Machinery

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,…

Red Ant High Clearance Sprayer in action

Red Ant Engineering Solutions has posted a video on their LinkedIn showcasing their High Clearance Sprayer treating the blueberries. Click on the video below to take a look! For more information:Red Ant Engineering SolutionsTel: +27 23 312 2055 Email: info@redantagri.co.za  www.redantagri.co.za 

Sjors Vullings, Marcelissen

“More options for sorting potatoes”

Many optical sorting machines work by discarding subpar material or foreign matter from a batch of potatoes. But some sorters check products’ quality. “It’s a matter of good, bad, or repeel,” says Sjors Vullings of Marcelissen. “We've had a sorter on the market for almost a year. It can, however, do so…

Dutch company has a total solution for potato sorting dust

In the past, you’d get your hands dirty while sorting potatoes. Nowadays, during this process, a cloud of fine dust drifts through the air like a grey mist. This is released in large quantities during fully automatic sorting. The Dutch potato cultivation company, De Lugt, was recently on the market for a…

Rothamsted Research

Field Scanalyzer from Rothamsted Research

World’s largest agri robot tested in the US

Experts from British research institute Rothamsted Research are currently testing the latest in artificial intelligence for farming. It is the world’s largest agricultural robot, the Field Scanalyzer. This international research centre focuses on strategic agricultural science, and trials on the Field…

Is this the future of fruit cultivation?

Is this how fruit will be harvested in the future? According to Ben Bardsley, general director of Bardsley England apple harvesting robots will be used on 2023 to pick the apples in the orchards.

Mark Borst, PapriCo, the Netherlands:

"It impressed everyone how quickly we integrated the Burg portal unloader at our bell pepper packaging site"

This bell pepper season, the Dutch company, PapriCo, is working with a new portal unloader. It's the first time they're using this machine from Burg Machinery. PapriCo growers are members of the DOOR cooperative. They deliver bulk bell peppers to a packaging site in the Netherlands. It belongs to this…

Dealing with premature ripening through ethylene control

Pittman & Davis, a family-owned company from Texas that's been in business for over 80 years, tackled ethylene and bacteria related issues by investing in Miatech’s Bio-Turbo technology. In 2018, the company installed Bio Turbo at the cold storage in Harlingen, Texas and shortly thereafter observed…

Dustin-Dwight Tummers, Tummers Machinery

Making steam peeling more sustainable

Steam peeling is one of the most effective ways to peel potatoes and get an optimal yield. You place water and potatoes in a rotating steam drum. A ‘pressure drop’ converts the water into steam, loosening the potatoes’ skins. The disadvantage of this method is that it uses a lot of electricity. It’s not…

Spain: Alimerka invests in Cimcorp robotics

Cimcorp, a supplier of automation systems has landed a deal to automate the distribution of fresh produce for Spanish grocery retailer, Alimerka. The robotic systems at the…

Various packaging machines from ULMA Packaging in new Trofi Pack DC

In the former Trofi Pack building in De Lier, ULMA Packaging was already the main supplier of the packaging machines and in the new distribution center in Den Hoorn, various packaging machines from the machine supplier from Leerdam were again chosen for packaging the exotics supply. This included flow packers,…

Christian Dieterich, PerfectMoney:

"Self-scan cash registers; Better protection against infection and also preventing queues"

The COVID 19 pandemic has changed the (consumer) behaviour of people worldwide. Even though things have calmed down somewhat, some will continue to maintain these changes in their daily routine and the way they shop. Christian Dieterich, Managing Director of PerfectMoney, explains: "Spontaneous purchases…

Optical sorting gives precise results and saves costs

“In a lot of sectors - onions, apples, oranges, etc. - optical sorting was introduced successfully years ago,” says Mitchel Bakker of Ellips a  Dutch company which focuses on sorting technology. “Potatoes have been more difficult to measure, this is because potatoes are never uniform in size making it hard…

Need for automation surges despite and because of COVID-19

"Is your investment strategy set for 2021?"

