As specialists in the automatization of internal transport systems, Martin Stolze sees a shift. Where 5 to 6 years ago, there was mainly a demand for standard products, it is now more about projects, and these projects require a tailor-made approach. And also … What is standard? It is quite a broad concept. For Martin Stolze, it means (or actually it ‘meant’) that “lego blocks” were delivered. Nowadays, customers come to Martin Stolze with very specific demands.
The new standard of Martin Stolze is the tailor-made project. One of his customers was looking for a height sorting system for potted sunflowers. Tailor-made sunflowers are offered on the market, so every batch needs to have the same height. The customer used to do this by hand with the use of measuring tape, but now the process is automated. It goes without saying that this saves a lot of time and labor. Martin: “And now it stands like a razor in the trays.”
A breeder asked him to design a good logistical sorting system for cuttings. Martin: “That man is now pleased with the system. I am very proud of that.”
Martin Stolze is also busy working for a company in the fresh produce industry. Martin: “The packaging of hard and soft fruits is an art on its own.” Recently he delivered a packaging line at Haluco. The grapes arrive in bulk and, with the help of a packing line, are put into trays of 500 grams each. The entire process from setting up, re-packaging, weighing, moving out, and weighing again is being executed on a production line.
It is only natural that this shift in product requests requires a lot from the organization, but things are going well. By now, the workforce consists of 50 people, and with them, the demand can easily be met. Martin states: “I will say that it is hard work, but it’s a good company. We simply make it happen.”