Machines

"Total water concept enables treatment up to zero discharge"

Mienis Water showed their Ultrafiltration unit at the Amsterdam GreenTech 2019. This system is part of their total water concept on water management within flower and vegetable farming. Technical director Jochum Genuït explains their technology. "Ultrafiltration is a membrane technology. This membrane…

New Visser machines for AutoStix

Visser Horti Systems will continue to improve the open source character of AutoStix. The open source system for strips and machine is currently expanded with a variety of machines, allowing an increasing number of growers to work with AutoStix. Visser announces the introduction of two new machines next to the existing machine…

The importance of a good dipcontainer

From now on, the new pipe rail dipcontainer / sanitizer from Berkvens is available at Steenks Service. Why you need a dipcontainer A dipcontainer is very important if you want to work as hygienic as possible in the horticulture industry. The dipcontainer is filled with a disinfectant so an employee can…

New AutoStix developments with Multi Media strip

Visser Horti Systems and Selecta One introduced the Multi Media strip for AutoStix® at IPM 2019 in Essen for the European market. The plugs of this strip can be filled with any type of media, which means the rooting process can take place inside the plug. The developments of AutoStix with the new Multi…

"Automation key to labor cost savings in horticulture"

A tight labor market in North America and the resultant wage increases continue to be a point of concern for growers, who are seeking solutions through automation. As the importance of horticulture automation increases, Javo’s time-tested machinery and design solutions become a key cog in keeping the…

Four PackPlanter Wireless Transplanters for Altman Plants

Altman Plants has chosen for further automation of their facilities by ordering new equipment from TTA. This expansion allows them to achieve a higher production capacity, decrease labor costs and to improve the quality of their plantings. A passion for plants has been Altman Plants’ founding mission…

Germany: Reopening Mayer Customer Center West

One of the most famous and important horticultural areas in the world is located on the Lower Rhine in Germany. On an area of only a few square kilometers, one can now find a variety of modern large-scale businesses which have achieved a high degree of automation and produce almost on an industrial…

Potting machines for the promising Chinese market

Inventions that now have great significance always start small. In 1967 Georg Mayer developed the first ‘potting machine’, the first automatic potting machine with a drilling system. This year, the Heidenheim-based company celebrates the 52nd anniversary of this technology. It didn’t end at the German…

Ball Zhuomei

"Probably one of the most modern flower companies in China"

In Shanghai, a brand-new, ten-hectare complex has been completed, called Ball Zhuomei. The breeder opted for a greenhouse full of technology, supplied by Visser Horti Systems, Logitec Plus and Non Sheng. Not just because finding personnel in the region is difficult due to rising labor costs, but also to…

Australia: Instant asset write-off raised to $30,000 and extended until June 2020

On April 2nd, 2019 the Australian Taxation Office raised the threshold for each asset to $30,000. Not all companies are aware of this scheme and the recent changes that will now benefit even more businesses in the horticulture industry. It is estimated that an additional 22,000 companies can now utilize…

Plantipp and Piante Faro to promote Syzygium australe Etna Fire in Europe

A few days before the official inauguration of Radicepura Garden Festival (Giarre, Catania, Italy, from April till October 2019), Piante Faro hosted Plantipp to sign and announce the collaboration for the promotion of the the Syzygium australe Etna Fire (‘Crysyred’PBR) EU 49179 to the European market.…

The demand for cardboard boosts innovation in machinery

The end of plasticulture will involve a lot of cardboard

The supposed end of plasticulture is leading to an increase in the demand for machinery, and many packaging machine manufacturers see agriculture as a market niche. In this context, TMG®, a company specialized in assembly machines for mass production, is launching new lines to meet that demand. "A large…

Alcomij modernizes steel department with new machine

"Quickly producing large volumes of steel in today’s market is increasingly important"

The majority of Alcomij's steel structures are designed and produced on a project basis for various locations worldwide. In order to continue to meet the ever-increasing demand for high-quality (customized) substructure constructions, Alcomij has recently expanded its own steel department with the Adige…

TTA equipment for handling & selection of plants in 3D model at IPM Shanghai

Big Chinese project to propagate flowers and plants

It's not just greenhouse vegetable cultivation that's making serious headway in China, ornamental horticulture is also on the rise. The Chinese are getting more money in their pockets, which means consumers are increasingly willing to purchase a nice bunch of flowers or a pretty plant. In order to meet…

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…


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