Robotic system removes cores from lettuce heads
JBT Corp., Chicago, introduced FTNON CoreTakr, an innovative robotic system that uses advanced 3D camera technology to remove unwanted cores from lettuce heads used in the fresh-cut and ready-to-eat segments.
Capable of handling 1,500 heads of lettuce per hour, the CoreTakr, which de-cores automatically with no employee interaction necessary, is said to increase yield by between 3-9%.
Once inside the machine, the system uses two sharp clinical knives to make sure only the undesired part of the lettuce is removed. CoreTakr also identifies and removes diseased products.