• EnWave sells 60kW REV? machine for the production of avocado snacks and ingredients

    EnWave Corporation announced that it has completed the sale of a 60kW Radiant Energy Vacuum (“REV?”) machine to AvoLov, LLC d.b.a. BranchOut Food (“BranchOut”), a company based in Bend, Oregon that produces a lineup of “better-for-you” avocado and fruit snacks and ingredients. The 60kW REV? machine will…

    “Waste can be reduced by 1/3”

    Innovative pineapple peeling method is suitable for retail chains

    Japan has long been the second-largest export market for Taiwanese pineapples just after mainland China. The General Administration Customs China (GACC) announced that the pineapple imports from Taiwan had been temporarily halted since 1st March. Taiwanese traders had to shift the volume for mainland…

    Tramper Technology

    South African division of Tramper Technology increases local and international presence

    Multinational manufacturing company Tramper Technology from the Netherlands markets, manufactures and services a broad range of customized packaging machines, as well as complete production lines for the food and packaging industry. According to Metal Working News, the company established its South…

    Mecaflor

    New strawberry plant cutting machine cuts 19,500 plants per hour

    Cutting young strawberry plants, easily, fast, clean, uniform, and without noise. With these requirements, Mecaflor, a French manufacturer of machines and accessories for the horticulture and cut flowers industries, started designing their first "strawberry plant cutting machine", after receiving a…

    Analyticsinsight.net

    Agricultural robots helping picking, signalling and growing,

    The impact that automation has left on each and every sector is commendable. We have got used to automation so much that getting done with certain tasks manually doesn’t just seem right. One of the most remarkable innovations under automation has to be robotics. It is because of robots that we are…

    Manipur state

    Central Agricultural University Imphal develops low cost machine to wash crops

    Technology developed by the Central Agricultural University of Imphal is making washing large quantities of gingers, turmeric and other crops easy. While washing large quantities of gingers or turmeric traditionally takes hours and causes inconveniences, CAU's washer hardly takes an hour to do the job.…

    French potato producer equips its new line with two optical sorting machines

    Leading French potato producer Parmentine has equipped its new line in Samazan with two optical sorters from Tomra Food - one the Tomra 5A, the other the Sentinel II. Sa Parmentine processes 180,000 tons of potatoes per year, selling three-quarters of these in France and the remainder in other European…

    APH Group becomes exclusive distributor of Solidtec palletizers

    Recently, APH Group and Solidtec agreed on cooperation in marketing, sales, and service in Central- Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Asia. Solidtec, a member of the Manter Group from Holland, develops and produces state-of-the-art palletizing machines. Solidtec palletizers are among the top in the world and…

    When the American dream comes true - thanks to a citrus peeler

    Citrus fruits are not only freshly consumed in southern Italy, as in many other parts of the world, but are also used in other industries. For example, for beverages and cosmetics. Peeled lemons The Italian company PND has been producing industrial machines for decades, destined to international companies…

    University of South Australia

    Machine vision system for almond grading and safety

    Researchers at UniSA have developed a world-first automated technique for simultaneously grading almond quality and detecting potentially serious mycotoxin contamination in kernels. In 2019-2020, Australia’s almond crop was worth just over $1 billion, and the value of the sector is expected to expand to…

    Project S&P presents new distribution partner Bosky

    "Sustainable paper banding & machine system now available in Poland as well"

    The Proband V1000 ecological banding system from Project S&P is now available on the Polish market as well. The manufacturer and licensed marketer from Germany will market the innovative system via the Polish Bosky company. This means that Polish customers will now also have direct access to…

    Ser.mac has created the ideal solution to enhance a batch of apples

    The (H2O Saving Channels) Technology for the apple selection line

    Ser.mac has offices around the world and over thirty years of experience in the creation of selection lines dedicated to fruit and vegetables. Ser.mac's technology and innovation have conquered several markets, thanks to: ■ tailor-made solutions;■ consistent high quality results;■ Artificial Intelligence…

    Grading line with optical grading machine

    Bijlsma Hercules, in collaboration with GeJo Grading, recently delivered a completely new optical bunker grading line at Mts. Reitsma in the Northern of the Netherlands. Unique to this line are the 6 large bunkers equipped with 2 independent unloading lines. This was decided in order to grade…

