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The farmsoft Fruit Packing System manages day to day operations of medium to large fruit and vegetable packing businesses. The solution delivers extensive benefits including making compliance easier, enforcing consistent quality control, and giving management more accurate reporting. The farmsoft Fruit packing system delivers total business management solutions for fresh produce processors and marketers. Talk to a farmsoft consultant today to discuss how your fruit packing system will make doing business easier. Farmsoft is available in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, Turkey and other regions (Please inquire).

Farmsoft Fruit packing system turbocharges packing operations. Fruit packing system farmsoft Fruit packing system brings together all parts of the fruit and vegetable packing business, resulting in better planning, better reporting, and better monitoring.

Through better planning, customer orders are filled on time, with the correct fresh produce of the correct specifications. Better reporting allows management to identify potential for improvement in areas such as employee performance, quality control, fresh produce waste, inventory management, and customer satisfaction. Better monitoring allows management to take rapid corrective actions before an issue becomes costly to the business.


In addition to the above benefits, farmsoft Fruit Packing Systems also reduce overall financial risk exposure in the event of a recall – by making the recall as small as possible, the cost to the business in the unlikely event of a recall is greatly reduced. Potentially, saving the business tens of thousands of dollars (or more if current systems used are manual).

The farmsoft Fruit Packing System quality control modules ensure that quality testing is standardized and consistent across the entire business, across multiple sites, multiple employees, and multiple product lines. This results in less waste by avoiding incorrect categorization of fresh produce, and better customer confidence in the quality and consistency of your fresh produce.

Farmsoft Fruit packing system make employee management easy by capturing the labor in the pack shed. Labor can be captured using time-sheets, or by scanning bar codes during the packing process. This information can later be exported to your chosen financial or payroll solution.

Farmsoft Fruit packing system has many innovative features, like quality alerts, and print on demand labeling, and mobile inventory and dispatch control.


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Tracing Fruit And Vegetables From Farm To Fork and back to Packhouse

Fruit packing system
Fruit packing system

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New packaging system offers logistical efficiency

De Jong Verpakkingen and International Paper have started a cooperation to market a new retail-packing system in Europe. With this system, the inter-stackability between fruit and vegetable boxes will be realised on a European level. For retailers, this will result in major advantages, particularly in the field of logistics.


Fruit and vegetable boxes in all shapes and sizes, with different colours and printing, aren’t beneficial to the presentation of the fresh produce department. Besides, the different versions mean the various boxes can’t be easily stacked on pallets. This was also concluded by Lidl International in Germany. They went looking for a fitting solution with the packing branch. “The retailer wanted to tackle the packing system for fresh produce departments of Lidl shops throughout Europe. This way they hope to create more unity in their shops, and to improve the logistical imbalance,” says Ronald de Wildt of De Jong Verpakkingen, who is closely involved in the development and implementation of the new packaging system. The system has now been taken into use by Lidl, and is applied in more and more shops.


Fruit packing system
Fruit packing system

Ronald mentions it wasn’t easy to develop an entirely new system on this scale. That’s why local corrugated cardboard associations in various European countries, as well as FEFCO, the European umbrella organisation for corrugated cardboard packaging, also collaborated in the thought process. “After many discussions, tests and adjustments, an assortment of boxes was created that can be mutually stacked. Variation in size, colour and printing is still possible, but the boxes, or rather, the uniform bottom size, the corners and notches have been made in such a way that all boxes correspond to each other, among the various European countries as well. This will have many advantages, particularly logistically, because the boxes can be stacked on pallets more efficiently. On average, up to 30 per cent can be gained in the logistic field now.”


