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Drones becoming more and more useful tools for fruit farmers

Researchers at the University of Idaho are looking into ways drones could be employed for fruit orchards and tree nurseries. Olga Walsh, University of Idaho, is researching the use of drones for fruit trees. Most of the agricultural applications for drones have been on grain crops like wheat, corn and…

Johan Deprez, Deprez Handling Solutions

"Americans come all the way to Belgium for our automation solutions"

Deprez Handling Solutions moved for the third time in 2016. That time it was to Kortemark, Belgium. At this new location, there is plenty of room to grow. The year, 2019, was an eventful one for Deprez. The company worked on various new projects. Nice follow-up projects were, however, also planned in for…

Weighing and labeling automatically in a packing plant

It is green and known to be healthy: broccoli. In Europe, the Netherlands ranks among its most important exporting countries. The Gebr. Hoff en Zonen company cultivates in Andijk in Western Frisia. Freshly harvested, the broccoli finds its way to the packing hall to get prepared for delivery to…

High output in a compact size

Agricola Italiana's HIGH PRECISION AI-640-SN seed planter was specially developed to sow lettuce and spinach seeds. They can be configured to suit the customer's wishes, which greatly reduces row spacing. In order to meet the needs of different types of soil, the seed planter can be equipped with rubber, stainless steel or…

Kronen GmbH organized technical Freshcut seminar in Colombia:

Exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience among Freshcut experts

The KRONEN Freshcut Seminar is a unique event in South America, where every two years more than 100 experts from the industry meet. It offers a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences between experts. For the third time now, KRONEN organised the Freshcut Technical Seminar in Bogotá together with…

“Smelling” when crops are ripe or food is burning

Stratuscent presents Digital Nose

At this year’s tech expo CES this week, digital noses are becoming a bit of a thing. At the Stratuscent booth, a Montreal, Quebec-based startup which is digitizing scents to…

Pulsed UV Conveyor System can substantially increase vitD in mushrooms

Enriching mushrooms with vitamin D is becoming more and more popular in the UK, as the benefits to health are becoming understood. The enrichment process, approved to be used on the EU market, utilises high-energy pulses of ultraviolet (UV) light which initiate photochemical reactions within treated…

Fieldwork raises £0.3 mln for fruit picking robot

Last Tuesday, intellectual property commercialisation company Frontier IP announced that its portfolio company, Fieldwork Robotics, has raised £0.298 mln through an initial equity funding round. The firm said Fieldwork would use the proceeds to accelerate the development and scale-up of its novel…

“Smart Farming” for sustainable intensification

Farms of the future: innovation in fresh produce supply chains

Agriculture has been slower than some other major industries to see disruption through new technology.  But the opportunities in this area are fast being realised and there has…

AI fruit vending machines open up new retail channels in the Chinese market

Chinese consumers in first-and-second-tier cities have always relied on relatively distant large-scale supermarkets and community stores for fruit purchases. However, in recent years AI fruit vending machines gradually pushed the traditional retail channels aside. The AI fruit vending machines offer…

Naïo Technologies accelerates next growth phase with €14 million of new funding

After a first round of €3 million in 2015, the French start-up Naïo Technologies specialized in agricultural robots, announces the closing of a €14 million funding round led by Bpifrance. Impact investor Pymwymic and its historical shareholders, Demeter and Capagro, flanked Bpifrance in this investment…

New weigher released; 'big capacity, small footprint'

Following the combination weigher MD14 XL, Manter releases the new MD10 XL. Especially for packhouses where a high capacity is required on a small footprint. Herman Wehkamp, director Manter: “The weigher is eminently suitable for large products.”Small footprint and still a high capacityFor many years,…

Boosting tree planting speed with new machinery

Dutch machine factory Damcon is a specialist in machines for tree nurseries. One of their latest developments is the PL40F tree planting machine, an innovation that combines multiple steps in one operation. The result is a visible improvement in planting quality and a considerable saving in time and…

Vacuum cooling is widely used for fresh produce

Vacuum cooling is widely used in the fresh produce industry of the United States, Europe and China. As a result of the energy consumption from water evaporation at low pressure, the temperature of fresh produce can be reduced efficiently from the field temperature of 28 ° C to 2 ° C. Arvin Lau from…