2020 has been a tough year for businesses around the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on all sectors and brought to light many shortcomings in daily procedures. While fruit and vegetable processors were considered essential and were mostly able to continue their work, higher costs and…

Danperte

UK soft fruit growers work on 'world’s first robotic farm'

In an effort to address future labour shortages, the UK's largest soft fruit co-op has been given a budget of £2.5 million to create the 'world's first robotic farm'. The…

Image: Wootzano

Wootzano - Sedgefield, County Durham

UK robotics developer receives six-figure funding package

Wootzano, a tech firm in the northeast pf the UK that makes ‘electronic skin’ for robots, has sealed a six figure funding package to protect the business through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. The company has tapped into the funding from HSBC UK through the Government scheme, enabling…

Hayden Stewart - P&C Automation

"We are working together to promote Australian manufacturing and engineering.”

The Corona virus has had an effect on everyone and changed the way many people do business. In Australia where growers rely heavily on seasonal labour and the ability of those people to move from region to region and follow the work, there is real concern as to how they are going to harvest the fruit and…

Bijlsma Hercules and GeJo

Two Dutch companies install optical potato sorter in France

Two Dutch companies have, once again, delivered a sorting line with an optical grader to a company in France. These companies are Bijlsma Hercules and GeJo (smart grader). As these images show, trial runs have now been completed. For more information:Bijlsma Hercules5 Oostelijke Industrieweg8801 JW Franeker, NLTel.…

Earth Rover

Earth Rover

UK robotics start-up raises £250,000 for revolutionary system

Shropshire start-up Earth Rover is aiming to use cutting-edge technologies to help farmers improve crop yields has raised £250,000 from the MEIF Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund. The latter is managed by Mercia and part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF). The funding will allow Earth Rover…

Jacinto Trigo - Compac

"Our clients regularly consult us about the practices we have seen in other parts of the world"

Tomra Food recently opened a new regional headquarters in Santiago, Chile. The new building accommodates offices, a meeting room, a spare parts store for greater spare parts stock, and a test and demonstration area that serves as a Customer Experience Center and Regional Training Hub. The new facility…

Root AI

AI-enabled harvest robot shows off new dexterity skills

On Thursday, agricultural robotics and artificial intelligence company Root AI announced new capabilities to its AI-enhanced robotic harvester as well as investments totaling more than $7 million. Its AI-enhanced robotic harvester has demonstrated enhanced dexterity to tackle crops of various shapes and…

Penn State research team:

'Robotic arm is the first step towards automated pruning'

The first robotic cutting mechanism, or “end effector,” for a fully automated, computerized pruning system for modern apple orchards has been designed by a Penn State research team. This might be an early step in the creation of a technology aimed at easing challenges facing tree fruit growers.…

In-basket cleaning: Cutting produce loss to the maximum

After the Covid-19 crisis, consumers are paying more attention to food safety, making higher demands on fruit and vegetable processing enterprises. Cleaning is an important step in possessing fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. Efficient and convenient cleaning equipment not only helps to improve a…

Redpack wants to reduce labor and contamination by packing lettuce on field rigs

"Increasing efficiencies in iceberg lettuce packaging"

To meet demands of growers across the market to reduce labor, enable faster packaging speeds and lower maintenance costs when wrapping iceberg lettuce, the engineers at Redpack Packaging Machinery have been working closely with growers across the globe to come up with a solution that wraps iceberg in a…

ScoringAg

"You have to sanitize everything"

Maintaining the integrity of the sanitation

“You have to sanitize everything,” says William Kanitz with ScoringAg. “If you don’t protect your product, the consumer gets sick.” The company sells and produces sanitizing equipment for fresh produce and its packaging. Due to the Coronavirus, things have changed. It’s increasingly important to reduce…

“From a factory floor perspective, adapting to COVID-19 is all about creating space"

