William Mol about MCR vegetable slicing belt:

"Now it's a breeze to trim and slice carrots and other oblong vegetables"

Slicing vegetables is a labor-intensive task. Also, it mostly has to be done within a short amount of time. It's time-consuming, boring work. And staff who are willing to do it are becoming increasingly scarce. There must be a different, better way, thought the folks at the Dutch company, MCR Machinery.…

Linde launches new electric forklifts

Linde Material Handling (Linde MH) has launched its new forklift models. That was during a virtual press conference. The new Linde X20- X35 forklifts have a load capacity of 2.0 to 3.5 tons. That makes them the first electric forklifts to match Linde's hydrostatic forklifts' performance. These are…

In Belgium, Aucxis RFID Solutions solves Luik Natie's problem

“The ATLAS RFID system lets us monitor our cold store's logistics flow”

In January, Luik Natie took a new cold store into use. It has space for 22,000 EUR-pallets. To optimally use the available space, this Belgian company went up, installing 16m-high racks. To automate the warehouse, Luik Natie called on the know-how of Aucxis RFID Solutions. "The company has expertise in…

University of Waikato

University of Waikato robotic asparagus harvester

New tech could help take the pain out of asparagus picking

The University of Waikato showcased its robotic asparagus harvester on the first day of Fieldays at Mystery Creek, near Hamilton. Dr Shen Hin Lim​, senior lecturer in mechatronics and mechanical engineering, said the robot uses cameras from an Xbox Kinect console to scan and select asparagus spears for…

XAG

XAG R150 ground robot debuts to help Japanese farmers overcome aging

Seeing the potential of drones in reshaping agriculture, Japanese farmers now expect the first mass-produced, lightweight farm robot XAG R150 to reap a higher yield with quality fruits. As Japan's population is aging fast, XAG has introduced its R150 unmanned ground vehicle, open for sale in June, to…

GL2 Costruzioni

Vortex mechanical vibrating grippers for increased yield and speed

"We innovate constantly and boast 16 types of equipment, with or without umbrella, depending on the self-propelled machine our final users already have available at their facility. This equipment is used for the mechanized harvesting of olives, almonds, pistachios, cherries, apricots, plums, etc. We have…

FCC and Moisson Montréal tackle food waste

Moisson Montréal now has the means to take a giant step in the fight against hunger and for sustainable development, thanks to a $150,000 donation from FCC. "We are pleased to…

University of Waikato

Waikato Academics leading the Robotics Revolution at Fieldays

Three high-tech superheroes are making their presence known at this year’s Fieldays. The University of Waikato (UoW) has entered three of its horticultural robots in the Prototype category of the 2021 Fieldays Innovation Awards. They include a robotic asparagus harvester, an autonomous grape vine pruner…

New CRC200 Chicory Root Cutter

The CRC200 chicory root cutter from KRONEN has been specifically developed for the automated processing of chicory. The CRC200 ensures efficient and clean removal of the root by specific adaptations…

Kenya: Kitui County procures Ksh 20 mln fruit processing machine

Kitui County has procured a Ksh 20 million (€155,000) fruit processing machine to mitigate post-harvest losses. The food processing machinery has a production capacity of 5 tons per hour that translates to 40 tons in an 8-hour working day, 200 tons five days per week and 800 tons in a month. Governor…

Online auction of fruit and vegetable processing machines, conveyor belts

Troostwijk Auctions is auctioning various fruit and vegetable processing machines online. These are from the Dutch company Heemskerk fresh & easy. The auction is currently open for bids. The auction will close tomorrow, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 14:00. The machines include packaging and sorting…

Leafy greens

E-book offers support during decision-making process of new packaging line

With the intent to help guide customers through the packaging decision-making process, JASA Packaging Solutions is introducing an e-book about packaging leafy greens. “Traditional brochures address the machines we have and the advantages of these machines. But the e-book will help guide you through the…

Ryo Takeshita: "Consumers with fresher fruits, supermarkets with lower waste"

