Blueberry packing line for year-round
packers and large exporters

For producers packing blueberries all year round, we offer an extended packing system that allows for individual programming of sorted and packed fruit categories.

The features and benefits of the blueberry packing line for year-round packers and large exporters

High quality sorting and accuracy of defect recognition, which enables sorting of fruit after long transport

A sorting system that makes it possible to individually create sorting categories for each fruit, enabling the user to pack fruit for different markets at the same time

A high throughput and packing efficiency

A highly accurate weigh & fill system enables overweighing to be limited to the weight of a single fruit, which results in savings of tens of thousands of euros per season

A safe and hygienic design that saves time spent on cleaning and changeovers of the machine

Increasing competitiveness on the market by supplying high quality fruit

A diagram of the line

The line consists of machines that can also be purchased separately:

1

Dovetail feed system

We offer a variety of dovetail feed systems for distribution of products to different components/parts of the line.

Description:

We offer a variety of dovetail feed systems for distribution of products to different components/parts of the line.

Features and advantages

  • The design of the conveyor ensures a low fruit drop height, which contributes to maintaining a high product quality 
  • A safe and hygienic design that protects the natural characteristics of the fruit, such as the wax bloom
  • Use of high quality materials for the fruit and vegetable segment
  • An ergonomic design of the belt conveyor ensures easy and fast cleaning, thus saving time and labour costs
  • Possibility to design a conveyor according to individual needs and requirements
2

Belt calibrator

A unit for sorting blueberries by size. It uses technologies that enable accurate and gentle sorting.

Description:

A unit for sorting blueberries by size. It uses technologies that enable accurate and gentle sorting. Removes undersized fruit and debris with specially adjustable slots between belts.
The belt calibrator is a very flexible grading machinery for blueberries. Thanks to its modular design, the grading machinery easily adapts to both large and small packaging lines. A jumbo calibrator is the best solution for removing wrong-sized and undersized fruit.

Purpose

  • Berries:
    – Blueberries
    – Cranberries
    – Black currants
  • Sweet and sour cherries
  • Tomatoes

Features and advantages:

Made of materials that are gentle to the fruit and do not rub off the bloom;
Belt width adjustable in the range of 8-12 mm;
A very gentle system with a low drop height on the reject belt conveyor;
A patented size adjustment system to easily adjust the calibrator to customer requirements;
A direct, stepless drive for smooth operation;
The simple design allows for easy disassembly and assembly, as well as cleaning of the machine;
The machine’s legs are equipped with wheels to ensure full mobility;
Made of stainless steel.

3

AirJet® 360° sorting system

The AirJet® sorting system is the most technologically advanced blueberry grading machinery on the market.

Description:

The AirJet Blueberry Grader is the most technologically advanced blueberry grading machinery on the market. The line features three types of AirJetTM Vision high definition (HD) cameras: black and white, colour, and near infrared (NIR) cameras. The sorter captures 21 images of the fruit’s surface, which enables a very detailed inspection from any perspective. The machine enables sorting according to:

  • Size – the dimensions of each fruit are calculated based on 21 optical camera images;
  • Softness/firmness – the machine is able to separate blueberries into 5 softness categories: intended for freezing, semi-soft, semi-hard, hard, and extra-hard, allowing producers to separate fruit – during packaging – for sale to different markets and according to their individual requirements 
  • Defects – the AirJetTM Vision’s GPJ technology detects internal and external defects such as bruises, discolouration and dryness
  • Colour – the AirJet® Blueberry Grader makes it possible to reject red, green, and underripe fruit, and separates fruit by wax bloom level.

The GP Graders’ AirJet® sorts berries at the speed of up to 46 units per second per line, providing extremely high throughput while maintaining sorting accuracy.

Features and advantages

  • Sorting is based on live feedback from AirJet Vision High Definition (HD) cameras
  • The grading machinery makes it possible to divide fruit according 5 types of softness, i.e. very soft (IQF), semi-soft, medium, semi-hard and hard
  • The grading machinery detects damage and defects such as bruises, cuts, cracks, etc. and is the only machine on the market able to sort out 100% of dry fruit
  • The sorter separates flattened fruit from round fruit (98% accuracy)
  • Possibility to sort out fruit infested by Drosophila suzukii.
  • The AirJet® Blueberry is designed to meet sanitary and hygienic standards
  • Designed with food grade materials for quick rinsing after use
  • Reduced risk of food product contamination
4

4-scale weigh & fill

Thanks to its combination of high output and weighing accuracy, it is currently the most widely used machine for packaging blueberries.

