APH Group Engineering recently delivered and installed a big scale line for grading, washing and packing of potatoes to one of her clients in the North-east region of Belarus. The biggest challenge was to get all desired machines fit in the compact building. Several innovative solutions were applied to be able to design the line in such a way that all desired components were included.
First of all the grader has been placed above the bunkers to reduce the floor surface. Secondly the brushing machines as well as the roller inspection tables are placed on platforms to be able to keep the floor space free. A palletizing line is equipped with a 90° angled conveyor to be able to place the palletizer on the best possible position. Several routings can be chosen from the central PLC with touchscreen, which means maximum flexibility for the customer.
The dry line consists out of 3 brushing machines with integrated by-pass conveyors. In this way the brushers can be by-passed partly or completely by sliding the conveyor over the brushes inside of the machine. This invention makes it possible for the end-user to change the brushing intensity.
Impression of the APH-Group potato packing line: view on the storage bunkers
The washing line consists out of a drum washer in combination with an active polisher to achieve the best possible cleaning result for the end product. The 16 bucket combination weighing machine assures maximum accuracy and capacity for the 2 automatic bagging machines. The potatoes will be packed in 2,5 kg PE-bags, as well as 20-25 kg mesh bags. The mesh bags will be stacked automatically and wrapped on a pallet to prepare them for transport.
The line is able to reach capacities between 10-15 ton/hour, depending on the chosen routing and product quality.