EQM knew it was a produce-handling winner. But it’s great to be able to confirm that everything we said about it is true.
In case you didn’t see the launch article on this intelligent, automated robotic bin filler…
The Hortworx RBF100 is a gentle robot that tenderly lowers delicate fruit into a bin.
It’s like having a particularly fruit-friendly employee on hand at all times to give your luscious fruit the attention it deserves.
Fruits that bruise easily, like apples, pears, stonefruit and kiwifruit, get carefully packed while your staff is freed up for other duties.
On top of that, the RBF100 doesn’t expect to be paid.
How valuable produce is handled
The rotary head lowers itself to a predetermined depth, then begins to gently lower the fruit into the bin.
The head automatically rises to layer the fruit as it fills the bin to a predetermined height.
Soft and flexible rotating flaps ensure gentle handling. Fruit to fruit contact bruising is almost eliminated.
Technical details for the RBF100 bin filler
- Manufactured in New Zealand by Hortworx – made for the NZ produce Handling industry.
- It can be used to fill all bin types – wood, plastic and cardboard.
- Engineered to accommodate the up-to-date requirements of post-harvest fruit handling.
It has an intuitive touch screen control. Smart features like variable fruit flow, variable flap rotation, pre-sets for upper and lower filling limits and bin change-over clearance heights and positions are at your fingertips.
- IOT ready for integration into packhouse analytical data collecting systems.
- Uncomplicated power supply. The standard model plugs into a normal single-phase power outlet. It uses a maximum of 1.5A. 24V DC power.
- Freestanding and fully portable for use in the field or orchard. With batteries and solar added, it’s capable of off-grid operation.
- Energy efficient.
- Excellent user experience. With its quiet chainless transmission there’s very little maintenance to be done.
- Great ROI. No hourly or weekly cost. It never gets tired or distracted.
Paul Thomas of Thomas Brothers has installed two RBF100 bin fillers in his new apple packhouse last year (2020 season).
They’ve been performing well, without any issues. To quote Paul:
“No news from operators is good news, so they are running well!”