EQM Industrial is involved in how the fruit and vegetable sector lifts its game with new technologies to advance the packing of all kinds of products in New Zealand. One specific area of interesting innovation in this sector has been in the development of internal and external defect sorting of many kinds of fruit and vegetables. EQM undertook a global search for a reputable partner with the latest know-how and found it in Italy.
EQM signed a sales agreement with an Italian firm; UNITEC group, in 2017. UNITEC is well known for leading the world in cherry sorting and packing lines and equipment. They built their first sorter in 1924 and have had one sole objective – to help customers grow their businesses by improving the quality of their work. UNITEC has developed technologies for more than 30 fruit and vegetables from ‘A-Z’, apples and avocados to radishes to watermelons. The company is well known within the cherry, blueberry, and kiwifruit sectors throughout Europe, North & South America, and Africa. UNITEC exports 95% of its production and is expanding into the Asia Pacific region with several new installations in Australia and NZ in the last few years. UNITEC is world renowned for its Cherry Vision defect sorting equipment and how this automation has enabled the reallocation of the majority of the labour employed to do hand sorting, to other parts of the facility.
EQM has developed the relationship over the last year with the primary focus of offering the latest technology and turnkey solutions for sizing and sorting systems needed to cope with the growth in the horticulture industry in NZ. The relationship has been fruitful with the first complete turnkey Cherry Vision 2 sorting line already installed and with many more system plans to come..
When you are thinking of upgrading or developing a new fruit or vegetable packing facility, make sure you talk to us about introducing you to the UNITEC experience.
Unitec technology offers consistent detection of internal and external qualities of both fruit and vegetable. It sorts it by:
Thank you, your help was invaluable and got us back into production much earlier than expected.Department Maintenance Manager
The whole venture of labeling fruit has definitely increased our market share and it has helped keep us ahead of the neighbour.Customer
It was basically ready-made, which saved time and any need for other engineering support.Packaging plant project manager
The upgrade has increased our capacity; it’s gone up 30% in volume of fruit we are able to put through.Packhouse Manager
Very pleased with the product and the overnight delivery. There are more orders coming your way.Customer