Machines

Robotic farming paving the way?

Is fully automated farming the future? It is, in fact, part of the future says Mike Zelkind, chief executive officer of 80 Acres Farms, a vertical farming company based in Hamilton, Ohio. “I think…

Royal FloraHolland:

Direct trade cancellations: who's to blame?

Royal FloraHolland gets a lot of questions about cancelled orders in direct trading. Who pays for the costs in this situation? Buyers invoke force majeure. When does force majeure occur? As a response to these questions, the auction made a list with info on what one needs to take into account.  Click here…

China's flower industry is picking up

Will there be light at the end of the tunnel? It is a major question asked during this COVID-19 crisis, but the current developments in China may give hope. Also for the ornamental industry. Flower markets are being opened in more and more cities and the number of visitors there are increasing day by…

UK: Bespoke autonomous guided vehicles designed for horticulture

A new autonomous guided vehicle (AGV) is being developed that could help transform the horticultural sector and help tackle the labour shortage. A prototype is being designed to meet the complex needs of commercial horticultural, following the launch of a project by the Agriculture and Horticulture…

Using robotic arms to make floral arrangements

The MassRobotics startup has designed a kiosk for ordering flower arrangements on-demand. Using QuickFlora technology, this robotic arm is able to arrange individual flowers into a bouquet. See how it works in this video from TechCrunch. For more information:QuickFlorawww.quickflora.com

Automatic sorting and arranging by the color of tulips with TulipMixStar

The TulipMixStar sorts and bundles tulips in color combination with its innovative x-ray technology. At full capacity, the machine is capable of processing 28,000 tulips per hour. With the LED indication on the squares, it is possible to make bouquets consisting of 2 to 10 colors each hour directly from…

Washing 1125 polystyrene trays per hour

Is it possible to wash and clean polystyrene trays? Yes, a Dutch grower of plant material for lisianthus has discovered that it can be washed. The grower was used to outsourcing the washing of the trays, but after purchasing a washing installation, the grower now cleans 1125 trays per hour and makes them…

Gearbox Innovations delivers ‘Digital Quality Inspector’ to Looye Kwekers

"With vision & AI as a starting point, our product line is growing"

The term 'digital quality inspector' has become widely known in the fresh produce sector since its introduction. GearVision, as the machine developed by Gearbox Innovations is officially called, is finding a place in the inspection and processing area at an increasing number of growers, breeders and…

Innovation presented at Novel Farm

Above-ground: complete management with maximum simplicity

For the management of small and medium above-ground systems, "Nido" is able to give answers with maximum simplicity. Among the novelties presented at Novel Farm (19-20 February 2020) there is also this system dedicated to small and medium above-ground surfaces. "Our automated management system - explains…

Valstar Young Plants opts for a customized system from Martin Stolze

"The system is only good if the last 5% is also good"

For the efficient processing and delivery of young plants, Jörgen Valstar, director of Valstar Young Plants b.v. from Maasland, was looking for a partner who could think along the same lines with the complex logistics of these processes. Jörgen Valstar: “In the preliminary phase I spoke with 3 parties…

Global experts in tissue culture unite

"Tissue cultures can now be planted automatically at a rate of up to 15,000 plants per hour"

Two experienced global plant tissue culture companies are joining forces to bring the significant benefits of automation to customers around the world. Lab Associates, founded in 1987, has grown steadily with an increasing focus on plant tissue culture and seed laboratories. Since launching in the…

"EasyTrack is a trolley for optimal crop care"

Berg Hortimotive recently introduced the EasyTrack crop care machine which is suitable for worldwide application. This compact and robust machine has been specifically developed for use in greenhouses without a pipe rail system. Marcel van Steekelenburg elaborates on where the most benefits of the…


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