Machines

Kaitlin Wyatt of Proseal America:

“Top-sealed trays reduce materials used in packaging by 45%”

There have been many different trends fueling the packaging industry over the years but sustainability has remained at the forefront of everyone’s minds, as well as efficiency and protection. Proseal America’s GT1e machine is one of the company’s most popular packaging machines for the produce industry,…

New solution for weighing and packaging TOVs

Packaging tomatoes on the vine has always been an expensive and slow process in fact, in most cases, operators work in front of scales and weigh each punnet singularly until the exact weight is reached. As a consequence, the weight of packets can be uneven and there can be a high level of giveaway. Watch…

"IPL enjoys 25% increase in throughput"

One of the UK’s potato packers has seen a dramatic increase in productivity after investing in new machinery. Over the last six months, IPL, which is part of the ASDA family, has seen throughput increase by 25%. In February, the company doubled the number of GIC machines operating at its Scottish factory…

Reversed osmosis in combination with Artificial Intelligence

Partially because of the current issue of water scarcity, the sustainability discussion, and the legislation in the field of groundwater, the Van der Ende Groep has developed the Nexus High Performance Reverse Osmosis (HPRO). The Nexus HPRO is equipped with a hydraulic design in combination with…

"The most powerful sweeping machine"

Sweeping machines allow you to effectively and efficiently sweep up fine dust and dirt so that you are assured of clean greenhouses. Thanks to the powerful suction motor of the sweeping machines, fine dust is vacuumed up without any effort, and without the risk of the dust settling again later. Are you…

Plantalyzer crop estimate robots now ripe for duty

Berg Hortimotive Group, consisting of Berg Hortimotive and HortiKey, has transferred the first series of Plantalyzer crop estimate robots for tomatoes to Royal Brinkman. The robot runs autonomously through the greenhouse and takes targeted pictures of the tomatoes. Vision software and algorithms assess…

'Crops for robots' instead of 'robots for crops'

Vegetables to be adapted to suit picking robots

In the future, vegetable varieties will be created with the specific intent that picking robots can harvest them more easily. Colinda de Beer predicts it will be a case of…

Neupeak Robotics

Neupeak Robotics autonomous fruit picker awarded $100K for BC Fast Pilot Project

Neupeak Robotics have secured $100,000 through the National Research Council and Innovate BC’s Fast Pilot Program. The BC Fast Pilot program allows BC technology companies to demonstrate the impact of their product, measure the value of their solution, and encourage customer adoption through the…

‘Blade peeler’ makes peeling machine high yield, high speed and high quality

Using an automatic peeler machine to replace manual peeling is a common trend. There are many types of peelers in the market, and although they all serve the same peeling purpose, the functionality, productivity and results can be very different. ASTRA Inc. is an innovative Japanese peeler developer. The…

Transplanter with wireless grippers speeds up production for Dutch grower

Kwekerij Wouters, a well-known grower in the Netherlands with over 40 hectares of greenhouses, recently installed the newest Visser transplanting system. The new transplanter has unprecedented speed because of the wireless+ grippers, high versatility with up to 6 colour combinations in a pot and great…

David Niebug, Country Herbs & Plants:

"This machine gives me the possibility to do what I like most; focus on making the best plants"

In January 2020 Country Herbs & Plants in the UK started with the ISO Cutting and TransPlanter machine from ISO Group. The machine that gives the grower the opportunity to stick cuttings and transplant young plants into pots using the same machine. David Niebug next to the the ISO Cutting and…

Lisa Zapf conquers Southern Palatinate with Zalat-O-Maten:

"Like having a greengrocer next door - in a digital way"

You can see them around more and more often: vending machines that offer eggs, grilled meat or fresh fruit and vegetables. These are often set up by farmers* who are looking for an additional outlet for their goods. In the Palatinate, in the Kandel area, there are now more and more Zalat-O-Maten: vending…

