Cucumber packing app delivers improved cucumber traceability and reduced waste.

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Cucumber packing app.

Software app for Cucumber packing: grading, sorting, and processing.  Includes export, wholesale, and full packing management app.  Built around traceability & recalls:  bar-code inventory, B2B Customer Portal, Shop front,  FARM MANAGEMENT OPTION and more...  Farmsoft provides complete management for onion  packing, broccoli packing, citrus packing, pepper packing, tomato packing, avocado packing, potato packing.  Salad packing, Loose leaf lettuce and other fresh produce such as spinach, rucola, chicory, watercress.  Cucumber packing.

Inventory

Manage incoming Cucumber inventory, capture supplier details, traceability and costs (optionally capture on PO in advance), create inventory & pallet labels, record storage location of inventory.  Automatic inventory audit trail and tracking.  Unlimited inventory items. Bar-code inventory management.

Stock-take

Perform stock-takes any time by category or storage location.  Know how much onion inventory you have in real time, even search by storage location.  Report by product line and storage location, or product category. 

Sales, shipping,  orders

Print pick sheet to pick Cucumber orders manually, or scan inventory / pallets onto orders, or auto select inventory,  or rapidly sell without an order.  Track paid, and unpaid invoices.  Attach documents to invoices / photos of outgoing shipments.

Traceability & recalls

Instant mock recalls both up and down the supply chain using keys based on supplier lot/batch, supplier name, delivery date, invoice #, inventory #, pallet #, customer reference, order # and more...  Reduces fresh produce food safety compliance costs and makes audits easy.

Invoices, BOL, labels for pallets & inventory

Choose from a gallery of invoices, bill of lading, freight notes, and industry standard fresh produce labels including Walmart, Tesco, Aldi, Coles, Pick 'n Save, Woolworths and more...

Batch packing

Record all batch inputs such as fruit & vegetables, packaging materials, and other raw materials.  Batch costs automatically tracked.  Batch recalls automatically track suppliers & traceability.

Logistics

View open orders & balances. Assign orders to specific staff for picking, assign to trucks / driver, transport company.  Set loading order for multiple orders on one truck.  See when orders are ready shipped and print bill of lading, export documents, and invoices. 

Quality control

Perform QC tests for incoming pepper inventory, packed, pre-shipping. Configure QC tests for ANYTHING you want to test, supplier quality control tracking.  Attach unlimited photos & documents to QC tests from your cell or tablet.  

Price lists

Manage prices that will be used when a customer order is recorded.  Set up price lists for specials, specific products & customers or promotions.  

Dashboards

Profit:  Analyze profit of each onion line, variety, and even track individual customer profit, and batch level cost & profit.  Sales:  Monitor sales progress & shipments.  Quality:  supplier performance & more...

More...

Auto shipment and sale alerts to customers.  Configure BOM, packing / manufacturing processes, special rules to control the processes in your business (your consultant will do this for you).   

Cucumber value adding

For food service and processors:  specify the ingredients for each product you manufacture, farmsoft will calculate required quantities to fill open orders and schedule the batch.  Automatic creation of inventory outputs.  All ingredients and inputs are costed.

Unlimited sites & warehouses

Create multiple sites, specify which sites each employee can view (this restricts inventory, orders, invoices etc to selected sites).  Great for businesses with multiple locations across the country or planet.

Advanced tailoring

Add new fields to screens, choose from a wide selection of interfaces (touch based, PC based, data entry, tablet), control special business processes, activate defaults, configure automatic alerts and more...

Purchase orders

Order raw materials, packaging materials and more from suppliers.  Analyze orders and prices using Purchases dashboard. 

Re-order alerts

Receive alerts when inventory needs to be reordered, analyze inventory that will need ordering in the future, and inventory that is approaching expiry...


Finance apps

Integrate with Xero finance, or export invoices (AR) and Purchase Orders (AP) to your chosen finance app like MYOB, Quickbooks, , FreshBooks, Wave, SaasAnt, SAGE and others...

Reduce Cucumber  waste by 99%

Packing inventory control ensures there is no 'shrinkage', food inventory is FIFO managed, and expiring inventory always monitored.

Reduce administration time by 60%

Automatic paperwork for packing, labels, and reporting reduces the burden on administration teams and saves everyone's time.

Better Cucumber  packing quality now

Quality control and food safety has never been easier with industry standard quality tests, food safety checklists; or configure your own tests. 

