Two washing and grading innovations will be showcased by vegetable handling equipment manufacturer, Haith, at Potato Expo in January 2023.
A designer and supplier of solutions for farmers, packers and food manufacturers for over 75 years, the Haith Group will unveil its Mobile Water Treatment System and Pro-Sort mobile optical grader at the event in Aurora, Colorado.
Mobile Water Treatment System
Having seen success in many water treatment system installations in the UK and Europe, the company’s new modular system overcomes planning and transportation issues that have previously deterred overseas customers. As the plant splits into multiples units, it allows for easy transportation and it can be reassembled for customers on site within two days.
How does it work?
Once connected to a wash system, the dirty water flows into the Haith Mobile Water Treatment System, with a screen separating larger organic matter from the water. The effluent is then pumped to a lamella settler which separates the soil from the water. The sludge drops to the bottom of the tank, from where it is pumped to a dewatering filterpress on the opposite side of the unit. The resulting soil cake can then be conveyed into a skip or soil trailer. Treated water is fed into a storage tank for returning to the process or discharge to sewer.
Haith’s stand at Potato Expo will also feature the modular Pro-Sort which can be used in the field or on a farm and can be integrated into a new or existing grading line. This has been a joint venture with Grimme UK and automates the removal of stone, clod and foreign debris from potatoes and helps growers cope with labour shortages.
How does it work?
The machine features a TOMRA 3A optical sorter which is able to handling up to 100 tonnes per hour with high levels of accuracy.The TOMRA 3A employs Near Infra-Red multi-spectral sensors for an unobstructed assessment of every object ‘in flight’, identifying between potatoes and other fragments. As well as debris, the 3A’s colour sensors can also detect green potatoes, which like the debris, are removed at the end of the conveyor belt by ejectors.
In addition to these new products, Haith will use the expo to provide updates on developments made to its Pro-Line modular food handling solution.
Sales Manager, Rob Highfield, will be representing Haith at the show. He explained that the company is looking forward to showcasing the products at the event: “When we exhibited at Interpom in Europe at the end of 2022, the solutions were incredibly well received. With US growers and food producers facing similar issues to those in Europe, we expect a similar reception at Potato Expo 2023!”
For more information about Haith and its range, visit Booth 519 at Potato Expo or www.haith.co.uk.