Portfolio for fresh cut industry presented in Berlin

At the Kronen GmbH Lebensmitteltechnik stand, visitors to Fruit Logistica 2020, which takes place in Berlin from 5th to 7th February, can expect the premieres of the DECONWA Prep washing machine and the GKS LEAF packaging machine, as well as the technically revised KS-7 ECO in a new machine design. In…

Another automated iceberg harvesting rig for Las Primicias

BrimaPack BV announced that they have commissioned a new Columbia VeTrac e-Drive Harvesting Rig for Las Primicias in Murcia Spain.  "We are very proud on our Columbia VeTrac e-Drives”, Ron van de Pavert, BrimaPack’s CEO, says. "And the commissioning was like a text book. We started Monday afternoon directly…

ProEx Food Focusses on Robotic Automation in 2020

Helping processors solve labor shortages

ProEx Food has set its sights on 2020 as the year in which robotic automation solutions will be a key focus of its market awareness, solution engineering design and sales strategies.  “Our foundational products and service build upon food processing equipment, mainly in sweet corn and green beans; making proprietary…

Chinese company XAG launches autonomous farm robot

Chinese company XAG has released the R80 Agricultural Utility Vehicle, an autonomous, multifunctional farm robot. The robot allows third-party payloads and adapts to both plain fields and sloped terrains. The XAUV R80, as the robot is called, was launched during the Smart Agriculture Conference, which…

Machine manufacturer Schomaker Convenience Technik tackles fruit and vegetable industry:

"In the end, it doesn't make much difference if you process meat or vegetables"

Fruit and vegetables are becoming increasingly important in people's diets. The health trend among young people is causing consumption to rise, but climate change also plays a role, as fruit and vegetables are more energy-efficient than meat. This development is also evident among machine manufacturers who…

University of Idaho research

Drones as effective tools for fruit farmers

In the last few years, more and more farmers are using drones to increase efficiency. Drones help farmers improve yields and stay ahead of problems before they become too big.…

Apple-picking robots gear up for US debut in Washington state

Next fall, in all probability, some of the apples sold in the US will be picked by a robot rather than human hands. That’s thanks to agricultural automation start-up Abundant Robotics, the maker of apple harvesting machines that will partake in Washington state’s next harvest. Abundant’s picker has more…

Chinese super farms may boost sales of agri-drones tremendously

China’s largest agricultural drone maker expects to double its sales next year as the government pushes for the creation of bigger farms that will require more of the technology. XAG forecasts domestic sales volumes to rise to 50,000 drones in 2020 from about 25,000 this year, Justin Gong, co-founder of…

Eco-friendly machines that increase productivity to be showcased

At Fruit Logistica Packaging Automation will be demonstrate a high speed Revolution machine, incorporating the latest robotic technology this tray sealing machine is designed to deliver significant increases in productivity, efficiency and performance. This operates without using any compressed air…

New agricultural robots and sector challenges addressed at FIRA 2019

As the need for task automation increases exponentially in the agricultural world, FIRA must support this change in progress. The 4th edition of FIRA, the International Forum of Agricultural Robotics, was marked by a growing participation not only from manufacturers in the sector but also from farmers,…

Bjorn Thumas - TOMRA Food

“Investment is a risk for companies at times like these, but we have seen that people can be very creative"

The machine sector in the fresh produce industry is becoming more and more competitive, so how can companies keep ahead of the game with new technologies, which still making them affordable to growers and processors in these uncertain economic times? “We operate in a lot of markets but if you look at the…

AirJet Vision™ for cherries is released

AirJet Vision™, GP Graders’ new vision electronics has proved its value this cherry season. With six cherry lines operating with the new software platform, AirJet Vision™ has…

Two turnkey-lettuce processing lines for Len Wright Salads

Sormac can take all a customers' worries away by delivering processing lines in a turnkey approach, even if other producers' machines need to be integrated. Two lettuce processing lines have achieved turnkey at Len Wright Salads Ltd. in Preston, in the West of England. In the 1960s, Len Wright started…

Fully automated multi-line palletizing system in action at Pomuni

Scott Automation has published a video. It shows its fully automated multi-line palletizing system in action. This multinational engineering company build this system for Pomuni. Pomuni is a Belgian potato supplier. This system was installed in their factory in Ranst, Belgium. In the video, you can see…