Russia: 93 thousand tons of produce harvested by Lipetsk growers

The growers of the Russian Lipetsk region have collected over 93 thousand tons of greenhouse vegetables since the beginning of the year. It exceeds the data of the same period of the last year, when 68.4 thousand tons were collected, by 36%. The crop distribution is as follows: 53.6 thousand tons of…

Dutch company gets automatic crate unfolding device

Two Dutch companies recently signed an agreement. Tielen Groenten is a vegetable grower and wholesaler. They wanted Reintjes Systems to design and build an automatic crate unfolding machine.  Barely a month later, on 31 August, this device was placed at the wholesaler. Reintjes Systems is a startup company.…

First controllable and transportable irrigation water treatment system installed

Duncan Family Farms, a family-owned, multi-regional grower of over 7,000 acres of certified organic produce, announced the installation of a highly effective, controllable and transportable treatment system for irrigation water. The installation, including 5 systems on organic baby tender leaf crops in…

Destemmer: grape destemmer can also be used for cherry tomatoes

Rapidly destemming cherry tomatoes

Convenience fruit sales have risen considerably in recent years. Mixed fruit salads containing grapes are very popular in supermarkets all over the world. Small wonder, then, that the Destemmer is one of the Dutch company, ZTI's, international best-selling machines. It's well-know that it destems grapes…

Crux Agribotics develops SortiPack for sweet pointed peppers

Crux Agribotics expands its SortiPack product portfolio by developing a Grading, Sorting and Packing application for sweet pointed pepper. Sweet pointed peppers are becoming more popular. Mainly due to taste and health value, the consumption by consumers is increasing. Sweet pointed peppers are available…

Multi-functional cutting machine satisfies Chinese market demand for sliced fruits and vegetables

Consumers have been paying even more attention to food safety since the outbreak of Covid-19. At the same time, there is also a growing demand for sliced fruits and vegetables. The cutting up of fruits and vegetables is an important step in the processing of fruits and vegetables. This step is not just…

also saves 40 to 70 percent of energy

Hygroscopic solution takes aim at humidity issues

The high relative humidity in the greenhouse was one of the main reasons for Hungarian fresh herb grower Akkos to invest in a dehumidifier. About four years ago, they installed the dehumidification systems of Agam Greenhouses and since then, plants are healthier and more stable than before. Special about…

Agricultural robot maker raises EUR 9.5 million

Norwegian and UK based Saga Robotics has recently raised EUR 9.5 million from international investors in support of its ambitious growth plans. Thorvald robots are operating on multiple farms across the world, where they perform light treatment to control mildew on strawberries and vines, drastically…

Mark Borst, PapriCo, the Netherlands:

"It impressed everyone how quickly we integrated the Burg portal unloader at our bell pepper packaging site"

This bell pepper season, the Dutch company, PapriCo, is working with a new portal unloader. It's the first time they're using this machine from Burg Machinery. PapriCo growers are members of the DOOR cooperative. They deliver bulk bell peppers to a packaging site in the Netherlands. It belongs to this…

Image: Wootzano

Wootzano - Sedgefield, County Durham

UK robotics developer receives six-figure funding package

Wootzano, a tech firm in the northeast pf the UK that makes ‘electronic skin’ for robots, has sealed a six figure funding package to protect the business through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. The company has tapped into the funding from HSBC UK through the Government scheme, enabling…

Mobile nanobubble service for seasonal and on-demand water treatment in North America

Moleaer has launched a new mobile nanobubble generator service to treat, preserve and improve water quality, irrigation water storage ponds, produced water and wastewater with…

Redpack wants to reduce labor and contamination by packing lettuce on field rigs

"Increasing efficiencies in iceberg lettuce packaging"

To meet demands of growers across the market to reduce labor, enable faster packaging speeds and lower maintenance costs when wrapping iceberg lettuce, the engineers at Redpack Packaging Machinery have been working closely with growers across the globe to come up with a solution that wraps iceberg in a…


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