GOLDPACK NEWSLETTER 5

 

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Basic form-fill-seal machines: 

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The FACTS
at your fingertips!

These packaging machines form, fill and seal a package in one pass. The packaging is fed into the machine off a roll and then shaped and sealed. The bags or packs are then filled, sealed and separated. These machines are used extensively in the food industry.

However, how do you choose the right machine for your needs?

JASA Packaging Systems produce a wide range of vertical form-fill-seal machines ideally suited to local conditions.

So in this newsletter we take a look at the basic JASA range which is tailored to customers who require speed and simplicity on a small to moderate budget.

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Jasa Easybagger:
This is the baby of the family, its hand fed and ideal for small operations that pack various different products. It’s compact enough to fit in a small factory and perfect for mini and micro food enterprises because it’s made entirely of stainless steel. Packing Speed is approx. 15 bags per min and it will handle a bag width of up to 350mm. Maximum bag weight 3 kg 

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Jasa 250:
This versatile workhorse is designed to pack bulk goods in bags from film on a reel. Its ideal for the food industry.  The machine boasts a simple industrial PC operating system. Bag width is 80-250 mm at a speedy 90 packs per minute. The machine can be adapted to accommodate heat-sealing, labelling and fragile goods. 

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Jasa 350: 
This is big brother to the 250 bagger smaller price tag and will handle bulk goods at a respectable 50 Packs per minute. Bag width is 150-350 mm and bag length up to 420 mm with a single seal step. Bag designs include pillow packs, doy packs and pouches.

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Jasa 350B:
This machine has the power of the 350 but is designed to process pre-sealed net-film combinations. These net-film combinations can be sealed “centric” as well as “eccentric”. Speed is 40 packs per min. Designs and bag sizes are similar to the rest of the 350 range.

All Jasa machines are compliant with South African Food Industry standards and constructed to ensure hassle free operation. Jasa machines from the 250 upwards are compatible with NEWTEC grading and weighing machines.

All machines can be supplied, installed and backed-up by Goldpack! 

Goldpack is here to help you make critical decisions and offer, advice, support, guidance, system design and installation to optimise pack house profitability. Once installed, we partner with you all the way to the market.

CALL US ON +27 31 569 4199 or contact us on the link below.
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Goldpack Installation at Farmwise in Jhb

Goldpack installation at FruitSpot Jhb

GOLDPACK NEWSLETTER 4

Carrots!
Playing fair with the market!

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Have you ever wondered why it is important to grade fruit and vegetables as accurately as possible? 

Well here are a few reasons:

  1. Losses as a result of substandard products included in your shipment reaching the market and causing the whole shipment to be downgraded.
  2. Accurate grading ensures the consumer gets good value for the price they pay for produce.
  3. Grading prevents defective produce from damaging healthy produce.
  4. Grading/ sizing correctly makes for easier packing and neater packs.
  5. Grading allows the market to be fair to both consumers and producers.
  6. Effective grading builds trust between consumers and producers.
So if you are a carrot producer, how can you grade effectively so that you and the consumer can get the best value out of your crop?

MECHANICAL GRADING BY SIZE:

  1. Diameter:  This system uses rollers to grade by diameter. This method on its own works very well only if the carrots going to market are not going to be bagged or to a retail outlet that does not demand length conformity.
  2. Length: Length graders offer grading in various different lengths. This is very important if the carrots are going to be bagged by uniform length with an automatic or semi–automatic bagger.
  3. The Ideal Combination: Many pack houses use a combination of both roller and length graders i.e. they grade by length and then diameter and then bag for the market.
  4. Quality Grading: This is generally carried out visually/ manually but is not accurate due to fatigue of the person/s carrying out the task.

All of the above methods only grade by size and require a manual line to remove defective produce.