Brillopak’s UniPaker handles 66 million kilos of spuds a year for Morrisons

Morrisons fresh produce depot in Rushden, Northamptonshire has installed two automated Brillopak crate loading potato cells, UniPaker, taking productivity and efficiency to a…

Proseal UK, Sismatec

From bombers to sealing machines

In the past, bombers and spy planes were rolling from the hangar at the former Woodford airport in Adlington, a place under the smoke of Manchester, England. Nowadays, one of the factory halls of the British Proseal is located in the former hangar, an expert in the construction of sealing machines for various types and sizes of…

"The new apple sorter brought significant savings in labor costs"

CEO of Patagonia packing house Tres Ases Gabriel Grisanti has decided to invest in more Unitec technology, by installing Apple Sort 3 vision system on their sorter that was already in place for 12 years. Gabriel Grisanti put double trust in Unitec: willingness to invest in a new, more advanced and…

Fujita fruit sorting technology

"Next April we will finish two new projects in China"

In the last few years the quality of fruit is getting more important in the Chinese market. During the growing process a lot of attention should  be given to the optimizing of the quality, though the control after harvesting is also of great importance. The sorting process after harvesting is also important,…

Inaho - Kamakura

Japanese firm fields autonomous vegetable harvesting robot

Japanese high-tech start-up company Inaho has launched an autonomous robotic harvester that picks greenhouse vegetables. It has also begun leasing the machine to an asparagus farmer in Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan. According to Inaho, this is the first time that an autonomous harvester robot has…

Growing number of Chinese horticultural companies bring in foreign technology

The 18th China Greenhouse & Horticulture Industry Conference took place on November 13th, 2019, in Guiyang City. This conference attracted more than 700 participants from horticultural companies, research institutions, and government departments across the globe. It is worth noting that this year for the…

Global Unmanned Spray System from Fresno - California

Autonomous orchard sprayer for specialty crops and more

Every ag tech manufacturer and news site seems to be talking about automation. But at a discreet facility southeast of Fresno, California, it’s more than just talk. There, we find not some prototype of the future of agricultural equipment, but GUSS, the Global Unmanned Spray System. GUSS is in production…

PerfoTec’s new DLS manufactures MAP liner bags at source

The fully integrated Dynamic Liner System (DLS) is PerfoTec’s new technology that manufactures modified atmosphere liner bags, for bulk packaging, at source. Fresh produce growers and packers can now produce liner bags on location, with the most suitable permeability for their produce at that moment. The…

Christiaens Agro Systems sees customer demand for established process revived

"Renewed interest in our laser sorting system from international asparagus sector"

The laser asparagus sorting system from Christiaens Agro Systems was launched on the market in 1996: although the sorting principle of the process remains roughly the same over 20 years later, the management of the Dutch machine supplier sees renewed interest in the tried and tested process. "The user-friendliness,…

Tomra

Sorting machine for post-harvest potatoes introduced

TOMRA Food has just introduced the TOMRA 3A, a vision sorter for the separation of a range of Foreign Material from unwashed potatoes. The Tomra 3A delivers a new level of FM sorting performance but with added features. The Tomra 3A sorter can be positioned going into or coming out of storage, where it…

Engels Maschinen relies on efficiency during the harvest of the bleached asparagus and green asparagus

"Higher level of automation leads to better asparagus product quality"

Product quality and maximum efficiency during harvesting are inevitably part of modern asparagus cultivation. The market is increasingly demanding high-quality asparagus. It is therefore necessary for the producer to meet the increasing quality requirements, in order to achieve corresponding sales…

New weighing and packaging for Fresco Senso

Agribologna has recently introduced a new weighing and packaging machine to manage fruit mixes under the Fresco Senso brand. Packaging was performed manually so far, so proportions in trays were not always homogeneous, considering the mix of at least five types of fruits. "For this reason, we developed a…

This depacking machine transforms waste into byproducts

Articles about packaging are usually about things being packed in. This time it is about the opposite of the packer - the depacker. After all, everything that goes into a package must come out again too. Fabiaan Hendricks (left) and Sander Derks (right) with Smicon’s depackaging unit The cogs of the…

Three Juice for Good machines - New South Wales

Juice vending machines a hit in Macarthur

An innovative new vending machine which is reducing waste in Australia has proven a success in Macarthur, New South Wales. Three Juice for Good machines, which sell juice created from 'imperfect' oranges sourced from Australian farmers, have been installed in Campbelltown since September. Two machines…

