New Product: Haith Pro-Flow Transfer Chute

Published online: Sep 30, 2019 Articles, New Products, Potato Harvesting
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Haith is set to innovate the transfer of delicate produce in packing facilitites and factories with the introduction of its patent-pending Pro-Flow Transfer Chute. The invention protects potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and other sensitive produce from bruising and damage when moving from one conveyor to another.

Haith has been testing the Pro-Flow Transfer Cushion at several UK sites over the last few months. Following reports that the new feature has dramatically reduced damage, Haith has put the chute on general sale.

Haith’s Pro-Flow Transfer Chute is completely different from existing methods of transferring crops between conveyors. The Pro-Flow creates a trampoline effect by tensioning a loop of PVC material between two stainless steel tie rods. This creates an air pocket, which cushions the crop as it is transferred.

This cushioning effect eliminates the bruising that can occur with gravity transfer. The Pro-Flow Transfer Chute offers greater cushioning when compared to traditional steel chutes. While steel chutes can be padded, they are still subject to wear, and when the soft landing detaches, foreign body contamination can occur.

Haith’s Transfer Chute can be fitted to conveyors and machines such as even-flows and box fillers, with Haith’s design engineers considering the belt speed, drive roll diameter, drop height and produce type to tailor each chute to the precise needs of each application.

“The Haith Pro-Flow Transfer Chute is a response to our customers’ needs,” says David Haith, engineering director of the Haith Group. “In certain situations, the way traditional conveyor systems handle produce is too rough, and the crop can be damaged. The Pro Flow Transfer Chute is the solution to this problem.

“The best innovations are often the simplest but can make a huge difference,” he continues. “The Haith Pro-Flow Transfer Cushion may look simple, but its development has taken a lot of time and calculation. Our hugely experienced design team has done an excellent job in developing the Pro-Flow Transfer Chute. According to our test sites, introducing the chute has practically eliminated damage to sweet potatoes, potatoes and carrots moving between conveyors.

“Many packers are now employing optical graders with multiple outlets (up to 12 in some cases) to satisfy the increased demand for uniform sizing and appearance in the end pack. The Haith Pro-Flow Transfer Cushion ensures that the vast majority of the crop meets the end customer’s requirement in terms of appearance. We will be incorporating the Pro-Flow Transfer Chute into all of our lines from now on and are looking at how we can retrofit it into existing systems.”

To find out more about Haith and its range of vegetable handling equipment, visit www.haith.co.uk or email sales@haith.co.uk.