Machines

Jim Bajema, Smith Gardens:

"When I walk into that production facility now operations are much calmer than they used to be"

Today’s North American Growers are faced with some very difficult challenges as they work to survive and thrive. The current market environment they are faced with often requires them to produce a large range of products in all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, it is difficult to maximize efficiency when…

Netherlands: New delivery system enables more efficient orchid orders

In Ter Laak's new Daylight Greenhouse, the new WPS delivery system has been put into use, which makes it possible to compile orders more efficiently. Combination of manual and automation In consultation with the customer, WPS opted for a combination of manual labor and automation in order to maintain…

NL: 100th cloth wiper means good reason for cake

Last week, the 100th Stefix 135 cloth wiper was delivered by Steenks. Hünnekens, supplier of garden, park, and agricultural machines, was the lucky recipient. The Stefix is a machine especially developed by Steenks to meet a client's wish, because there was no machine yet to effectively wipe the ground…

US (MI): Reducing labor through streamlining production

Spring is in full swing in Michigan greenhouses. Growers are busy receiving young plants and shipping others to markets that have opened due to the recent warm weather. Recruiting and maintaining sufficient labor remains a major challenge in the greenhouse industry as the unemployment rate in Michigan is…

Robots on wheels to compose pallets

Robot manufacturer Boston Dynamics published a YouTube video showing two Handle robots working in a warehouse completely autonomously: one transfers a few boxes from the shelves to a pallet, while the other moves them from the shelves to a conveyor belt. The machines look like ostriches with two legs…

China: Migrant worker exodus creates demand for drone pilots to help farmers

Zhu Beibei has his own company with a team of 30 drone pilots and he pulls in 3 million yuan (US$45,000) a year helping farmers in China spray weed killer. Demand for agricultural drone pilots has risen as the technology matures, enabling a skilled operator to cover more acreage than human effort ever…

TreeTown USA acquires Midas Nursery Solutions

TreeTown USA has acquired horticulture automation company Midas Nursery Solutions of Hillsboro, Oregon for an undisclosed amount. The agreement represents TreeTown USA’s first acquisition that doesn’t consist of a nursery operation and further solidifies its continuing commitment to deploying advanced…

Autonomous robots for horticulture are here

Vancouver, British Colombia is not only an incredibly beautiful city but it also has a unique demographic. No other city outside of the Asian continent has more Asians than Vancouver at almost 50% of the population. (San Francisco is second place at around 33%.) This translates into lots of good food and…

The importance of soil & media processing

Every grower knows just how important soil is to the growing process. Getting things just right is essential. Soil processing can be hard, messy, laborious, and time consuming. In today’s industry, competitive growers understand that using soil processing equipment has growing benefits like cost/labor…

Handheld, backpack and air-assisted sprayers

Spring is in the air, which means it's spray season at CropKing. In order to combat pests, disease causing microbes and other "invaders", we use a sprayer to apply chemicals and protect the plants we are caring for. From handheld, to air-assisted sprayers or foggers, there are many options and lots of…

Video: Auto Stix improves rooting and protects cuttings

See the new Auto Stix machine in action as it takes biodegradable strips of cuttings and uniformly sticks them at a rate of up to 10,000 cuttings per hour in this video . Jeff Back, Director of Greenhouse Operations at Four Star Greenhouse, explains how it increases productivity and produces better…

Are you ready for robots?

Think your production nursery is too small to benefit now from recent improvements in robotics and artificial intelligence targeted towards broadscale cropping? University of Sydney researchers may just get you thinking again. There has been much talk recently about how robots will improve farm productivity and environmental…

What's in store for flower vending in Europe and Asia?

Can vending become an optimal solution for faster development of flower retail sales? According to the makers of the “FStor” flower vending machine, it is. The vending industry is developing and demand for it is growing. Nonetheless, the floral sector has not been so active in adapting this equipment.…

The history of the potting machine

The 1960’s in Germany were a time of reform. The divide between East and West was greater than ever as the Berlin Wall was constructed. This was a difficult time for the people of Germany; poverty, rebuilding and uncertainty. During the regrowth period, potted plants became extremely popular with…

Machine for easy greenhouse treatments in small spaces

The implementation of treatments in greenhouses can be difficult, due to narrow aisles and the often limited available maneuvering space. That is why a new compact machine has been launched on the market, allowing its operator to easily make very narrow turns. One of the most important features of the…

"More efficient trolley transport with Lowpad Small"

The latest move of Eurotec on the AGV market is the release of the Lowpad Small. After a period of engineering and assembling, the Lowpad Small is now ready for introduction on LogiMAT 2019. The Lowpad Small is highly suitable for small load carriers such as dollys, trolleys and roll cages. One of the…

"New potting machine is start of new generation of machines"

A new generation of machines. That’s how Alessandro Mazzacano proudly describes the new IA3500, that was launched by Urbinati recently. The Italian manufacturer of nursery equipment created a completely electromechanical potting machine. “The machine can be adjusted for local circumstances. This way the…

"Reduced turning radii with new greenhouse cart"

Carretillas Amate is introducing a new machine for greenhouse growers: an articulated traction group to which certain accessories can be attached, in order to carry out different tasks in cultivation fields along narrow corridors defined between rows of plantations. It is made up of a front structure for…

Rianne de Baar, Aqua D&S:

"By adding a vibrating screen, the cloth filter lasts longer"

From 1 January 2018, growers in the Netherlands are no longer permitted to discharge water from the greenhouse to surface water; they have to come up with solutions to reuse the water. Aqua D & S developed one of these solutions with the filtration tower. By combining a vibrating screen and a cloth…


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