Mr Apple NZ and Croptracker Inc continue working together

"It has saved hours of time and effort in the field and in administration"

After successfully completing a company-wide launch of Croptracker Orchard Management Software across its 1,300 employees and over 1,100 hectares (2718 acres) of orchards in…

First Chilean berries arriving at the start of week 51

CarSol Europe starts using new Elifab berry sorting machine

As a result of the growing volume of blueberries and the rising demand for locally packed berries in various formats, Carsol Europe has expanded its capacity with a new optical berry sorting machine. This week, the first pallets have been packed on the new line of a logistics service provider in…

Iranian kiwifruit sorted with Italian technology

Arya Sam Coldstore & Food is now using a sorting line designed and installed by Italian company Futura to sort its kiwifruits. At the centre: Omar Papi in Iran with the company representatives "Our company supplies fresh produces and our core business is apples and kiwis of which, this year, we have…

"Our beets are peeled, cooked, and cooled within three hours"

Henk van Walderveen started selling potatoes, vegetables and fruit house-to-house two generations ago. Today, the international trading company van Walderveen serves the entire world. Carrots, cauliflowers and red beets are among its main lines. Red beets are the only vegetables processed in-house by van…

HarvestEye Ltd partners with Grimme UK to provide crop information

Lincoln-based Agri-tech company HarvestEye Ltd is has announced a partnership with root crop machinery specialists Grimme UK, aimed at delivering HarvestEyeTM technology to the potato industry HarvestEyeTM is the UK patented technology that provides insight on size, count and crop variation on unwashed…

Also for high density orchards and drip irrigation systems

Ecological, precise and fast weeding with Bio Rotor

A fast and precise mechanical weeding that works even under difficult circumstances: these are some of the solutions that Calderoni offers to fruit growers, through the Bio Rotor system. The distinguishing trait of this mechanical weeding is the extendable wire system, which allows you to work not only…

December 10th-11th, 2019 in Toulouse, France:

FIRA brings together agricultural robotics

Although in full expansion mode, the robotics market for agriculture is still in its infancy. In the fields, few automated machines are currently sold and many of them are still in the test phase. This year, FIRA (International Forum of Agricultural Robotics) will take place in Toulouse on December 10th…

Hensing LLC presents optimized 'Regio-Box' at the ExpoSE 2019

"Optimal product presentation as well as extended service without additional personnel costs"

Asparagus from the farm, strawberries from next door - regional products are becoming increasingly popular with consumers. However, very few farmers have the opportunity or the staff to open and operate their own farm shop. It is this supply gap that the "RegioBox" from Hensing LLC tries to bridge. The company,…

Helius 1600

“Thanks to the installation of the new sorter, we have been able to increase production yields and reduce waste"

The Anjari family business, located in San Esteban (Chile), one of the main fruit growing areas of the country, exports its products to five continents. Founded in 1990, it pioneered the drying of raisins and it now produces 16,000 tons a year. Its growth and its demand for product quality have led to…

Mixing and filling in one go

Frosta packs vegetable mixtures with a new multihead weigher

Frozen vegetables are convenient and consumers have a growing appetite for them. Frosta AG is a premium supplier in this segment and has now been able to further increase their product quality. Since recently, the vegetable mixtures are packed with an Ishida multihead weigher, which gives the company the…

Misset and Wageningen UR - 'Global Future Farming Summit'

‘Governments must change rules of automation’

The fact that food production will automate further, is a given. That is why governments need to adapt the rules for using robots to this new reality, that will lead to more productivity and more sustainability. Automation is still in its early stages, but the developments move fast. The Global Future…

AU: How machinery modifications have helped a banana grower become more productive

An Innisfail banana grower has been able to improve his productivity, through the introduction of rubber tracks to his bagging machine, which reduces damage to crop paddocks. "The tracks have certainly been effective in reducing the ruts and the size of the ruts," Mark Nucifora said. "It is difficult to…

MCR Machinery

Pumpkin washer for the smaller grower

MCR Machinery has been building pumpkin washers for a number of years. Here, the Turban squash and ornamental pumpkins are washed and dried. "The demand for smaller, simpler washing options has increased progressively. As a result, it was decided to make a smaller and more straightforward machine." the company…