"We aim at providing a new peeling solution for retail sector"

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

McCain Foods’ tech innovation reduces water use by more than 100,000 litres per day

McCain Foods has installed its proprietary world-leading, technology in the form of a Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) generator, as part of the company’s latest upgrade to its Smithton plant.The PEF generator is another example of McCain’s commitment to producing more with less, as the $1.8 million project,…

Inser Robotica will present its novelties from June 15 to 17 at Food 4 Future

Collaborative robotics to promote 4.0 technologies in the food industry

The food industry demands solutions and automation systems that are capable of transforming the sector and aligning it with its main challenges: 4.0 technologies, concern for healthy eating, sustainable and efficient food production, and the fight against climate change. According to estimates, the…

Huib Smit Sr about Dutch company's largest order ever

"A single US client took 80 containers and 349 conveyor belts"

The Dutch company, Allround Vegetable Processing, delivered no fewer than 708 conveyor belts last year. Of these, 349 were for a single project in the United States. That client took 80 containers too. "Our largest order ever," says Huib Smit senior proudly. "Everyone at Allround was involved. It proves…

Robots may be suited to help kill weeds in strawberry fields

Through new research, University of Florida scientists Boyd and Schumann hope to eventually help strawberry growers combat weeds. Additionally, robots may replace tractors as…

New colloid mill for the wet size reduction of solids in suspension, pulping and mashing applications

Packo entered the market of hygienic mixing applications about five years ago with the high-shear pumps SFP2 & SFP3.  Today, the company takes the next step by introducing a new colloid mill for the wet size reduction of solids in suspension and for pulping and mashing applications of bulky solids. The CM is…

Bent Devreker, Tim Van Win, FAM, Belgium

"We do online slicing tests to demonstrate our machines digitally"

Belgian engineering firm FAM's like to keep their doors open. They help companies who want to test applications or machines. However, in March last year, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. So traveling and visiting trade fairs and companies became virtually impossible. Still, companies, including those in the…

Ripe Robotics

Ripe Robotics trials fruit picking robot Eve

Ripe Robotics, an Australian company, has recently started commercial trials with the third generation of its automated fruit harvester. The company was founded two years ago. “We were looking for problems that could be solved with new technology, but hadn’t been solved yet”, co-founder Hunter Jay says.…

Citrustech achieves up to 35% savings in production costs with its citrus harvesting prototypes

The Citrustech Operational Group has presented the results of its innovations in mechanized citrus harvesting prototypes, reporting that it is possible to reduce production costs by up to 35% compared to manual harvesting, although to achieve this, it is recommended to adapt "current plantations to have…

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences research Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences

'Button mushrooms picked and trimmed by robots'

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences researchers have developed a robotic mechanism for mushroom picking and trimming, demonstrating its effectiveness for the…

Affeldt Ltd presents novel ultrasonic meshing machine

"Sustainable ultrasonic clipper serves retailer demand for mono-materials"

Sustainable packaging and solutions made of monomaterials have been rapidly gaining in importance in Germany and neighboring countries in recent years. Affeldt Maschinenbau Ltd, a mechanical engineering company based in northern Germany, has also recognized this development, responding to the needs of…

Brazil: AI startup Adroit Robotics raises seed funding

Brazilian startup Adroit Robotics has raised 2.25 million reals ($427,000) in seed funding. The capital has come in from several new private investors, including Pericles…

New York onion grower-shipper invests in new grading & packing line

After a devastating fire that destroyed Big O Farms’ onion factory in 2016, the family-run business opted for a completely new production line from Eqraft. Over four years later, the new machines are up and running. Maxwell Torrey from Big O Farms has been busy with the finishing touches of the…

Ecogreen Italia

Ecogreen Multis now available with photovoltaic panels

Ecogreen Multis, a point of reference when it comes to Ecogreen Italia's electric harvesters, is now available with solar panels.  Play to watch the video Ecogreen Multis is a self-propelled electric machine designed to harvest zucchini, eggplants, bell peppers, strawberries and other products. It is extremely…

