Recently they rolled into the rose nursery of Porta Nova: sixty new rose harvest machines. They came from Steenks Service, which developed, in cooperation with the rose grower and horticultural supplier Berg Hortimotive, an improved rose harvest machine.
The conception of the new roses harvest trolleys
The idea for the new and improved rose harvest trolley was sparked after a question from rose grower Porta Nova, based in Waddinxveen. This company was searching for a way to increase the efficiency of harvesting roses. The answer was a new rose harvest trolley that had to be firm, reliable, and adjustable in height.
With these requirements in mind, the engineers at Steenks began with an intensive design process, in close collaboration with Porta Nova. Subsequently, a prototype was extensively tested in the Porta Nova greenhouse, which resulted in a couple of adjustments that had to be made to the prototype. Finally, Berg Hortimotive took on the production of the final product.
Satisfied rose grower
The result is a harvest trolley with two containers, in which the roses can be kept neatly upright. Both the containers and the platform of the trolleys are adjustable in height, which ensures that workers can harvest the roses in an ergonomically manner. The trolleys have a maximum speed of 70 meters per minute, which can be controlled with a hip switch. This way, workers can use both hands for harvesting the roses.
Porta Nova is already working in full satisfaction with the ordered rose harvest machines, of which more than 60 have been delivered up until now.