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SGE Introduces Advanced Produce Handling Equipment Designed to Improve Quality While Reducing Labor Costs

Equipment Introductions Provide Operational Improvement Opportunities for Growers, Packers and Shippers


Vidalia, GA - - October 4, 2011 - - South Georgia Equipment (SGE), provider of turn-key produce handling equipment for growers, packers and shippers, is introducing several new products and solutions during the PMA Fresh Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, October 15-17.  These introductions are all designed to provide operational improvement opportunities that lower costs while increasing productivity.  Being aligned with the best produce equipment handling manufacturers in the world, having extensive expertise in the onion, potato and carrot markets, and as a solutions provider for other vegetable markets enables SGE to identify, recommend, and deliver the right equipment solutions for customers throughout North America.  The following will be featured at the PMA Fresh Summit in SGE booth #5319:

Easy-Fill Box Filler Leverages Technological Advances

The new Tong Peal Easy-Fill Box Filler is now manufactured with linear actuators controlling lowerators to reduce maintenance and improve efficiency.  A new easy-to-use pictorial control panel gives operators a better visual for equipment performance while Tong Peal’s unique ‘Door Stop’ belt with rubber fingers provides for gentle crop handling.  These rubber fingers eliminate the need for conventional curtain hoods.  One reversible crop conveyor with lowering end sections makes box filling ’easy’, fast and gentle, and with minimum drop. 

Air Knife Reduces Product Drying Time

New to the produce market and introduced by SGE is the Jongejans Air Knife.  Mounted over the drip band of the product rinsing machine, the Air Knife uses special guide blades with high pressure air at a high speed to dry the rinsed product.  Remaining water droplets clinging to the product are blasted away essentially making the product drip-dry.  With the Air Knife, drying time can be reduced by 50% which increases drying capacity and allows the reduction in fan usage and sponge drying table length.  As a result, disease spreading is minimized and energy costs are dramatically lowered. 

Innovative Weigher Delivers High Performance

SGE will showcase a new Upmann Weigher which has been designed to improve user-friendliness and increase processing efficiency.   The stainless steel Upmatic 2515 Weigher features high speed capability tailored to specific products run on the equipment.  For products weighing 2 pounds to 5 pounds, the average yield is 67 to 70 cycles per minute.  Weighing components have been designed for easy cleaning and accessibility for routine maintenance.  This equipment can be combined with the existing Upmatic 2402WB Bagger and Upmatic 3006 Clipper along with other Upmann equipment.                                                                                 

Demonstrations and reviews of all equipment introductions are available at SGE’s booth #5319 during the PMA Fresh Summit.  SGE personnel and manufacturer’s representatives will be discussing their full offering of complementing produce handling equipment for seed planting, topping, harvesting, sizing, dust extraction, bagging, weighing, and packaging.  Schedules for delivery of the new equipment to customers within North American will also be addressed.   

About SGE

SGE offers custom-designed, technically-advanced produce handling equipment and supplies that result in superior efficiency gains for growers, packers and shippers throughout North America.  A complete line of cost-effective, turn-key equipment solutions address customer needs for lower cost operations and quality improvements.  As a family-owned and operated business, SGE emphasizes a personalized approach that builds customer trust and results in complete satisfaction.  For more information, visit,,, or
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