'Where’s everyone gone? Don’t leave it too late to automate'

Unlike many of our European counterparts, the UK has been slow to automate. But a perfect storm of Brexit and Covid-19 is set to fast-track our robotics revolution. Here, David Jahn, Director of Brillopak, explains how 2021 is poised to become the year that robotic arms finally replace human hands at…

New pineapple and watermelon cutting machines by PND

"In addition to industrial machines, clients often request small tools that are just as reliable and sturdy," reports PND export manager Virginia Cascella. We are talking about counter cutting machines for pineapples and watermelons, identified respectively as MWS and MPS.  "They are manual and made entirely of…

Icelandic company invests in new Tramper tray sealing line

Tramper Technology recently installed their first tray sealing line at a plant in Reykjavik, Iceland. The order came from their new customer Mata hf., a leading company in the sales and distribution of fruit and vegetables to stores, restaurants and cafeterias in Iceland. Mata has decades of experience in…

RightHand Robotics unveils its RightPick Center Europe

RightHand Robotics, a company that focuses on data-driven, autonomous robotic picking solutions for order fulfillment, is pleased to announce the opening of its RightPickTM Center Europe in Nürnberg, Germany. The new center will expand the company’s continued global presence in Europe and strengthen its…

Multivac

Multivac

Packaging and labelling fresh fruit and vegetables sustainably

There is a new trend in the packaging of fruit and vegetables: Single-origin recyclable packs made of paperboard or cardboard are gradually replacing the typical plastic trays, which usually have an additional pillow pack, or are wrapped in stretch film or netting. Multivac's full wrap labelling offers a…

Vazhakulam fruit firm has renovated entire production line

The Vazhakulam Agro and Fruit Processing Company (VAFPCL) - based in Muvattupuzha, the pineapple heartland of India - is getting ready for a leap in producing value-added…

Stuart Payne - GP Graders

Central Queensland grower pilots new MultiView™ camera system for snack tomatoes

In March 2021, the GP Graders team travelled to Bundaberg in Central Queensland to pilot its first MultiView™ camera system for cherry and mini Roma tomatoes, collectively nicknamed, 'snack' tomatoes. "Sunripe are one of the largest producers of field grown snacking tomatoes in Australia and GP Graders…

"Despite the crisis, Bizerba is increasing sales and investing in the future"

Bizerba, a provider of hardware and software solutions in the field of weighing, slicing and labeling technology, generated EUR 729 million in sales worldwide in the fiscal year 2020. The family-owned company from Balingen, Germany was thus able to see a 4% increase in revenue as compared to the same…

AID anti-freeze fans, Oranfresh and the experience of a farmer from Emilia Romagna

Here's how a 200 thousand euro orchard was saved from the frost

"Between mid-March and mid-April, in Agro di Faenza (RA) in Emilia Romagna, temperatures were harsh for twenty days in a row. This hasn't happened in decades and many orchards have been ruined, except ours," said Massimo Fiorentini of Firleo. Apricots in the orchard of the Firleo company "We purchased AID…

Slides through Dutch greenhouses

90% success for robotic tomato harvester

Remember the Greenhouse Robotic Worker developed by MetoMotion? Over the last couple of years we followed the development of the robot intensively and now there's new news to share. Last year MetoMotion partnered with De Ruiter to trial the GRoW system at the De Ruiter Experience Center. In October, an…

Nnu.edu

Northwest Nazarene University researches fruit harvesting robot

OrBot could help orchardists harvest their fruit

A university professor in Nampa is currently developing a fruit harvesting robot prototype for Idaho orchardists. Duke Bulanon is an engineering professor at Northwest Nazarene University, and to this goal he received a $132,000 specialty crop grant from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. The…

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Different options for the cultivation of courgettes

The harvesting of courgettes can be easier made with the help of electric machines. The operator is essential, but with this equipment, fatigue is reduced and yields are increased. The video shows the proper functioning of a machine suitable for different types of courgettes usually cultivated in Italy, with…