    Video by Checchi&Magli below

    Plastic Stop Plus mulcher for small and large growers

    The Plastic Stop Plus mulcher has been designed for highly professional use and for top performing operations (working speed up to 8 km/h). The PS by Checchi & Magli, as it's commonly known by users, is a machine that has been in vogue for a few years and is a must for those who produce vegetables on…

    Robotti: UK’s first commercially available robotic tractor in operation on Suffolk farm

    Improving technology, coupled with the difficulty of sourcing seasonal labour, has led to a significant investment for Fram Farmers member Home Farm Nacton in Suffolk. The organic fresh produce farm has taken delivery of a Robotti 150D, from Danish manufacturer Agrointelli, which is the first robotic…

    Pomegranate processing system improved

    Pomegranates are healthy but messy and labor-intensive to process. It is therefore often overlooked in the fresh fruit and vegetable processing world. This product needs a unique processing machine. The ArilSystem? provides this. This system was developed by the Israeli company Juran Technologies with…

    Pepper processing line

    From raw pepper to fresh convenience product

    In the autumn of 2020, Sormac installed a complete pepper processing line at Heemskerk fresh & easy in Rijnsburg, the Netherlands. The line processes no less than 1,500 kg peppers per hour. Heemskerk makes various fresh convenience products such as vegetable mixes, stuffed peppers and meal salads. Wim…

    Monash University

    Monash University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Robotic harvester plucks an apple every 7 seconds

    In order to relieve some of the stressors caused by the labor shortage in the Australian fruit picking industry, researchers have cooked up a creative partial solution to this problem, developing a fruit-picking robot that can harvest apples from orchards at high speed. Researchers at Australia's Monash…

    Matthias Kinzel, Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen Ltd:

    "New banding machine increases capacity for rhubarb"

    Even with tried-and-tested processes, there sometimes are still opportunities for innovation. And just because something works, doesn't mean you have to rest on your laurels. Strauss Verpackungsmaschinen Ltd took this to heart last year. Strauss has been known for decades for its machines for asparagus, apple…

    Smart fruit vending machine boom on the horizon

    As an important daily consumer category, fresh produce is becoming the focus of an increasing number of companies, and there is little doubt about the bright prospects of the…

    Temasek co-leads US$30 mln funding in EAVision agricultural drone startup

    Agricultural drone startup EAVision Technologies has raised US$30 million in a Series C funding round led by Temasek, Chinese state-sponsored fund Citic and venture capital…

    Emerging smart technology makes farming blueberries cheaper and more environmentally friendly

    The wild blueberry market has developed into a multimillion-dollar industry in North America, with consumers pushing up demand as they seek out the prized berries for a range of health benefits. Growing and harvesting the fruit can, however, be complicated by weeds that infest commercial fields, compete…

    AID

    Fans to protect orchards against frost

    Climate change is mostly responsible for the increased damage caused by frost, just consider the recent cold fronts that have affected Spain first, then central and northern Italy leading to losses of up to 60% of fruit productions. Extreme weather events will be more frequent in the future, leading to…

    Bid online for a complete drying line for mushrooms on behalf of Worlée Scelta!

    Industrial Auctions is organising an online auction with a drying line for mushrooms, machines, and inventory for the food industry in Belfeld (NL). A total of three complete lines of machinery is offered at the auction, namely; a Feltracon mushroom infeed line, a Harter mushroom drying line, and a…

    ProEx Food Announces Their Gesamtnutzung Initiative

    "Now that the most obvious needs have been taken care of, we can start looking at what is next"

    Sustainability is one of the big issues in the fresh produce sector. In terms of packaging the market has been dominated by the focus on different materials and an overall reduction of materials used to package fruits and vegetables. “We’ve focused highly on the fresh-cut market for the last couple…

    World FIRA 2021 and FIRA USA 2022

    The field of agricultural robotics is booming

    Following the success of the 5th edition of FIRA last December, GOFAR, the association for the promotion of agricultural robotics, decided to organize a FIRA Open Day event on…

    UK: Grimme Group relocates to £3 million purpose built site in east Yorkshire

    The German Grimme company is a leading European manufacturer and supplier of agricultural machinery; it operates throughout the UK. Now it has relocated to a £3 mln…

