introducing the innovative 320 ZPF by CTI FoodTech

An innovative industrial stoner for peaches – the 320 ZPF – has just arrived on the American market.

The name stands for “Zero Pit Fragment”, which is the distinguishing feature of this machine’s innovative technology, the result of years of investment in Research and Development by CTI FoodTech, a world leader in the manufacture of industrial peach pitting machinery. . Recently, the Italian company officially presented 320 ZPF to the public with an exhibitor booth at the Food Processing Expo in Sacramento, California (USA).

320 ZPF is equipped with an innovative system, covered by two international patents, designed to eliminate all kinds of cores – even empty or fragile – without leaving fragments stuck to the pulp. This allows, while maintaining a very high rate of 320 fruits per minute, to finally solve a common problem for peach processors, which climate change over the years has further aggravated. A result possible thanks to an intuition of the engineers of CTI FoodTech, whose idea of ​​radically modifying existing puncture technologies amounts to more than 100 patents obtained in 30 countries around the world.

Processed by traditional pitting systems, ’empty’ or broken pits leave fragments stuck to the pulp, necessitating the employment of additional labor for removal and quality control. Customers tend to show a very low tolerance for this issue, as it can affect product safety.

Thanks to the patented continuous orientation system, the percentage of correctly oriented fruits is equal to that of the torque system (approximately 90%), without the need for additional manpower. A loader supplied with an additional set of adapters allows ZPF to pit all kinds of peaches, of any variety, degree of maturity, size, with a better quality cut compared to other spoon pitters, because the spoons last longer and break less during the processing season, thanks to 360° rotation driven by a brushless motor with variable rotation and speed.

Compatibility with Industry 4.0 standards is guaranteed by the plant management system connectivity facilities installed on the machines and extends to the PLC/servo driver, installation and pneumatic lubrication system, the practical and modern touch screen for controlling the functions, with automatic fruit counting and on-board diagnostics.

CTI FoodTech currently ranks second in the world among peach de-stoning machine manufacturers for the number of units installed in processing plants worldwide, second only to an American multinational.

The global processed peach market, particularly in the United States, showed immediate interest in the new machines. In Spain, after the first trial campaign, units upgraded or newly installed over the past two years now handle approximately 80% of total production. The new model is generally reported as integrating perfectly with other machines produced by the company, significantly improving the overall performance of the production lines.

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