Onion Optical sorting, TONG & MAF RODA
Advanced Onion Optical Sorting
G’s Growers Ltd is an independent Producer Organisation comprising of 16 grower members in the UK dedicated to supplying quality produce for customers and consumers across the UK, Europe and North America.
The new onion optical sorting line at G’s Growers has been exclusively designed by Tong Engineering, alongside optical sorting specialists MAF Roda to deliver a complete turnkey onion handling facility which has dramatically reduced labour requirements whilst increasing capacity and yield.
TONG SUPPLIES THE MOST ADVANCED OPTICAL ONION SORTING LINE FOR
G’S GROWERS, UK
The advanced optical sorting line at G’s Growers has been custom-designed to feature the gentlest handling equipment from infeed to pack. Featuring high capacity infeed hoppers receiving crop from lorries, the onion sorting line also includes onion topping equipment to ensure onions are in the best condition prior to optical sorting.
INTERNAL & EXTERNAL DEFECT SORTING
The proven MAF Pomone sorter features high-performance optical sorting technology. The G7 is MAF’s exclusive LED external optical sorting system, which uses cutting-edge imagery to detect any blemishes or defects to the onion’s skin finish. Its ability to identify blemishes on both white and red onions is a unique, unrivalled attribute of the MAF Pomone.
Even more impressive are the internal defect detection capabilities of the MAF-designed and patented IDD8 internal defect technology (previously IDD4). The IDD8 detection system effectively identifies internal defects within the onions including accurate detection of translucents, base rot, neck rot, fusarium rotten core and several other internal issues.
FULLY-AUTOMATED BOX MOVEMENT
For ultimate automation, Tong integrated a fully automatic box movement system to deliver continuous throughput at all times. Boxes are automatically presented to the vertical box fillers via a rolling road-type system, ensuring boxes are discharged as soon as they are full, with new boxes being presented straight away, for completely streamlined box filing.
Tong is UK distributor for Verbruggen palletising solutions and on the G’s Growers project we worked closely with Verbruggen to deliver a fully-automated space and labour-saving end of line palletising solution. For more details on advanced palletising solutions from Tong click here.