Machinery

Erwin Bakker, Ellips:

"With this new camera, we can detect every single bruise in a Red Delicious apple"

The Dutch software company, Ellips', latest development is the introduction of the MSI5 camera. "This is a multi-spectral 3,2-megapixel camera. We can sort enormously accurately with it. We can select images per pixel. That is unique on the market." "For example, we can detect bruises on apples extremely…

d’Arta and Bühler work together to develop high capacity sorting solution

Frozen food company d'Arta has been working collaboratively with key suppliers to address sustainability issues and its needs for a flexible sorting solution that is capable of handling very high capacity throughputs of frozen vegetables with no loss of efficiency. The company’s slogan – It's a green…

Future of soft fruit picking: UK raspberry picking robot

The development of the world’s first raspberry picking robot is gathering pace. UK start up Fieldwork Robotics sets its sights on manufacturing in Britain next year and…

Sorting machinery for blueberries to be presented in Madrid

Trade fairs are a good way to get your produce out there. For suppliers of machinery it might be even more important, as trial shipments are not as common or convenient. With Fruit Attraction coming up, one European supplier of sorting machines is preparing to show the attendees what their machinery is…

David Jahn - Brillopak

The Unipaker is single pick and packs up to 75 packs a minute

The processing and packaging market is fast moving and OEM providers need to design machines to be both reliable and efficient while at the same time having an eye on future pack and presentation trends. British end of line automation specialist BrilloPak has been in the business for nearly 20 years and…

Fresno State Processing Laboratory gets robotic arm

Fresno State's Bee Sweet Citrus Processing Laboratory just received a new robotic arm. It was donated by Bee Sweet Citrus and its main job is to take boxes of fruit and put them on pallets. Fresno State senior Noe Troibio said he's looking forward to learning more about the FANUC robotic arm: "Everything…

Salad Station multiplies via robot

Last week on QSRweb sister site, Pizza Marketplace, one Washington State pizza restaurateur discussed his hopes to use a soon-to-be-installed automated pizza assembly line to grow his Zaucer brand in earnest. Now all the way across the country in Louisiana, southeastern U.S. salad QSR, Salad Station, is…

Cherry Vision 3.0, the new technology from Unitec

Precision and efficiency in the sorting by quality of French cherries

“Cherry Vision 3.0 works perfectly. This technology has allowed us to become much more efficient, accurate and meticulous in the sorting of cherries. Our producers are more than satisfied with the work we do and, of course, our customers too.” These are the words of Thomas Coignat, owner of Cerifrais; a French…

Turkey strives to make single-digit inflation permanent

Turkey’s government will introduce a series of measures to ensure that consumer price inflation remains in single digits. The steps will include curbing prices set by the…

Ecogreen Asparagus - a complete range of harvesters

At the International Asparagus Days (IAD) to be held in Angers on 29th and 30th October, Ecogreen Italia will present its entire range of electrical machines to harvest green and white asparagus. "Ecogreen Asparagus machines are entirely manufactured in Italy with innovative technologies that save energy…

Ken Moynihan, CEO - Compac

"It is critical in the design of our solutions that they have room for growth"

Major fresh produce post-harvest technology company, Compac says its new fresh produce sorting and grading technology is no longer about simply replacing labour costs but adding value to each load of fruit. After recently visiting 19 of the company's customers in South Africa, CEO Ken Moynihan said that…

Quest for purpose-built harvester robots

UC Merced professor to improve strawberry harvesting

As harvesting is one of the most costly and labor-intensive operations in strawberry production, an UC Merced engineering researcher is looking for ways to make it easier and cheaper. As part of a four-year project, professor Reza Ehsani will explore the possibilities and benefits of people and robots…

Free maintenance for white asparagus harvesters

Bagioni Alfiero is a company that builds asparagus harvesters and exports them all over the world.  "We have a special promotion for our foreign customers that will last until November 30th. We also offer the free revision of electrical components for pieces of equipment sold between 2015 and early 2019. We…

New mechanical weeding solution

Calderoni Ronaldo has introduced a shredder for walnut and hazelnut groves yet suitable for different situations thanks to the maximum-precision side movement.  "Our company was one of the first to develop shredders, we were pioneers when it comes to mechanical weeding as an alternative to chemical weeding."  The solution is developed specially for…

Key Technology appoints Juan Neustadtel S.A.S. as sales representative in Colombia

