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Flower growers eager to strengthen their business

Things change rapidly in the worldwide flower business; quality standards are rising, efficiency improvements are called for and entrepreneurs need to be more flexible if they are to respond faster to customer demands. Flower growers and processors are therefore exploring innovative ways to keep pace with increasing market demands. At the upcoming IFTF 2015, Bercomex will proudly present the result of their latest R&D; two new flower processing solutions built on the strength of proven technology platforms, as well as a more efficient binding method using a large spool of binding string.

Flower bunching line for improved bunch quality
This is a system for flower growers and flower processors who want to take the next step in quality improvement, operate more effectively and reconfigure quickly when processing various types of flower. The picture below shows the FloraFit, a system that supports growers and processors with the following features: easier input of flowers, de-leafing per stem and automatic bunching for more consistent and uniform bunch quality. This basic version can be expanded with several options, including a second de-leafing unit.

Figure 1: Bunches of summer flowers processed with the FloraFit

Figure 2: Layout of the FloraFit

Extension of the existing rose processing system
The RoseMatic rose processing system has been extended with additional features to better meet the current requirements of customers beyond Europe. The new configuration de-leafs per stem and is fitted with sliding gutters which allow rose growers to bundle the sorted roses as they wish; the system can also be fitted with a UV light module to combat botrytis.

Figure 3: Layout of the extended RoseMatic

Less frequent changing thanks to larger spools for binding string

Bercomex will also be launching new, larger reels for binding elastic at the IFTF. These large spools hold six times as much elastic string as regular spools, which addresses the call from growers and flower processors, among others, for a system which involves changing spools less frequently. These larger spools are also easy to use on existing CRM and Chrymo binders.

Furora developments
Using the Furora, flower growers can grade and bunch large quantities of flowers into uniform bunches within a fully automated process, 130 Furoras have been installed worldwide.

Bercomex has not been resting on its laurels when it comes to developing new applications for the Furora. Collaboration with various growers has ensured that the Furora is capable of sorting and bunching an increasingly wide range of flowers. Consequently, growers have been able to make some major moves. Thanks to the Furora they are not only able to produce more consistent bunches and process various gradings at the same time, but the Furora control also enables them to respond much more quickly when having to process several types of flower on the same day, so they are able to meet customer demands with increased efficiency. Some new capabilities of the Furora: in addition to processing single-bloom chrysanthemums, the Furora now also processes spray chrysanthemums. It is also possible to process the thicker stems of summer flowers types such as brassica and helianthus.

Figure 5 Summer flower stems are graded and bunched by the Furora

There have also been developments in terms of lilies: using new technologies we have developed possibilities such as counting buds and measuring bud length.

The Furora has also been used for many years to grade and bunch tulips, a number of extra Furoras have been installed with a view to the oncoming tulip season. In the Netherlands alone we are talking about 15 systems, and if we include international installations this comes to a total of more than 20 Furoras. Tulip growers are also watching the development of the new de-bulber with great interest. It will be in use in the nurseries of a number of growers in the coming season, and the machine will also be on display at the SMTB show. This new de-bulber operates vertically, which results in improved de-bulbing quality. Maximum stem length is maintained, while stem breakage can be avoided more effectively.

Furora processes an increasing number of tulips
For more information
North & South America, Africa
Isabelle Poessé van Roijen

Germany, Scandinavia and UK
Bas Goede

South & East Europe, Asia, Oceania
Bram Schotalbers
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