Tong TPS-ProPolisher & Next Generation Barrel Washer 2021

Tong Engineering has unveiled a series of updates to its range of vegetable-polishing equipment.

Originally introduced in 2012, the TPS-Pro polisher features an electric direct-drive motor inside every brush shaft. The machine’s low-maintenance design is described as providing exceptional longevity, labour efficiency and superior polishing results, and the latest model for 2021 features a more refined design that maximises performance and makes maintenance even easier.

Manufactured in a 14-brush model featuring a 3m long x 800mm barrel, as well as an 18-brush model featuring a 3m long x 1050mm barrel, the TPS-Pro polisher is suitable for effective polishing of root crops including potatoes, carrot and parsnips, providing outputs of between 15-30 tonnes per hour.

For lower throughputs of up to 10 tonnes per hour, Tong’s U-Brush polisher suits smaller packers who require a reliable, low-maintenance machine that provides a high-value polished finish, but at a lower cost.

The U-Brush polisher has also been updated for 2021 to increase the machine’s capacity. Besides being a very economical machine, Tong says one of the unique features of the U-Brush polisher is its internal bypass system which allows operators to effectively bypass the polisher in instances where the polishing process is not required.

“As a supplier to the food industry we have been fortunate that demand for advanced and automated vegetable handling equipment has continued to strengthen,” said sales manager Simon Lee. “With this in mind, our product development team not only focus on designing and introducing new equipment to the market, but they are also committed to developing our existing machinery. Updating our vegetable polishers is the latest phase of this continuous development strategy.”