Tong’s FieldLoad PRO Streamlines Operations at Poskitt Ltd.
Tong’s latest FieldLoad PRO is now aiding the one of UK’s largest vegetable producers and processors, M H Poskitt Ltd. to reduce loading times.
Poskitt – which also supplies potatoes – is based in Goole, East Yorkshire and was among the first companies to receive the delivery of the new FieldLoad PRO in September, after the machine was launched in January 2019, as part of Tong’s ongoing product development program.
“The new FieldLoad Pro was launched at the beginning of the year, as the next-generation machine based on our proven Fieldloader that we have manufactured for several years. Our product development program focuses on equipment advances that ensure Tong equipment continues to meet industry requirements and market demands as they evolve, and the new FieldLoad is the perfect example of that,” said Edward Tong, managing director at Tong Engineering.
At approximately 15 meters long in transport mode, the self-contained FieldLoad PRO configured for Poskitt features a high capacity reception hopper feeding Tong’s 6 Row EasyClean separator, which cleans the crop. After the crop has passed over the EasyClean, it is transferred to Tong’s adjustable PU spiral sizing unit with high-speed self-cleaning function, for effective removal of smalls.
An insulated 4-man inspection cabin houses the machine’s intelligent Auto-Touch HMI touch-screen control unit and completes the system, before the crop transfers to Tong’s slewing and foldable 1.3m wide cart elevator for high capacity loading. Fast and even lorry loading is achieved by Tong’s Wi-Fi operated touch-screen remote control, ensuring the gentle transfer of crop into the bulker trailer. The new machine also comes complete with road-going lights, suspension, brakes and a super-silent onboard generator which provides power efficiency for in-field operation, which can be bypassed for mains power when operating on-farm.
“We already operate a Tong Fieldloader which has proved to be very reliable across the multiple sites where it is used. We have worked with Tong for many years and the advances in their equipment, backed up by their dedicated sales, installation and aftersales support team means I can always be sure of maximum performance and minimal downtime. With increased contract demands we needed a second field-loading machine, and I’m pleased to say that within the first few hours of running Tong’s FieldLoad PRO, we could see the efficiencies that the new system will bring,” said says Guy Poskitt, managing director at M H Poskitt Ltd.
The FieldLoad PRO at Poskit is the first of several orders for the machine in 2019. A second FieldLoad PRO machine was shipped to another UK grower, not long after the first delivery to Yorkshire this September.