Con­veyor de­mand meets boom­ing Pipfruit sec­tor

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The New Zealand pipfruit sec­tor is rid­ing a wave of suc­cess with the cur­rent sea­son up four per­cent on last year, which is ex­pected to in­crease by 17 per­cent next sea­son.

With the growth has come many pack­ing fa­cil­ity ex­pan­sions and new devel­op­ments and EQM’s strong track record of devel­op­ing ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient pack­ing and pro­cess­ing sys­tems has seen the com­pany in high de­mand.

Just re­cently EQM swung into ac­tion and de­signed and then sup­plied a 28-me­tre EQM band driven car­ton pack­ing sys­tem at one of Hawke’s Bay’s lead­ing ap­ple com­pa­nies.

EQM’s An­thony Blox­ham said the com­pany was asked to draw up some de­signs and quote a new au­to­mated process that moved ap­ple car­tons along the con­veyor to be closed and taped, then stacked on pal­lets. “The brief was to make the sys­tem er­gonom­i­cally fit to min­imise the lif ting of boxes on and off the sys­tem. Other con­sid­er­a­tions was that it be de­signed so that boxes could be taken off along the con­veyor and qual­ity checked as well as pro­vi­sions for ac­cu­mu­lat­ing.”

The sys­tem used two STM three phase shaft mounted gear drives. The con­veyor started at a height of 500mm and then had an in­cline to 900mm so that peo­ple could stand and tape at an er­gonomic height. The com­pany was also very much into util­is­ing its brand­ing and com­pany colours in all parts of the fa­cil­ity, so EQM pow­der-coated the sys­tem to th­ese cor­po­rate colours.

Blox­ham said EQM had promised to have the job com­pleted within a six-week time­frame and “we met the dead­line” which was in time for the busy har­vest and pack­ing sea­son.

Blox­ham says that al­though there’s been sig­nif­i­cant tech­nol­ogy ad­vance­ments in food tech­nol­ogy, there are still sys­tems like this that you can rely on. “We did our first car­ton con­veyor sys­tem in 1995 and they’re still one of the best sys­tems to use,” he stated.

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