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