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UK: Furora tulip training session at Redford Flowers

A Furora tulip processing training session took place at the Redford Flowers nursery in the United Kingdom last week. Tulip growers exchanged their user experiences in order to make more optimal use of their Furora bunching machine.

Reason for the Furora tulip processing training session

Furora users very much like to share their expertise on experiences gained with the Furora and its possibilities. In practical terms, this means that growers get together to share a multitude of practical tips. For this purpose, a group of growers from the United Kingdom came to Triflor last year, while this year Bas Hageman of the Triflor company, together with a few Bercomex staff members, went to Spalding to present a training session. The total processing pathway was discussed during the training, ranging from the debulber up to the Furora itself.

Two groups of tulip growers
Spread across the day, two groups of a total of 18 Furora users traveled to Redford Flowers to attend the training session. All attendants of the training are tulip processors while some of the growers also grade and bunch summer flowers - alongside of tulips - using the Furora flower processing system. For sales and service (such as installation and maintenance), Bercomex collaborates closely with Cook Engineering in the United Kingdom; Chris Cook was also in attendance on behalf of this agent.

Optimal grading and bunching of tulips

Tulip growers in the United Kingdom like to be informed about their mutual user experiences to make optimal use of their Furora bunching machine. Thus, growers want to increase the efficiency of their automated bunching and grading machine. Another major objective is to ensure that several employees in the nurseries such as Furora operators and other colleagues involved are properly informed about the optimal functioning of the Furora. In addition to operators, managers and owners also attended the training. Simon Redden: "It was a very useful day; to us, exchange of expertise is crucial because you simply cannot know all there is to know about the Furora if you have operated the machine for one or two years. Several employees of our business have attended the training session and at the end of the day it was clear that all attendants had picked up one or more useful tips."

Optimal grading and bunching of tulips
Several themes were discussed during the training:
  • possibilities to achieve better bunching results;
  • explanation of possible settings for varying lengths and types of flower that may be vulnerable - how can growers anticipate on this even better?
  • explanation about programming;
  • explanation of the best method for adjustment of setting during the processing, i.e. without having to stop the bunching machine;
  • maintenance advice to extend the lifespan of the machine.
The Redford Flowers tulip nursery
The training session took place at the Redford Flowers tulip nursery. The business is located in Spalding and during the next season they will be cultivating 7 to 8 million tulips that will be graded and bunched by means of a Furora. No fewer than 40 types of tulip are cultivated in total. Alongside of tulips, Redford Flowers also grows lilies and irises.

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