Cherry sorting and packing line for larger producers

We offer packing lines tailored to the needs of larger producers. The sample line consists of sorting machines (elimination of undersized fruit and trimming the stalks), packing machines and labellers, and a transport system. We know how important it is to accurately weigh the packed products; therefore, we also recommend a control system that accurately estimates the overweight and underweight of the weighed products.

The features and benefits of the sorting and packing line for larger producers

The stalk trimmer separates the cherries efficiently

Sorting using angled cameras makes it possible to check the entire surface of each individual fruit

Software that makes it possible to define new defects, epidermal defects, and subcutaneous changes that may appear due to different weather conditions

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

The high capacity per line makes it possible to reach a real sorting capacity of 4 t/h with a 6-line solution

A reporting system that provides information on the quantity of sorted fruit for each individual category and quality

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

A diagram of the line

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

1

10-scale weigh & fill with an inverter

Thanks to the combination of high capacity and weighing accuracy, it is currently the most widely used cherry packing machine.

Description:

Thanks to the combination of high capacity and weighing accuracy, it is currently the most widely used cherry packing machine. The 10-scale system is designed to pack fruit in a variety of container formats and weights at speeds of up to 120 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

  • Blueberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Cranberries
  • Black currants
  • Bilberries
  • Aronia
  • Frozen fruit
  • 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
  • High packing output – up to 120 containers per minute
  • High packing 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 packing 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
  • Easily adjustable packaging change
  • Made of stainless steel
2

Buffering conveyor

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

Description:

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

Features and advantages

  • Optimization of operation of the traysealer or another packing machine
  • Smooth arrangement of packages prior to entering the machine
  • 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
3

Lidding conveyor

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

Description:

This conveyor is used to transport containers with fruit. We offer different types and shapes of 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
4

Revolution traysealer

The Revolution traysealer is a device that makes it possible to seal trays with containers filled with cherries with film on the top.

Description:

The Revolution traysealer is a device that makes it possible to seal trays with containers filled with cherries 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, thus 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 packing 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 change 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 that are most sensitive to contamination for fast cleaning
5

Labeller

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

Description: A labelling kit for applying self-adhesive labels to the top, bottom, and sides 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 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 other optional languages
6

Automatic checkweigher with metal detector

The automatic checkweigher is additionally equipped with an integrated metal detector to detect foreign objects in packages.

Description:

The automatic checkweigher is additionally equipped with an integrated metal detector to detect foreign objects in packages.

Features and advantages:

  • Process control
  • Compliance with 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 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)
7

4-scale weigh & fill

Thanks to the combination of high capacity and weighing accuracy, it is currently the most widely used cherry packing machine.

Description:

Thanks to the combination of high capacity and weighing accuracy, it is currently the most widely used cherry packing machine. The 4-scale system is designed for packing fruit in a variety of container formats and weights at speeds of up to 50 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

  • Blueberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Cranberries
  • Black currants
  • Bilberries
  • Aronia
  • Frozen fruit
  • 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
  • High packing output – up to 50 containers per minute
  • High packing 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 packing 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
  • Easily adjustable packaging change
  • Made of stainless steel
8

AirJet® 360° sorting system

AirJet® Sorting System The most technologically advanced and accurate cherry grading machinery on the market.

Description:

The AirJet® sorting system is the most technologically advanced cherry grading machinery on the market. The line features three types of AirJetTM Vision cameras – full HD, black and white, and near infrared (NIR) cameras. The grading machinery captures 21 images of the fruit surface, allowing inspection of more than 90% of the surface of each fruit. 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 cherries into 5 standard softness categories: intended for freezing, semi-soft, semi-hard, hard and extra-hard, and others, allowing producers to adjust the quality of fruit for sale to different markets and according to the individual requirements of their customers; 
  • Defects – the AirJetTM Vision’s GPJ technology detects internal and external defects in fruit, such as bruising, discolouration and dryness, and other defects caused by various weather conditions; 
  • Colour – the AirJet® sorting system can reject red, green, and underripe fruit.

The AirJet® system from GP Graders sorts cherries at the rate of up to 30.2 units per second per line, thus providing extremely high throughput while maintaining sorting accuracy.

Features and advantages

  • Sorting is based on live feedback from AirJet Vision high definition (HD), black and white, and NIR cameras
  • The grading machinery divides fruit into at least 5 softness categories, i.e. very soft (IQF), semi-soft, medium, semi-hard and hard
  • The grading machinery detects damage and defects, such as bruises, cuts, cracks, scars, overmature fruit, and others, which can be defined using open source software
  • Designed with food grade materials for quick rinsing and washing after use
  • A simple and intuitive system operation interface
  • A reduced number of seasonal employees working on the line, which translates into savings
9

Cluster cutter

A machine designed for separating clustered cherries. Separation is performed by a set of blades that cut through the stalks.

Description:

A machine designed for separating clustered cherries. Separation is performed by a set of blades that cut through the stalks. The cutting set consists of blades fixed to hubs with screws. Cherries are fully protected from  the saw blades. This is a unique piece of equipment that cuts the stalks to the required size before the fruit enters the sorting system.  

Features and advantages

  • The blades are made to ensure a long service life and accurate cutting
  • Automatic adjustment of the cut depth on a touch screen
  • The shape of the cutting blades enables more efficient cutting – up to 99% stalk separation efficiency
  • The machine is very quiet during operation
  • Designed with food grade material for quick rinsing after use
  • The machine is designed in compliance with applicable sanitary and hygiene standards
10

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 location.

Description:

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