To ensure efficient, robust and reliable box tipping and to guarantee the handling process moves with optimum efficiency, Tong Peal, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of handling and sorting equipment for the vegetable handling industry, has introduced a new side eject box tipper.
The side eject box tipper has been specifically designed to keep a continuous flow of crop onto grading and washing lines, with minimal forklift movement and greater time efficiency. Capable of handling boxes up to 2 tonnes, once the tipper is loaded with a full box, an automatic control flow sensor ensures that as the box is tipped, crop is gently and evenly fed over a forward conveyor and onto the line.
Once the box is emptied, the tipper returns the box to the loading position and the side eject mechanism pushes the box to the side, allowing the next box to be loaded. Like all Tong Peal tippers, the side eject tipper is fully automatic with light guards to meet the full safety requirements of EC legislation.
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New Tong Peal side eject box tipper at Kent Potatoes
To ensure complete and efficient emptying of boxes, the new tipper features the latest ram tipping mechanism design with enhanced linkage strength, allowing boxes to be tipped through a wider arc of up to 160°. The advanced design of the tipping mechanism also puts less strain on bearings and linkages, resulting in a stronger, more robust mechanism with significantly lower servicing andmaintenance requirements.
The 160° box tipping mechanism is also available on standard Tong Peal box or big bag tippers and the success of these tippers with UK and international customers has led to it being manufactured as part of the 2011 model of the side eject tipper.
In addition to the 160° tipping mechanism, the 2011 model is manufactured with a new side eject mechanism based on a heavy duty chain and paddle construction that works by pushing the box across thefloor of the tipper cradle until it meets a heavy duty rubber belted conveyor which takes the empty box away from the cradle and clear of the tipper, allowing it to be quickly and efficiently loaded with a full box. The new side eject mechanism is built on a robust, low maintenance design which can be manufactured to eject to either side of the tipper to suit the customer’s specific requirements.
Simon Lee, sales manager at Tong Peal Engineering, comments: “The latest model of our side eject tipper is already proving very popular with growers and packhouses as not only does it tip a full 160° to fully empty boxes, the side eject mechanism means that the tipper can be continuously loaded and unloaded with significantly less forklift movement than a standard tipper - meaning the handling process moves quickly with reduced labour requirements and optimum efficiency.”
The Side Eject Box Tipper is currently being used by Kent Potatoes Company in Kent.
Source: Tong Peal News