New standard in crate drying innovation

September 16, 2013

Greg Bottcher_Jason Gianginis_David HansenScoresby Service Centre Manager, Greg Bottcher, Moraitis Equipment Control Representative – Victoria, Jason Gianginis, and Senior Director Supply Chain, CHEP

CHEP Australia has launched to the fresh produce industry, technology that delivers an 80 per cent dryer crate, making its reusable plastic crates the driest on the market.

The state-of-the-art centrifugal dryer technology has been installed at CHEP’s Scoresby service centre in Victoria.

Fresh produce distributor, Moraitis, was among the first to benefit from the dryer crates.

Moraitis National Equipment Controller, Ashley Lockett, said: “In our business moisture levels are critical to quality. We are very happy with the results from the new centrifugal crate dryer – it has already improved our ability to transport fresh produce to market in peak condition.”

Complementing CHEP’s HACCP crate wash system, the centrifugal dryer will offer a new level in product protection and quality.

CHEP’s Senior Director Supply Chain, David Hansen, said: “With the new dryer we can now supply crates with less than 3 grams of water. This will be ideal for fruit and vegetables that require very low moisture environments, such as onions, and will widen the opportunity for growers to benefit from CHEP’s reusable plastic crates solution.”

CHEP’s Scoresby service centre in Victoria was first to install the new dryer technology which uses centrifugal force to remove 98 per cent of the excess water from each crate.

“The centrifugal dryer is also an environmentally sustainable piece of technology,” Mr Hansen said.

“We catch the clean water spun from the crates in a water collection tank before pumping it back into the washer for reuse and by doing this save around 180,000 litres of water a year. The dryer also uses up to 80 per cent less energy compared to the existing blow dryer technology and it self-generates power which brings the total reduction in energy use to 90 per cent.

“By bringing this world’s best practice offering for reusable plastic crate drying to the Australian market, CHEP is reaffirming its commitment to providing the very best quality and service in pooled equipment.”

The introduction of the dryers coincides with the launch of CHEP’s new industry standard crate, the Gen 3, which features the lowest fold down height in the world resulting in unbeatable return logistics that are up to a 29 per cent improvement on the previous generation crate.

Victoria is the first of three states to install the high tech dryer with New South Wales and Queensland to follow in early 2014.

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