Automatizing pomegranate arils extraction from the fruit and their consequtive MAP packing in a ready-to-eat form or directing them to juice extraction, is a unique and difficult challenge.
Kapelis packaging has first applied in Greece the patented method of ultrasound vibrations in a water bath at the deseeding machine model Roa.
Pomegranate's nutritious and antioxidant properties become more and more familiar to the consumers today.
This means increase in demand for pomegranate products, both edible arils and juice, which, in turn, imposes the need for automatizing pomegranate's deseeding process.
Everyone knows out of personal experience how difficult and time consuming is to deseed a pomegranate fruit. Therefore, the task of automatizing this procedure is difficult and complicated.
Kapelis packaging in cooperation with its suppliers undertook this challenge and is now proud to present ROA, an automated deseeding machine of Greek part manufacturing and assembling.
With this leading technology, arils get separated from fruit's flesh via ultrasonic vibrations inside water bath. Heavier than water arils precipitate at tank's bottom and collected by a conveyor. Lighter than water flesh and membranes float, helping thus another conveyor to collect and segregate them from arils.
Pomegranate fruits must slit open first in order not to cut and damage the arils.
The advantages are obvious: since the process is automated, much less work force is needed, reducing by far labor cost on one hand and reducing product's contamination probabilities on the other.
This technology allows for a continuous production process with low product loss, whereas it achieves higher product's shelf life (up to 12 days!). The equipment is efficient and low in power & water consumption as well as low in maintenance. Output can range from 120 up to 220 Kg arils/ hour much depending on fruit variety, state of maturity, storage conditions and fruit's general condition.
After deseeding, arils may head either to get MAP packed in trays at a ready-to-eat form or to produce juice.