Key Technology has announced the appointment of Juan Neustadtel S.A.S. as its exclusive sales representative in Colombia. Juan Neustadtel is responsible for bringing Key’s…

New machine protects sensitive produce from damage when moving between conveyors

Haith introduces its patent-pending Pro-Flow Transfer Chute which will transfer the delicate produce in pack houses and factories. The invention protects sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots and other sensitive produce from bruising and damage when moving from one conveyor to another. The company has been…

Optical sorters have more data but mechanical sorting still needed

Sorting machines, in particular, optical sorters, are becoming increasingly important. Where, in the past, there was only one sorting machine in a plant, in 2019, there are, on average, four. Here, data collection is becoming increasingly important too. Optical sorters process more information about…

Central Queensland University

Mango harvester would still not replace manual picking in Australia

Although Australia’s Central Queensland University has developed the world's first mango auto-harvester, it will still not replace manual picking. Professor Kerry Walsh and…

5 ton potato processing line delivered in Russia

Together with its partners, Kiremko delivered and installed a complete potato processing line capable of producing a variety of pasteurized potato products. The 5000 kg/h line…

Drones to monitor Sicilian citrus groves

The first drones have been used in the Catania plain to monitor water stress in citrus groves as part of the "A.C.Q.U.A. – Agrumicoltura Consapevole della Qualità e Uso dell'Acqua" project promoted by Distretto Agrumi di Sicilia and the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture (Dicar) of the…

LRE and Saxtorp Svamp partner up

Smart weighing and registration introduced in Sweden

At the beginning of 2019, Saxtorp Svamp contracted LRE, a Dutch firm. LRE was tasked to simplify and optimize the Swedish company's mushroom weighing process. Saxtorp Svamp is one of the first businesses in Sweden to be certified for growing, harvesting, and transporting different kinds of mushrooms.…

New Zealand asparagus: Automation is the answer to labour issues

The New Zealand asparagus industry harvested $9.2 million of product from 570ha, with about 40 growers producing 1,800 tons, in 2018. The harvest season starts in…

Weed-removing robot a chemical-free alternative for open-fields

FarmWise Labs Inc. develops robots for the agricultural sector, and has developed a robot that kills weeds while leaving the crops untouched. The machine has already weeded over 10 million plants. The machine reduces labor and offers a chemical-free solution to weeds. The company has raised $14.5 million…

'Pick & Placing Robot' newest addition to portfolio of ProEx Food LLC:

"Bring your produce to our booth at the Pack Expo and we can process it right then and there"

The Pack Expo in Las Vegas, coming up this month, is going to be a special occasion for the processing and packaging solution supplier ProEx Food LLC: "This is the first time we will display our automation solutions for various fruit and vegetable at an exhibition. We are also bringing our new food…

With Brexit approaching, P&O Ferries gears up new service

There is to be a new daily freight ferry service launched by P&O Ferries, running between the Port of Tilbury and Calais and designed to give road haulage companies and shippers using unaccompanied trailers a route which terminates just 25 miles from Central London. Handyshippingguide.com quoted Janette…

Florida citrus producer adds new electronic fruit grader

IMG Citrus has added a 1.5 million dollar investment to their packinghouse processing line, an electronic fruit grader, the “Global Scan 7” manufactured by MAF Roda Industries in France. According to the company, the new sorter has the ability to capture 120 images per fruit and up to 120 fruit per…

FEPEX adopts plan of exceptional measures for those affected by the storms in Spain

FEPEX has launched a series of measures to facilitate the recovery of its associates, who have suffered severe damages due to the floods caused by storms in southeastern Spain. The damages, which are being evaluated and which affect both fruit and vegetable crops and facilities, could have serious social…

New spiral washer has capacities up to 3000 kg/hr

Recently, Sormac launched the spiral washer type SW-80 for capacities up to 3,000 kg/hr. Based on the successful Sormac SW-50, the SW-80 can wash sliced various (non-)floating vegetables such as ice berg, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and many more. Product is washed intensively in the wash tank,…

Great interest in various Hepro asparagus peeling processes at Interaspa 2019

"Optimal capacity utilization and personnel optimization are very important to the customer"

"The talks at Interaspa Praxis in Wenzendorf confirmed the trend that is currently visible within the asparagus branch, going in the direction of 'direct marketing'. The high demands that are put on peeling quality, optimal capacity utilization in the area of ​​processing as well as personnel…