When it comes to buying criteria for inspection equipment, whilst commercial viability will always make or break decisions, the COVID-19 crisis is pushing space-optimized design and remote diagnostics to the fore. Footprint has long been a consideration when choosing packaging and processing equipment –…

Jorgeims

Bhutan turns to tech to up potato exports

Potatoes are one of Bhutan’s main exports, with the small country exporting 24,970 tons of potatoes in 2018, mos of which went to India. The nation has a conventional auction…

OZ Group

Australia: State-of-the-art tech at blueberry packing house combats bruising

The Coffs Coast's blueberry powerhouse, Oz Group, is a cooperative with a membership of over 140 growers located from Grafton to Macksville. Oz Group's blueberry packing house in Coffs Harbour is also one of the most sophisticated in the country after a two-year, federally funded $2.1 million upgrade.…

Futura

Apple processing line installed in Russia

The Coronavirus has certainly changed people's habits, as some things are no longer the way they used to be. Futura owner Omar Papi explains how, "Companies like ours that export all over the world have had to find new solutions. After months, we have finally gone back to normal, though there are still…

Stuart Payne - GP Graders

“Overall the focus is about taking people out of the equation by automating as much as possible"

The COVID 19 pandemic will change a lot of things permanently around the world and businesses are having to adjust to the new situation in different ways. “I’m hearing from other people in business that on the positive side companies are saving a lot of money on travel and credit cards. It has led us to…

"When we had to sort conventionally there was so much more room for error"

"I’ve been working with Unitec for about three years and I can honestly say that Unitec is one of the most professional companies that I’ve got to deal with in the packing sorting industry in the world of fruit around the globe."  The words of Daniel Jackson, owner of Family Tree Farms, leave no room for interpretation…

Imappests

iMapPESTS Sentinel 2 launches in Brussels sprout crop in Langhorne Creek South Australia

Far out Brussels sprout!

The iMapPESTS team’s second mobile surveillance unit, Sentinel 2, has been deployed to a crop of Brussels sprouts in Langhorne Creek, South Australia — a wine region south of Adelaide which also produces a variety of vegetable crops including potatoes, carrots, lucerne and chickpeas. Sentinel 2 will be trapping high priority,…

‘Robot Highways’ project Saga Robotics

Fruit picking robots and vertical farming receive government funding

A fruit picking robot scheme led by Saga Robotics in Lincoln will receive nearly £2.5 million as part of a new UK government funding initiative to drive efficiency in food…

Ceres Imaging

California farmers need help from the skies

An expanding global demand for California produce, stretched water resources, receding ground water levels and increasing government regulations is causing California growers…

Gossamer SC-400 shuttle car

Automated shuttle car optimizes packhouse flow

Many packhouses are looking to reduce the amount of forklifts operating on the floor and for that reason Somerset West-based Gossamer Packaging Machinery have designed an automated shuttle car for the circulation of empty and full pallets or bins without the use of pallet jacks or forklifts. The shuttle…

'A flying start in our first cherry season'

Established in June 2019, Turkish packer and exporter Perla Fruit is well on the way to completing successfully its first cherry season. This result is all the more remarkable for having been achieved at a time when the world was rocked by the Covid-19 pandemic. This positive outcome is down in great…

ProEx Food, LLC

"Space and budget constraints result in a need to be inventive with machine solutions"

More and more companies are trying to diversify their product lines in order to be able to adapt to changes in the market. In an increasingly globalized and ever changing fruit and vegetable sector growers, packhouses and processors are looking for flexibility for their daily operations. ProEx Food LLC.…

Some modern agricultural machines that are quite something else

Potatonewstoday.com shared two videos that are really worth watching for those who are interested in what’s happening in the technology developments in the ag industry.  