    Automation ensures freshness for Edeka

    Part of Germany’s largest supermarket chain, the regional company Edeka Minden-Hannover, is automating its fresh produce logistics in the fruit and vegetable sector with an intralogistics solution from Cimcorp, which has specialized in this automation for over 40 years. Together with other EDEKA regions…

    WUR

    Intelligent robots increase the benefit from fresh produce

    Around the world, the grading, sorting and assembling of fresh fruits and vegetables is done predominantly manually. “It would save companies a lot of time and costs if these time-consuming, dull and repetitive tasks were carried out by robots,” says Aneesh Chauhan, expertise leader of the Computer…

    Omar Papi from Futura

    Everybody's looking for raw material and containers

    In addition to the "usual" problems and restrictions caused by Covid, the price of the raw material used by sorting machine manufacturers increased considerably in March. A few examples: iron increased by +30/35%, oil by approximately 50% and, if this was not enough, quotations keep on changing causing…

    "The eleven steam peelers help the business churn out 255 tons of potatoes every hour"

    Lamb Weston / Meijer is one of the most recognized companies in the global potato industry. The company's mission - Wellbeing through Potatoes - and their customer-focused modus operandi?has earned them stripes serving Quick Service Restaurants, large food chains, and retailers all over EMEA.? Fueled by their…

    In 40 years, Dutch disinfection specialist moves from food to horticulture

    "Viral pressure puts safety and hygiene high on the horticulture agenda"

    Johan Leeffers started his cleaning company LETS, 40 years ago. Back then, he focused mainly on using high-pressure pumps in the Dutch agricultural sector. Since then, the company has grown into one of the larger cleaning technology players in the food industry sector. It doesn't only cater to fruit and…

    Atos promotes use of robotics in agriculture by coordinating FlexiGroBots project

    Atos has announced its participation in the European FlexiGroBots project as a coordinator and active member. FlexiGroBots wants to give robot manufacturers, engineers and…

    Harvest automation startup Tortuga raises $20m to build hundreds of robots

    Robots as a service: pay per harvested kilo

    When will you be ready to buy a robot to replace your workers? Not there yet? Well, you're not alone. In order to help build the trust growers have in harvest robots, the company Tortuga looks to offer their harvest robot on a robots-as-a-service basis: you pay for what the robots harvest. With this…

    Abc.net

    Tasmanian orchards in need of fruit pickers turn to mechanization

    Apple picking in Tasmania has typically been back-breaking work, but new conveyor belt technology is designed to take the pain out of it. Huon Valley apple picker Arisa Yoshida says it certainly has made her life easier. Ms Yoshida is working for Huon Valley organic apple grower Andrew Smith. When the…

    De-coring and cutting bell peppers with the PDS4L system

    Together with its partner HiTec Food Systems from the Netherlands Kronen offers a new version of bell pepper processing systems to? the market. PDS4L is optimized for de-coring and segmenting up to 3600 bell peppers per hour and can be operated by one person. Besides the machines and lines, which Kronen develops…

    The Italian company Dari Ecomeccanica presents the digital evolution of their harvesting machines

    Horticultural harvesters with technology 4.0 and tax benefits

    The right combination of sustainable management and the digital evolution of electronic and mechanical equipment in horticulture are to be found in the 4.0 harvesters from the Italian company Dari Ecomeccanica. "Our harvesters are innovative, as they provide a service to the grower and are also cost…

    Crispin Russell - ArcAqua

    South African ozone sterilisation technology “hasn't been a hard sell”, says chief technology officer

    The use of chlorine and peracetic acid to sterilise fruit is increasingly being replaced by ozone to remove bacteria, mould and fungi without leaving a residue. ArcAqua, a Cape Town-based company, has patented technology that allows ozone to be entrained within a shroud of water droplets ? directing the…

    Paul Koppert (Koppert Machines): "Automation a hot item in North American cultivation"

    New radish bunching machine for Grimmway Farms in California

    Last week, Koppert Machines supplied a new radish bunching machine to Grimmway Farms in California. The Central Valley company is best known for its carrots, but also grows 65 other products, including radishes, all year round. This is sold under the label Cal-Organic. "It is fantastic to see those endless…

    HEPRO-1800 vertical asparagus peeling machine conquers farm stores

    "Saving on labor, serving customers quickly"

    Through a unique vertical peeling principle, HEPRO? not only offers its customers the optimum in peeling quality, but also scores with several other factors. "We want our customers to be able to get an idea of the machine with their own produce and their own employees. Especially now that trade fairs…