European implementation

The packing system was initially developed for Lidl, but because interest from other retailers soon followed, the system is now being presented throughout Europe. “The entire fresh produce sector actually benefits from this system. Grower’s associations and sales cooperatives have also voiced interest, and GroentenFruit Huis has indicated they’re also interested in a packing system. This made us feel very positive about the future.” De Jong Verpakkingen wants to offer its customers a good logistic system with the stackable boxes. The sustainability aspect is an added bonus. The packaging producer offers an extensive assortment of corrugated and solid cardboard boxes to the fresh produce sector. “Cardboard boxes are one of the most sustainable packaging on the market. The material is made from renewable materials, and it’s recyclable and compostable. A nice added value is the option to print, making the boxes usable as a marketing tool. Moreover, research shows fresh produce has a shelf life that’s three days longer in cardboard.”


For the production and sales of the new packing system, as well as cardboard solutions for fruit and vegetables in general, De Jong Verpakkingen recently entered into an agreement with International Paper. De Jong Verpakkingen is particularly active in the Benelux and the UK, while International Paper is a global market leader with as many as 26 production locations in Europe, in France, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Morocco. The two companies will continue to operate independently from each other, although the cooperation does make it easier to respond to specific needs of European retailers, according to Ronald, and to develop solutions to improve the logistic supply chain. “We’re not afraid to say the new system offers a pioneering and cross-border solution, which will be available for all of Europe now.”


In the short term, De Jong Verpakkingen and International Paper present a combined brand, and they will dedicate themselves particularly to increasing the reputation of the new packing system among European retailers. Besides, the packing producers hope to combine their strengths in coming years to move customers away from plastic and towards cardboard even more.


More information:
De Jong Verpakkingen
Ronald de Wildt
www.dejongverpakking.nl

FelaPac tray loading machine could revolutionaise citrus packing

The packing of netted citrus fruits into trays, crates and cartons is set to be fully automated for the first time with the launch of a unique tray loading machine from Pacepacker Services, FlexaPac.

The new innovative and patented technology is in response to a request made by a food process trouble shooting consultant, working for one of the UK’s leading importers and packers of fruits, who approached Pacepacker to design and manufacture a system which would almost entirely eliminate product waste and increase netted fruit packing throughput.

Fruit packing system
Fruit packing system



The FlexaPac, which can pack in excess of 60 nets of fruit per minute, replaces the current labour intensive approach of loading netted products into crates, trays and cartons by hand via a rotary table. Not only is the rotary table process costly due to high staffing requirements, bags of fruit are often wasted when packers accidentally drop the products, or they are bruised when the handler loads them into a tray resulting in costly penalties charged by the retailer.

This challenge prompted independent Food Production Consultant Trefor Mason, who redesigns food manufacturing processes to achieve a leaner way of working, to approach Pacepacker to design an automated solution which would eliminate waste and increase line throughput.

“Having worked with many fruit packers and suppliers it was apparent that the packing of the netted fruits into trays was an area which required a complete overhaul,” comments Trefor. “My client is a fruit supplier to many leading supermarket chains and having assisted them in the redevelopment of their factory we began to look for an automated solution which would overcome the drawbacks of manual packing and ultimately eliminate product bruising, increase line throughput and re-deploy manual workers.”

Using their EEF Future Manufacturing award winning ‘Try Before You Buy’ in-house service, Pacepacker’s team of engineers worked with Trefor and the fruit packer to create several equipment design concepts before finally developing the FlexaPac. Two simple, yet effective, parallel conveyor belts transport the bags of fruit from the net packing machine onto FlexaPac’s set of landing platforms, here, once the correct quantity of netted product has been recognised by the system, they are gently pushed onto a set of lowering plates, which then smoothly lower the product into the waiting tray below – completely eliminating product damage and waste. Without human handling, the system evenly distributes layers of fruit, below the level of the tray bale arms or carton lips, until the required quantity is met. The system uses a combination of touch screen, PLC and servo systems and enables storage of many recipes for different product configurations.

