We are the global leaders in fresh-cut, tray packed sweet corn packing lines and European fresh vac-pack lines

The PROEX FOOD Fresh Market Sweet Corn Processing Line creates picture-perfect, fresh-cut cob trays that your retail partners want to display on their fresh produce shelves.

Our lines also feature our iNTELLIPRO™ SAW, iNTELLIPRO™ HUSKER and can be outfitted with many other innovative technologies.

Our solutions allow for various automation levels, including complete robotic solutions.

Whether your are scaling and improving your fresh corn production, or moving from growing into this space, we have attainable solutions for you. Most lines have paybacks within two years, and have multiple technology packages to suit your needs. 

PROEX FOOD fresh sweet corn technology is also the base for our vacuum packed lines, popular in Europe.  Most of the process steps and equipment are similar to fresh up until packaging.

This particular line also features our iNTELLIPRO™ SAW and iNTELLIPRO™ HUSKER, and is soon to be equipped with iNTELLIPRO™ CONNECT.  

 

Capacities

Capacity on a fresh cob line is typically based on the capacity of your husker(s) and cob saw(s) and scale as you do. These are meant to show you common capacities. As always, your needs are unique, and we design to what you need.

Entry Level
120 Ears per Minute
Mid-Tier
240 Ears per Minute
High Capacity
400+ Ears per Minute

Standard Line

Below is simply a list of where we start and a couple options, for a 120 ear per minute line – which is considered entry-level. No two lines are the same, and our Engineers and team are ready to support your needs.

When you work with PROEX FOOD, we guide you through the entire process. We also help you determine what an incremental scale and enhancement plan should be.

Some of the enhancement options available are listed in Enhancement Options, and there are many more options that we have listed. 

Talk to us, we are ready to help you achieve maximum throughput, recovery and quality while reducing your labor dependencies. 

 

Question 1: Can you buy individual equipment only? Or do you only sell complete lines?

You can choose to have the machines delivered separately, ensuring separate shipments for each individual machine. Alternatively, if preferred, the machines can also be delivered as a complete line, packaged together as a cohesive and integrated system. Sometimes, we set you on a multi-year approach to upgrade as your business needs evolve.

The ultimate decision on the mode of delivery rests with you and can be tailored to suit your specific preferences and needs.

Question 2: What is your machinery made of?

The vast majority of our equipment is made of 304 stainless steel. This is exceedingly important for fresh corn operations and evolving hygienic standards. Certain components, such as husker rolls, are typically rubber.  Some transition chutes and others may vary. Belts for conveyors vary, and we do offer our stainless vibratory conveyors as well. PROEX FOOD machinery is built to last for decades. Be cautious here – we often find ourselves replacing equipment from other suppliers that fall apart after only a couple seasons. Buying from us in the first place is always your safest bet. 

PROEX FOOD example fresh corn line - 120 epm basic configuration

Vibrating infeed hopper to spread out and streamline your processes. We integrate this to properly meter your product flow and optimize line efficiency. 

Yes, PROEX FOOD installed our all-new cob and vegetable saw in a few plants in 2022. Unlike some other options in the market, ours is a true “green ear” saw when integrated on a fresh line.

In this format, the top and tail are cut prior to husking. This helps maintain both aesthetic and flavor of the cobs. Additionally, our iNTELLIPRO™ SAW is designed to handle the waste that comes with this optimal configuration, as well as cobettes. This makes a significant difference in your ongoing operational efficiency.

Also, our iNTELLIPRO™ SAW is ready to integrate with iNTELLIPRO™ CONNECT – our Industry 4.0 data aggregation, analysis and support tool. No one else comes close to offering this kind of modern technology.

Ask us about our robotic cob saw loading options, and our iNTELLIPRO™ SCANNING system.

Yes, PROEX FOOD is the global leader in fresh sweet corn lines for a reason, partially due to our modern, robust, digital capable husker. It comes in 4, 8, 12 & 16 lane options.

 These long-lasting, efficient machines are best-in-class. We offer several air and water options, different bed/roll configurations and more to ensure quality and efficiency.

The orientation, product touchpoints, bed and roller configuration, air system and discharge are set specific to your product, output style, capacity and more.

This helps ensure that your utilization is extremely high, while mitigating damage and improving product yield quality.

And just like our iNTELLIPRO™ SAW, OUR HUSKER is ready to integrate with iNTELLIPRO™ CONNECT.