    Maf Roda launches new cherry defect analysis system on the market

    The latest advances achieved by Maf Roda in its cherry lines are making it possible to increase the productivity of post-harvest cherry plants. The Cherryway 4 and Cherryscan technologies have become essential for any cherry grower. When working with cherries, you are dealing with several difficulties,…

    Elea Ltd hosts international webinar on April 21

    "Reduced blanching time, improved cut quality, increased revenues and reduced costs"

    The Elea PEF Advantage Belt System is designed to improve both product quality and revenues within fruit and vegetable processing,? while at the same time reducing production costs and electricity consumption. By using the Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) process, raw materials are much easier to process, there…

    EastFruit

    Smart sorting as the key to successful berry sales

    Optical sorting is one of the most important stages in preparing fruit and vegetables for sale. High-quality sorting procedures enable producers to sort their products by various characteristics: weight, size, color, etc. It helps ensure that the packaging of vegetables, fruit and berries is in…

    Top Control

    Jason Glue - Top Control

    "Top Control can install a complete system to generate the correct packing weight, align the correct labelling"

    Top Control is an Italian based company which operates around the world providing weighing, packaging, labelling and storage management systems to fresh produce companies. The company is particularly active in the South African grape packing industry where it provides weighing systems on pack lines. “Our…

    CCF self-installed the sorting line over video calls

    Reemoon officially installs its first kiwifruit sorting line in South America

    COVID-19 has provided many challenges for fresh produce companies, Chilean kiwifruit producer CCF has self-installed its new fruit sorting machine with help from Chinese supplier Reemoon over video calls. Felipe Espinosa, director of the CCF Company, and a member of the Chilean Kiwifruit committee, first…

    Root-ai.com

    AppHarvest acquires Root AI and its robotic harvester

    The Kentucky-based AppHarvest company has built over 3 million ft2 of indoor agricultural space to hydroponically grow non-GMO, pesticide-free produce using 90% less water than open-field agriculture. At the same time, the company claims to be producing yields up to thirty times that of traditional…

    Chemical savings up to 78%. Video below

    Electric robot for a precise weed control

    Over the past few months, the Swiss company Ecorobotix has developed an electric-powered robot, powered by photovoltaics. The additional novelty lies in the fact that it is a precision weed killer that saves up to 78% of chemicals. Video below? The tests were conducted last summer in Germany on herbaceous crops,…

    FairPick registration system seeks European distributors

    BCON Instruments, in the Netherlands, has been importing and distributing 2nd Sight Bioscience in Europe for several years. This American company supplies innovative equipment and software for growers. This is in the field of labor registration and stock management. They have a product for the fruit and…

    Collaboration between Swift International and Zeelandtrac bears fruit

    "Night frost fan immediately deployable for fruit growers"

    The collaboration between Swift International and Zeelandtrac in the area of the Frost Fans mobile night frost machine has now been ongoing for one year. "Over that year we supplied dozens of machines that will be used against radiation frost this spring. There is a lot of interest because in recent…

    Agros and Aweta: a 19-year partnership to add value for consumers

    "High technology is very important to Agros′s processes to deliver high quality produce to our customers. From our greenhouses to the packing process, we have strict food…

    How the New Zealand agriculture industry is preparing to enter the "golden age" of robotics

    The horticulture and agritech industries are at the start of the golden age of robotics and automation, according to a leading New Zealand-based company. Rocos provides the support to connect robotics to what 'The Cloud' has to offer including AI, 3rd party API's and visualization, as well as helping to…

    Organic grower Michael Görnitz on robotization in the fruit industry

    "We need robots to harvest the apples and the strawberries".