The system comes with intelligent options such as the email alert system for when production capability is not being achieved through low input of trays or packs and production status snapshots. Pacepacker Services Business Development Manager, Paul Wilkinson, comments: “The patented FlexaPac technology is completely different from anything else on the market, and while it has been designed to automate and overcome the issues relating to the packing of netted fruit it also offers manufacturer’s of other netted goods such as nuts, plant bulbs, onions and cheeses, a fast and waste efficient automated packing option. The FlexaPac has the option of being fed via one or two netting machines and can be interlocked into an existing line to offer a fully integrated turnkey system – a first for netted fruit packing.”

As an industry-first, the FlexaPac is receiving a lot of attention from net bagging equipment manufacturers looking to provide turnkey lines. One such leading packaging supplier to the fresh produce industry, Verti-Pack, one of five leading packaging companies who make up the GSH Group, has now partnered with Pacepacker: “Verti-Pack has been supplying some of the UK’s leading fruit packers with weighing/counting, sorting and inspection and netting equipment for over 20 years and we work very closely with the Sorma Group, the world leader in produce handling and packing systems. FlexaPac is the first system we’ve come across to successfully automate the tray loading process,” explains Andy Brooks, General Manager of Verti-Pack. “We believe that there is a very good synergy between Verti-Pack and Pacepacker and we will be actively promoting the FlexaPac to our customers. We are currently seeking opportunities to partner with Pacepacker and to install the FlexaPac – offering our customers a complete fully automated solution for the first time.”

Special Fruit chooses Marco for packaging system

Packhouse efficiency experts Marco have been awarded a significant contract by Special Fruit b.v. for the supply of a comprehensive twin line yield control packaging system at their major packhouse in Meer, Belgium.

Special Fruit is one of Europe’s largest importer-packers of fresh produce including: berries, exotics, soft and hard fruits, delicate vegetables and a range of speciality products. Sold under their iconic ‘BerryFresh’ and ‘Best Choice’ brands, Special Fruit’s products come from all six continents and are supplied to retailers, supermarket chains, hotels, caterers and other wholesalers throughout 28 countries.

Marco have unrivalled experience in supplying modular packhouse solutions that have a proven track record for increasing productivity by up to 30%. A key benefit for customers is that Marco can supply exactly the right system engineered for a particular application, including hardware, software and the all-important interface with recognised management software systems. In this installation, Marco’s system interfaces directly with Microsoft’s Navision platform to provide plant wide integration.

At the heart of the yield control packaging system are 24 LineMaster workstations, 12 per line, managed via two DataMaster control terminals. The LineMaster workstations have been developed to de-skill the manual packing process, allowing operators to rapidly achieve target weight through the use of a simple traffic light system. The optimised flow of products from pre-pack through to finished, labelled product is achieved through the smart design of single and dual tier conveyors. Overall control of the conveyors is via a PLC control system incorporating a touch HMI user interface panel to make product change-over and set up very simple.

Special Fruit’s Operations Director Jef Wouters is delighted with the overall design: “Marco’s extensive knowledge and experience of fresh produce packaging has been clear from the outset. They understand our challenges and their ability to undertake the design and supply of the complete mechanical handling equipment, together with the seamless interface with our Navision system, will ensure optimum efficiency throughout the packhouse. The yield control system will streamline our manual packing process and provide invaluable visibility for our operation. The reduction in giveaway and improved productivity will ensure we remain highly competitive whilst providing our customers with the highest quality produce.”


Special Fruit chooses Marco for packaging system

Packhouse efficiency experts Marco have been awarded a significant contract by Special Fruit b.v. for the supply of a comprehensive twin line yield control packaging system at their major packhouse in Meer, Belgium.

Fruit packing system
Fruit packing system



Special Fruit is one of Europe’s largest importer-packers of fresh produce including: berries, exotics, soft and hard fruits, delicate vegetables and a range of speciality products. Sold under their iconic ‘BerryFresh’ and ‘Best Choice’ brands, Special Fruit’s products come from all six continents and are supplied to retailers, supermarket chains, hotels, caterers and other wholesalers throughout 28 countries.

