F W Mansfields: I’m sure you’re getting tired of hearing their name on our bulletin board but we’re not, so hush your noise, strap up and tune into what one of the most switched on fruit growers and packers in the country are doing.
The conundrum has always been what do you do when all of your packing line infeed and actual packing are automated but the trays come out to be handled by people to be palletised. The solution? Bow down to the evil robot overlords. Mansfields devised a magnificent plan to automate the outfeed for their busiest packing lines and feed them directly into some BURG topline palletisers (link) to be stacked in whatever arrangement the heart desires and be strapped before being ejected at the end ready for loading onto the trucks. This all being done in the tightest, most space saving orientation possible to allow for maximum storage of packed product in the dispatch area. This needed some outside the box thinking but luckily we have that in abundance with both Joan van Burg and especially Lee Port bouncing fantastic ideas off each other to overcome all manner of potential speedbumps in the planning journey.
We now have 4 palletisers placed side by side and a strapper at the end. Not only this but there is an array of belting to feed the empty crates from one centralized area to each packing line, with a screen giving all the information needed about amounts and types of trays required. What an absolutely incredible set up.
If you have any hopes and dreams of automated packing, palletising and strapping please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll start the plotting and scheming.