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Kerian Roller grader

 

 

ADVANCED GRADING:

Fully Automatic Optical Grading: For those producers that require advanced grading for their carrots, Newtec have created the Celox C-UHD. This cleverly designed vegetable powerhouse, sorts carrots by length, diameter, volume, shape and quality. The software of the intelligent camera has a capacity of approximately 50 billion calculations per second and ensures a complete surface assessment of the carrots.

Advanced graders such as the Newtec Celox XTP (view video) can grade up to 15 tons per hour into 6 sizes.

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RV12 Celox Optical Grader

RV12 Celox Optical Grader

Goldpack is here to help you make critical decisions and offer, advice, support, guidance, system design and installation to optimise pack house profitability. Once installed, we partner with you all the way to the market.

CALL US ON +27 31 569 4199 or contact us on the link below.
CONTACT US

GOLDPACK NEWSLETTER 3

Crop Grading!

 Advanced vs simple

You get to choose!

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Grading your crop is not an option. In fact it’s an essential step in post harvest management. Grading directly affects the market value of the product. But grading is not a simple subject because it requires the producer to decide which criteria are going to be used and how the grading is going to be done.

In general, the more sophisticated the grading, the higher the market price that the produce can command. Essentially every producer has to ask and answer the question. How will my grading system affect my product conformance to market grades and standards and the final price of my crop?

So lets take a look at the grading issue and the options that are available to producers.

Grading basically falls into two camps: Simple and Advanced.

 

SIMPLE GRADING:

This involves grading by only two categories, size and visual quality. A belt or roller grader does the size grading while a manual line, quality grades. This system has advantages and disadvantages.

The advantages of simple grading are just that. It’s simple and belt and roller graders are less expensive than advanced graders. It also provides employment to farming communities.

The disadvantage is that while the size grading is reasonably accurate the quality and speed of visual grading relies on the human eye and is often subject to the effects of fatigue, boredom, lack of motivation and labour issues.

Belt and roller graders

Belt and roller graders use various combinations of belts or rollers to size vegetables such as potatoes, onions, beetroot and carrots. Machines can be supplied by Goldpack and are manufactured by world-class companies such as Haith and Emve.

Belt and roller graders offer a wide range of complexity and can be adjusted to accommodate multiple sizes (and in the case of carrots, length and diameter) and product flows. In the case of carrots one would use a length grader to grade for length and diameter, to grade for diameter.

Roller graders work on the principle of larger and larger spaces between the rollers as the crop progresses down the line. That allows one machine to process the crops in a single pass and permits a wide variation of sizing. These can also be supplied with outflow feeders so that various sizes are streamed off immediately.

Belt graders use an endless belt or belts, but unlike roller graders do not offer such a wide range of sizing.

Neither machine offers grading by quality. On the contrary, defective produce must be removed via manual line before or after size grading.

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EMVE Simple Belt Grader

EMVE Simple Belt Grader

EMVE Simple Roller Grader

EMVE Simple Roller Grader

 

 

Advanced grading:

Involves grading optically using multiple cameras, which gather information and sort produce according to preselected criteria. These machines offer an efficiency and accuracy that is unmatched by simple graders.

The advantages of the system are speed, accuracy, wide grading options and total consistency. Fatigue, boredom and labour issues become a thing of the past, as the system is totally automatic. However, optical graders (view video) are more expensive than belt or roller graders and while they tend to reduce labour costs they also reduce employment opportunities. 

Advanced graders such as the Newtec Celox XTP (view video) grade according to length, diameter and volume and can grade up to 15 tons per hour into 6 sizes. The system also grades according to quality using a camera that photographs each crop 40 times and can spot and remove a wide range of surface damage and discolouration.

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RV12 Celox Optical Grader

RV12 Celox Optical Grader

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Grade the Quality

Answering the question!

We have highlighted some of the issues around grading in fairly simple terms however most producers require more information than we can deal with here. If you would like to discuss your choice of grader, Goldpack are here to help. Give us a call and we will send one of our friendly reps to come and see you.