Marco have unrivalled experience in supplying modular packhouse solutions that have a proven track record for increasing productivity by up to 30%. A key benefit for customers is that Marco can supply exactly the right system engineered for a particular application, including hardware, software and the all-important interface with recognised management software systems. In this installation, Marco’s system interfaces directly with Microsoft’s Navision platform to provide plant wide integration.

At the heart of the yield control packaging system are 24 LineMaster workstations, 12 per line, managed via two DataMaster control terminals. The LineMaster workstations have been developed to de-skill the manual packing process, allowing operators to rapidly achieve target weight through the use of a simple traffic light system. The optimised flow of products from pre-pack through to finished, labelled product is achieved through the smart design of single and dual tier conveyors. Overall control of the conveyors is via a PLC control system incorporating a touch HMI user interface panel to make product change-over and set up very simple.

Special Fruit’s Operations Director Jef Wouters is delighted with the overall design: “Marco’s extensive knowledge and experience of fresh produce packaging has been clear from the outset. They understand our challenges and their ability to undertake the design and supply of the complete mechanical handling equipment, together with the seamless interface with our Navision system, will ensure optimum efficiency throughout the packhouse. The yield control system will streamline our manual packing process and provide invaluable visibility for our operation. The reduction in giveaway and improved productivity will ensure we remain highly competitive whilst providing our customers with the highest quality produce.”

Electronic apple eliminates bruising

Brillopak has come up with an innovative way of using an electronic apple to inform and assist development of its UniPAKer robotic crate packer for fresh produce. By measuring the G-forces that an apple is subjected to during the crate packing process, this intelligent logging device has enabled Brillopak’s engineers to make design enhancements that will minimise damage and bruising to delicate fruit.

The electronic apple is a shock and temperature logger encased in a carrier shell that mimics the shape, size and density of a real apple. The ‘dummy’ apple is inserted into a pack in place of a real apple to monitor and locate sources of damage to apples during handling and transportation. Force and temperature measurements are recorded by the device and sent via bluetooth to an app that presents them in easy to read and analyse graphical or Excel formats.

Brillopak saw the potential to deploy the apple as a machinery development tool for its UniPAKer apple packing system. Using the instrument’s shock-testing capabilities, the trail-blazing company has redesigned the UniPAKer’s reject system and optimised the picking and placing operation to reduce G-force stress on fruit. By minimising damage-induced waste, these incremental enhancements translate to improved economics for fresh produce customers.

Fruit packing system
Fruit packing system

Ejecting rejects: a delicate operation
On Brillopak’s UniPAKer lines, flow-wrapped or pillow packs of apples are usually passed through a vision or checkweighing system prior to entering the pick and place system, to check that each pack contains the correct number of fruit and that no apples have been chopped up by the packaging machine. Reject packs are ejected from the line and any good apples are reintroduced into the process.

The UniPAKer was using a reject system that pushed apples 90° off the side of the conveyor, down a chute. However, this was resulting in bruising to fruit, preventing reworking.

Brillopak ran tests which involved inserting the electronic apple into flow-wrapped packs and running the packs through the system to record G-force measurements. This exercise revealed that the existing system was causing the apple to be subjected to forces of up to 26G in places, but if that G-force could be reduced to less than 6G, there would be no damage to fruit.

The company designed and tested a new gentle reject system that achieved exactly this. The system uses tangential force to guide the rejected apples off the belt at an angle via a flexible polyurethane band mounted on an electronic servo motor controlled pusher.

Brillopak Technical Director Peter Newman explains: “The electronic apple allowed us to pinpoint where the maximum force was. Armed with that knowledge, we were able to redesign the system to reduce that force below the damage threshold. This is a major benefit to fresh produce packers, for whom waste as a result of bruising is a considerable and largely avoidable cost.”

