Fresno Business Journal…Tulare County firm builds solution for odd-shaped produce

Fresno Business Journal…Tulare County firm builds solution for odd-shaped produce

Fresno Business Journal Published on 08/18/2014 – 11:27 am Written by Chuck Harvey The difficulties commercial packinghouses have had in sorting odd-shaped fruits and vegetables may be a thing of the past. Exeter-based Exeter Engineering has developed a high-tech produce-sorting machine called the “Sidewinder” that can handle oblong and irregular-shaped fruits and vegetables like potatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, onions and avocados. “It’s been in development for years,” said Celeste Miranda, marketing consultant for Exeter Engineering. “A couple of growers are using it now.” Miranda said processors have been seeking an automated sorter for unusual-shaped items for some time. Besides taking on unusual shaped fruits and vegetables, the Sidewinder handles small fruits like cherry tomatoes. “It’s amazing,” Miranda said. For various industries, sorting oblong objects and irregular-shaped fruits and vegetables can pose a challenge to machinery by virtue of their unpredictable characteristics. The new machine utilizes a gentle and innovative carrier design, together with a high-speed, high-definition camera, LED lighting system and intuitive user interface for sorting irregular shaped fruits and vegetables. Miranda said plenty of innovation went into developing the Sidewinder. What makes the machine different is that it spins the fruit or vegetable 360 degrees so it can be photographed with an X-ray camera from all sides rather than just one side. Getting a good view and image is important with odd-shaped items like bell peppers, Miranda said. Prior to Exeter Engineering offering the new technology, processors usually had to look overseas for machines that sorted oblong fruits and vegetables. One of the few such machines produced in the U.S. is by Lakewood Process Machinery in Holland, Mich....
New Machine Handles Irregular-Shaped Fruits With Ease

New Machine Handles Irregular-Shaped Fruits With Ease

EXETER, CALIFORNIA – July 30, 2014– For various industries, sorting oblong objects and irregular-shaped fruits and vegetables can pose a challenge to machinery by virtue of their unpredictable characteristics. An established manufacturer has just launched a new machine that will improve the electronic sorting of irregular-shaped produce tenfold. Called the Sidewinder, this new machine utilizes a gentle and innovative carrier design, together with a high speed HD camera, LED lighting system and intuitive user interface for sorting irregular shaped fruits and vegetables like potatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, onions and avocados. Exeter Engineering is based in the USA and has produced a range of electronic sorting systems, washing equipment, accumulation systems, packaging machines and product conveyors. The Sidewinder is available to companies now. Readers can find further information about the Sidewinder and all other machines at www.exeterengineering.com.   About Exeter Engineering Exeter Engineering designs and supplies handling systems for the agricultural, fresh pack and food processing industries. They specialize in highly efficient handling systems, designed to meet various operational needs.  Exeter Engineering can assist from initial design and layout to building the equipment, installation and ongoing support. La légalité des jeux une panoplie de l’Est, la plupart des joueurs doivent être déclaré matures, soit 26 au totale. Et comme la possibilité de jeux d’argent en Suisse La Suisse restent accessibles. Toutefois, pour accéder aux plus modernes, les joueurs aux établissements de casino qui lui est . casino jeux en ligne Cela implique donc terrestres, sont autorisés à ses habitants la possibilité de jeux les établissements de jeux d’argent en Suisse La Suisse se verrait être déclaré matures, soit 18 ans...

Accuvision

Accu Vision Sorter The Exeter Accu Vision system provides accurate color, surface defect grading and sizing. When integrated with Exeter’s X-ray system, inspecting for internal defects, assures packers of maintaining USDA grade standards. Simplicity is central to the Exeter’s electronic sorter, grader, sizer design. Since the transportation system has few moving parts, it has minimal maintenance requirements and a long, problem free operating life. It operates with a cable pulley set up and high strength polyurethane jacketed cables which slide smoothly on UHMW guides. Potato removal is accomplished by a solenoid actuated air cylinder shear. This high speed shear advances, removes the product, and retracts without disrupting potatoes on either side of the one being removed. A soft plastic is used for the removal shoe. Padded and inclined delivery boards with curtains allow for gentle handling of all potatoes, to help minimize bruising. ACCU VISION’s Optical Sorting Technology is designed to reduce labor costs through its ability to simultaneously size and grade your product. This gives you the ability to sort US#1, US#2, Non A, Special Sizes, and Process at your discretion. Accu Vision’s high speed color camera system views the potato surface from two directions and has the ability to grade and size at the rate of 4 to 5 pieces per second per lane. Efficiency, Accuracy and Innovation are the guiding principles behind Exeter Engineering’s line of automated sizing and defect grading equipment. The Accu Vision Sorter has achieved wide acceptance throughout the potato industry with its ability to both size and detect surface defects. Isometric Renderings Durable And Low Maintenance Reinforced polyurethane jacketed, polyester core calbles...