Hoogeveen Plants has started the construction of a new nursery next to its head office at Denemarkenlaan in Hazerswoude. The project comprises approximately 5 ac of greenhouse, 3 ac of outdoor field and a spacious processing hall. The greenhouse is currently glass-tight and work on the (climate) technical installations will start.
Peter van der Knaap, account manager at Martin Stolze, together with the owners of Hoogeveen Plants, Siem Hoogeveen and Bob Hoogerdijk and managers Joost van Kempen and Hans Brand, took on the challenge of designing a suitable system for internal logistics for the new greenhouse.
Peter van der Knaap has been active in horticulture throughout his working life and has therefore gained a lot of experience in the automation of logistics in the greenhouse and industrial space. Peter: “I think the best thing about my job is to figure out the best solution together with the customer. We look at the current process and discuss the ideal situation. Then I sit down on my drawing chair and come up with various ideas and then present them to the customer again. To do this process together with the customer is great. This way you come to the best plans and every project is unique.”
Hoogeveen Plants is a new nursery. Peter: “In a new-build project, we build the project from the greenhouse builder's drawings. This gives you even more freedom when creating the best automation solution for internal logistics.”
More than 5 kilometres
Martin Stolze will start at the beginning of 2022 with the installation of a network of fixed conveyor belts in the greenhouse and a delivery system in the industrial area at Hoogeveen Plants. All facade conveyor belts, hooded conveyor belts and buffer belts, together with the EasyMax coupling belts for the outdoor field, have a combined length of more than 5 km.
The system is designed for the transport of high-capacity potted plants. By using wide facade conveyor belts, it is possible to move several streams simultaneously over one conveyor. As a result, in addition to the high capacity, it is also possible to carry out various activities simultaneously.
At the beginning of March 2022, the first plants will be potted. The delivery system, consisting of cleaning stations, watering units and a delivery buffer, will be realized next summer.
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