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CHEP launches new standard in crate drying innovation

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CHEP Australia  has introduced a new technology to the fresh produce industry that delivers an 80 per cent dryer crate, widening the scope for growers to benefit from its reusable plastic crates solution. Complementing CHEP’s HACCP crate wash system, the centrifugal dryer will offer a new level in product protection and quality.

Designed to make their reusable plastic crates one of 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 drier crates.

Moraitis National Equipment Controller, Ashley Lockett explains that moisture levels in their business are critical to quality; the new centrifugal crate dryer has already improved their ability to transport fresh produce to market in peak condition.

CHEP’s Senior Director Supply Chain, David Hansen comments that the new dryer enables them to supply crates with less than 3 grams of water, making them ideal for fruits and vegetables that require very low moisture environments, such as onions.

CHEP’s Scoresby service centre in Victoria was the first to install the new dryer technology, which uses centrifugal force to remove 98 per cent of the excess water from each crate. Mr Hansen adds the centrifugal dryer is also an environmentally sustainable piece of technology.

The clean water spun from the crates is collected in a water collection tank before being pumped back into the washer for reuse, helping to 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 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 high 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 offer 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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