Bulltec

A line suitable for delicate produce

Efficiency, swiftness, versatility, easy maintenance and gentleness: this is what is requested of vegetable graders, especially when it comes to zucchini. Giovanni Milana's Biorto Ibleo, located in Ispica (Ragusa), has chosen Calibra V by Bulltec, a water-fed zucchini line with a 2-channel electronic…

Western Growers selects 13 innovation companies for first harvest automation cohort

Western Growers has selected 13 innovators for the inaugural cohort of its Global Harvest Automation Initiative (GHAI), a groundbreaking project that aims to automate 50…

Supermarket suppliers profit from flexibility in product programs

Fully automated meal packaging with case packers of Lan Handeling

With their flexible packaging robots, Lan Handling Technologies responds to the increasing demand of food producers to package products of variating sizes and patterns in both crates and boxes. “The market for products such as ready-made salads, vegetables and rice and meat substitutes is booming”, Sales…

New important results in selecting the quality of citrus in South Australia

Mandarin Vision 3, Orange Vision 3 and Lemon Vision 3 are the latest evolution of Unitec vision systems for selecting the quality of mandarins, clementines, oranges and lemons. These systems are equipped with very high-resolution cameras that help selecting the quality of citrus fruits in a reliable way…

Akon Robotics wants to counteract staff shortages

Robotics vs. labor shortages

Finding suitable employees is a challenge that today more than ever vexes company owners and personnel planners. Still, robotics on its own will never be the solution. After all, robots need tools just like humans do. With humans, it's all about 'hands and eyes'. With robots, gripper and camera systems must replace the hands…

EnWave sells 60kW REV™ machine for the production of avocado snacks and ingredients

EnWave Corporation announced that it has completed the sale of a 60kW Radiant Energy Vacuum (“REV™”) machine to AvoLov, LLC d.b.a. BranchOut Food (“BranchOut”), a company based in Bend, Oregon that produces a lineup of “better-for-you” avocado and fruit snacks and ingredients. The 60kW REV™ machine will…

“Waste can be reduced by 1/3”

Innovative pineapple peeling method is suitable for retail chains

Japan has long been the second-largest export market for Taiwanese pineapples just after mainland China. The General Administration Customs China (GACC) announced that the pineapple imports from Taiwan had been temporarily halted since 1st March. Taiwanese traders had to shift the volume for mainland…

Tramper Technology

South African division of Tramper Technology increases local and international presence

Multinational manufacturing company Tramper Technology from the Netherlands markets, manufactures and services a broad range of customized packaging machines, as well as complete production lines for the food and packaging industry. According to Metal Working News, the company established its South…

Manipur state

Central Agricultural University Imphal develops low cost machine to wash crops

Technology developed by the Central Agricultural University of Imphal is making washing large quantities of gingers, turmeric and other crops easy. While washing large quantities of gingers or turmeric traditionally takes hours and causes inconveniences, CAU's washer hardly takes an hour to do the job.…

Mecaflor

New strawberry plant cutting machine cuts 19,500 plants per hour

Cutting young strawberry plants, easily, fast, clean, uniform, and without noise. With these requirements, Mecaflor, a French manufacturer of machines and accessories for the horticulture and cut flowers industries, started designing their first "strawberry plant cutting machine", after receiving a…

French potato producer equips its new line with two optical sorting machines

Leading French potato producer Parmentine has equipped its new line in Samazan with two optical sorters from Tomra Food - one the Tomra 5A, the other the Sentinel II. Sa Parmentine processes 180,000 tons of potatoes per year, selling three-quarters of these in France and the remainder in other European…

APH Group becomes exclusive distributor of Solidtec palletizers

Recently, APH Group and Solidtec agreed on cooperation in marketing, sales, and service in Central- Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Asia. Solidtec, a member of the Manter Group from Holland, develops and produces state-of-the-art palletizing machines. Solidtec palletizers are among the top in the world and…