100% accurate Cucumber packing orders!

Guarantee only the correct inventory is shipped for each order, on time, every time.

Easy Cucumber  packing traceability

Perform instant mock recalls and audits at any time, from anywhere. No need to compile reports or search for documents. International food safety standards maintained.

Reduce Cucumber  inventory stocking costs by 10%

Project required ingredients & materials to ensure just in time delivery and reduce inventory overheads & waste.

Faster Cucumber  packing inventory control

Know exactly which inventory is available, where it is, and when it expires:  any-time, anywhere.
No need to manually create reports in spreadsheets, instant real time access to your inventory details.

Easier Cucumber  packing management

Rapidly assign customer orders to production batches, line & inventory managers receive instant alerts.  Precision processing & packing reduces fresh produce waste.

CUCUMBER PACKING TECHNOLOGY
Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) can inhibit microbial growth and prolong shelf life of fresh-cut cucumbers. This study compared the effects of different packaging gases on the growth of E. coli O157:H7 and sensory characteristics of fresh-cut cucumbers. Changes in key movement, adhesion, and oxidative stress genes expression of strain under optimal MAP and air were determined. Cell population density, the extracellular carbohydrate complex content and expression of curli fimbriae were evaluated. Results revealed that the growth of E. coli O157:H7 in fresh-cut cucumbers could be effectively inhibited under MAP (atmosphere = 2% O2, 7% CO2, 91% N2), and better maintained the sensory characteristics. Furthermore, the inhibition mechanism was revealed by inhibiting the expression of movement (fliC), adhesion (eaeA) and oxidative stress (rpoS and sodB) genes in E. coli O157:H7, reducing biofilm formation, extracellular carbohydrate production and curli fimbriae expression. Proper MAP can maintain the quality and safety of fresh-cut cucumbers.

CUCUMBER PROCESSING
We prepared double layer membranes containing eugenol (0.2, 0.3, and 0.4 g/100 g) using electrospinning technology and investigated their effects on the postharvest quality of cucumbers. The poly (lactic acid) (PLA) membrane was attached to the collector, and the nanofibers were prepared using an electrospinning device and deposited on the surface of the PLA membrane to form double layer membrane. The results informed that the shelf life of cucumbers packaged with double layer membranes increased from 15 days to 21 days at 4 °C. The double layer membrane containing 0.3 g/100 g eugenol had greater effects on delaying the spoilage process and prolonging the shelf life of cucumber fruits than other membrane. Compared with unpackaged samples, packaged samples had higher hardness values, Peroxidase (POD), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase (CAT) enzyme activities, and protein and proline content; and they had lower weight loss, skin color differences values, stickiness values, microbial growth, and malondialdehyde (MDA) and total soluble sugar content. Our results suggest that double layer membranes may be used to extend the shelf life of cucumbers at 4 °C.


CUCUMBER PACKING PROCESS
The sanitary status of reusable plastic containers (RPCs) in fresh produce packing/grower operations located in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec was evaluated. Visibly soiled, Ready-to-Use, RPCs and those visually clean, were considered sanitary using a criterion of <3 log relative light units (RLU)/100 cm2 in ATP testing, < 4 log colony forming units (CFU)/crate Total Aerobic Count (TAC), <3 log CFU/crate for yeast & mould, and <3 log CFU/crate Enterobacteriaceae, and coliforms along with the absence of Escherichia coli. Collectively, 162 RPCs (48 visibly soiled and 114 visually clean) were sampled with 10% (5/48) of the visibly soiled crates exceeding ATP RLU readings that compares to 81% of clean crates sampled. All visibly soiled crates exceeded the acceptable limits for TAC that compares to 83% of visually clean RPCs. The fail percentage of visibly soiled crates, with respect to Enterobacteriaceae and coliform counts, was 96% (23/24) and 25% (12/48) respectively, compared to 69% (48/70) and 3% (4.4/114) for clean crates. E. coli was recovered from five (3.5%; 5/114) of visually clean RPCs. It was concluded that visual assessment and ATP readings are poor metrics to assess the sanitary status of RPCs. In laboratory trials, Salmonella inoculated onto RPCs declined at a greater rate under low (55%) compared to high (88%) relative humidity (RH). However, the rate of decline of Salmonella was lower if cucumber homogenates were periodically introduced onto the surface of inoculated RPCs with growth occurring under high RH. Transfer of Salmonella from RPC to cucumbers occurred in a diphasic manner with an initial rapid phase followed by a slower rate of attachment with time. Sanitation cycles that included a caustic rinse followed by a peracetic acid treatment supported a 1.0–1.8 log reduction of Salmonella although residual survivors could be transferred from RPCs to cucumbers. The study demonstrated that Salmonella can persist for extended periods on RPCs and then be transferred to produce can occur if crates are inadequately sanitized. This result, coupled with the unsanitary condition of RPCs sampled in the field, reinforces the need to adequately sanitize crates between uses.

