A new mobile washing facility, featuring Tong’s next generation barrel washer, is bringing increased throughput and a highly flexible washing solution for UK potato supplier Wolds Produce this season.
Based in East Yorkshire, Wolds Produce Ltd supply high quality potatoes into the crisping, chipping, ware, catering and seed industries, working with a wide base of growers throughout the UK.
In order to wash crop across multiple sites, Wolds Produce needed a mobile washing system that would bring effective destoning, washing and inspection of crop at high capacities, for quick yet gentle processing to meet contract demands.
Featuring the latest model of Tong’s popular potato barrel washer, the new mobile washing system is built to handle high throughputs of crop, with a 4m long, 1200m wide barrel washer and integrated destoner for reliable removal of stones from crop prior to washing. Once the crop is washed, it is gently transferred to an inspection conveyor with a canopy. For ultimate ease of transporting between sites, the mobile system has been designed with foldable modules to allow the machine to be quickly and easily adapted for transport.
Simon Tootell, Managing Director at Wolds Produce: “We have worked with Tong for many years. They supplied our existing washing line at our main site in Pocklington East Yorkshire, so when then time came to look for a mobile system, Tong was the natural choice to work with to design a custom-built machine that we knew would fit the bill.
“We are very pleased with how the new mobile washer is performing,” says Simon. “The machine can run with minimal labour requirements and is making it possible for us to respond quickly to new contract requirements as we can now wash to high standards on location across our wide grower base.”
Edward Tong, Managing Director at Tong Engineering added: “Our commitment to building relationships with customers like Wolds Produce means that we develop a great understanding of their ongoing handling needs, and can work alongside them to build new solutions as their requirements expand.”