Grading equipment

Labour shortfall prompts automation research

If there’s a single common challenge hovering over Australia’s pome fruit industry it’s labour – specifically, a shortage thereof – prompting 2018 Nuffield scholar Bisi Oladele to look into packhouse automation. As the technical manager for Geoffrey Thompson Fruit Packing at Shepparton, Bisi oversees all quality control and compliance aspects of one of Australia’s biggest [...]

Packhouse Optimisation Project update

Last year, APAL commenced the Packhouse Optimisation Project to help growers and packers understand the full cost of packing apples and pears and identify ways to optimise their operations.  The Project aims to analyse the cost of packing, by developing a robust financial model of growers’ packing sheds to provide growers with the financial information they need to make informed decisions [...]

Lenswood Co-op installs new pre-sizer

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has cut the ribbon on a $5 million high-specification new packing line that will potentially help Lenswood Cold Stores Co-operative (Lenswood Apples) increase its exports. The apple pre-sizer line installation has been supported by the SA Government’s Regional Development Fund through Primary Industries and Regions SA, enabling Lenswood Apples [...]

By |August 14th, 2016|Grading equipment, News, South Australia|

Understanding electricity tariffs can save you money

The ‘Watts in Your Business’ project has completed energy audits of 30 packhouses and orchards Australia-wide. This fact sheet shows how understanding tariffs in a packhouse/orchard can save money. Author: Amanda Booth Environmental Consultant, KMH Enviromental 02 9468 9348 In Australia there are three types of organisations involved in providing energy: Generators [...]

By |August 19th, 2014|Cold storage, Grading equipment, Saving energy|

Optimising voltage power to save money

The ‘Watts in Your Business’ project has completed energy audits of 30 packhouses and orchards Australia-wide. This case story of two packhouses in the Goulburn and Yarra Valleys, Victoria, shows how energy use and costs could be reduced by installing Voltage Power Optimisation units to the main electrical supply to packhouse buildings. Author: Amanda [...]

By |July 28th, 2014|Cold storage, Grading equipment, Saving energy|

Graders not the key to reducing energy costs

Author: Russell Soderlund APAL consultant ‘Watts in your Business’ 03 5968 3599 This is the first in a series of articles that will help fruit growers and packers save money by reducing energy use and costs. In this article we find that changing your packing and grading equipment won’t help you a [...]

By |April 15th, 2014|Grading equipment, Saving energy|