By carolemetcalfe

Tong set to showcase handling advancements alongside Verbruggen at LAMMA 2024

Tong Engineering LAMMA 2024 event

Tong Engineering is set to exhibit once again at the UK’s largest farm machinery show LAMMA next week on 17th and 18th January 2024 at the NEC Birmingham. The vegetable handling equipment specialist will be on stand alongside Dutch palletising solutions manufacturer Verbruggen on stand 7.750 in Hall 7.

Tong will be showcasing its latest range of handling solutions at the event, with a continued focus on overcoming post-harvest labour challenges with automated and efficient equipment.

The company’s best-selling in-field and on-farm machine, the FieldLoad PRO, continues to receive high demand for its unrivalled performance in cutting post-harvest loading times. The increasingly renowned machine from Tong receives and cleans crop at high capacities straight from trailers filled by the harvester, ensuring soil and debris is removed from crop in the field, whilst significantly reducing unnecessary transport of crop from field to farm. The machine is fully configurable to meet exact requirements and is designed to be extremely versatile; it is suitable for multi-crop use, working effectively on potatoes, carrots and onions. Customers can also choose any Tong cleaning unit as part of the machine, including the advanced EasyClean separator available with Auto-Touch HMI controls. The Tong high-speed PU coil cleaning system and star coil cleaning units are also available.

As UK distributor of Verbruggen palletising solutions, Tong now also works with customers throughout the UK to supply advanced end of line box and bag palletising systems alongside its high-quality range of vegetable handling equipment from post-harvest to pack.

Showcasing at LAMMA 2024

Manufactured to ensure quick, efficient and uniform stacking of bags, boxes and crates on pallets or sheets, Verbruggen palletisers offer precise product stacking capabilities at any speed, resulting in a palletiser for every throughput. With various automatic and semi-automatic options, a Verbruggen palletising system not only brings a significant reduction in labour costs and downtime, but also utilises loading space in the most efficient way. In addition to its comprehensive palletiser range, Verbruggen solutions also include wrapping machines, strapping machines and check weighers, all of which will be part of Tong’s offering as UK distributor.

As well as the latest equipment from Tong and Verbruggen, Tong will also be promoting its newly-acquired Swift Lift range of mobile elevators and conveyors, suitable for a wide range of crop as well as grain and aggregates. The company will also be on hand to discuss the advancements in optical sorting and camera technologies which continue to reduce the reliance on the workforce to achieve efficient grading and sorting.

“Farmers and growers have seen an incredible range of challenges in 2023, not to mention the effect of the extreme weather on crop harvesting and handling. We look forward to welcoming farmers from all over the UK and overseas at LAMMA to discuss how the latest Tong equipment can overcome labour challenges whilst ensuring ultimate performance and throughput in all conditions. We welcome visitors to come and see us on our stand in Hall 7 where they can be sure of a warm welcome with light refreshments,” says Richard Knighton, Sales Manager at Tong Engineering.