Tauranga-based Robotics Plus ready to expand into the US

A Tauranga company is ready to take its apple packing robotics offshore and help remove the headache of finding staff to do mundane work.

The automated apple packing machines place apples in trays “colour up” with the stems aligned, using sensors, software and electromechanical technology, and are expected to remove some of the monotonous work that apple packhouses find difficult to staff.

Robotics Plus has five automated packers operating in Nelson and has plans to enter the United States and other markets. Most of the funding so far has been provided by serial investor Steve Saunders who is chairman and founder of the company which makes other robotic products.

Read more at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/agribusiness/90536635/Robotic-apple-packing-developed-by-NZ-company-Robotics-Plus-ready-to-go-offshore

Originally published by Stuff.