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Italy: GNA introduces new flow pack machinery

Established in 1987 in Bologna, GNA Srl operates in the automatic machine sector for the packaging of fresh and fresh-cut produce. In addition to its strong presence on both the domestic and international markets and its know-how, the company can also count on a wide range of products - flow-pack horizontal.....

13,200 containers per hour

Spain's largest organic cherry tomato packaging machine

Induser, the Ejido-based company specialised in the design and manufacture of packaging lines for agro-food products, has installed the largest automatic packaging machine in the organic cherry tomato sector for the firm Biosabor.It is a project developed in two stages for the production of 13,200 containers.....

Dramm upgrades coldfogger

Dramm has updated its Coldfogger, Targeted Low Volume Sprayer to the new AR model. This version offers a more durable pump that is easier to use and allows for the use of corrosive chemistries.The new Coldfogger AR uses a piston pump as an upgrade over the previous diaphragm pump. This pump features.....

Agricultural robot may be ‘game changer’ for crop growers, breeders

A semiautonomous robot may soon be roaming agricultural fields gathering and transmitting real-time data about the growth and development of crops, information that crop breeders – and eventually farmers – can use to identify the genetic traits in plants likely to produce the greatest yields.A team of.....

High-speed pre-sealing

Increasingly produce packers are looking to increase line speeds upwards to 140ppm while at the same time significantly reducing manning levels. Weighing and adjusting every single pre-filled punnet whether direct from the field or pre-packed by overseas suppliers is simply no longer viable. With ever.....

Danish machine cuts labour costs while increasing productivity

Offering a machine that cuts down on labour costs and increases productivity is an interesting prospect for pretty much any company in the industry. Danish machine manufacturer Egatec Packaging Int., is offering just such a machine and felt that Fruit Logistica in Berlin was a great venue to demonstrate.....

Robots meet indoor farming

Though still in its infancy, more companies are using robotic systems to boost the efficiency of vertical farms and greenhouses.In a 47,300-square-foot facility near Kyoto, SPREAD, an agriculture technology company, is creating a massive, automated, indoor "vertical farm"—and the special ingredient is the.....

UK: Top fruit industry looks at alternative cropping systems

Adopting fruit-wall orchards instead of traditional orchard systems, could make mechanising pruning of apple trees easier for growers and help reduce costs, latest AHDB Horticulture research finds.Uncertainties about the fruit industry’s ability to source seasonal workers following Brexit and an increase in.....

It takes very, very smart technology to develop a de-leafing robot

In a recent article on Vision-Systems.com, an online portal for professionals in engineering and vision software, Priva's engineers explained how they made use of smart high tech cameras in the design of their Kompano de-leafing robot.The Komapo robot travels on tube rails down lanes in the greenhouse which.....

Lutosa (McCain) invests in 20 lifting systems from Burgmetaal:

“New lifting systems ensure safety of both employee and shaping shoulder”

Since last year, Burgmetaal has installed 20 new lifting systems in total for Lutosa, part of McCain. They have done this for both the location in Leuze-en-Hainaut and in Saint-Eloois-Vijve, both in Belgium. “The first systems were installed just over a year ago. The employees needed a bit of a transitional.....

The benefits of fertigation and irrigation control

Irrigation – the process of artificially applying water to plants – has been in practice since as early as 6000 BC. There have been many advances in irrigation since then, and today's technologies have made it easier than ever to control water flow as well as fertilizers, nutrients, and other chemicals.What.....

Industrial tray washer eliminates risks during propagation stage

VIDEO Hygiene is of paramount importance during the propagation stage. For this reason, Dutch young plant grower Beekenkamp Plants’ from Maasdijk, has recently installed a Unifortes tunnel washing machine. The washer is part of the new production site realized by Beekenkamp.The 5,5 meter long tunnel washer has.....

Premier Tech's IEG acquires Slootweg Machinefabriek

Premier Tech has acquired Slootweg Machinefabriek by its Industrial Equipment Group (IEG). This acquisition allows IEG to expand its worldwide presence and reinforce its status as a leader in processing and packaging equipment in the growing media market while giving Slootweg customers access to an even more.....