Prototype packing line set to be demonstrated

Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands has begun to assemble a prototype packing line capable of adapting to a wide range of fresh produce and other foods, as part of the EU's PicknPack project.

PicknPack: prototype packing line is capable of adapting to a wide range of fresh produce as well as other foods
PicknPack: prototype packing line is capable of adapting to a wide range of fresh produce as well as other foods

Vine tomatoes, grapes and ready meals are among the products to be packed by the line, which consists of a thermo-former that produces a variety of formats, a robot to pick produce from bulk containers and place them in the trays, x-ray and spectral cameras along with microwave sensors to determine quality and a sealer to laser-seal graded packs and apply a bespoke label. A mobile robot may then optionally stack the trays in crates.

Wageningen expects the line to be operational by the end of the year and will demonstrate it to the public in spring next year.


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