Scheduled for September 18

Four Rivers Packing auction: 10,000 bins included

Approximately 10,000 onion bins are among the hundreds of items in the liquidation auction at Four Rivers Onion Packing in Weiser, ID, on Wednesday, September 18. Also included are Maf onion packing line equipment and a second packing line, an Xar Parmatic Daumar consumer produce bagger, several Hyster…

Kelowna farm first in the nation to use advanced pear sorting machine

Kelowna’s own Days Century Growers is making Canadian history as the first to use a special kind of fruiting machine to sort and haul its thousands of pounds of pears. The…

Design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati

Juice bar makes bioplastic cups from orange peel

International design and innovation office, Carlo Ratti Associati, has developed an experimental orange squeezer that 3D-prints bioplastic cups from orange peels. This project, called “Feel the Peel” was completed in partnership with global energy company Eni. The aim was to bring circularity to everyday…

Dutch company builds salad robot

Three years ago, they had a wild brainstorming session at Heemskerk fresh & easy. This resulted in a request that was more-than-likely an impossible task. "Our clever engineers, along with our neighbor, have managed to turn that idea into an actual robot," writes the Dutch food processing company on LinkedIn. "This robot adds different ingredients…

Photo report: Open Day at Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH

The right machines for every stage of the value chain

During this year's Interaspa on 4 and 5 September at the Oelkers farm in Wenzendorf, Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH invited visitors to visit the premises. Sales Manager Matthias Kinzel led the attending trade visitors through the two production halls in Buxtehude and showed them an excerpt from the diversified machine…

Smooth operation of time and cost efficient handling systems.

Pallet Box by Cabka is a success in fully automated plants of the food industry

Potatoes, carrots, onions: Belgian company Deprez Handling Solutions develops automated systems for handling agricultural products for its customers. This specialist also relies on the Pallet Box from Cabka: The large load carrier made of plastic is a success with its high load capacities, is perfectly…

Sorting machine helps recover Italian cherry season

"High accuracy of defect grading saved the season"

Italian cooperative Apofruit invested in a Compac InVision Total View cherry sorting platform in 2018 to enhance their ability to deliver consistent quality efficiently. The system was installed in time for the 2019 cherry season, which got to a terrible start with heavy rains that compromised the…

The ever-evolving technologies for blueberry sorting

Sorting technology and automation are hot topics in the berry industry right now. As blueberry production ramps up around the world, companies specializing in this kind of equipment continue to develop new and improved technology. WECO Sorting introduced its first blueberry sorter in 2005. According to…

Scotts Precision Manufacturing goes for largest-ever presence at British Potato 2019

Lincolnshire manufacturer of vegetable harvesting equipment, Scotts Precision Manufacturing, is aiming to finish its record-breaking year in style with its largest-ever…

Optical sorting machine could reduce labor requirements

Introduced to offer potato and vegetable growers and processors automated optical sorting of dirty crops, Tong has been offering the option within its Caretaker mobile grader and static grading lines as an alternative to traditional manual inspection facilities. The optical sorter for dirty crops can…

New machine to extract pomegranate arils

Pomegranates are becoming increasingly popular especially when it comes to juices, but fresh consumption is also on the up. So far, however, there have been difficulties in separating the internal part from the husk. Luckily there is now a mechanical way to do so.  "We needed an unusual solution as pomegranates…

"Effective packing solutions to deliver sustainability benefits"

Hugo Beck, the world’s leading manufacturer of horizontal flowpack, film packaging and post-print processing machines, will be embracing the key theme of this year’s FachPack – ‘environmentally-friendly packaging’ – with a display of machine concepts that demonstrate how effective packaging solutions can…

Potato sorter machine improves upon its predecessor

Tomra Food has introduced the Tomra 3A sensor-based sorting machine for freshly harvested root crops, offering potato growers sorting capabilities, dependability, and affordability. The TOMRA 3A replaces the FPS (Field Potato Sorter) machine with which TOMRA first entered this specialized sector seven…

New washing and de-stoning technology to be presented at British Potato 2019

Visitors to Haith’s stand at British Potato 2019 will be the first to see the 2020 Washer & De-stoner, a new design which includes a range of features that make it the…