Global interest in Norwegian strawberry picking robot

The 'strawberry picking robot' can work all day and could soon replace the seasonal workers. According to Norwegian grower Simen Myhrene, this is the future: “It does not take a lunch break or anything. It is, of course, interesting to reduce wage costs." Myhrene demonstrated the robot at the…

Cuba's Industrial Ceballos UEB has two new industrial lines for pineapple

The Industrial Ceballos UEB (base business unit) has two new processing lines, one for processing pineapples and the other to package the productions in the Doy pack format,…

Energy 4 Impact

Solar irrigation to battle drought in Rwanda

In the drought-prone district of Bugesera, south-east of Rwandas’s capital city Kigali, Peruth Tuyishime is one of six farming group members working on a one hectare farm. The farm grows a range of crops, from chili and maize, to cucumbers, sweet peppers and pumpkins. But erratic rain patterns,…

Increased washing capacity and increase efficiency as well as optimal customer service

IFCO SYSTEMS opens new washing plant in Portugal

IFCO SYSTEMS, the global provider of reusable packaging solutions for fresh produce, launches a new Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) washing plant in Portugal. With the new facility,…

Neubauer Automation OHG demonstrates a unique process at the ExpoSE 2019

"Water-jet cutting of asparagus allows minimal waste"

Short asparagus, protuberances, fouling, curved or crooked bars: asparagus growers and processors always have these problem using conventional knife cutting technology. The new process is so far unique in the world of asparagus, assures managing director Hermann Neubauer, who will demonstrate the latest version…

"Our goal with this machine is to respond to our clients' needs year-round"

Gottmann places own blueberry packaging machine at Dutch company

The international trading company, Gottmann, has a new BBC Curo 12 blueberry packaging machine. They have had this device since the end of August. "We considered developments in recent years. We also took the constant demand into account. This comes from our clients as well as producers. We, therefore,…

M. H. Packaging and plant technology presents modern processes at the Agritechnica 2019

"The demand for machines is increasing, even from direct marketers"

Modern and reliable machine equipment is essential today at every step of the value chain: from direct marketers to owner-managed wholesalers to large-scale industry. M.H. Verpackungs- und Anlagentechnik LLC has set itself the task of offering every sector of the fresh industry a corresponding machine solution.…

A new baler in Piura increases Peruvian banana exports to Europe

The agricultural cooperative Association of Small Organic Agricultural Producers San Rafael (ASPRAOSRA), located in the district of Buenos Aires in the province of Morropon (Piura), exports five containers of bananas to the European market each week thanks to a business plan co-financed by the…

Washington State University

Continuing to work on mechanical fresh fruit harvesters

Researchers at Washington State University and a host of other Land Grant institutions continue to push for harvesters that can pull fruit destined for fresh markets.  WSU’s Lisa DeVetter has been working with private companies, USDA researchers in western Washington and others on a mechanical harvester for…

Carl Philipp Tenge-Rietberg on the automation solutions of Tenrit Foodtec Maschinenbau GmbH:

"Automated solutions to the labor shortage and increased labor costs"

"We are the pioneers in the field of asparagus peeling machines. My grandfather developed the asparagus peeling machine, together with a farmer and a university in the 1990s to create the today's famous asparagus peeling machine," says Carl Philipp Tenge-Rietberg,  managing director and sales manager of TENRIT…

Fru&Tube, the first fresh fruit vending machine

Sonia Moto, a young agricultural producer from the town of Barbaño, in the Spanish region of Extremadura, is one of the creators of Fru&Tube, the first vending machine for fresh fruit. The idea came about after a long stay in a hospital, where they could only snack sugary drinks, industrial pastries,…

Vegfor Cooling Technology

New trends in broccoli cooling

Various cooling methods could be used for cooling broccoli. However, each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. According to Arvin Lau from Vegfor, choosing the best method for cooling will depend on equipment efficiency, equipment costs and product volumes. In recent years he has seen an ongoing trend - more people…

Hepro LLC plans further marketing of novel pineapple peeling machine

"We want to market the 'pina to go' for the first time in Germany"

The shopping experience at the point of sale (PoS) is an important factor in food retailing today. This development offers fresh food suppliers a way to set new standards. Hepro -specialists in asparagus peeling processes- have recognized this trend and they have developed the 'pina to go', a machine for…


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