    As societies flourish and grow, so do the distances. Today, growers can hardly hardly get any seasonal workers from Poland or the Czech Republic, as their demands and their income have grown. Now, the harvest helpers at the G?rnitz organic farm in S?rnewitz have come from Ukraine, and even from faraway…

    Broad offer of machinery for the fruit and vegetable industry

    If you are looking for fruit and vegetable processing machines, you are in luck! Industrial Auctions is organising two online auctions in Kapelle and Eindhoven (NL) which offer machines such as; vegetable slicers, multihead weighers, traysealers, packaging machines, turning tables, metal detectors,…

    New slice and dice option available for the Piñabar machine

    While some fruits are ready-to-eat or easily peeled and popped into your mouth, other fruits require a bit more effort. That is why Pi?abar developed their signature product: a machine that cuts up fresh pineapples in supermarkets for consumers. The company started out in Europe in 2015 and quickly grew…

    “Non-destructive portable measuring device saves on fruit waste while increasing efficiency”

    The South Korean portable measuring device provider Sunforest worked with Zespri to test the attributes of kiwi fruit in their orchards in New Zealand. Sunforest is a South Korean provider of innovative portable NIR Spectrometers that measure fruit attributes in a non-destructive manner. “Using a…

    A new vision for high quality onion sorting at Elveden

    A turnkey optical onion sorting line featuring a collaboration between UK vegetable handling equipment manufacturer Tong Engineering, and French machinery manufacturer MAF Agrobotic, has enabled leading UK vegetable producer Elveden Farms Ltd to minimise labour requirements whilst increasing capacity and…

    Jessie Clark of Juicernet:

    “We’ve seen increased demand for juicing machines throughout the pandemic”

    Throughout the pandemic, the consumer focus on health has been growing. This has manifested itself in higher consumption levels for fruits and vegetables as well as higher sales at retail locations for fresh produce. But the reach of this trend has gone even further than that, says Jessie Clark of…

    FreshPlaza April Global Focus on Machinery and Packaging

    FreshPlaza's April Global Focus is on Machinery and Packaging. Do you have an innovative system or new packaging? Are you investing in robotics? Changing from plastic to cardboard packaging? We would love to hear from you. You can contact us via info@freshplaza.com? with information or we can do an interview…

    Internal defect sorter provides confidence in providing high-quality apples

    Although internal defects in produce cannot be prevented, they have a significant impact on consumer experience and repeat purchases. In 2015, in order to prevent shipping product with internal defects, New York based Crist Bros Orchards started working with a measuring system that identifies the…

    Online auction of potato, fruit and vegetable processing machinery

    An online auction of machinery for the food industry in Dronten offers very broad selection and many machines for processing fruit and vegetables. For example, a shake liner from the brands Jasa and Ishida is offered. In addition, a complete weighing and packaging line from Bodijn and Newweigh is…

    Hans Keijzer, ZTI smart machines, the Netherlands:

    "We hope this melon peeler is as successful as the grape destemmer"

    The global COVID-19 measures have upended the fruit processing world too. "We indirectly supply many clients in the travel, hospitality, and canteen industries. They're struggling at the moment. Some of them have seen a 70% loss of turnover," begins Hans Keijzer of ZTI smart machines in the Netherlands.…

    Growers choose Cerescon's Sparter for guaranteed operational reliability

    NL: Teboza, Martens Asperges get first selective asparagus harvesting robots with underground detection

    It was a first for two Dutch asparagus farms on Wednesday, 24 March. Teboza and Martens Asperges took delivery of the Sparter. This is Cerescon's selective asparagus harvesting robot. The robot was demonstrated to the trade press on an asparagus field in the Netherlands. These two growers are members of the…

    Cimcorp partners with GEODIS to introduce Automated Layer Picking warehouse solution

    Cimcorp,?a manufacturer and integrator of turnkey robotic order fulfillment and tire-handling solutions, announces the successful implementation of a robotic Layer Pick…

    Lizette Farm Store, the Netherlands:

    "You can no longer do without an asparagus peeling machine"

    Thirteen years ago, Eric and Lizette de Loo bought an asparagus peeler, almost by accident. They were one of the first to do so. It was exciting at first. But they now have their third Tenrit Foodtech machine in use. "It's actually one of the best things we've ever done. People were initially wary of the…

    Fenaco packer relies on innovative technology from Switzerland

    "Robotics gives us flexibility and, above all, consistency"

    Replacing backbreaking work with robots; this is what the Steffen-Ris company of the Fenaco cooperative has done at the potato packing plant in B?tterkinden. A prototype of…

    Lanlivery, Cornwall

    Cornish potato farm to expand with £400,000 robot picker

    A fifth-generation potato farm in Lanlivery is set to double its productivity thanks to a £400,000 investment. Colwith Farm supplies premium quality Cornish potatoes, to…

