"This bench moving crane is twice as fast as our old crane and we will now have it travel further to pick up benches from more than one location", says Doug Cole of D.S. Cole Growers, an ornamental grower of young and finished plants who is currently installing this new bench moving crane from Logiqs at their greenhouse in Loudon (NH).
The function of the crane is to always have benches ready for the task at hand. "The crane works in harmony with our bench washer, Javo potting machine, spacing robot and our young plant sticking line."
After each bench is washed, they are then disinfected automatically before the crane takes each bench to either the desired work area or a bench storage area.
The actual bench moving crane that will be hung on the new heavy duty steel structure D.S. Cole is now installing.
Like most high tech equipment installed today, the new crane will be operated via Wi-Fi signals to avoid wires that can break over time. In addition, the technicians at the Logiqs headquarters can log in via the internet at any time to troubleshoot the machine.
Unloading of the crane
But how to unload such a heavy product? Cole found a less expensive way: "To unload one of the heaviest products from an overseas container, we hire a local “logger” and use his logging truck to unload. The truck has a “cherry picker” on it which is normally used to “pick” logs from the ground to put on the truck for a trip to the saw mill. This method of unloading is much less expensive than hiring a full size crane."