Serfruit and Aweta have set up a processing plant for peppers and citrus fruits for one of the largest suppliers of peppers in Europe: Hortamira (Murcia, Spain).

These facilities will make it possible to handle about 40 tons per hour, with the products arriving straight from the fields and leaving already packaged and ready for sale.

The line in Hortamira's new facilities starts with the automated deposit of the products in Serfruit pallets. These then go to 5 Aweta calibrators with a total of 20 lines. The sorted product is then handled and placed automatically on pallets, ready to be shipped to the customer.

Robots for the placement of pallets
Serfruit has installed two large robots for the placement of product-filled pallets on each of the lines for the handling and calibration of peppers. In this way, there is a continuous and careful supply of 10 tons of peppers per hour to each of the 4 lines.

Calibrators for peppers
The peppers go through 4 Aweta calibrators, each with 4 lines. There, the peppers are sorted based on their color and weight and then move towards one of the 52 exits at Hortamira. The finished boxes are collected for their later placement on pallets.

Calibrator measures internal and external quality
Aweta has also installed a citrus calibrator that makes it possible to determine the internal and external quality of citrus fruits. Aweta's 3D vision allows you to have a full picture of each product by combining photographs taken from different angles of the calibrator, so that imperfections of any sort can be discovered. The Inscan-IQA Citrus sensor, patented by Aweta, detects and measures several indicators of the fruit's internal quality. The presence of mold on the citrus is detected by a sensor with UV radiation.

Multi-reference automated packing station for filled pallets at different levels
The boxes that come from each processing line are taken to Serfruit's automated packing station.

With just two palletising robots, all sorted products are placed on pallets. The automated packing station makes Hortamira's facilities considerably more flexible. Once the pallets have been filled, they are collected, secured and prepared for shipment to the customer.

Control software tailor-made for Hortamira
Thanks to Serfruit's control software, customers are able to access all kinds of information related to their products at any time. There is data available about every pallet, every box, etc. This includes the pallet's weight, the order number and information about the customer, the sizes, the traceability of crates and packaging, the partners, the producing companies, the carrier, the destination, etc.


For more information:

Enrique Fliquete Varea
Marketing Director
+34 96 390 13 14


Filippo Casadio
Area Sales Manager direct +39 0547 316934
mobile +39 349 7043812