At H&C, we are constantly innovating to develop solutions that can enhance efficiency and drive growth in your business.

When talking to our customers around the world, they have the same challenges in their processing businesses: labour, worker safety, hygiene and product safety and quality control. The most cost-effective way to address these issues is automation.

Our point of difference lies in our ability to develop and deliver custom solutions in response to each customer’s specific needs.

Drawing on our full range of equipment and integrating these with additional equipment from other suppliers, H&C can provide complete line integration and optimisation.


Complete line integration and optimisation


  • Vacuum bag sealing
  • Bag integrity screening
  • Carton erecting and closing
  • Weighing and labelling
  • Chilling or freezing
  • Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) for Cartons
  • Palletising
  • ASRS for pallets

  • De-palletising
  • De-cartoning
  • De-bagging
  • Scanning and quality control
  • Recipe management
  • Custom Solutions for the Fresh Produce Industry

    The horticultural industry is one that H&C has a long-standing relationship with.

    For suppliers of fresh produce we provide integrated solutions from carton erecting and packing to palletising and storage.

    For secondary processors of fresh produce we also provide a solution for the front end of operations, from de-palletising through de-packaging and recipe management to deliver produce ready for further processing.

    AiCo, H&C and Milmeq technologies have a reputation for reliability and simplicity of operation.

    The following products feature in our solutions for fresh produce packers and processors:

    Fresh Produce

    High Speed Universal Robotic Box Cutter

    Open boxes of varying shapes and sizes safely and efficiently, with high-speed operation.

    This high-speed variation of the H&C Universal Box Cutter, or HS-UBC, automates the task of opening boxes and is capable of processing up to 16 boxes per minute through its twin lane configuration.

    It uses the latest vision technology to automatically detect carton shape and size, and create real-time 3D images to determine the appropriate cut profile for each carton. It can open various carton sizes on the fly, without the need for operator intervention, and is even capable of processing damaged boxes.


    • Operations where product is required to be removed from corrugated cardboard boxes
    • Suitable for non-sanitary applications
    • Line speeds of up to 16 boxes per minute


    • A single machine which handles multiple carton formats
    • Fully automated – operator input not required
    • Reduces labour requirements, allowing staff to be re-deployed to higher value work
    • Eliminates manual handling, knives and the associated risk of injury


    • Capable of handling damaged cartons
    • Capable of cutting carton straps and bands
    • Cut profiles can be customised
    • Can be used as a standalone solution or integrated with other automated systems including depalletising, product unloading and conveying
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