Fruit packing system
Fruit packing system

Optimising the pick and place curve
The other operation on robotic apple packing systems that can be a hotspot for damage is the pick and place system, with some rival robots dropping fruit from heights of 250mm. Brillopak has developed a new robot control system that has allowed it to optimise the acceleration/deceleration curve by enabling greater adjustability of parameters.

“When lifting a pack of apples, the robot arm accelerates strongly upwards into a curve, then decelerates down into the crate, so the pack is tightly controlled as it reaches the bottom of the crate. Other packaging machinery manufacturers might be able to design a robotic system that picks and places apples into crates at high speeds, but what sets us apart is our ability to perform this task at high speed without bruising the product,” explains Peter.

Measuring the G-forces on the electronic apple during the pick and place process, Brillopak was able to verify the system’s ability to lift bags of apples and lower them into crates without subjecting them to force that would result in bruising.

Brillopak’s UniPAKer robotic pick and place cell was originally engineered for packing bags of potatoes and apples into crates. The UniPAKer has been specifically designed to improve productivity and improve pack presentation on shelf. Using a parallel arm delta robot on a compact footprint, it will load up to 85 VFFS, tray-sealed or flow wrapped packs per minute and is ideal for vegetables, fruits and salad up to 1kg.

For more information:
Peter Newman
BrilloPak
Tel: +44 1622 872907
Email: info@brillopak.co.uk
www.brillopak.co.uk

Amerplast and PerfoTec to launch new AmerFresh Packaging System

Amerplast and PerfoTec are to participate in one of

the world’s largest trade fairs for fresh produce,

Fruit Logistica in Berlin that takes place between

February 3rd and 5th and brings together more

than 2,700 exhibitors and 65,000 visitors from the

international fresh produce trade. Together the two companies will introduce AmerFresh, a new packaging system that enhances the shelf-life of fresh produce, thereby reducing waste and cost.


The AmerFresh Packaging System uses latest R&D intelligence specific to fresh-cut vegetables and fruits, Amerplast high-performance film and printing technology and the Perfotec laser perforation system, and it works in synergy with fresh-cut packing equipment.




One of the key variables for fresher produce is the optimization of oxygen levels within the pack, tailored for each type of vegetable and fruit. The AmerFresh Packaging System is designed to inhibit as much as possible the biochemical reactions in fresh produce through better packaging architecture, delivering fresh-cut vegetables and fruits with a longer life cycle. The PerfoTec technology enables individual measurement and tools for optimal oxygen respiration rates for each individual produce.


Amerplast and PerfoTec BV first announced their co-operation at the 2015 Fruit Logistica Trade Fair. The unique PerfoTec technology and equipment have since been installed at Amerplast’s Tampere site in Finland. With a strong heritage in high performance fresh food packaging, Amerplast offers a high level of expertise in the sector, and the cooperation with PerfoTec opens new possibilities for Amerplast's fresh produce customers in terms of more economical and sustainable packaging solutions.


“Our customers have shown high interest towards this new micro perforation packaging technology. We believe this technology brings superior benefits for our fresh produce customers and that in a few years it will be capitalized on all over Europe”, says Børge Kvamme, CEO Amerplast. “Another key to AmerFresh is that we have developed a wide range of film options and thicknesses for different fresh-cut vegetables and fruits, to meet different customer requirements. Our laminates offer excellent film permeability, allowing efficient mix of barrier and breathing properties. Additionally, our films are puncture and tear resistant and stable and perform extremely well on-line at high speed, which allows our customers to capture additional downstream value”, Kvamme concludes.


“The partnership with Amerplast is a great opportunity for us to join forces with a high performing packaging company dedicated to providing innovative solutions that enhance quality and convenience of high value food products”, says PerfoTec's CEO Bas Groeneweg. “Our cooperation has enabled Amerplast to expand their film offering and allows them to provide support to customers through delivery of the respiration meters and laser perforation units and software, having responsibility for film supply and ongoing product support”. “Jointly with Amerplast we can offer the customers a completely integrated system which is unique in this industry”.


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