When the American dream comes true - thanks to a citrus peeler

Citrus fruits are not only freshly consumed in southern Italy, as in many other parts of the world, but are also used in other industries. For example, for beverages and cosmetics. Peeled lemons The Italian company PND has been producing industrial machines for decades, destined to international companies…

University of South Australia

Machine vision system for almond grading and safety

Researchers at UniSA have developed a world-first automated technique for simultaneously grading almond quality and detecting potentially serious mycotoxin contamination in kernels. In 2019-2020, Australia’s almond crop was worth just over $1 billion, and the value of the sector is expected to expand to…

Ser.mac has created the ideal solution to enhance a batch of apples

The (H2O Saving Channels) Technology for the apple selection line

Ser.mac has offices around the world and over thirty years of experience in the creation of selection lines dedicated to fruit and vegetables. Ser.mac's technology and innovation have conquered several markets, thanks to: ■ tailor-made solutions;■ consistent high quality results;■ Artificial Intelligence…

Project S&P presents new distribution partner Bosky

"Sustainable paper banding & machine system now available in Poland as well"

The Proband V1000 ecological banding system from Project S&P is now available on the Polish market as well. The manufacturer and licensed marketer from Germany will market the innovative system via the Polish Bosky company. This means that Polish customers will now also have direct access to…

Grading line with optical grading machine

Bijlsma Hercules, in collaboration with GeJo Grading, recently delivered a completely new optical bunker grading line at Mts. Reitsma in the Northern of the Netherlands. Unique to this line are the 6 large bunkers equipped with 2 independent unloading lines. This was decided in order to grade…

Video by Checchi&Magli below

Plastic Stop Plus mulcher for small and large growers

The Plastic Stop Plus mulcher has been designed for highly professional use and for top performing operations (working speed up to 8 km/h). The PS by Checchi & Magli, as it's commonly known by users, is a machine that has been in vogue for a few years and is a must for those who produce vegetables on…

Robotti: UK’s first commercially available robotic tractor in operation on Suffolk farm

Improving technology, coupled with the difficulty of sourcing seasonal labour, has led to a significant investment for Fram Farmers member Home Farm Nacton in Suffolk. The organic fresh produce farm has taken delivery of a Robotti 150D, from Danish manufacturer Agrointelli, which is the first robotic…

Pomegranate processing system improved

Pomegranates are healthy but messy and labor-intensive to process. It is therefore often overlooked in the fresh fruit and vegetable processing world. This product needs a unique processing machine. The ArilSystem™ provides this. This system was developed by the Israeli company Juran Technologies with…

Pepper processing line

From raw pepper to fresh convenience product

In the autumn of 2020, Sormac installed a complete pepper processing line at Heemskerk fresh & easy in Rijnsburg, the Netherlands. The line processes no less than 1,500 kg peppers per hour. Heemskerk makes various fresh convenience products such as vegetable mixes, stuffed peppers and meal salads. Wim…

Monash University

Monash University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Robotic harvester plucks an apple every 7 seconds

In order to relieve some of the stressors caused by the labor shortage in the Australian fruit picking industry, researchers have cooked up a creative partial solution to this problem, developing a fruit-picking robot that can harvest apples from orchards at high speed. Researchers at Australia's Monash…

Matthias Kinzel, Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen Ltd:

"New banding machine increases capacity for rhubarb"

Even with tried-and-tested processes, there sometimes are still opportunities for innovation. And just because something works, doesn't mean you have to rest on your laurels. Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen Ltd took this to heart last year. Strauss has been known for decades for its machines for asparagus, apple…

Temasek co-leads US$30 mln funding in EAVision agricultural drone startup

Agricultural drone startup EAVision Technologies has raised US$30 million in a Series C funding round led by Temasek, Chinese state-sponsored fund Citic and venture capital…

Emerging smart technology makes farming blueberries cheaper and more environmentally friendly

The wild blueberry market has developed into a multimillion-dollar industry in North America, with consumers pushing up demand as they seek out the prized berries for a range of health benefits. Growing and harvesting the fruit can, however, be complicated by weeds that infest commercial fields, compete…

Smart fruit vending machine boom on the horizon

As an important daily consumer category, fresh produce is becoming the focus of an increasing number of companies, and there is little doubt about the bright prospects of the…

Bid online for a complete drying line for mushrooms on behalf of Worlée Scelta!