    SCEA Hermant invests in TOMRA 3A sorting machine

    SCEA Hermant has invested in a TOMRA 3A sorting machine to optimize the quality of potatoes and onions sold at fresh markets For two years, SCEA Hermant carefully considered acquiring anew optical sorter to sort and grade potato and onion crops prior to storage. The launch of the new TOMRA 3A convinced…

    Fieldwork Robotics raises £675,000 to accelerate development of harvesting robots

    Portfolio company Fieldwork Robotics has raised £675,000 through an equity fundraising from existing and new investors.The proceeds will be used to support development of the…

    Getting it right first time

    End of line automation

    Focused on serving the fresh produce sector, David Jahn, co-owner of Brillopak with business partner Peter Newman, is passionate about assisting packhouses to address labour shortages, profitability…

    Aporo Robotic Fruit Packer

    Here’s a practical solution to help fill the labour gap in the industry – the new robotic technology of the?Aporo Produce Packer.?Here the?focus is on making one of the most labour intensive…

    Dutch students developing broccoli harvesting robot

    In February 2021, two students from the Dutch Inholland University of Applied Sciences started their graduate internships for the so-called Smart Farming Broccoli project.…

    World premiere in Warendorf: Früchtehof Ahlbrand relies on asparagus robot

    "Workforce availability decreases year by year"

    Asparagus robot "Sparter" from Cerescon was used for the first time last year in the fields of the Ahlbrand fruit farm in Warendorf, Westphalia. Ultimately, the tests led to the purchase of the harvesting robot. However, a number of suggestions for improvement were implemented before the official…

    Joanne Wells - Main Range Orchard

    "We estimate that we have saved up to 50% in labour costs by installing the system"

    Main Range Orchard, situated in Young in New South Wales grows cherries on approximately 25 hectares. The cherry season runs from mid- November to early January depending on weather conditions. Cherries from Main Range Orchard are exported to Singapore and Vietnam. In 2006 the company bought their first…

    New EU project Robs4Crops accelerates shift towards robotics

    From farming controllers and smart implements to fully autonomous farming systems, Robs4Crops (a new project) is helping farmers fill labour shortages — shaking up the farming landscape. The Robs4Crops project will accelerate the shift towards the large-scale implementation of robotics and automation in…

    Survey to research level of automation uptake in UK horticulture

    A new survey by AHDB Horticulture is underway, looking to measure the level of uptake of automation and robotics within UK horticultural businesses over the last four years.…

    UK: Drones will be mainstream delivery option by 2040

    As unmanned technology and network scale dramatically bring down costs, drones could account for one-third of same-day package deliveries by 2040. While security and privacy…

    NL: Het Packhuys installs three top seal lines at VGK Cool Logistics

    The Dutch company, VGK Cool Logistics, relocated at the beginning of the year. "To a larger, newer, more modern building with a view to the future," says Etienne Vennink. "We're delighted. There are always some teething problems in the beginning. But after a week, we got them all under control." "The new…

    HerbERT drying container see first time use at Schwammerlprinzen LLC

    "Our process contributes significantly to reducing food waste"

    The innovative HerbERT drying process has already proven itself at many producers and processors of fruit, vegetables and herbs at home and abroad. The drying system of Austrian manufacture is now available as a large container as well. At Lower Austrian mushroom grower Schwammerlprinzen LLC, the system…

    GNA solution

    Complete weighing, filling and packaging line

    This is a complete solution to create perfectly packed products, whose qualities are fully preserved: we are talking about the weighing, filling and packaging line of the Italian company GNA based in Ozzano dell'Emilia, in the province of Bologna. This line was recently installed also in Iceland. The…

    Air-cleaning technology helps with storage challenges

    To prevent the fast softening of papayas along with citrus mold issues, Papayas & More invested in Bio Turbo air-cleaning technology and has since managed to overcome other storage challenges such as cross-contamination. Papayas & More was born in 1970, exporting fruits to the United States and later to…

    Robot hand with a 'human touch'

    A human hand can grasp anything. From a whole pineapple to a bag of tangerines. We also instinctively know how to adjust our grip on products. The company Soft Robotics applies this technique to their robots, making it very suitable for delicate products such as fruits and vegetables.