Description:

Thanks to its combination of high output and weighing accuracy, it is currently the most widely used machine for packaging blueberries. The 4-scale system is designed for packing fruit in a variety of container formats and weights at speeds of up to 80 packages per minute. A simple stainless steel design for easy operation, cleaning and maintenance. The unit is equipped with a clear and easy to use control touch panel.

Purpose

  • Berries:
    – Blueberries
    – Cranberries
    – Black currants
    – Bilberries
    – Aronia
  • Frozen fruit
  • Cherry tomatoes

Features and advantages

  • This highly accurate 4-scale weigh & fill system makes it possible to limit overweighing to the weight of a single fruit
  • An extremely gentle system for spreading the fruit on the machine, which guarantees preservation of the wax bloom on the packaged fruit
  • High packaging output – up to 80 containers per minute
  • High packaging flexibility – the machine allows the use of various types of packaging such as punnet, clamshell, bucket, cardboard box, shaker, etc. for weights from 125 g to 1.5 kg
  • Can be integrated with a checkweigher for packaging in the E-weights standard
  • Special software available in a Polish language version for registering each packed container
  • The unit is easy to clean and maintain

A conveyor belt for transporting containers to the scales of the weigh & fill:

  • A system for quick change of containers
  • Quick transport of containers to the scales
  • Easy to adjust change of packaging
  • Made of stainless steel
5

Lidding conveyor

This conveyor is used to transport containers with fruit. We offer different types and shapes of conveyor belt conveyors.

Description:

This conveyor is used to transport containers with fruit. We offer different types and shapes of conveyor belt conveyors.  

Features and advantages

  • A hygienic design for safe transport of packages
  • An ergonomic design of the belt conveyor ensures easy and fast cleaning, thus saving time and labour costs
  • Use of high quality materials suitable for the fruit and vegetable segment
  • Possibility to design a conveyor according to individual needs and requirements
6

Labeller

A labelling kit for applying self-adhesive labels to the top, bottom, and side of packages transported on a conveyor belt.

Description:

A labelling kit for applying self-adhesive labels to the top, bottom, and side of packages transported on a conveyor belt. The unit is equipped with labelling heads with a colour control touch screen to manage and operate the system.

Features and advantages

  • Possibility to apply labels in different places on the packaging
  • A versatile label applicator, including film, paper, and transparent labels
  • Possibility to adapt the machine to changing trends on the packaging market
  • A versatile design enables long and short production cycles
  • Easy-to-use software with a short operating instruction for each function key integrated in the touch panel
  • Easy change of label rolls thanks to the Quick Roll Changeover (QRC) system
  • Optical detection of the package edge enables precise label application in the designated spot 
  • Control – a PLC, a colour touch panel, an intuitive menu in Polish, English, Russian, and optionally other languages
7

Automatic checkweigher with metal detector

The automatic checkweigher additionally has an integrated metal detector to detect foreign bodies in the packaging.

Description:

The automatic checkweigher additionally has an integrated metal detector to detect foreign bodies in the packaging.

Features and advantages:

  • Process control
  • Compliance certification requirements
  • Product savings by eliminating overweighing
  • Possibility to work on medium-weight (E-weights) systems
  • Thanks to the special design, changing the transport height is no problem
  • Automated reports provide production transparency and quality control for every piece produced – memory for 200 products
  • Product safety guaranteed by differentiated statistical analysis of total, accepted, and rejected production
  • The scale is designed for extension of its functions
  • The design of the scale ensures highest stability and weighing accuracy
  • A detection technology operating in many frequency bands – high rate of detection of foreign objects
  • Quick and easy system changeover to subsequent product batches thanks to the storage of multiple product items
  • A self-learning feature – fast, error-free setup and adjustment of product settings by the operator, requiring no specialized training or engineering knowledge
  • Access protection – protection against unauthorized changes with a system of user passwords or fingerprint authentication
  • A wide range of interfaces for easy integration into industrial data networks
  • Easy to clean, even under demanding conditions (low/high temperatures)
8

10-scale weigh & fill with an inverter

Thanks to its combination of high output and weighing accuracy, it is currently the most widely used machine for packaging blueberries.

Description:

Thanks to its combination of high output and weighing accuracy, it is currently the most widely used machine for packaging blueberries. The 10-scale system is designed to pack fruit in a variety of container formats and weights at speeds of up to 150 packages per minute. A simple stainless steel design for easy operation, cleaning and maintenance. The unit is equipped with a clear and easy to use control touch panel.

