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CAN: Counting Cucumbers

CAN: Counting Cucumbers

Once a specialty greenhouse crop, Ontario greenhouse grown Persian (mini) cucumbers are now available year-round, and retailers require these bite-sized cucumbers to be sold in 1-lb pre-packaged bags or trays. The challenge is that this sweet flavoured, crunchy fruit grows naturally in different shapes and sizes. Currently, the proper sorting and packaging of greenhouse grown mini cucumbers is done manually, and workers must judge by eye, but Tug Weld Manufacturing has designed a sophisticated solution with their Persian King Air Touch Mini Cuke Size Grader. It’s estimated that labour intensive packing  needs 40 employees to grade approximately 50,000 mini cucumbers manually per hour, while the Persian King Air Touch is able to easily process 30,000 cucumbers per hour while requiring only four to six operators.

(Source: freshplaza.com)