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“Lines that handle fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables or meats, are usually highly automated,” said David Jahn. “As they continue to become faster and more efficient the higher throughput places a strain on the end of line packing function. Traditionally, this process is achieved by accumulating the packs and picking and placing products into crates in layers, but if one punnet is dropped or falls off the line, the interruption can cause severe periods of downtime and waste.”

Although end of line packing is automated to some degree, as processing lines become faster there is an increasing need for manual labour to help match the line speed. Once again, labour cost and scarcity are serious challenges. “Speed and dexterity are critical if retailers and packers are to automate their end of line packing processes,” David Jahn observed. “It’s all very well operating at high speeds but if there are line stoppages, you have a significant problem. Packers need to rely on consistency of production across the whole of a ten-hour shift. We believe that flawless loading with minimal line interruptions can best be achieved with a single product pick. It’s the safest way to load a wide range of retail crates and cases accurately and why we developed Meteor.”