Industrial Auctions is organising an online auction with a drying line for mushrooms, machines, and inventory for the food industry in Belfeld (NL). A total of three complete lines of machinery is offered at the auction, namely; a Feltracon mushroom infeed line, a Harter mushroom drying line, and a…

AID

Fans to protect orchards against frost

Climate change is mostly responsible for the increased damage caused by frost, just consider the recent cold fronts that have affected Spain first, then central and northern Italy leading to losses of up to 60% of fruit productions. Extreme weather events will be more frequent in the future, leading to…

ProEx Food Announces Their Gesamtnutzung Initiative

"Now that the most obvious needs have been taken care of, we can start looking at what is next"

Sustainability is one of the big issues in the fresh produce sector. In terms of packaging the market has been dominated by the focus on different materials and an overall reduction of materials used to package fruits and vegetables. “We’ve focused highly on the fresh-cut market for the last couple…

World FIRA 2021 and FIRA USA 2022

The field of agricultural robotics is booming

Following the success of the 5th edition of FIRA last December, GOFAR, the association for the promotion of agricultural robotics, decided to organize a FIRA Open Day event on…

UK: Grimme Group relocates to £3 million purpose built site in east Yorkshire

The German Grimme company is a leading European manufacturer and supplier of agricultural machinery; it operates throughout the UK. Now it has relocated to a £3 mln…

Automation ensures freshness for Edeka

Part of Germany’s largest supermarket chain, the regional company Edeka Minden-Hannover, is automating its fresh produce logistics in the fruit and vegetable sector with an intralogistics solution from Cimcorp, which has specialized in this automation for over 40 years. Together with other EDEKA regions…

WUR

Intelligent robots increase the benefit from fresh produce

Around the world, the grading, sorting and assembling of fresh fruits and vegetables is done predominantly manually. “It would save companies a lot of time and costs if these time-consuming, dull and repetitive tasks were carried out by robots,” says Aneesh Chauhan, expertise leader of the Computer…

Omar Papi from Futura

Everybody's looking for raw material and containers

In addition to the "usual" problems and restrictions caused by Covid, the price of the raw material used by sorting machine manufacturers increased considerably in March. A few examples: iron increased by +30/35%, oil by approximately 50% and, if this was not enough, quotations keep on changing causing…

"The eleven steam peelers help the business churn out 255 tons of potatoes every hour"

Lamb Weston / Meijer is one of the most recognized companies in the global potato industry. The company's mission - Wellbeing through Potatoes - and their customer-focused modus operandi has earned them stripes serving Quick Service Restaurants, large food chains, and retailers all over EMEA.  Fueled by their…

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Tasmanian orchards in need of fruit pickers turn to mechanization

Apple picking in Tasmania has typically been back-breaking work, but new conveyor belt technology is designed to take the pain out of it. Huon Valley apple picker Arisa Yoshida says it certainly has made her life easier. Ms Yoshida is working for Huon Valley organic apple grower Andrew Smith. When the…

In 40 years, Dutch disinfection specialist moves from food to horticulture

"Viral pressure puts safety and hygiene high on the horticulture agenda"

Johan Leeffers started his cleaning company LETS, 40 years ago. Back then, he focused mainly on using high-pressure pumps in the Dutch agricultural sector. Since then, the company has grown into one of the larger cleaning technology players in the food industry sector. It doesn't only cater to fruit and…

De-coring and cutting bell peppers with the PDS4L system

Together with its partner HiTec Food Systems from the Netherlands Kronen offers a new version of bell pepper processing systems to  the market. PDS4L is optimized for de-coring and segmenting up to 3600 bell peppers per hour and can be operated by one person. Besides the machines and lines, which Kronen develops…