Purpose

  • Berries:

– Blueberries
– Cranberries
– Black currants
– Bilberries
– Aronia

  • Frozen fruit
  • Cherry tomatoes

Features and advantages

  • This highly accurate 10-scale weigh & fill system makes it possible to limit overweighing to the weight of a single fruit
  • An extremely gentle system for spreading the fruit on the machine, which guarantees preservation of the wax bloom on the packaged fruit
  • High packaging output – up to 150 containers per minute
  • High packaging flexibility – the machine allows the use of various types of packaging such as punnet, clamshell, bucket, cardboard box, shaker, etc. for weights from 125 g to 1.5 kg
  • Can be integrated with a checkweigher for packaging in the E-weights standard
  • Special software available in a Polish language version for registering each packed container
  • The unit is easy to clean and maintain

A conveyor belt for transporting containers to the scales of the weigh & fill:

  • A system for quick change of containers
  • Quick transport of containers to the scales
  • Easy to adjust change of packaging
  • Made of stainless steel
9

Buffering conveyor

This conveyor optimizes the operation of machines such as the traysealer. It enables smooth stacking and entry of packages to the next line component.

Description:

This conveyor optimizes the operation of machines such as the traysealer. It enables smooth stacking and entry of packages to the next line component.

Features and advantages

  • Optimization of operation of the traysealer or another packaging machine
  • Smooth stacking of packages prior to entering the machine
  • The use of this conveyor improves the efficiency of the line as a system
  • Possibility to design a conveyor according to individual needs and requirements
  • A hygienic design for safe transport of packages
10

Revolution traysealer

The Revolution traysealer makes it possible to seal trays with containers filled with blueberries with film on the top.

Description:

The Revolution traysealer makes it possible to seal trays with containers filled with blueberries with film on the top. The fastest all-electric fruit container traysealer available on the market. The machine allows the topseal shrink film to be bonded to the container, preventing spillage of packaged fruit and giving the packaging an attractive and hygienic appearance. The Revolution traysealer is designed for customers who are interested in automating the packaging process and want to achieve high sealing efficiency.

The operating capacity of the Revolution traysealer is 16-18 cycles per minute. The technology used makes the traysealer perfectly suitable for producers of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as ready-made meals.

Thanks to its lightweight design, the unit is very easy to operate and maintain.

Purpose

  • Soft fruit
  • Processed fruit and vegetables
  • Tomatoes
  • Salads and herbs
  • Mushrooms
  • Ready-made meals
  • Dips and sauces
  • Processed meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish

Features and advantages

  • Extended use-by date of products packaged in topseal with modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and vacuum packaging (MAP-V), as well as the SkinPack technology
  • The traysealer makes it possible to achieve savings on packaging by replacing expensive lids with shrink film
  • Flexibility in terms of packaging formats
  • Reduced plastic consumption – the lid is about 13 g of plastic and the shrink film is just over 1 g – savings compared to flowpack film
  • Thanks to its intuitive and user-friendly touch screen and the quick exchange of parts, the traysealer is easy to operate
  • A clear and easy to read touch screen provides real-time information on the status, performance, and diagnostics of the unit
  • Thanks to the POWERDRIVE system, the traysealer does not require compressed air, which makes it energy efficient
  • Easy access to the parts most sensitive to contamination for fast cleaning
11

Control machine

The control machine is an advanced production line control system based on a Siemens PLC. It makes it possible to manage the entire system from one place.

Description:

The control machine is an advanced line control system based on a Siemens PLC. It makes it possible to manage the entire line from a single location using an operator panel (HMI) that has access to the diagnostics and status of each line component and continuously displays the production progress. The control machine displays the causes of stops, faults and errors, and is responsible for controlling, navigating, and monitoring the machine workflow, thus saving the operators’ time. 

Features and advantages:

  • Product protection – prevents collisions and losses by automatically controlling the system from one location
  • Power distribution for the machinery
  • Intuitive operation of the production line from the 12″ operator panel (HMI) (line START/STOP, speed of individual conveyors, possibility to deactivate the signal from the charge sensor, additional functions programmed after consultation with the customer)
  • Logic implemented using advanced SIEMENS PLCs
  • An e-stop for all conveyors in the entire line and possibility to program E-stops for particular components of the line
  • Possibility to reprogram and program additional functions, e.g. A delayed stop, adding a stop signal from the checkweigher
  • A hygienic design, a machine suitable for use in the food industry
  • An illuminated logo with indication of the line status

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