Irregular-sized carrots get processed

By Rick Pendrous contact

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Irregular-sized carrots get processed

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Irish vegetable grower Leo Dunne has expanded its production operations, thanks in part to the installation of a new multi-head weigher. This has helped it to handle processed carrots that were oversized or irregular and not suitable for sale whole.

The company installed an Ishida 10-head waterproof multi-head weigher through its agent SF Engineering. The multi-head weigher features three-litre product hoppers, which can process around 55 packs a minute on 500g bags of carrots with an overall pack accuracy rate of 98%.

“The machine's ease of operation means our staff all like it,”​ says manager Emmet Dunne.

“It is also far more intuitive than other weighers, so that if there are any minor issues during production, the machine will identify these and inform operators how to fix them. This is vital to maintaining production.”

The multi-head weigher is part of a complete line devised and installed by SF Engineering, which also includes a swing loader, bespoke sorting table, elevating conveyor and support platform, and a Ceia metal detector.

Leo Dunne expects the new facility will pay for itself within three years. And, while the system was designed to handle carrots, it can also be used for other products, giving the company additional flexibility to react to market trends.

Contact Ishida Europe​ for more information. 

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