The system can process 4,500 pounds of produce an hour, said president Alan Heinzen, and reduces operating costs by eliminating at least four workers. The cost of the system can be recaptured in about one year, he said.
The equipment features the 30-year-old company's automatic basket loading system, or ABLS, and works with nearly any packing or processing line equipment, Heinzen said.
Bartlett, Ill.-based Herrmann Ultrasonics unveiled a machine that can cut through leafy products and seal a package at the same time, said Uwe Peregi, executive vice president and general manager.
The machine uses ultrasonic waves and microscopic thermology to slice the leaves of, for example, spinach or lettuce, at the same time forming a seal in the packaging. Peregi said the process reduces the amount of packaging as much as possible, improving overall equipment efficiency (reducing leaky packaging rates) and reducing energy consumption.
"It's a closed-loop system," Peregi said. "The entire system is contained."
Sacramento, Calif.-based Ingersoll Rand's EMS-3100 kills pathogens in the air and on surfaces in cold storage rooms and ripening facilities, says Stefan Majeske, salesman.
Air is circulated through the unit, where a high voltage reaction chamber then releases ozone and hydrogen peroxide to clean surfaces and air within the treated space, he said.
The EMS-3100 is designed to cut ethylene, reduces odors and kills bacteria, mold and viruses.
It also is suitable for restaurant prep area sanitation.
Check out more coverage from the show floor of the United Fresh Marketplace in The Packer's United Fresh 2009: Expo notes part 2.