Cauliflower / Broccoli Floretting
- This is a machine used to remove the stem from either cauliflower or broccoli.
- This machine also has a size sensor.
Depending on the product (cauliflower or broccoli), variable knife assemblies are used accordingly. To optimize and speed-up the process it is advisable to remove all external leaves prior to loading the product into the machine. The size of the final segments of cauliflower/broccoli depends on the depth to which the knives cut into the product.
There is no need to sort the product prior to loading as its size is determined by the appropriate sensors. The same system determines the correct knife assembly required for each individual flower. The special construction of the conveyor belt allows the product to travel into the cutting chamber individually. Each segment of the conveyor consists of a “nest” in which each flower is placed manually. Once the size is determined, the knife assembly cuts out the stem to the point where the cauliflower or broccoli is fragmented. It is than fed out using an outlet chute either into a designated container or a conveyor belt for further processing. The stems are dropped into a side chute where they are either collected in a container or removed by conveyor belt.