We all hope the 2018 season has gone without a hitch and the early weather wasn't too unkind! You've worked your machines hard, they've done you proud and now it's time to reward them with a good service. We are available to come and show your machines some love, just give us a call now on 01227 765069 to book yourselves in and prepare for another successful 2019.
Bardsley Farms have just taken delivery of their very first (and hopefully not their last!) 3 row sprayer at River Farm and it looks magnificent! Paul Hamlyn has been the architect of this masterful plan from start to finish and has ensured that everything is to the specifications required, as well as keeping a firm eye on safety; the machine including hydraulic brakes and a light system to ensure maximum control for road driving.
Whilst the Munckhof 3 Row looks like a daunting beast, the operation of it is much like any other spraying machine; after a short transition and learning period everything becomes second nature, the operator able to swing the boom arms in and out/up and down with ease.
The 3 Row sprayer will make the whole exercise much more efficient allowing spray operators time to spot potential problems within the orchards and being able to react to them much quicker. This reduces the likelihood of a real problem taking root in the precious orchards and with the tremendous capacity of the Munckhof, it makes solving the problem happen a lot faster too!
If you like the look of this and want to know more, drop us a line or pick up the phone and we will be happy to help find the right sprayer for you.
Bardsley Farms have been expanding at an exponential rate over the past decade and their latest development sees a revolution of their packing lines. Out goes the old equipment and in come the state of the art packing lines from one of our premier suppliers; BURG.
Ben Bardsley, the Managing Director, had a vision to future proof the packing process and has introduced five new lines spanning the three disciplines; flow wrapping, hand lines and poly bagging. This diversification has ensured the company is able to keep pace with the constantly changing requirements placed upon them.
A brand new BURG 3D POLSAP now stands pride of place; one robot serving five lines. The cutting edge robot has a very high capacity, allowing preferential feeding to high throughput lines and also dedicated safety zones, if hand feeding of imported product would be necessary at the same time as British fruit. This allows the customer to have maximum flexibility whilst remaining as productive as possible. Furthermore, bin nesting is an additional option, saving space and time.
After months of planning, the equipment arrived on site and was put in place and ready for initial testing within one week. No hyperboles needed here! The 5th line was brought forward due to Bardsley Farms growing order volumes and adds yet more capacity to an already high throughput enterprise.
BURG's exceptional customer service has been invaluable during both the planning process and installation; tailoring their machinery to suit the customer's needs. Their expert engineers, along with Kent Fruit Services', work tirelessly to make the customer's visions a reality.
We at Kent Fruit Services hope our partnership with Bardsley Farms continues long into the future and look forward to our next project together.
If any of this has raised any questions or you would like to discuss an upcoming project, don't hesitate to get in touch.
We have a used MAF grader available from the summer of 2018. This 4 lane machine has size/weight/colour cameras as well as iFA. It is a complete line, which includes the dumping unit, water channels, dryer, grader and also packing lines. The Grader is 35 metres long, excluding infeed and has 14 controlled outlets and a mechanical outlet. It comes with 12 flow and return belts.
This machine is currently in operation and available to view in situ. If you require any more information, don't hesitate to get in touch.
We have a used GREEFA MSE 6 lane machine available from summer 2018. It has had a wide range of parts serviced last season and is in good condition. The machine is from 2002 and has seen a few miles but as you can see from the pictures it has been well cared for and is looking for a new home. It is a total of 27 metres in length, with 15 controlled outlets and the standard mechanical outlet on the end. It has a camera system that measure size, weight and colour. It also comes with 12 tray packers with crate delivery. Each outlet has two 3 phase sockets on to connect up any peripheral equipment that may be required.
If you have any further queries about details of the machine or want to arrange a viewing, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Everyone here at Kent Fruit Services would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and an even better New Year. We're hanging up our overalls and donning our Christmas jumpers and we will see you all in 2018!
We will be available for breakdown call-outs over the festive period, on the usual numbers.
Maybe you think the millenium bug was actually 17 years delayed or you've just been too busy picking this year's bumper crop and have forgotten about next year; fear not we still have some trees available for planting this winter! At the very least it would make a wonderful Christmas present for that special someone and doesn't even need to be wrapped.
We currently have:
1000 Bramleys on M26
Plenty of Gala trees
Merchant, Karina, Regina and Sweetheart
The National Fruit Show 2017 has drawn to a close and what a great show it was this year! From all of us here at Kent Fruit Services we want to thank all of you that came to see us and made the show such a success. It was great to see so many familiar faces and to catch up on all the seasons exploits. Coming to my first fruit show ever, it was great to be welcomed with such warmth and to have lovely conversations with everyone.
The Smartpackr was a big draw, with the ingenius robot running causing quite a stir at the exhibition; no passer-by could resist taking a look! We hope to see a few operational in UK packhouses over the course of next year!
Once again thanks to our suppliers, Greefa (Gert Brouwer) and Munckhof (Thijs and Vincent) and everyone that made the few days so special. We hope to see you throughout the season to come and at next year's show too.
The National Fruit Show 2017 at Detling Showground is nearly upon us and fret not, Kent Fruit Services will be there! Residing in our usual area of K8, we will be bringing you an array of Munckhof sprayers to marvel at, including a tower sprayer and the impressive new 3 row. To compliment these, we will also be displaying a Pluk-O-Trak which is an everpresent in any commercial orchard. More information and photos can be found on our Munckhof product page
We are also very excited to announce we will be displaying Greefa's brand new Smartpackr! This incredible piece of machinery picks and places apples, blush side up, into cells using highly intelligent cameras to detect which side is red. This can also be combined with defect cameras to ensure only the best fruit is selected.
A video of the machine in action can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQYI_pWeZTM
We look forward to seeing you all there next month.
Prime Produce have moved home; only by about a hundred yards but what a change it is! Their new packhouse is vast and state of the art. What better to put in such a building than a Greefa Geosort! They have extended their existing grader by 8 metres to create an extensive multifunctioning machine, to allow for both dry bin filling as seen by the brand new Greefa GBF's and also the ability to pack from it too.
The new Greefa gentle bin filler has been redesigned to make it the most fruit friendly version yet, ensuring the gentlest of handling.
All credit must go to Richard, Sean and Steve for their vision becoming a reality, creating an impressive new area for them to further be able to expand the business. Here at Kent Fruit Services, it's been a pleasure being able to facilitate their ideas and make their plans come to fruition. We hope to continue our relationship long into the future.