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In Wallern im Burgenland Austria, the company Perlinger grows peppers in a greenhouse of 7 hectares. For the new greenhouse, they intend to take a new harvest and transport system in operation. Prime focus has been on protecting the vulnerable harvested produce from damage or bruising.
The company requested for a fully automated and unmanned container reloading process from harvesting containers into box pallets. Prime focus has been on delivering a system with highest degree of protecting the vulnerable harvested produce from damage or bruising.
Also the chaos on the concrete path will be avoided by automating the reloading process in the pack house instead. No more activity in the greenhouse, no more forklifts, but all at ease with high efficiencies and a much quicker harvesting process.
Currently this grower is repacking bell peppers from harvesting containers into plastic box pallets. The current containers empty at the bottom and as a result of large drop height many peppers get damaged, dented or bruised.
In the new greenhouse a different unloading and reloading system will be introduced, with full respect to the fresh produce itself to prevent bruising in any way.
Special pepper harvesting gutters will enable a soft drop of peppers into the containers, without any damage of the fruits. By adjusting position of the gutter, an even spread of peppers in the containers will be realized. After completion of containers, the container will be picked up, gently tilted to allow the peppers to gently roll out of the container, from the top. The fruits will be introduced onto a wide conveyor little by little, to form a rather thin layer of peppers. By a clever feeding principle we guarantee the peppers to never drop more than some 10 to 15 cm’s. The last belt actually filling the box pallet lifts step by step as the box is slowly being filled.
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