The absolute novelty, however, was the purchase in 1998 of the world’s first non-destructive fruit analyser. As a final and absolute guarantee of quality, prior to packaging the product, the Company now uses an exclusive computerised sorting machine which is based on the innovative non-destructive fruit analyser, the WELL-BRIX made by Sumitomo Metal Mining (S.M.M.) in Tokyo.
Thanks to its worldwide advanced technology, this device is able to measure and calibrate the level of sugar with the pulp consistency. The machine was conceived and manufactured in Japan, and several are already in operation on Hokkaido Island.
LORENZINI NATURAMICA®exported the first machine to Europe and then adapted it to its specific requirements.
Lorenzini Naturamica® is also research!
The continued and active cooperation with universities, agricultural institutions, bodies and research laboratories, allows Lorenzini Naturamica® to be a leader in technical-scientific solutions to be adopted, which ranks as a leading quality of agro-food sector, in the service of consumer.
The melons coming in from the field are placed one by one on a conveyor belt with special cups which convey a maximum of three melons per second into the analyser where a sizeable portion of each fruit is analysed in real time using thin light rays linked to sophisticated software.
The sugar values, pulp consistency and any internal perfections of each melon are then visualised on the screen (expressed in Brix degrees). The precision of the data supplied is very high as the standard deviation is a maximum of 0.6 points.
The computer sorts the melons which, according to pre-set parameters, are considered 1st Category into a calibrating-sorting line where each melon is branded and packed with a small label in the form of a band around its circumference containing information attesting to its integrity – e.g. that it has not been tampered with – and details where it was located. After this phase the product undergoes an additional quality verification whereby it is examined organoleptically and its exterior appearance is inspected. Lastly, it is packed and put on a pallet.