In­stal­la­tion of state-of-the-art cen­trifu­gal dryer at CHEP

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CHEP New Zealand has taken on board cus­tomer feed­back and is lead­ing the in­dus­try with the devel­op­ment and in­stal­la­tion of a state-of-the-art cen­trifu­gal dryer for its Pen­rose Ser­vice Cen­tre that will ben­e­fit many fresh pro­duce providers.

Fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of CHEP’s Lift Lock Re­us­able Plas­tic Crate (RPC), feed­back has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive with many fresh pro­duce providers re­al­is­ing the value and cost sav­ing benefits of the fold­able re­us­able crates.

The abil­ity to pack fresh pro­duce di­rectly into the RPCs and trans­port pro­duce to cold stor­age fa­cil­i­ties or di­rectly through to re­tail out­lets has re­duced man­ual han­dling and de­liv­ered cost sav­ings to cus­tomers.

One of the main benefits of th­ese RPCs is that they can be col­lapsed and then stacked, en­sur­ing more crates per stack there­fore re­duc­ing trans­porta­tion and stor­age costs.

Once fresh pro­duce has been trans­ported or sold, the empty RPCs are re­turned to CHEP Ser­vice Cen­tres where they are cleaned, washed and re­dis­tributed to pri­mary pro­duc­ers, en­sur­ing a fast turn­around in or­der to meet har­vest or pack house re­quire­ments.

Work­ing closely with cus­tomers, CHEP re­viewed how the cleaned and washed crates were han­dled fol­low­ing de­liv­ery. CHEP iden­ti­fied that im­prove­ments could be achieved in re­mov­ing resid­ual wa­ter from the RPCs fol­low­ing the con­di­tion­ing process, which would pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit to cus­tomers in terms of labour, time and cost sav­ings.

A sig­nif­i­cant cap­i­tal in­vest­ment has been made to up­grade and re­design the Pen­rose Ser­vice Cen­tre and in­stall a state-ofthe-art high-speed cen­trifu­gal dryer as the last step in the wash and dry process, re­duc­ing resid­ual wa­ter in the crates to be­low 5 mg, in line with world’s best prac­tice

How the sys­tem will op­er­ate:

When the RPCs are re­turned to CHEP, they will be man­u­ally loaded onto a con­veyer belt, then erected, in­verted and con­veyed into the washer. Fol­low­ing wash­ing, the RPCs will be repo­si­tioned to the cor­rect ori­en­ta­tion and the side walls col­lapsed. The RPCs will then be sorted by size, and stacked into pre­de­fined num­bers. The crate stack will ad­vance into a high­speed cen­trifu­gal dryer where wa­ter will be re­moved. Upon ex­it­ing the cen­trifu­gal dryer, crates will be stored un­der­cover ready for dis­patch.

CHEP New Zealand’s Fresh Team is proud to have worked closely with cus­tomers to in­tro­duce the so­lu­tion. “This su­pe­rior crate dry­ing tech­nol­ogy pro­vides our cus­tomers with con­sid­er­able sav­ings in terms of labour, time and cost. By in­stalling world-class, state-of-the-art crate dry­ing tech­nol­ogy within the CHEP ser­vice cen­tre, all our cus­tomers will ben­e­fit, from this in­vest­ment,” says Paul Den­ni­son, Direc­tor Do­mes­tic and Ex­port, CHEP New Zealand.

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