Equipment/Technology

Miedema launches new MC Conveyor Series

Miedema, specialist in planting, storage and sorting technology, is introducing a new generation of the MC (Miedema Conveyor) series, single and duo belt conveyors. Thanks to its INNOVATIVE solutions, the MC series is more than just a simple transport conveyor. The tough, durable construction makes these transport conveyors the most RELIABLE and product-friendly series on the market. The 80 cm[Read[Read More…]

NL: Tummers celebrates 40 years of existence

Some of the company’s current employees weren’t even born when Tummers started 40 years ago. March 8, 1976 was the day Fons Tummers went to work with ‘Technisch Centrum Tummers’ (Technical Centre Tummers). With two employees in a garage building in Bergen op Zoom, this small enterprise took care of repairs to machinery in the local industry. In the upcoming years as[Read[Read More…]

Canada: Gillenkirch installs high quality and hygienic plant for handling potatoes

Due to the alarming situation in Prince Edward Island by having needles contaminated potatoes, the company Rollo Bay Holdings Ltd. contacted Gillenkirch for a possible solution for this problem. A few days earlier, Gillenkirch had successfully installed their newly developed metal detector conveyor for detecting contaminated potatoes at RWL Holdings Ltd. and Gillenkirch had presented the implemented solution on site[Read[Read More…]

Heat and Control: Growing demand for Vacuum Fryer Technology in the Snack Industry

Heat and Control, a global manufacturer and supplier of leading food processing and packaging equipment, has helped a snack manufacturer take processing capabilities to a new level with another delivery of the company’s innovative vacuum fryer technology: Unitized Vacuum Fryer (UVF). The complete system was designed and manufactured by Heat and Control to process 500 kg (1100lbs) per hour of finished[Read[Read More…]

Amistar on a high speed wave

  Today’s potato planters work faster than ever  before, with modern belt planters capable of operating at 10 to 12 km/hr – up to three times faster than conventional cup machines. That has implications for all integrated applications on the planter, including fertiliser, seed treatment and Amistar. Syngenta Technical Manager, Douglas Dyas, highlighted that the company’s new application trials are looking[Read[Read More…]

US: Scientists developed laser-guided crop sprayer

When applying chemicals to crops, where the chemical is delivered is sometimes more important than how much is delivered. A team of Agricultural Research Service and university scientists has developed a new laser-guided spraying system that controls spray outputs. “Conventional spray application technology requires excessive amounts of pesticide to achieve effective pest control in floral, nursery, orchard, and other specialty crops,”[Read[Read More…]

UK: Potato store technology puts control in the hands of the grower

A Norfolk potato grower said a pioneering new storage technology can help reduce his energy costs – and meet the strict quality demands of the crisp manufacturer he supplies. The new SmartStor controller, developed by Crop Systems, based in Gimingham near Mundesley, won a national certificate of merit for innovation at the LAMMA farm machinery show in January. It continually monitors all[Read[Read More…]

Kiremko starts construction works at new facility

On February 1, the construction of the new Kiremko building started in a festive way in Montfoort, The Netherlands. Directors Paul Oosterlaken and Andy Gowing gave the official go-ahead with the striking of the symbolic first pile in the presence of the employees and other invited guests. For the occasion, everyone was wearing a white construction helmet with the new Kiremko logo.[Read[Read More…]

China: New tech turns potato effluent into fertilizer

Scientists in China have developed a way of making fertilizer from waste water discharged by potato processing plants, solving a pollution problem which has held back China’s potato ambitions. “For years, there has been no technical solution to this problem, forcing environmental authorities to close more than 10,000 small plants, which has hurt the potato market and farmers,” said Liu Gang,[Read[Read More…]

US: Quick and early disease detection by drones with hyperspectral camera

Idaho State University researchers have found high-tech cameras mounted on drones flying 60 meters above potato fields can effectively detect individual diseased and stressed plants. Furthermore, greenhouse testing by University of Idaho plant pathologist Louise-Marie Dandurand, using the same advanced sensors to assess diseased plants, has confirmed specific crop ailments, such as nematode feeding or potato virus Y infection, can[Read[Read More…]

Smart farming and the internet-of-things

Whether we like it or not, the internet is now part of our everyday lives. We socialise on it, read our newspapers on it, and order our food on it – to name but a few uses. Farming is no different and while we can’t grow food in it, the connected world of the internet is becoming a useful tool[Read[Read More…]

Tummers build mobile potato washing installation for English market

Tummers Food Processing Solutions introduces a new mobile washing installation for potatoes. Dustin-Dwight Verhagen, responsible for marketing, and Sales Engineer Robert Quaak, discuss the ins and outs of this new machine. The new installation is a combined machine, in which separation of stones and earth precedes washing of the potatoes. The machine has a washing capacity of 40 tonnes, but that’s[Read[Read More…]

Novel potato chips: The patentable art of processing potatoes

For millennia, those living in the Andean highland regions of Bolivia and Peru carefully tended to and cultivated over 3000 varieties of potatoes, many of which remain unknown to our collective palates today. Like their Andean predecessors, modern day inventors continue to slice, dice, freeze, bake, dehydrate, fry and otherwise manipulate the characteristics of the humble potato in patentable ways.  This[Read[Read More…]

New developments on show at Potato Expo 2016

Potato Expo 2016 has started at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada and goes on until January 14. The event is one of the largest conferences and trade shows for the potato industry in North America and brings together more than 1,900 growers, suppliers and industry partners. Farmers, growers, packers and shippers who visit the show at the Mirage Hotel and[Read[Read More…]

India: Company to promote dehydration of potato

The Central Potato Research Station (CPRS), Jalandhar, and Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI), Shimla, has signed a MoU with a Hyderabad-based company ‘Sunripe’ for commercial promotion of a technology called ‘dehydration of potato’. Invented by Dr Ashiv Mehta, Principal Scientist, CPRS, the technology has already been registered for patent with Indian Patent Office (IPO).Dr Ashiv said, “It is potato processing technology[Read[Read More…]

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