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Bag the best in potato handling Offering automatic palletisers and high-accuracy multihead weighers from some of Europe’s most-advanced manufacturers, David Harrison of Aldreth in Cambridgeshire is said to be recognised as one of the UK’s top specialist companies for costeffective potato handling. The company is UK agent for the Dutch Prinsen multihead weigher with 10 or 12 weighing scales for potatoes, onions and carrots for example. Prinsen uses speed-adjustable belts to feed the weighing scales instead of vibrator channels, since belts aren’t susceptible to dirt buildups and work well with unwashed potatoes. They’re also more productfriendly than vibrator channels. David Harrison sales manager Gary Palmer says: “These are our most intelligent systems yet, but still the simplest to set up to individual’s produce that we have. “We’re also delighted at the new range’s clean lines.” The high-speed electronic weigher prepares the pre-set weight in its stainless-steel weighing

buckets and discharges it on the command of the bagging machine. The weighing process is continuous with constant weight checks to minimise ‘giveaway’, says Gary. The easy-to-program control panel has a full-colour touchscreen with keyboard and display in metric or imperial. Optional extras include vibratory feed and various product discharge options including a full range of automatic netting and bagging machines. Palletisers have become acknowledged as a major contribution to labour saving in vegetable handling. While trailers can now accommodate stacks of potato bags up to 10 or 13 layers high, manual operations are restricted to 8, says Gary. David Harrison says it offers the best of both worlds in the shape of Symach high-volume machines. Three models give throughputs of 10–37tph of 25kg bags and are the perfect complement to the successful Prinsen palletiser that has average daily output of up to 9tph.

Both Prinsen and Symach automatic palletisers will stack up to 13 layers of 25kg bags all day long. The Prinsen is a robust, compact palletiser that meets the needs and budgets of most growers and small packers. The Prinsen weigher/bagger. It’s designed with easy-to-use David Harrison has installed many controls allowing adjustment to more than 50 of these no-nonsense suit individual applications without palletisers, testament to their success the need for a service engineer in with smaller operations. ■ attendance.

Chance to try before you buy Through its dealer network Grimme UK has a wide range of root-crop machinery available for demonstration. This includes sugar beet, carrot, parsnip and red beet machinery, in addition to potato equipment such as tillers, bedformers, destoners, planters, harvesters, graders and the CleanLoader. The company’s demonstration team understands how to get the best from its machines and can help customers do this

Part of Grimme’s demonstration fleet.

too, so that they can realise the maximum potential of their crops. Customers can be confident the team will treat every crop planted or harvested as if it were its own.


Complete Building Construction including:-

Steel framed buildings Complete groundworks Mechanical handling equipment Drive on timber floors

Expe potato srts in tor buildingage constru ction

Building refurbishment

A family run business established in East Anglia for over 40 years


Enquiries for buildings all other areas please phone

01672 514471

Tel/Fax 01449 720256 Mobile 07774 633608

Fax: 01672 518518

Wilwyn, Flordon Road, Creeting St Mary, Ipswich, Suffolk


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