Recently, Logiqs modernized the processing room (built in 1986) of VDE-Plant, a tropical plant nursery located in Woubrugge, The Netherlands. "What made this project special was how VDE Plant used the Logiqs' online 3D configurator for designing the mobile bench system for this project, resulting in a remarkable outcome", the company says.
On the left: The old system. On the right: The new system. Click here to enlarge the image.
One of Logiqs first customers
VDE-Plant became one of their first customers for a mobile cultivation system soon after Logiqs was founded in 1975 (then known as Intransit). In 1986, a second nursery was built, with a modern automatic processing room for that time.
In the years that followed, VDE-Plant expanded to a 90,000-square-meter growing area. "This growth has been facilitated by an automated internal transport system and two processing rooms, which allow the nursery to cultivate more than 30 varieties of indoor green plants."
Logiqs kept the system running smoothly by being hands-on in its maintenance and adaptation during the years that followed.
Because of the strong bond that was formed during this time, the company's dynamic trio of entrepreneurs – Karin van der Eijk, Edwin van der Eijk, and Hein Visser – approached Logiqs with the challenge of modernizing the processing room at A. de Graaflaan.
Highlights of the automated benching system they delivered are:
- Three automated transport vehicles.
- Three Overhead Crane for the management of empty benches.
- One Overhead Crane for movements of full rolling benches.
- One rolling bench Lift.
- Two 100 Degree Bench Cleaners.
- Several A-track automated transport lines.
- Type of rolling benches: with aluminum ebb and flood.
In the early days, the aim was to minimize the processing room's footprint and maximize the plant cultivation area – because that's the biggest revenue generator. But as time went by, the importance of an efficient work environment and enough space to handle large orders became increasingly apparent.
That's where Logiqs stepped in to bring the processing room at the VDE-Plant tropical plant nursery up to date with the help of their design system.
The challenge was to design a new, efficient processing room with enough storage capacity for handling big orders while ensuring minimal disruptions in day-to-day operations.
To streamline this process and allow for more creativity on the grower's end, Logiqs offered a solution: a user-friendly online design system: Greenhouse Benching 3D-Configurator.
"Sjors Volwater and Philippe Halma work tirelessly and are dedicated to streamlining operations in the processing rooms. With a proactive approach during the planning stage, they crafted solutions tailored to meet the specific needs and requirements of the people who will be using it. Leading to fewer mistakes and smoother transitions", the company says.
The entire rolling bench system is controlled using Logics' control and registration software Dat-A-Contro, which also gives the grower full access to the registration database for plant movements and undergone production processes.
"With careful planning and precise execution, the design process came to life with stunning results. From the initial idea to detail engineering, production, installation, and delivery, everything went smoothly, and in 7 months from starting the detailed engineering for the project, the result was a fully operational system that exceeded expectations."