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Feb 15, 2022
Vanmark collaborates with Grote for a fully automated pickle processing line

We recently collaborated with our owner Grote Company to design, manufacture, and automate a turnkey pickle processing line, marking the first time our Creston and Boise locations have worked together with Grote to develop a solution tailored to meet a customer’s specific needs.

Vanmark Creston contributed receiving and washing equipment, Vanmark Boise brought its Lamina Hydrocutting System, and Grote Company tied it all together by programming the control system to automate the solution.

“This project marks a culmination and a validation of our vision to provide more complete solutions for our customers,” says CEO Bob Grote. “One of the most exciting elements of this is how it sets us up to tackle projects holistically so we can come to customers with turnkey solutions to fit their needs.”

The new system automatically loads totes of cucumbers, thoroughly washes them, then precisely cuts them into spears before gently transferring them for jarring and pickling.

The solution is designed with stainless steel components and minimal moving parts to ensure sanitation and reduced maintenance. It eliminated three manual processes, more than doubling capacity. 

Read the full case study here.

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