    Agerris

    Australia: SuniTAFE SMART Farm receives Digital Farmhand

    SuniTAFE SMART Farm is found some 16 km from the centre of Mildura. The farm acts is a training and research facility, implementing the latest innovations and best practices of digital farming. Now, SuniTAFE has acquired an Australian designed and produced agricultural robot called The Digital Farmhand.…

    Citrustech begins testing mechanized citrus harvesting with an olive grove harvester prototype

    The Citrustech Operational Group, which was set up to modernize citrus farms through mechanization and incorporation of technology, has begun testing mechanized harvesting and…

    Ausveg

    AUSVEG and Heat and Control commence new strategic partnership

    AUSVEG is proud to announce Heat and Control – a leading engineering and manufacturing-focused company with a global customer base – has commenced a new?strategic partnership with AUSVEG. From a single piece of equipment through to a complete, fully integrated system with full engineering, design and…

    Food-safe sorting and packaging with GeoSort Ultimate Clean

    How can one sort and package with food safety as a top priority? That question becomes increasingly important in the market, with consumers paying more and more attention to fresh produce hygiene. Greefa is rising to that challenge with the development of a new hygienic machine. Dick Verkade, Manager…

    Ag Pro Robotics

    Ag Pro Robotics, California

    StrawBot follows harvesters during strawberry picking

    Ag Pro Robotics from Watsonville, California, has presented a semi-autonomous strawberry harvesting robot called StrawBot. The machine is designed to support human strawberry pickers, as it can autonomously follow them through the field during harvesting. Although there have been many attempts to develop…

    Lasko

    New, fruit-shaped device to keep our fridges fresh

    The new Fresh Slice Fridge Ionizer from Lasko is a battery-operated, watermelon-shaped device that functions as an air purifier, just for our fridges. It uses the brand’s patented technology to release “odor eating particles” helping to break down ethylene gas, while also keeping any smells at bay.…

    Christophe Blanc, Managing Director of Maf Roda Ibérica: "We want our lines to be self-sufficient"

    "Our investment is focused on automation, internal analysis and total traceability control. They are the future"

    The lack of labor in the fruit and vegetable sector, as well as the restrictions on mobility since the health crisis broke out, are giving a boost to the demand for solutions providing greater automation in the calibration and sorting processes. Moreover, internal sorting technology is becoming more and…

    The warehouse of the future

    The future of warehouse logistics. These are the STO Express logistics robots in the sorting centre of Xuzhou, China. ? ?

    Bringing automation to nut harvesting

    The macadamia market is constantly growing: indeed, the nutritional virtues it provides makes the macadamia nut a fruit very much in demand. "The success is such that today the macadamia nut is the most expensive nut in the world with a price varying around 60$/kg (R900). This infatuation has naturally…

    MAF RODA

    Chris Bray - MAF RODA NZ

    "Ease of integration and design means customers only need to deal with one company"

    More and more companies are investing in robotics and automated packhouse machinery, this may be to tackle labour shortages or cope with growing production volumes. MAF RODA NZ have built up a strong presence in the NZ Market in the last 5 years with annual kiwifruit projects since 2017. "We also have stonefruit…

    Monitoring hardware now included with Frost Fans

    Australian Frost Fans is the sister business to New Zealand Frost Fans, which manufactures the FrostBoss? range of frost fans at their factory in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. The FrostBoss? C49 (4-blade machine) is one of the the best-selling machines in Australasia. "Web-based monitoring of frost fans is becoming…

    "Setting new standards in grading accuracy with SmartGradeTM software"

    Tomra Food introduces SmartGrade on its Spectrim platform. The new system puts the packhouse in complete control of grading with such accuracy that it is able to pack fruit to maximize sales by matching very precisely the specific requirements of the individual customers. It identifies each blemish and…

    Venus Sphera was born as a collaboration of Coop Bilanciai and Agricola Don Camillo. Video below.

    Weighing and labelling round products is now easier

    Working together is the starting point for great ideas, and this is exactly what happened between the Italian Cooperativa Bilanciai and Agricola Don Camillo. The weighing and labelling of round products such as melons and watermelons has always been difficult and sometimes inaccurate, because the…

    For Agriplast hi-tech innovation at the heart of eco-friendly agriculture

    Appropriate investments can reduce environmental impact

    The challenge for the coming years is to combine development and environmental sustainability, as set out in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. Technology and research applied to agriculture must be geared towards the development of production techniques that can achieve maximum…


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