Machines

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…

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…

Canadian company launches all-paper label and waste liner

LABELPAC, a Canadian-based company that designs and manufactures individual fruit labeling machines and PLU labels, has announced an all-paper label applicator and waste liner. According to the company, it is the only system that uses the biodegradable paper for both the label and the waste liner. Sam…

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…

Plant propagation robot wins Bremen Environmental Award

The project "RoBoCut" of the Bremen plant manufacturer Bock Bio Science GmbH receives the Bremen Environmental Award 2019. With their innovative robot system, the developers of the first fully automatic production method for plant tissue culture in agricultural and horticultural plants prevailed against…

New Mega-Flo irrigation series has arrived

The new D400 Series of Mega-Flo Injectors by Dosatron is now available. They are easy to set up with no programming necessary, just set your injection rate and turn on the water. It’s compatible with multiple chemicals such as nutrients, additives, and acids. “Install the D400 in parallel for flow rates…

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…

Reemoon launches new sorting technology

This year's Asia Fruit Logistica took place a few weeks ago. Although this year’s edition is different from previous years, as one of the most important fruit and vegetable exhibitions in Asia, the number of exhibiting companies was still satisfactory. Jiangxi Reemoon Technology Holdings Co., Ltd. took…

The Challenge of Change

City governments are realising they cannot continue growth by pushing away the 'Green Belt'

People living in cities are set to become major policy makers and ultimately the drivers of sustainability changes, according to global tech company Priva. The company's CEO and co-owner Meiny Prins told the Protected Cropping Conference on the Gold Coast that every three months, a new city of nine…

New laser technology to achieve prolonged shelf-life

Belmark has partnered with PerfoTec to introduce a system designed to achieve prolonged shelf life and consistent quality of fresh produce; thereby contributing to a reduction in food waste and lower carbon footprint. On the left is Martijn de Bruin, Technical Director – PerfoTec. On the right is Jason vande…

Rain demolishes over 200 hectare of Spanish greenhouses

Rain has damaged over 200 hectares of greenhouses in Spain. Mainly in the region of Níjar the damage is said to be of historical size. Among the damaged crops are tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and zucchini. Since the damage is very regional, for example the pepper crops of El Ejido have been untouched.  The…

Turning fruit and vegetable waste into natural pigments

Graduate of Imperial College London Nicole Stjernsward has invented Kaiku, a system that turns plants into powdered paint pigments using vaporisation technology. In fact, it turns fruit and vegetable waste into natural pigments. Avocados, pomegranates, beetroots, lemons and onions are just some of the…

Start your crop rotation well prepared!

Soon, a very important period will start for the horticulture industry; the crop rotation. In a period of two to three weeks, breeders will work intensively to remove old plants from their greenhouses, disinfect their greenhouse and clean them afterwards. "During the crop rotation, it is very important…

Eating healthy on the go and at your destination: the rise of fresh cut ready-to-eat products

"Vending to grow by 12% in the next 3 years"

In Spain, during the summer, the consumption of salads skyrockets by 13%, increasing the number of opportunities for eating out. "With innovative vending machines, you can eat healthy on the go (at airports, train stations or service stations) and at your destination (hotels, ski resorts, spas or golf…

Increasing demand for automation: OOAKT acquires KOAT

One of A Kind Technologies (OOAKT) has acquired KOAT, an international machine-and-system supplier of internal transport and material handling systems in the greenhouse horticulture. Both companies see the increasing demand for automation within the horticultural market world-wide. "Increasing labor…

Investments in robotic strawberry harvester

Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory, the strategic business development and investment arm of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., announced it led the Series A funding round for Advanced…

Ozone system provides 'brain food for roots'

Cardinal Fresh has announced a new addition to its family of ozone sanitation products to include large or small greenhouse crop water systems. "Ozonating greenhouse water is the most cost-effective way to completely and confidently sterilize feed water. It has proven to be far superior to either UV or…

ZECC evaporative coolers: simple and inexpensive

Bangladesh: 500 cool chambers for vegetables planned

Last Tuesday, the Bangladesh government approved a Tk1.6 bln (€17 mln) project to provide infrastructure supports and trainings to vegetable growers across the country. The…

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…

Robotics no longer at the talking stage

Robotics has moved out of the talking stage and into the early doing stages, says the chief executive of Plant and Food Research, Dr David Hughes. Keeping listeners attentive…

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…

Never fold a shirt again

Imagine it - you put freshly washed shirts in a machine, and you end up with them, perfectly folded. This idea is no longer a futuristic vision of things to come. By the end of 2019, it will be a reality. Gal Razov came up with the idea for the Foldimate. He presented its prototype in 2017. The design had to go back to the drawing…

New digital sorter for wet-end vegetable processing introduced

Key Technology has introduced the VERYX® belt-fed digital sorters. According to the company, VERYX is the world’s only belt-fed sorter that can inspect product entirely in-air with top and bottom sensors that are designed to detect and eliminate foreign material, adding that the new machine can be…

Jet cooler manufacturer reduces lead time

Jet-Ready Precoolers, invented and manufactured by Global Cooling Inc., are described by the company as "the industry standard for portable forced-air cooling tunnels. Time after time they have outperformed built-in-place bunker-wall and integrated-cooling systems". Since their introduction, production…

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…

Reemoon

"How we obtained a foothold in the African and Egyptian markets"

In recent years, the demand for high-quality exported citrus in China has been increasing. After its success in South Africa, Reemoon began to develop the fruit sorting system market in Egypt four years ago. Reemoon is a leading international company that produces and markets fruit sorting machines.…


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