Attempting to stabilise deepening financial crisis

Argentina: Government imposes currency controls

As Argentina faces a deepening financial crisis, the country has imposed currency controls in an attempt to stabilise markets. The government is set to restrict foreign currency purchases following a sharp drop in the value of the peso. Firms will have to seek central bank permission to sell pesos to buy…

New pre-sorting technology proves successful this season

Exactly one year after its inauguration, on 16 July 2018 at Hood River Valley, in Oregon, U.S.A., the Unitec 18-lane line equipped with Pears Sort 3 technology has given life to a final product characterized by qualitative homogeneity within single supplies and between one supply and another which led…

Image analysis sorts cherries with 80% accuracy rate

With automation rapidly improving, the cherry industry is seeing a new technology and machines for the quality control practices of packers. Australian based agriculture…

Unitec and Diamond Fruit Growers

"The first pre-calibration line for pears in the USA has satisfactory results"

The results obtained by a pre-calibration line for pears, which was built by the Italian company UNITEC for the Diamond Fruit Growers cooperative in Oregon, have been highly positive. According to David García, the president of the entity, the distributors who received the calibrated products highlighted…

Ilapak develops plastic-free fresh fruit and veg packs

Worldwide manufacturer of packaging machines Ilapak has developed new plastic-free packaging for fresh fruit and vegetables. The packs are produced by an innovative flow wrapping solution, incorporating a special coating which allows the smooth running of compostable and paper films. The machine is able…

Farmbot helps Australian growers monitor water levels

With water levels very low in Australia, it has never been more crucial for farmers to monitor water levels on their farms. One particular Aussie invention has been developed to do just that. Agtech start-up Farmbot's water monitoring Software-as-a-Service solution, which is supported through Pivotel's…

WeFly Agri’s offers bird’s eye views

Farmers in Côte d'Ivoire increasingly using drones

When WeFly Agri launched in Côte d'Ivoire in 2017, the start-up sought to address the lack of visibility that plantation landlords had over their agricultural investments by bridging the information gap with precision agriculture. This meant that landlords were no longer held back by the traditional…

SmartWash Solutions will expand to Europe

"High levels of pathogen control helps mitigate risk of cross contamination"

JBT Corporation, a technology solutions provider to the global food and beverage industry, and food safety technology company SmartWash Solutions™ have announced the start of a new European alliance between the two companies, which has been developed to bring an innovative combination of science,…

Drone technology for citrus growers

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, is becoming a low-cost, essential tool for precision agriculture that can help citrus growers better manage their crop…

40 forklifts being used at the Polish Bonduelle site

Industrial vehicles: Designed for vegetable logistics

The vegetable factory of Bonduelle in Gniewkowo in Poland has 40 forklifts from manufacturer Yale Europe Materials Handling in its vehicle park. Under a long-term lease, the vehicles will be provided by local Yale dealer Emtor. Yale says that around 30,000 tons of vegetables are processed in Gniewkowo every…

Canadian mushroom-picking robot: Technology Brewing Corp's cutting-edge robotic design

A company in British Columbia is working on the cutting edge of technological design. Salmon Arm's Technology Brewing Corporation has just been awarded $50,000 from B.C.'s Agritech Innovation Challenge for its development of a vision-guided robot capable of accurately picking, trimming and placing…

Company has raised another $40 million

Starship Technologies builds robots delivering bananas

Starship Technologies, the robot food-delivery start-up founded by Skype cofounders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, has closed $40 million in Series A funding. The company has launched autonomous delivery robots which shuttle around university campuses and neighborhoods. It has raised $85 million since…

United Kingdom

New packaging machines to be presented at PPMA 2019

At PPMA 2019 the Packaging Automation team will be on hand to showcase the latest developments designed to deliver increased productivity, process efficiency and performance. PA will present the high speed Revolution, a fast and environmentally friendly tray sealing machine featuring patented motion…

The amazing world of machinery from the food industry

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

AGRO Merchants Vineland launches new optical grading equipment

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

New equity deal promises greater pack-house efficiency and automation

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

Hepro GmbH presents optimized asparagus peeler at upcoming Interaspa

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

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

Interko and Idaho Steel go big:

Delivering four of the biggest drum dryers ever built

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

Salmon Arm, British Columbia

Canadian firm receives funds to develop mushroom-picking robot

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

Maap ready to welcome new clients

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

Sulfur free technology for lychee

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

MonstaFill high capacity filler minimizes labour requirements

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

Simon Fraser University develops robotic hand with human touch

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


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