Tong completes new Polfarm carrot line
Tong Engineering has completed a large-scale carrot handling facility for Polish fruit and vegetable producer Polfarm. The facility is capable of handling 40 tons of crop per hour, according to Tong.
The custom-built stainless steel washing, grading and processing line incorporates washing and cooling equipment manufactured by Tong Engineering, including a 12.5-metre-long, 15000kg capacity wet hopper which offers presoaking of carrots prior to washing.
At the infeed of the new carrot line, a high-capacity Tong Storemaker hopper-cleaning system with Tong’s EasyClean separator offers bulk unloading of the company’s carrot crop. It also offers removal of soil and haulm from carrots prior to the washing process, according to the company.
The carrot washing line begins with a 40 ton per hour cyclone destoner followed by the large presoak tank which feeds two 5m long stainless steel barrel washers, four polishers and a large Hydro-Cooler. Carrots are graded by diameter by a series of Tong’s lift roller graders, and also by length with a number of vibrating length graders, before they are transferred for packing.
Michał Gulczyński of Polfarm said, “We have worked with Tong Engineering through our local dealer, HTech, over recent years to upgrade our vegetable handling processes in order to minimize labour requirements as well as increasing throughput. We started by updating our washing and grading facilities for our celeriac and parsley root crops with a complete line from Tong, and further to the success of this line, proceeded with a second line from Tong for our carrot crop.”