Celery processing, a simple and effective new plant
Celery is now a standardized reference and, as a result, the processing line must also follow very specific criteria. In this regard, the company Bulltec has recently built a new line installed at the company “Fellini Patrizio,” which deals with the production, processing and marketing of vegetables.
“Our experience with Bulltec,” says co-owner Emile Fellini, “is absolutely positive. First, we appreciated Bulltec’s enthusiasm and proactive approach to us. From the beginning, there has been great willingness and cooperation in understanding our needs, and together we have developed and improved the performance of the machine.”
There are many advantages that Fellini has seen in processing celery using the new line. This is the process: the raw product from the field is cleaned directly on board the machine and fed into the line; the waste is collected and conveyed by a belt inside a bins.
The cleaned celery is placed on a dedicated and specially designed conveyor system. Then it is automatically tied with the required type of webbing. The machine also allows the taped product to be labeled with the information the customer wants.
“We have envisioned four operators in the infeed who prepare and clean the product and one who encases the bound celery. The capacity of the line is about 30 strokes per minute.”
Specifically, the actual benefits that Fellini has achieved with the new line are as follows: organization of work in less space and greater order and cleanliness on board the machine; increased production capacity per person by about 25 percent; more homogeneous and cleaner taping; and time savings in checking guaranteed weight.
“Our work continues,” intervenes Ruggero Ricci, owner of Bulltec, “in order to find solutions to the needs of businesses. In this specific case, the Fellini company helped us create a complete machine from a processing standpoint, integrating a single fruit weight system and label printing for calibrated celery recognition.”
Ricci stresses the advantage of working with structured companies, which have significant experience behind them, because they are absolutely aware of their needs in terms of processing and performance and, consequently, of the characteristics their equipment must possess.
“Our philosophy remains that of making simple machines, with solid and durable mechanics, equipped with all the necessary electronics, but never overabundant. As is well known, what’s not there won’t break. This project has also confirmed the winning choice of making plants that are easily manageable in daily use, maintenance and cleaning,” Ricci concludes.