Harvest automation startup Tortuga raises $20m to build hundreds of robots

Robots as a service: pay per harvested kilo

When will you be ready to buy a robot to replace your workers? Not there yet? Well, you're not alone. In order to help build the trust growers have in harvest robots, the company Tortuga looks to offer their harvest robot on a robots-as-a-service basis: you pay for what the robots harvest. With this…

Atos promotes use of robotics in agriculture by coordinating FlexiGroBots project

Atos has announced its participation in the European FlexiGroBots project as a coordinator and active member. FlexiGroBots wants to give robot manufacturers, engineers and…

Crispin Russell - ArcAqua

South African ozone sterilisation technology “hasn't been a hard sell”, says chief technology officer

The use of chlorine and peracetic acid to sterilise fruit is increasingly being replaced by ozone to remove bacteria, mould and fungi without leaving a residue. ArcAqua, a Cape Town-based company, has patented technology that allows ozone to be entrained within a shroud of water droplets ‒ directing the…

The Italian company Dari Ecomeccanica presents the digital evolution of their harvesting machines

Horticultural harvesters with technology 4.0 and tax benefits

The right combination of sustainable management and the digital evolution of electronic and mechanical equipment in horticulture are to be found in the 4.0 harvesters from the Italian company Dari Ecomeccanica. "Our harvesters are innovative, as they provide a service to the grower and are also cost…

Paul Koppert (Koppert Machines): "Automation a hot item in North American cultivation"

New radish bunching machine for Grimmway Farms in California

Last week, Koppert Machines supplied a new radish bunching machine to Grimmway Farms in California. The Central Valley company is best known for its carrots, but also grows 65 other products, including radishes, all year round. This is sold under the label Cal-Organic. "It is fantastic to see those endless…

HEPRO-1800 vertical asparagus peeling machine conquers farm stores

"Saving on labor, serving customers quickly"

Through a unique vertical peeling principle, HEPRO® not only offers its customers the optimum in peeling quality, but also scores with several other factors. "We want our customers to be able to get an idea of the machine with their own produce and their own employees. Especially now that trade fairs…

Maf Roda launches new cherry defect analysis system on the market

The latest advances achieved by Maf Roda in its cherry lines are making it possible to increase the productivity of post-harvest cherry plants. The Cherryway 4 and Cherryscan technologies have become essential for any cherry grower. When working with cherries, you are dealing with several difficulties,…

Elea Ltd hosts international webinar on April 21

"Reduced blanching time, improved cut quality, increased revenues and reduced costs"

The Elea PEF Advantage Belt System is designed to improve both product quality and revenues within fruit and vegetable processing,  while at the same time reducing production costs and electricity consumption. By using the Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) process, raw materials are much easier to process, there…

EastFruit

Smart sorting as the key to successful berry sales

Optical sorting is one of the most important stages in preparing fruit and vegetables for sale. High-quality sorting procedures enable producers to sort their products by various characteristics: weight, size, color, etc. It helps ensure that the packaging of vegetables, fruit and berries is in…

Top Control

Jason Glue - Top Control

"Top Control can install a complete system to generate the correct packing weight, align the correct labelling"

Top Control is an Italian based company which operates around the world providing weighing, packaging, labelling and storage management systems to fresh produce companies. The company is particularly active in the South African grape packing industry where it provides weighing systems on pack lines. “Our…

CCF self-installed the sorting line over video calls

Reemoon officially installs its first kiwifruit sorting line in South America

COVID-19 has provided many challenges for fresh produce companies, Chilean kiwifruit producer CCF has self-installed its new fruit sorting machine with help from Chinese supplier Reemoon over video calls. Felipe Espinosa, director of the CCF Company, and a member of the Chilean Kiwifruit committee, first…

