Blueberry and Cherry Tomato Packing Equipment
06/02/2008 - Fast Payback for Blueberry Growers on packing equipment. MArty Rodgers
With the high cost of labour and lack of skilled workers, Blueberry and cherry tomato growers are automating their packing lines in greater numbers. With labour rates at up to $25 per hour per head and availablity of this labour force is often erratic as these workers are often backpackers and itinerant workers who move around.
It is easy to see why growers are automating the packing process as the justification equation is easy to make. In many situation payback for this type of equipment is less than half a season. Of course for the grower, this provides a unique set of challenges:
Introducing the Lakewood Technology “Weighmaster”. This system provides the opportunity to deliver an accurate amount of product to each clamshell without overfilling, thus saving up to 10-20% of the yield. These volume fillers are simple to use and fast and will ensure your product is delivered to the markets faster and safer than ever before! The Weighmaster system provides the dual benefit of reducing production labour through automating the process of denesting, weighing and packing the fruit and increasing yield through accurately weighing product to within 1 or two pieces of fruit .
The user interface has been designed with simplicity in mind. Using a touch screen monitor the user can easily change items such as clamshell type and target weight with the touch of a button.
The machine is built in stainless steel and particular care has been taken in design and construction to ensure the machine can be cleaned easily. A manual control function on the user interface enables all parts to run independently for cleaning.
The Weighmaster is able to fill a wide range of clamshells from 100grams to 2.5 kg.
Other products in our Range
Impulse Soft Sorter
Our Vision-Based Equipment is designed with accuracy, efficiency and simplicity in mind. The Impulse Soft Sorter is designed to provide a high speed inline sort and removal of soft fruit.
The Berytek advanced color sorter is able to sort small objects, such as blueberries, olives, cranberries and grapes at a high speed. It is perhaps best known in the North American blueberry industry where it has become and still remains the industry standard.
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