The Peach Torque Pitter model CT800 feeds, aligns and pits clingstone peaches, at a speed of up to 82 peaches per minute. Besides the higher yield, CT800 will output a high quality end product with improved pit cavity definition, less bruising and fewer slivers. Moreover, if the peach has a split pit, the SELECTIVE KNIFE device is automatically activated and the fruit is cut by a knife system during the normal torque pitting cycle.
Operation / Construction
Whole peaches are delivered from the customer’s merry-go-round system to the pitter’s open through feeder. The peaches are singled out and fed to an aligner cup. Orientation begins immediately and continues until the peach is transferred to the pitting station. During the transfer cycle, the peach is pre-cut around the stem end which reduces the tendency of the peach halves to fracture in this area. The peach is then delivered to the pitting station in such a manner that the pit is located on the same vertical and horizontal center lines of the twist mechanism. The pit is held stationary between two blades and then each half is gripped by mechanical soft hand activated pneumatically. This allows readily adjustment to variable turn that vary from 120°-360° in opposite directions (counter-twisted) according to the pit conditions. On completion of the pitting cycle the two cleanly pitted halves and the pit are discharged to a conveyor or fluming system below the machine.