Laying hen farmers want to be able to handle the daily egg production in the most efficient way, from egg belt, quality selection, packing to 30-cell tray and finally to the egg pallet. For most producers the standard procedure is to deliver pallets to a central packing centre to repack eggs for retail and distribution. At the same time there is a growing desire by farmers to answer to food trends by offering a fresh egg on the local market, by direct on-farm selling or indirectly to consumers via supermarket or retail. For this desire Prinzen offers the Carton Packaging Module (CPM), on-farm handling of egg carton boxes.
Egg box types
Depending on local rules, eggs need to be checked for quality, sorted in a specific weight range and then packed in small consumer boxes. For this demand we developed the Carton Packing Module for packing eggs straight into (consumer type) carton egg boxes. It handles the most common used packaging types of the brands Huhtamaki, Hartmann and CDL Omnipac. Switching to carton box packing takes a few minutes and can be done by the operator without special tooling.
The Carton Packing Module requires no additional space floor and fits in with the modular set up of the Smartpack and Prinzen70 egg handling units.