I know what you're thinking, another article about Mansfields and BURG.....get a room, right!? Well they actually did, as you can see from the pictures and rather than get dirty in it, it actually gets clean. Inside each blue tank is a small snorkeled human feverishly picking out each individual dirt particle at a rate of 30,000 litres an hour, and they seem to be doing a rather good job of it too. Unfortunately health and safety doesn't allow this practice anymore so what actually happens is the water filters through layers of sand, glass and activated carbon which take out the particulates and the clean water is whisked away to the next stage of purification under UV lights, in order to eliminate the bacteria. Throw some hydrogen peroxide into the mix and this creates crystal clear water with no nasty unseen surprises.
The rationale for requiring a filtration unit is wanting to reduce the regularity with which the water is changed in the channels, due to the sheer volume in them and the associated cost of doing so. The idea is that you keep the water in the channels for as long as possible whilst maintaining good water quality.
As always, thanks to BURG (Joan van Burg) and F.W Mansfields (Lee Port and Kuldar Sorra) and of course our glorious leader Peter Kelly for all their hard work. Whilst we're at it, they rarely get the appreciation they deserve; thanks to BURG engineers Andries, Mark and Piet and KFS reprobates Matthew, Marcin and Mark for the actual installation.
Can all 4 viewers of this website please put their hands together and give Wye Fruit a warm welcome to the Kent Fruit Service's newsfeed? Congratulations on making the big time ladies and gents.
Nothing like real footage shot in portrait to prove we have done something; see below for our flawless BFI working, well...flawlessly. The previous method of utilising their redpack was a more labour intensive manual method, which worked but was just too inefficient. Enter the BURG BFI 3.0 to save the day. It has eliminated a lot of the unnecessary manual elements and instead now churns out 70 packs a minute consistently, day in day out, with a high degree of accuracy. You can rely on the partnership between BURG and Redpack as they have worked together on countless occasions and the symmetry between the two means less wasted packaging and automatic speed adjustment when one or the other speeds up or slows down.
A new addition to the BFI line set up is a split weigh belt situated nearer to the BFI than the traditional dosing wheel method of fruit delivery. The principle of the BFI is backwards communication, so if the belts with load cells underneath detect a lack of fruit, the BFI tells the weigh belt to speed up and deliver more fruit in order to maintain a continuous flow of fruit for the batching section. The reason the weigh belt is more successful is the smaller distance between the BFI and where the fruit is delivered; this means less delay to the supply and more consistent batching.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Wye Fruit for the order and look forward to working together again in the future.
I bet you've been wondering where we had got to....
Newmafruit just can't get enough of us and the feeling is mutual. Not long after they have installed an iFA system for their existing Geosort grader, they go and purchase a new Combisort too, replacing their faithful servant of an MSE. Fear not though, we never put a good grader down and pledge find it a new forever home somewhere.
The new Combisort will jump in the grave of the MSE as it sits exactly where it used to, but with 6 lanes instead of 4. This increases capacity of the machine but more importantly gives them increased longevity, whilst the design also allows for modular increases if they decide to uproot it and move it into roomier surroundings. The old machine was fed by a BURG POLS-AP infeed and the new one will too. We love it when our suppliers work seamlessly together and our customers do too.
This new machine means Newmafruit will continue to be able to efficiency and gently grade pears and Bramley for many years to come (as well as apples). We hope to have many more articles dedicated to Newmafruit in the future and would like to thank them for our ongoing partnership.
In the meantime, click the link below for a wonderfully informative video about the Combisort: