Hortimat is currently busy fitting a 10-meter-long planting line with conveyor belts to process plant trays.
Employees can work on both sides
The trays arrive on the upper conveyor belt. Used conveyor belt frames are one of the materials used for the planting line. Rob van Adrichem of Hortimat: "You don't even notice that they are 'used'. The belts look as good as new."
"We developed the planting line in such a manner that employees can work on both sides. Employees can work on the left or right side of the line. Normally, there are up to 18 employees on the line, but because of the coronavirus it's a bit different."
The planting line is equipped with seats for the employees, these are not attached to the planting line. "We install everything, this means we deliver a complete planting line," explains Rob.
When the empty trays are filled with substrate, they are taken off. "The full tray rolls to the back of the planting line. As you can see in the picture, there's a roller conveyor at the end of the planting line. The full tray rolls onto the roller conveyor. When there are too many trays on the roller, the whole machine stops. There's always a sensor that's ensuring that everything runs smoothly," says Rob.
The roller conveyor at the end of the planting line
"This planting line is very specific in size. The customer asked for this, and we have provided a solution. Of course, different planting lines can be realized for different needs. Our focus is on finding a solution for the customer."