The new sorting and packaging line by Christiaens Agro Systems processes 20,000 mini cucumbers. The new system, consisting of 6 robots, 4 packaging lines with a capacity of 20,000 pieces per hour, was introduced last Friday in the shed of Tromptransport in Eindhoven. The presentation attracted various (cucumber) growers, who were both curious and critical of the new sorting and packaging line for mini cucumbers. The new production line is named SortiFlex and is the result of cooperation between Beltech, FruitTek and Abi.

The system is designed for JPI, based in Leamington Canada. The company is one of the biggest growers and packers of mini cucumbers. They are in the frontline of technology in growing mini cucumbers, like high wire production and also in packing trays with robots. This serves to deliver highest quality mini cucumbers in the market on the most hygienically way. At this moment the production is expanded, new pack house is build and investments are made in the latest technology.

JPI and Christiaens are cooperating already many years. JPI was one of the first companies who invested in a traditional grading machine specially for mini cucumbers. This machine is working to the full satisfaction and because of the expansion the next step in grading technology together with Christiaens and partners was logical.



Saving on labour
Hans Kalter, sales manager of the Limburg company which specializes in machines and the automation of elongated vegetables: "Three years ago the first ideas sprung into existence". Before Christiaens supplied a sorting line for snack cucumbers to JPI "About three years ago the customer called with the announcement: we are very happy with the system. We have recovered the costs within a year and a half, but we have a problem. We still require 15 employees to put the product on the trays. We have started a dialogue with this customer, but also other potential customers, to find out what the needs and wishes are."

The automation of the product lines of snack cucumbers is a reaction to current day circumstances. "It is becoming increasingly difficult to find employees. Moreover, the snack cucumber requires a more intensive cultivation in which hygiene plays a central role."

Singulation
The production line consists of several steps. First, the input is singularized. "This is important, because we want to have a better look at the products and want to achieve a certain capacity. Particularly with regard to snack cucumbers the numbers with regard to kilos are increasingly important"

Four different types of packaging
The trays are placed on the different conveyor belts from above. "This model uses four different sizes of packaging, but this can be altered at the customer's wishes. We have made use of vacuum denesters because the edges of the trays used by our customer are not always the same, so we have opted for vacuum instead of a screw.

Classification and orientation
The conveyor belt transports the cucumbers one by one past the 3DVision system installed by Belltech. The cucumbers are scanned by two cameras in combination with laser technology.

This system not only selects on length, thickness and curve, but also determines the location of every single cucumber and transmits that information to the six robots which place the cucumbers in uniform sets on the trays.

With the data Vision gathers the harvest can be mapped exactly. Ron van Dooren, Beltech technical advisor: "you can exactly see how many cucumbers turn out unfit for packaging on trays and you can adjust your cultivation accordingly."

Deltapicker
It goes very fast. "The deltapicker can process up to one piece per second. This model has six, which means that this set up can process up to six cucumbers per second.".  The tray band is placed at an angle so the cucumbers cannot roll.  The deltapicker was developed by Abi. "It has an operating width up to 1600 mm, which is the maximum of this type, and this enables the robot to operate on the entire width of the conveyor belts.".  

Gripper
The cucumbers are being picked up by a gripper with multiple vacuum nozzles which are operated individually. Hans: "the gripper is product friendly. Normally the cucumber is attached to the gripper for hardly a second. We have tested the system by leaving a cucumber attached for three minutes, and we concluded there was no damage at all."



Hans: "The gripper's head is easy to change, and no pipes have to be disconnected. A single operation disconnects it. This minimizes the delay in the production process, and the same applies to the nozzles."

Multiple applications
The set up that is shown will be attached to the current packaging lines of the customer, thereby automating the entire sorting and packaging line. According to Hans the machine can be used for more applications. "This enables us to serve various product groups."