11 May 2022
New chitting trays pass extensive on-farm trials with flying colours
A NEW chitting tray system designed and developed by Tom Neat, Managing Director of Techneat Engineering, and Staffordshire-based potato producer Sam Daw, has successfully completed several on-farm trials this spring, following its initial launch at last year’s British Potato Event.
With a strong steel frame, galvanised to resist corrosion, the new chitting trays are specifically designed to reduce labour and tuber damage. Each tray is robustly designed and capable of holding up to 125kg of potatoes.
The trays have been designed to be easier to stack than traditional wooden trays, with integral fork locators for easier handling and can be stacked up to four high, assuming the size of a 1t box. The semi-translucent, smooth moulded plastic trays have also been designed to allow good light transmission to aid the chit.
Technical Support Manager for Techneat, James English said: "All the new trays are made at our Cambridgeshire factory using durable plastic and steel with a 25-year galvanised finish. The excellent build quality should ensure they out-perform traditional wooden trays. Techneat Engineering continues to work closely with potato producers and farmers to develop new equipment and to fill gaps in the market where recognised.”