Root-ai.com

AppHarvest acquires Root AI and its robotic harvester

The Kentucky-based AppHarvest company has built over 3 million ft2 of indoor agricultural space to hydroponically grow non-GMO, pesticide-free produce using 90% less water than open-field agriculture. At the same time, the company claims to be producing yields up to thirty times that of traditional…

Chemical savings up to 78%. Video below

Electric robot for a precise weed control

Over the past few months, the Swiss company Ecorobotix has developed an electric-powered robot, powered by photovoltaics. The additional novelty lies in the fact that it is a precision weed killer that saves up to 78% of chemicals. Video below  The tests were conducted last summer in Germany on herbaceous crops,…

Collaboration between Swift International and Zeelandtrac bears fruit

"Night frost fan immediately deployable for fruit growers"

The collaboration between Swift International and Zeelandtrac in the area of the Frost Fans mobile night frost machine has now been ongoing for one year. "Over that year we supplied dozens of machines that will be used against radiation frost this spring. There is a lot of interest because in recent…

FairPick registration system seeks European distributors

BCON Instruments, in the Netherlands, has been importing and distributing 2nd Sight Bioscience in Europe for several years. This American company supplies innovative equipment and software for growers. This is in the field of labor registration and stock management. They have a product for the fruit and…

Agros and Aweta: a 19-year partnership to add value for consumers

"High technology is very important to Agros´s processes to deliver high quality produce to our customers. From our greenhouses to the packing process, we have strict food…

How the New Zealand agriculture industry is preparing to enter the "golden age" of robotics

The horticulture and agritech industries are at the start of the golden age of robotics and automation, according to a leading New Zealand-based company. Rocos provides the support to connect robotics to what 'The Cloud' has to offer including AI, 3rd party API's and visualization, as well as helping to…

Organic grower Michael Görnitz on robotization in the fruit industry

"We need robots to harvest the apples and the strawberries".

As societies flourish and grow, so do the distances. Today, growers can hardly hardly get any seasonal workers from Poland or the Czech Republic, as their demands and their income have grown. Now, the harvest helpers at the Görnitz organic farm in Sörnewitz have come from Ukraine, and even from faraway…

Broad offer of machinery for the fruit and vegetable industry

If you are looking for fruit and vegetable processing machines, you are in luck! Industrial Auctions is organising two online auctions in Kapelle and Eindhoven (NL) which offer machines such as; vegetable slicers, multihead weighers, traysealers, packaging machines, turning tables, metal detectors,…

New slice and dice option available for the Piñabar machine

While some fruits are ready-to-eat or easily peeled and popped into your mouth, other fruits require a bit more effort. That is why Piñabar developed their signature product: a machine that cuts up fresh pineapples in supermarkets for consumers. The company started out in Europe in 2015 and quickly grew…

“Non-destructive portable measuring device saves on fruit waste while increasing efficiency”

The South Korean portable measuring device provider Sunforest worked with Zespri to test the attributes of kiwi fruit in their orchards in New Zealand. Sunforest is a South Korean provider of innovative portable NIR Spectrometers that measure fruit attributes in a non-destructive manner. “Using a…

A new vision for high quality onion sorting at Elveden

A turnkey optical onion sorting line featuring a collaboration between UK vegetable handling equipment manufacturer Tong Engineering, and French machinery manufacturer MAF Agrobotic, has enabled leading UK vegetable producer Elveden Farms Ltd to minimise labour requirements whilst increasing capacity and…

Jessie Clark of Juicernet:

“We’ve seen increased demand for juicing machines throughout the pandemic”

Throughout the pandemic, the consumer focus on health has been growing. This has manifested itself in higher consumption levels for fruits and vegetables as well as higher sales at retail locations for fresh produce. But the reach of this trend has gone even further than that, says Jessie Clark of…

FreshPlaza April Global Focus on Machinery and Packaging

FreshPlaza's April Global Focus is on Machinery and Packaging. Do you have an innovative system or new packaging? Are you investing in robotics? Changing from plastic to cardboard packaging? We would love to hear from you. You can contact us via info@freshplaza.com  with information or we can do an interview…


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