By carolemetcalfe

Tong to showcase advancements in potato handling at BP2017

Grading Machines - Tong Engineering BP2017 Harrogate

Tong Engineering will be promoting the latest advancements in potato handling, washing and grading equipment at this year’s British Potato event in Harrogate on 22nd and 23rd November.

Exhibiting at BP2017 on stand 209, when the event returns to the Yorkshire Event Centre, Tong is welcoming visitors to the company’s stand to enjoy light refreshments and find out more about the latest potato handling equipment developments that are bringing increased efficiencies, reduced costs, minimal labour requirements and increased crop yield.

“As with all technology, the capabilities of potato grading, washing and processing equipment is advancing all the time, making the handling process from field to pack much more productive,” says Edward Tong, Managing Director at Tong Engineering. “The BP2017 event brings the perfect opportunity to meet with existing and new customers to discuss how these advancements can be embraced for noticeable bottom-line savings.”

“With downward pressure on potato prices, our customers are continuously looking at how they can reduce handling costs whilst improving the value and quality of their saleable crop,” explains Edward. “An increasing minimum wage means labour costs are steadily on the up, and in many cases are highest on the ‘cost-reduction’ agenda.”

“As UK distributor of the Swiss-manufactured Visar optical sorter, we are seeing significant advances for the potato industry in the automation of the potato grading and sorting process,” says Edward. “Visar’s optical potato sorter is exceptionally accurate and consistent, it allows potato growers and processors to quality sort, grade and weigh crop more efficiently and accurately with one machine, without the need for manual sorting; cutting labour costs whilst increasing grading accuracy and consistency.”

“The way in which we control our equipment is also offering growers and processors noticeable savings of time and money,” adds Edward. “Our Blue Inverter Technology continues to offer the very best energy efficiency on all new equipment with electric inverter direct driven motors, ensuring minimal energy consumption and dramatically reduced running costs. And, when it comes to equipment control, our Auto-Touch HMI controls are now available with industry leading intelligent diagnostics and maintenance features that perform continuous system monitoring; providing precise status reporting that keeps downtime to a minimum; increasing productivity and reducing handling times.

“The BP2017 event is always a key date in the potato industry calendar. We look forward to exhibiting at the event once again to discuss our customer’s potato handling requirements for 2018 and beyond.”

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