Auckland’s fastest strawberries
Two large strawberry producers will be getting their Christmas orders out the door quicker this year.
One of the producers has installed a new punnet labelling process, while another has upgraded its conveyor system.
Perrys Berries, based at the end of the Auckland Airport runway, has transformed its labelling from an 8-10 people manual operation to an automated process that can label up to 200 punnets a minute.
EQM’s Anthony Bloxham recommended the Dix Online Punnet Labelling system.
“We went and did a site visit and assessed their label stock and assured them that Dix was the best solution for them. The manual way was messy, required lots of space and was labour-intensive.
He says there were a couple of other important factors to the solution’s brief.
“They didn’t want to add another conveyor system, they wanted the labelling to be done on their existing conveyor and the other was that the labeller needed to operate at varying speeds.
Lastly – they also wanted a dual labelling system – two labelling machines side by side on their conveyor.
“We’ve achieved everything that was in the brief. Better still is that it can operate seven days a week and there’s no downtime. If one of the labellers does break down, they can continue to operate with the other.
The Dix labeller can also manage a wide range of label sizes from 38mm to 65mm and the interchange is swift.
The other large strawberry producer was looking for a new conveyor system that could accommodate up to 20 people working either side of a conveyor to sort and pack strawberries.
The newly installed 15-metre conveyor is a modification of the popular C-Channel design and is powered by a STM SM series skew axis high efficiency gear drive with a speed controller to operate at various speeds.
Optimum sorting and packing speed can now be found to deliver enough fruit to maximise the output of the packers.
“The conveyor system was based on a similar format to what they already had, just on a bigger scale and with many subtle design improvements to make it easy to clean and f lexible enough to set up to suit the number of packers required each day.
“We were able to produce a 3D model of the design drawings that showed the positioning of people
“This provided the client a better picture of how it would work and the packing station layout, which is all adjustable.”
The conveyor is a kitset modular system, which was installed and up and running within 24 hours.
With the harvest season underway, if you’re looking to optimise your production performance, contact EQM today.