Automation in the agro industry

08 March 2021

High technology is very important to Agros´s processes to deliver high-quality produce to our customers. From their greenhouses to the packing process, they have strict food safety guidelines in place that warrant their commitment to deliver safe fresh veggies to the consumer. Technology helps Agros to fit these guidelines in the proper manner, increasing their productivity and capacity.

To make this possible, they have partnered with Aweta for their sorting & packing technology. Aweta has supported and assisted them since 2002, to become the first company, in the local area, that started to use high-tech machines for sorting and packing of produce.

Before Aweta technology, fruit color and weight sorting were done manually in Agros´ packing facility. Packing only 1 ton per hour. In 2002 due to foreign market demands, Agros got the first Aweta Cup machine, with 4 sorting lines on weight and color. Capacity increased to 6 tons per hour. They became pioneers in adopting this technology! 

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In 2014, greenhouses expansion and new market needs led to the decision for Agros to increase production and reevaluate their packing capacity. To meet these requirements, Agros expanded packing capacity by changing to a 6 line Cup Aweta machine, with a LedVision camera system for sorting on color, diameter, and weight. Now packing up to 9 tons per hour in perfect shape, size, and quality.

The cup sorting machine is specifically designed to handle tomatoes. Thanks to the unique design of the diabolos and cups, the automated singulator can align and rotate the tomatoes without manual operators. It makes sure the product is not damaged during the time they run over the machines. Perfect tomatoes!

Some key features of this machine that help Agros to deliver high-quality tomatoes are:

  • User friendly
  • Ensuring perfect singulation
  • Optimal camera presentation
  • Fruit friendly, silent, accurate
  • Maintenance-friendly

Aweta technology helps Agros to add value to their customer's thanks to quality benefits like:    

  • Real-time product quality monitoring and reduction of destructive tests that deliver weak statistical info
  • Decision tools for storage management  
  • Extraction of niche products   
  • Homogenous batches of external and internal quality  
  • Labor reduction  
  • Tracking tracing input/output  
  • Low cost of ownership
  • Meeting customer thus retail demand 
  • Remote technical support.

Agros looks forward to an upgrade in the user interface system, Flowmaster which will allow them to control sorting and packing needs in a very simple and efficient way. It is a full operating system and can be used for all involved parties: from sorting to packing and palletizing tomatoes.

Nowadays, thanks to technology partners as Aweta, Agros has increased capacity and quality over the years, making it the pioneer leading agro company at the area in the last 29 years.

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