GEGE Machinebouw are specialised in custom made machines and processing lines for leek growers and produce processing companies.
Cutting with water might not be entirely new in itself but is new in the agricultural and food industry. Thanks to the GEGE Machinebouw innovation, cutting with a moving waterjet as knife has become common.
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In many cutting applications the size of the product that needs cutting is the same each time. In those cases, the waterjet knife is set to a fixed position. But, with vegetables and other fresh products there is a lot of variation in length and thickness. In that case a fixed position waterjet knife would either cut too much or too little.
GEGE Machinebouw have developed techniques to overcome this problem. For example, using these techniques leek roots and leek leaves are cut at exactly the right position. Minimal losses lead to maximum yield.
In the conventional cutting systems, the knives go blunt quickly leading to the deterioration of the cutting edge. Diseases are also transmitted more easily.
In cooperation with other companies in this field we have developed a new leek machine that can provide a guaranteed quality, quantity and traceability.
The Leek Machine Process:
- A scissor lift hauls the harvested leek from the bottom end of the shelves.
- A trailer (picks up the leek at a fixed height)
- The leek is shortened
- Sorting of leeks
- Packing of leeks
- Detection and correction (utilising weighing scales)
- Washing/Cleaning (in washing plant)
Such a leek machine requires a maximum of ten people to clean, sort (usually in two or three grades) and pack. Each person has about 1,5 metres workspace. Some employees can manage up to 240 – 260 kg of leek per hour. However, the average is 140 à 150 kg/h.
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GEGE Waterjet Cutting Leeks and More
This video shows how food products are perfectly cut with the waterjet knife. Always sharp, very precise and with greatly improved hygiene.
GEGE machinebouw from the Netherlands are the specialists for vegetable and food cutting with this excellent new water jet cutting technique.