P&C Automation and our partners have over 30 years experience designing & supplying turnkey packhouse solutions, from infeed through to palletising.
The benefits of P&C Automation’s apple solutions are:
Full soft-handling system to prevent any bruising or damage throughout the whole infeed & packing system.
Adaptable to any packhouse layout & space requirements, with the ability to custom design to meet any clients requirements.
State of the art weight, size, colour & external defect sorting offering the best outcome for your grading needs.
APPLE PROCESSING EQUIPMENT
Infeed & Treatment
Sorting & Grading
Carton Handing & Palletising
Infeed & Treatment
See below our range of infeed equipment to suit all your Apple packhouse requirements, all equipment can be customised to meet your specification.
Ranging from single bin capacity through to 80 bins per hour continuous tipping, our range offers gentle handing of fruit by tipping into water via a fully automated process. Product is transferred to the next stage by water flumes.
Water Transfer Flumes
Our flume transfer systems allow for the most gentle transport of apples to prevent damage and bruising. Fully constructed out of stainless steel with a range of pumping systems designed to meet your requirements.
De-Leaf & Small Fruit Eliminator
Offering de-leaf & small fruit eliminator units allows for all unwanted product from entering to the main infeed line, this allows for leaf matter, small fruit & other contaminates to drop through on to a waste conveyor for disposal.
High/Low Pressure Washing
High/low pressure wash unit allow for removal of contaminates on the fruit skin, such as spray residue, dust & pests before waxing/sorting.
Offering a rage of pre-drying solutions from air-knives to high speed fans, this allows for apples to be dried in the most efficient and quiet means ready to be waxed.
Manual Inspection Conveyor
Manual inspection conveyors are utilised when waste & downgrade fruit is required to be disposed of prior entering the remaining infeed line. These units can be customised with waste & downgrade chutes/conveyors as required by the client.
The brush unit with wax applicator allows for even consistent wax application to the whole skin of the fruit, this reduces the chance of over waxing & wax wastage.
Our brush unit gently aids in drying & polishing of your apples. The unit is designed for easy cleaning and including a built in clear out system to remove fruit from machine at end of shifts.
Both ambient temp or Gas/Diesel heated, our drying tunnels are designed to be economical to run while still delivering correct drying temperatures for your fruit.
SORTING & GRADING
Offering several sorting & grading options allows us to deliver a customised solution, from weight only equipment through to full defect sorting. Offering from 1 lane through to 8 lanes allows us to help increase your packhouse throughput.
Our precise weighing capabilities allows for continuous accuracy in fruit sizing, preventing incorrect box weights caused by under/over sized fruit in the incorrect packing outlets.
Shape & Colour
Offering an integrated shape and colour grading system allows for apples to be graded by shape, diameter and skin colour. This system is designed to handle all skin colour tones of a variety of apples.
Utilising the best surface blemish technology allows us to grade apples by external defect such as skin blemishes, tree damage, bruising/handling damage & insect damage. The system is adaptable to different varieties & can be adjusted to suit the clients grading & packout specification.
With a wide range of packing options we can supply equipment to meet any requirement, from bin filling to punnets.
Gentle Bin Filling
Gentle bin fillers are the best means to quickly repack apples into bins without the risk of damage, offering both single & double head units allows for continuous filling during bin change over.
Packing Tables/Tray Fillers
Manual packing tables & tray fillers are designed to offer an ergonomic work station for packing staff while increasing productivity. Offering empty & full carton/tray conveyors, waste conveyors and many other options allows for an all in one manual packing system.
We offering a range of pre-pack equipment from flow-wrapping to net bagging. These systems included a range of options including produce conveyors, waste conveyors, along with various other options.
Tray & Carton Erecting
Suited to a wide range of trays & cartons our erecting units are high speed and built for efficiency. Able to handle single stage, dual stage, glued & glue-less trays & cartons.
Auto Pattern Packing
Designed to reduce labour & improve packing accuracy and presentation our auto pattern packers are able to meet all requirements for multiple tray & carton configuration.
High speed carton sealers can be used inline within a system or stand alone, offering both glue or tape options. Designed to suit many carton sizes with the ability to adjust in minutes.
Carton Handling & Palletising
From automated robotic palletising to carton/tray conveyors. We can handle the transportation of cartons/trays around your facility, including pallet strapping/wrapping.
Carton & Tray Handling Systems
Our fully integrated carton & tray handling systems are custom designed to provide the most efficient transport means for all cartons & trays within your packhouse. This includes tracking systems to distribute cartons & trays to manual & robotic palletising systems.
Robotic & Layer Palletising Systems
We offer both layer & robotic palletising for cartons & trays. These systems reduce labor requirements & prevents manual handling injuries. Our systems can adapt to many stacking patterns, will suit multiple pallet types, and has options for slip sheeting.
Pallet Strapping & Wrapping
Automated pallet strapping or wrapping eliminates the need for space and time for manual labour to complete these tasks. These automated systems can automatically adapt to different pallet heights & types, saving time & increasing throughput.
From small upgrades to full turnkey project installations, we offer a full start to finish installation service. Our many years of mechanical & electrical installation knowledge allows us to carry out any size installation seamlessly.
All equipment is installed by a team of highly skilled mechanical fitters. All work is carried out to the highest standard to comply with all Health & Safety requirements.
Our equipment is electrically installed by our qualified electricians. All works are carried out to the Australian regulations & comply with Health & Safety requirements.
We offer a personalised client training system for all equipment. This includes 1 on 1 and group training sessions on the operations, upkeep & maintenance of equipment for both mechanical & electrical systems.
Service & Support
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our services & support team is there when you need us. Being based in Australia means we are there when & where our clients needs us. Offering technical, electrical & mechanical support & service around the clock.
To ensure your packhouse runs at optimal operation, we offer phone support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, this allows us to solve any equipment issues as soon as possible.
Sometimes breakdowns needs our specially trained team to be onsite to solve, having our team based locally within Australia means we can be in any location in the country within 1 day, allowing minimal downtime in production.
Remote Access Technical Support
Most of our equipment comes standard with capabilities for our technical team to login remotely to troubleshoot technical issues. This also allows our technicians to run troubleshooting tests with the help of the clients machine operators on-site. The online fault finding has been proven to be the most effective means of quickly resolving issues.