A new greenhouse effect

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Thanet Earth, based on the Isle of Thanet in Kent, claims to have the largest, most high-tech greenhouse complex in the UK, which has enough glass to cover 80 football pitches.

The space is used to grow tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers with strong green credentials.

As part of a continuous efficiency improvement programme, the firm consulted UPM Conveyors to automate the transfer of cherry tomatoes from an Ilapak Vegatronic 500 bagger to the check weigher/labelling/packing area at a rate of 70 packs a minute.

After evaluating various options, UPM Conveyors decided that the ideal solution was to transfer packs from the 100mm high-discharge height from the bagger via a horizontal feed section. This elevates to a height of 1,100mm through a 90° radius to the checkweigher in one belt conveyor utilising high molecular weight polyethylene (HMWPE) construction, which is Food and Drug Administration-approved for food contact.

UPM also offers conventional stainless steel belt conveyors but says that HMWPE is becoming more recognised in the food processing and packaging sector as a lower cost alternative that allows greater flexibility in design and complies with full wash down hygiene regulations.

Contact: UPM Conveyors

Tel: 01753 548 801

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