The UK’s leading vegetable and material handling equipment manufacturer will be showcasing two new innovations at Potato Expo next month.
Haith, which has been designing and supplying innovative solutions for farmers, packers and food manufacturers for over 75 years, will be launching its Mobile Water Treatment System and PRO-Sort mobile optical grader into the United States at the event in Aurora, Colorado, on 4th and 5th January.
Visitors to Booth 519 will be introduced to Haith’s Mobile Water Treatment System, which can be used on-farm or production factories.
Haith has installed numerous water treatment systems in the UK and Europe, but complicated planning processes and transportation costs have often deterred American companies.
Haith’s new modular system overcomes all of the issues facing potential overseas customers. The plant splits into multiple units for easy transportation by low loaders without special permits, and it can be assembled in less than two days using forklifts or a crane.
Once connected to a wash system, the dirty water flows into the Haith Mobile Water Treatment System, with a screen separating larger organic matter from the water. The effluent is then pumped to a lamella settler which separates the soil from the water. The sludge drops to the bottom of the tank, from where it is pumped to a dewatering filterpress on the opposite side of the unit. The resulting soil cake can then be conveyed into a skip or soil trailer. Treated water is fed into a storage tank for returning to the process or discharge to sewer.
The company’s joint project with GRIMME UK – the PRO-Sort, is the second innovation to feature on Haith’s booth.
The mobile optical sorter automates the removal of stone, clod and foreign debris from potatoes and helps growers cope with labour shortages. At the heart of the machine is a TOMRA 3A optical sorter which is capable of handling up to 100 tonnes per hour with high levels of accuracy.
The TOMRA 3A employs Near Infra-Red multi-spectral sensors for an unobstructed assessment of every object ‘in flight’, seamlessly identifying between potatoes and foreign material. As well as debris, the 3A’s colour sensors can also detect green potatoes, which like the debris, are removed at the end of the conveyor belt by intelligent finger ejectors.
As the PRO Sort is a modular unit, it can be used in the field or on a farm and easily integrated into a new or existing grading line.
In addition to the mobile systems, Haith will update people on developments made to its Pro-Line modular food handling solution. The Pro-Line combines all of Haith’s class-leading machines in an incredibly effective way.
Pro-Line installations in the UK have delivered the same throughput levels as lines featuring twice as many older machines.
“We are very excited about Potato Expo 2023 and are really looking forward to introducing our growing range of mobile washing, grading and water treatment systems to the United States,” says Rob Highfield, Sales Manager, who will be representing Haith in Colorado. “When we exhibited at Interpom in Europe at the end of 2022, the solutions were incredibly well received. With US growers and food producers facing similar issues to those in Europe, we expect a similar reception at Potato Expo 2023!”
Established in 1947 In the UK, Haith offers a wide range of vegetable handling solutions and works with the majority of Great Britain’s leading fresh produce suppliers. Over the last decade, Haith has replicated this success in North America, developing and installing highly efficient solutions for several leading potato suppliers.