Marshland St James firm makes the grade

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A Marshland St James engineering company has launched a new state of the art grader after years of research.

Herbert Engineering, a market leader in agricultural handling systems, has launched its “Vector” Wave Motion Grader.

The Middle Drove company has developed the Vector after researching how to improve the performance and accuracy of screen sizing, particularly when working with larger mesh screens and long tuber varieties.

The Vector is designed for grading potatoes, onions, bulbs and red beet and it means farmers and growers will benefit from more accurate and quicker grading of longer varieties. It will also eliminate impact damage and uneven soil build-up.

Andy Hubble, Herbert’s commercial manager, said: “This is a major advantage to farmers who can grade more accurately and at higher throughput while reducing waste and maintaining quality.

“There’s a growing demand for high quality produce, which can only be achieved by increased accuracy of grading – and this is exactly what the Vector delivers.”

Another of Herbert’s machines, a Herbert Oculus, has recently been installed at East Harling for major potato grower and processor Spearhead Potatoes, which supplies all the major potato processing companies in Britain with a wide range of potato varieties for the chip, crisp and snack food market.

Herbert Engineering has appointed Jon Rennie as operations manager. Mr Rennie is a manufacturing systems engineering graduate from Nottingham Trent University and joins the firm from Cooper Roller Bearings in Lynn.

In his new role Mr Rennie’s responsibility is for the engineering business, which includes manufacturing, quality, purchasing and inventory management.

He said: “I look forward to building on the company’s long tradition of world class manufacturing.

“I am excited at the prospect of helping the business continue to grow and develop at a fast pace.”