone is going through unprecedented times and situations, Elisam (powered by Ellips onion grading and sorting technology) continues to expand its customer base by delivering proven value to the North American onion industry.  Walla Walla River Packing, Madison-Cox and Obendorf Farms all installed…

TopControl

Weighing solutions save time and improve efficiency

TopControl weighing solutions enable a maximization of profits of over 50% with little personnel needed, which is important is a complex situations such as this one. "In times like these, productivity is much more than a simple question of economic efficiency. After all, the food industry must guarantee…

Kaitlin Wyatt on participation in United Fresh Live!

“We’ll highlight the flexibility of tray sealing and the technology built-in to every Proseal machine”

Founded in 1998, Proseal has been active in the design and manufacture of tray sealing solutions. Their core machinery range features models from compact bench-top equipment, to fully automated, high capacity in-line machines that can seal over 240 packs per minute. Proseal is part of the JBT Corporation…

UNITEC continues to install new packing lines despite challenging conditions

When the emergency situation due to the pandemic got worse, UNITEC's first thought was to continue to ensure all the necessary support to its customers, the packing houses all over the world which handle fresh fruits and vegetables, so that they could continue their activity in the best conditions.…

Arjan de Nood (Burg Machinery): "Our line functions as a supply to the sorting machine"

"Pumpkin processing lines from big to small"

Burg Machinery has been producing pumpkin washing and processing lines for more than ten years. "In recent years, we have supplied lines in the Netherlands, but also in Belgium, Portugal, France and Germany," says Arjan de Nood. "We make from small to large processing lines, using the Burg line as a feed…

The importance of investing in innovative technology to stay ahead of the game

A New Zealand AgTech company says the horticulture and fresh produce industry is heading for a major shift in coming years, in terms of take-up of new technology. Autogrow specialises in the research and development of digital growing solutions, and Chief Executive Officer Darryn Keiller says major…

Jos Veugen, Frans Veugen Industrial hygiene:

Ban on CIPC calls for new nebuliser

For the upcoming season, the use of the active ingredient CIPC, as a sprout inhibitor for potato storage is prohibited. The alternatives are ready, but require another nebuliser. "The nebulisers that have been customary until now are not suitable to use for the new products," says Jos Veugen of Frans…

Automated pre-sizing process in water and automated robotic packing

Since the 1980s, Maf Roda Agrobotic has largely contributed to the evolution of the fresh fruit and vegetables grading sector by bringing grading machines from mechanical to electronic and automated systems. Maf Roda Agrobotic  has also developed the process of pre-sizing in water, allowing its customers to…

Remote imagery research into providing better fruit yield forecasts

A remote imagery research project on citrus orchards is set to be expanded, after promising results at a Western Australian farm. Professor Andrew Robson, from the University of New England, has been involved in a project with WA's Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to…

Ecogreen Italia Multis line

A versatile electric machine for transplanting and harvesting zucchini and other vegetables

Two engines of 1000 W each, four batteries of 240 A each and 16 hours of autonomy, at a maximum speed of 4 km/h, with rear wheel drive and electric steering are the main features of Ecogreen Italia's Multis electric vegetable harvesting machine. Ecogreen Multis geared up for harvesting zucchini, with 2 lateral…


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