We installed a highly efficient packing line for vine tomatoes at Zeiler Gemüsebetrieb. The full crates of tomatoes are placed at the front by just one person. The crates are conveyed to the buffer belt, so the packers can take a full crate at their workstations. The empty punnets are also fed-in from the front, so they can be taken from the belt at the workstation. When a crate is empty, it can be placed on the upper belt that returns the empty packaging to the front of the system.
A scale has been incorporated into the work bench at each workstation so the punnets can be weighed before being placed on the conveyor belt that runs in front of the workstations. The punnets are transported to the flow packer by this belt. Any waste can be swept onto the waste disposal belt via an opening in the work bench and a chute. Another conveyor belt carries away this waste directly to a waste collection container.
By concentrating infeed and outfeed at one central point, the number of packer movements is minimised, as they do not have to leave their workstations and can focus on the main task of packing.