Automation in post harvest technology does much more than make processing and packaging streamlined and smooth. Our clients enjoy larger yields of export grade produce, they get better prices for product and many have been able to gain access to high-value, pest sensitive markets.

To date, we’ve developed post harvest technology solutions for clients growing and packing apples, citrus fruit, kiwifruit, stone fruit, cherries and avocados. Post harvest solutions have also included material handling, empty and full carton handling, sorting and tracking, palletising and cool storage.

Contact us discover how automation engineering can transform your business.

Post Harvest Products

Designed specifically for the New Zealand export apple industry, our machine meets the pressure, flow and geometric requirements for apple washing as determined by the MPI for export apples...

Developed in conjunction with industry experts, our high pressure apple washer removes apple leaf curling midge and other pest infestations from apples in order to gain access to high value markets...

After 10 years of designing, building and maintaining flatbed brush systems, we designed and developed the most reliable, versatile, hygienic and cost-effective brush bed system in the world...

Our end of line palletising systems incorporate ABB industrial robotics for maximum reliability and flexibility and can be adapted to suit any plant, product and throughput rates...

Our multi-product palletising system uses a single robot and gripper to service multiple product lines, providing high machine outputs on a small footprint, even with a high number of SKUs...

CR Automation can deliver a complete turn key operation for your needs, combining our post harvest products together with engineered and automation solutions.

Post harvest servicing
and maintenance

All post harvest solutions are supported by regular servicing and maintenance. We also support other pre-existing post harvest systems to ensure your packhouse is up to speed when the produce is ready to pack.

Case Studies

We won the tender for the industrial automation and control of a green field site for Solid Energy working with a potentially explosive product: sawdust.
After our factory automation systems work for Ardagh in Hastings, we were approached for a turnkey electrical and control system design and installation in NSW.
For Craggy Range, we upgraded and maintained an extensive automation and control system, across a variety or processes, including two site wide SCADA systems.
The Pernod Ricard winery in Marlborough consisted of many independent machines with no common controls or oversight of the whole wine making process. We designed and deployed a site wide SCADA system solving these issues.
At the heart of Kraft Heinz’s central processing facility is a hydrostatic cooker capable of processing and cooking 60,000 cans of food at any one time in a continuous process. It is an integral part of their business and a potential breakdown presented a significant financial risk.
Hawk's new greenfield site required us to design a factory automation solution for complex industrial process with different machines, liquids, chemicals and flow rates.
We have a long working relationship providing winery automation services for Indevin Partners, keeping them at the forefront of the winemaking industry.
Having a proven history and reputation for automation design at other fertiliser service centres, Ballance Agri-Nutrients asked us to develop a design for a green field site.
Tumu Timbers had an interesting problem that needed a robotics engineering solution. They simply couldn’t find people for the specialised task of manufacturing pallets.
Kraft Heinz needed a robotics and automation solution that could keep up with the speed cans come out of the hydrostatic cooker, getting cans onto pallets, ready for labelling.