No other husker in the world outperforms the PROEX FOOD iNTELLIPRO™ HUSKER.

In any level of automation for a tray packed line, you need an overwrapper. We work with you to provide and integrate the right unit for you as part of our turnkey line packages.

For our vacuum-packed customers, we would shift to a bagger and retort setup.

Don’t go without it. It’s not worth the risk to the end consumers, your buyers or your operation. 

These units are more attainable than ever – put one in.

Standard unit to streamline the packing operations.

Integrated, single point controls that manage your whole line. Simple HMI touchscreens and emergency stop buttons.

Ask about enhancement options, such as:

  • Remote accessibility
  • Sensors & extra traceability monitoring
  • Integration with your ERP
  • and more

Wide range of options, all with high-quality, long-lasting builds. This includes waste management and re-cycling systems. The goal is to output efficiently and continuously. 

These options are always customized to your needs. 

Vacuum Packed

For our (mostly) European customers, we do have vacuum packed lines available. 

This shares many of the prepackaging traits of a fresh corn line, and we know exactly how to pack and sterilize for these lines.

Here is a video of a 2022 vacuum packing line, featuring our iNTELLIPRO™ SAW and iNTELLIPRO™ HUSKER.  This line will also be equipped with iNTELLIPRO CONNECT as part of a planned second phase.  

We can also deliver with thermoformers, retorts and the complete list of additions needed for this output. 

Enhancement Options

From scanning to robotics, we have enhancements that will further automate and optimize your line.

Often, the paybacks are faster than you may think.

iNTELLIPRO™ SCANNING
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ProEx Food Engineers create custom lines, made specifically for your needs
Engineering

ProEx Food engineers will perfect the design of your line to make sure your cobs or cobettes are handled gently and hygienically, giving you the highest yield prices. We will ensure your operation delivers high-quality product with high levels of throughput.

Our cob saw is also perfect for fresh market, allowing you to top & tail cut “green cobs” prior to husking. This ensures you output visually appealing product.

When you are ready to incorporate robotics, sensors and digital tracking into your line, our team knows how to integrate for you. 

Common Equipment

Here are some of the more common pieces that may be included on your fresh market sweet corn line. Remember, we can deliver these independently, as a fully-integrated line, or incrementally. The choice is yours! Once we understand your needs, capacities, budgets and timelines, we are ready to propose your optimized solution.

Our equipment and lines are designed to be hygienic and easy to access for maintenance needs.  We also have solutions for traceability and other sensor-driven capabilities.

Whether you manage a growing processing facility or are a grower transitioning into this world, we are here to provide the right solution for your needs. We also work commonly on multi-phase implementation and growth plans.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Our processing lines are designed to provide the best end-result possible, with a focus on high-quality, easy maintenance, and clean operation to optimize the final product quality.

Our engineers custom design your line to your product and output specifications.

Plus, you can only find modern, digital-capable lines and equipment, including the iNTELLIPRO® series of connected, digitally intelligent products, at PROEX FOOD.

Our processing lines easily adjust to your capacity and product conditions. Belt speeds, cutting lengths, and husking aggressiveness, and more, allowing for flexibility in production based on your specific needs.

Complete, turnkey lines typically include a central waste line for efficient waste management, ensuring that waste is managed effectively and does not interfere with the production process.

This is highly variable, and designed specific to your needs and budgets. The layouts, types and counts of individual machines, inclusion of sensors, integration of AI-powered vision systems, optical sorters, robotics, digital intelligence (iNTELLIPRO® CONNECT) and more are integrated as applicable for you.

The processing line is designed to be easy to maintain, with a focus on easy access and robust machinery that ensures long life of wear parts.

We can offer stainless, wash-down motors and more. It all depends on your specific requirements. 

All highly variable based on your capacity, input conditions, output needs and more. The processing line can include machinery for infeed, metering, xray (iNTELLIPRO® SCANNING), top and tail removal (iNTELLIPRO SAW), removing the leaves and silk/hair (iNTELLIPRO® HUSKER), green ear sorting (multiple options), kernel remover (cutter), dosing, optical sorters, tray packing robotics, waste conveyors, and much, much more. 

Each line is customized to be optimal for your specific needs. 

Always depends on your needs. We prefer to make equipment out of 304 stainless steel. Some customers require other materials or finishes.

For sweet corn, product touchpoints are typically stainless steel or a composite.