Tong Debuts MonstaFill Box Filler
Tong Engineering has unveiled a new thin-head box filler which is already minimizing labor requirements and increasing throughput for a seed potato processor in Tasmania.
Built to combine high capacity and gentle box filling, with reduced forklift movements for maximum efficiency, the new MonstaFill box filler is the latest in a series of recent product developments from Tong.
“The new MonstaFill box filler is the first of two advanced and gentle box filling solutions that we are bringing to the market this year,” said Edward Tong, managing director at Tong Engineering.
Manufactured to fill 1 or 2 ton boxes, the new filler from Tong is maximizing throughput capacity for Cherry Hill Coolstores, based in northern Tasmania. Processing over 15,000 tons of seed potatoes annually, Cherry Hill operates between the seed grower and the main crop grower.
“With the volume of seed coming to Cherry Hill, we needed to upgrade our intake system. The new installation from Tong features a very similar set-up, albeit it much higher capacity, more advanced and energy-efficient than our previous intake system, but it is the new MonstaFill box fillers that have taken our capacity potential to the next level. Most notably, the MonstaFill has significantly reduced forklift requirements, which has had a huge effect on how quickly we are processing crop into boxes,” explained Andrew Langmaid of Cherry Hill Coolstores.
Featuring a 2.5 or 3.8 cubic meter capacity holding hopper at each end of the machine’s main crop conveyor, suited for 1 or 2 ton boxes respectively, the new MonstaFill gently transfers crop to two rubber-lined holding hoppers. The hopper tanks are fitted with integrated loadcells which allow them to fill to a pre-determined weight ready for discharge into boxes. Once one hopper is full, the conveyor begins to fill the second hopper.
The new filler detects when an empty box is presented by the forklift and the hopper discharges crop into the box as it is lowered by the forklift. The process means that the forklift then takes the full box away and returns with an empty box to repeat the process.