- System to
separate fresh produce that can bruise, if not handled properly.
handling of product is critical to avoid scuffing, or marking.
separation, produce is to be presented to operators for
sorting and grading.
A wash and transport
system incorporating a water tank, inclined conveyor, and transport conveyor, was designed and built.
specially designed 1000 litre capacity,
stainless steel, water tank is used for primary separation, where
powerful, adjustable, jets of water wash and guide produce along the
tank length. An inbuilt, semi-immersed, inclined conveyor,
removes the produce from the tank.
with the inclined conveyor, is an energy saving, air drying system that
detects the shape and location of produce. Strong jets of air in the corresponding location then blows
water off the produce.
washed produce is transferred from the tank, onto a transport conveyor, which features powered
friction side guides. Side guides help to orient the produce in single
file along the belt suitable for operators to sort and grade.
on the machine feature speed controls for conveyors, water pump,
powered side guides, and a PLC, enabling tuning of air
This produce washing and
conveying system is ideal for
cleaning fresh produce such as bananas, apples, pears,
Currently deployed in far north Queensland, this is
the first stage of an automated processing, and packaging
Sequence of Carton
Sealer: External View
Section View of Sealer
system for sealing a retail pack made
from corrugated E-flute board, the design of which incorporates two
platforms on the top of a shallow tray. One of these platforms also has
a fully folded hinged tab extending the length of the platform, which
acts as a spring to retain the product within the tray.
This feature has been patented. System is to seal the tabs using hot
right angled sealing system was designed with novel folding mechanisms
to facilitate the folding
of the patented spring feature. Cartons arrive at random to the
machine, and are
transported by a lug system which has variable pitches which change
according to the
pattern of the packed trays. Once primary folding has been completed, cartons
transported at 90° to complete the adhesive application and final
and construct 3 axis servo driven collation table incorporating an
angled section to
provide a break between rims on edge row to prevent interference
between rows cups
being picked up and those waiting for the next pickup. Four of these
been manufactured, and all are installed in California.
development of the system resulted in a much larger table being
constructed for multiple
robot pick up, and this was installed in Greece. A
further development also installed in Greece, was to make a system to
run in reverse and
operate as a decollator, so that after retorting, the unloading robot
could place collated
product on the system to feed product single file into a subsequent