Machines

New developments in AutoStix

With IPM 2020 coming up Visser introduces new developments in their repertoire of transplanting technologies. AutoStix comes with new innovations: new strips, trays and a brand new sticking technique. Officially new to the concept: the Multimedia stripTo meet a rising demand for new AutoStix developments in the field of cutting…

Brazil: Developing tech solutions for florists by florists

Esalflores, a major florist from Brazil through its spin-off innovation startup Esallabs, is developing tech solutions for florists by florists. Likewise, the budding business has received a capital injection of R$4 million (over US$965,000) to operate. The enterprise seeks to change the floriculture…

Using artificial intelligence to guide watering decisions in Canada’s greenhouses

Getting smart about greenhouse irrigation

For Canada’s greenhouse operators, crop irrigation and finding experienced growers to manage it, are among their greatest challenges. Historically, greenhouse growers have made decisions about where and when to irrigate, visually checking the water status of plants — often spending several hours and…

Veiling Holambra can now consistently clean buckets thanks to Dutch machine

Limex recently delivered an extensive bucket washing line to Brazil. The installation features various intensive cleaning processes. The bucket washer has the capacity to wash, disinfect and remove stickers from 2,000 buckets of various types and sizes per hour. The machine is easy to set, so any…

Peter Lommerse, Nord Lommerse, about BulbStar Havatec

"Higher capacity with fewer people"

“You have to look at it this way. It is not a machine that shoots out the bad bulbs, it is a relief of labor. We can just have a lot more capacity with a lot less people. That’s where the big profit is." Peter Lommerse from Nord Lommerse in Hillegom is speaking. The company is, with an annual production…

Largest Swedish forest seedling supplier opts for 2 new transplanting lines

"Increasing productivity without expanding the greenhouse"

Sweden is a big forest country, but how to keep it such a green country? We had a talk with one of the country's largest forest seedling suppliers Svenska Skogsplantor. Over the years, this state owned company shifted from supplying bare root seedlings to container seedlings and developed their own…

Micha van NIeuwkerk (Van der Ende Groep):

"Sodium removal and less drainage go hand in hand"

It is (or actually ‘was’) a challenge to remove sodium from water and, at the same time, to retain as many nutrients as possible. Van der Ende Groep developed the Poseidon to meet the above task, and it was achieved - the first 20 installations have now been put into operation. Growers mainly focus on…

Kwekerij R. Mooyman

FlowMaster streamlines orders at Dutch gerbera grower

At nursery R.Mooyman in De Lier, Havatec installed a semi-automated inserting machine for gerberas. Workers only need to stick the flowers in the boxes. On one side, you insert the box. The line unfolds it and puts it in the right angle to stick in the flowers. Then they again go vertical, the flowers…

US (GA): UGA, Georgia Tech to work together to advance agriculture

Someday, apples in north Georgia could be harvested by robots modeled after the gibbon, an arboreal ape species that swings from limb-to-limb in the forest canopy, hunting and picking ripe fruit to eat. Called “brachiation,” or arm swinging, their method of locomotion inspired the design of the…

Long and heavy heating pipes require a ‘sturdy truck’

There is a growing demand for the exportation of heating pipes, as the people at Spraying company R. van der Horst noticed. To make all of that possible the pipes need to be loaded into containers. “That last part is something we do weekly now. And we want to do it in a safe way so we purchased a heavier…

Martin Stolze:

"Being independent improves service"

The name 'Martin Stolze' can be found on a number of buildings in the street on the industrial area Leehove in De Lier. Complete internal transport systems are being produced here in-house. From a laser cutter, lathes, milling machines to a press brake, everything is in house to anticipate the customer's…

The Lowpad enters the greenhouse

Juggling many types of plants and many different customers can be quite a challenge, but no longer, now that the Lowpad comes into play. That at least is the potential of this smart Automatic Guided Vehicle. “If you consider that with young plant growers each tray is now picked up twice and that this represents more than half…

Bercomex introduces three new flower processing solutions

This year, Bercomex Flower Processing Solutions is introducing three new solutions during the IFTF in The Netherlands. Last year was an eventful year for the Invaro Agri & Horti Technology Group, which also includes Schouten Agri Sorting Solutions and Invaro Services & Supplies. For example, Schouten…

British growers on tour in Dutch automation landscape

Following on from the Automation Tour on the 17th & 18th September, Vas Agache shares some of the automation the British grower has seen. At Baas, the growers saw a stand-alone packing robot. "It looked futuristic but was in commissioning phase so we did not get to see it run, unfortunately", Vas says.…

Lowpad wins Logistica Award

Eurotec has won the Logistica Award 2019 with the Lowpad. The jury was really excited about the Lowpad. "Eurotec has in a remarkably short time succeeded in developing a fleet of autonomous mobile robots that works seamlessly together and can be used for the autonomous movement of many types of load carriers. Eurotec has…

Mobile stick plug brings uniformity and relieves employees of strenuous and monotonous work

A mobile stick plug is the newest addition to the Flier Systems assortment. The machine, which is called MSM19, automatically places sticks in stone wool blocks.  Great tool“For us, the mobile stick plug has become a great tool to be able to transfer heavy and monotonous work to a machine. This is a relief…


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