Linwell Gardens grows a large number of different plants and varieties. In almost all greenhouses, production, seeding, and shipping areas, the hanging baskets are stored in the top of the structure with the help of an automated basket system.
A traditional basket system is based on a long cable system. The cable is tensioned over a drum on each end of the structure. One of these drums is equipped with a drive motor, so the grower can rotate the cable and bring the hanging baskets to a central point to collect or water the baskets.
The traditional basket system still requires much labor to hang the baskets on the cable, or to collect the baskets for shipping. This needs to be done by a worker with a special rod, a very heavy task as you can see.
Metazet/FormFlex' Albert Pinto demonstrating the MTZ Basket System. The intensive labor that is required with the traditional system was the reason for Metazet to develop an improved automated basket system. Their MTZ Basket System is based on a chain system, which makes the installation and track much more flexible.
"With the use of a crank and pulley system the grower can bring a section of the track down to working height, this is far more efficient and easier for the worker to hang the baskets or to collect them for shipping," said Metazet/Formflex Project Manager Albert Pinto.
The control computer of the MTZ Basket Line is programmable to optimize the irrigation strategy as well. When the plants need water, every basket passes the irrigation hose / nozzle. A special sensor detects the basket and gives a signal to water the basket.
This is the drive motor for the basket system. Pinto; "By using a chain system with a gear drive, a lot of tension on the structure is avoided. The chain runs through a steel guide profile, so there are no extra forces placed on the structure. Another benefit of this system is that it can run in any desired track configuration, we are no longer limited to just one direction."
Linwell Gardens improved the efficiency of their hanging baskets significantly with the MTZ Basket System. A lot of labor is now saved thanks to easy access of the plants, and shipments can be made in less time.
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