Expansion from 30,000 to 140,000 square feet

New cherry facility opens in British Columbia

In 2015, Jealous Fruits acquired a site just 5 minutes north of Kelowna airport and have been planning the new facility since that time. From ground breaking in April of 2019 to present, the long journey is complete and the 140,000 square foot cherry facility was inaugurated July 7th. “With our new Duck…

Vending machines for fruits and vegetables are big hit in northwest China

In Yinchuan, the capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, since June there have been installed many fruit and vegetable vending machines. Yinchuan is one of China's pilot ‘smart cities’, trying to effectively apply technologies in city administration, public security, transportation,…

Cerescon:

"The Sparter, the self-driving asparagus harvesting robot, could be a game-changer"

In recent weeks, Cerescon's been hard at work. This Dutch harvesting innovation company was working on its automated asparagus harvesting robot, the Sparter. The Sparter is now fully developed. There are just a few cosmetic changes to be done. Cerescon will supply the first three machines to German…

Jan Bosmans, Frost Protection:

"One wind machine protects around 7 hectares against night frost"

In 1992 the first wind machine was installed at Vogelaar in Krabbendijke by the Belgian “Frost Protection”. There are now around 1,800 such wind machines in Europe and around 40,000 Orchard-Rite wind machines worldwide. "Night frost, partly due to climate change, is an increasing challenge for the…

Akon Robotics presents latest KUKA.SafeOperation robotic solutions

"Robotised gripper technology for bag palletising in confined spaces"

Palletizing bags in the tightest of spaces is always a challenge for automation engineers. Bremen-based company AKON Robotics has delivered a robot bag palletizing system to a customer in Austria, where a new gripper technology for bag palletizing is used in addition to the adaptation to the confined…

XAG drones help Zambian growers in their fight against the armyworm

Facing the dreaded armyworm, China-based agriculture technology company and industrial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer XAG recently launched fully autonomous drones to help growers combat the infestations in Zambia. XAG is among drone manufacturers that is tackling the fight against…

Cold weather seems to be have reduced the intensity of ongoing truck attacks

Thirty-foot swells and gale force winds close most South African harbours

Swells in excess of nine metres at Cape Town Harbour prevented berthing as the third cold front in a quick succession of low pressure systems from Antarctica hit the Cape coast. Currently Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Ngqura are windbound with Durban resuming operations. The frontal system has caused…

Monopoly Monopoly

Technology will lead to innovation within China's agriculture

China's e-commerce giants are using data capabilities and supply chain upgrades to help boost development of the agricultural sector. In Shanghai's Chongming District, Alibaba and government authorities have signed a partnership to help promote the island’s farm products using digital infrastructure.…

Ryo Takeshita - ASTRA

“1/3 less fruit waste with Peel-A-Ton”

During the COVID-19 crisis, consumers have given increased attention to food safety. The use of automatic peeling machines has become more and more popular for companies that are involved in fruit processing. Ryo Takeshita is the sales manager of a Japanese automatic peeler developer ASTRA. He reviewed…

Michel Van Keeken on Piñabar’s experience during the pandemic:

“Especially now, offering fresh-cut pineapple cut from a machine is very popular”

While the pandemic has brought many changes to all levels of the produce industry supply chain, for Piñabar, the machine that cuts pineapples for consumers inside of grocery stores, the disruption has fortunately been minimal. Michel van Keeken explains: “We saw the initial dip, like everyone did, but we…

Vegetable processing machinery and production lines offered at online auction

Due to the closing of the production location of well-known vegetable manufacturer Carota, their machine park is offered online at Industrial Auctions. Amongst others infeed bunkers, destoners and peelers are open for bids. Carota's transport and logistics equipment is also going to be auctioned, for…

Waste reduction and process optimization by labeling fruit and vegetables individually

Nature's Pride, in collaboration with Bizerba Netherlands, has taken a huge step towards reducing waste. By installing an LDI20 PAC8 , a label dispenser from Bizerba - with customer-specific adaptations - Nature's Pride has the absolute first for this solution across Europe. Waste reductionAs a supplier of…

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…

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…

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…


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