This April, the installation of a fully automated sorting, stacking and washing system for CHEP’s foldable Reusable Plastic Crates (RPCs) has commenced at CHEP’s Penrose Service Centre in New Zealand. Completion is anticipated before the end of the month.
The new, state-of-the-art high-speed centrifugal dryer, when installation is finished, will mark the last step in the wash and dry process. Residual water in the crates will be reduced to a level beneath 5 mg, in line with global best practice.
Manufactured in Italy to New Zealand specifications, the new centrifugal dryer is being installed in conjunction with an upgrade and redesign at the Penrose Service Centre, and after consultation with customers.
Through collaboration with customers, CHEP reviewed how the cleaned and washed crates were handled following delivery. CHEP pinpointed significant benefits to customers in terms of labour, time and cost savings that could be achieved through removing residual water.
The equipment installation is expected to be completed before the of April. During this period, RPC supply to fresh produce providers, pack houses and retailers will continue without interruption.