Machines

Cruisin' through the greenhouse

Now you can inspect and manage elevated products and growing plants up to 12 feet high using the Cruiser Traveling Ladder.  As the unit is only 20 inches wide it gives complete accessibility through narrow aisles. It has a battery running charge that runs 9 to 15 miles up to 5 miles per hour on a single charge and is OSHA compliant. Weight capacity is…

The rise of the cyborg plants

Elowan is a cybernetic lifeform, a plant in direct dialogue with a machine. The plant is interfaced through its own electrochemical signals with a robotic extension that drives it towards light. Plants have natural bioelectrochemical signals inside them. They get excited in response to environmental conditions and conduct these signals between…

Why automation makes sense

Why would growers automate? To reduce costs, cut time in each stage, increase productivity, understand all processes, prevent failures and, especially, achieve the standardization of the final product. Faced with so many challenges, flower growing companies are looking to automate processes and implement different business models in order…

It was showcased at Eimia

A new machine to save energy

Usually, crops have hidden energetic treasures which people usually are not aware of. The Caeb Agroenergy company created a machine and an application in order to use everything that is considered a waste in orchards. Antonio Perla at Eima together with the new machine Antonio Perla from Caeb, “Everything revolves around the pruning of leftovers. We collect…

Hans van der Poel

Video: SquareFill 500+ in action at lisianthus grower Kwekerij Waalzicht

Hans van der Poel Mechanisatie en Machinebouw is a specialist in the field of unstacking and filling flower buckets for cut flowers. One of their popular products is SoloFill, a system that quickly fills buckets with the right amount of water. There is also the more advanced Quickfill system that…

US (NY): 8,000 bulbs planted in 11 minutes

Students in Bill Miller’s Annual and Perennial Plant Identification and Use class (PLHRT 3000) got a lesson in efficient bulb planting on October 30. Using a tractor-drawn bulb planter imported from The Netherlands that slices open the sod, drops in the bulbs and then replaces the sod over them, they…

Zantingh is building an international service network

"Tailor-made gas burners require tailor-made knowledge"

The greenhouse horticulture sector is developing rapidly. Technical installations are becoming more complex, requiring installation to be tailored to local conditions and provided with the right quality mark. And that's just the beginning. "In this customisation process, both technology and backup must…

"Turnover speed significantly increased with double Top-loader and cooling drums"

"This combination is new. We have not installed a double Top-loader with two corresponding cooling drums before." Frank Warnaar, salesperson at Total Systems, tells us this during a round through the processing area of Double Check Lily. This lily grower hit a logistical ceiling, with malfunctions of the…

Keeping up oxygen content despite rising temperatures

Plants need oxygen. That oxygen is also found in the irrigation water that the plants receive. With high temperatures, like in Europe last summer, the oxygen content in the water decreases. By adding oxygen to the irrigation water, the grower is keeping the oxygen level up to standard. "At 0 degrees Celsius you have…

Precision irrigation carts for watering individual plant pots

In cooperation with the irrigation specialist, Rathmakers Gartenbautechnik, the horticultural entrepreneur, Peter Dercks has developed a precision irrigation cart for watering individual plant pots.  The North Rhine Westphalia Chamber of Agriculture is supporting the project. The precision irrigation carts developed by Peter…

Marc Molitor, Mecaflor

Creating hand-tied bouquets at full speed

In North America the demand of hand-tied bouquets is growing, with retailers asking for uniform and complex products. Making these bouquets is pretty hard work though. To keep up with a certain speed and quality, workers have to be well-trained. In South America, finding these skilled workers is a…

US (NH): D.S. Cole Growers speeds up bench moving with new crane

"This bench moving crane is twice as fast as our old crane and we will now have it travel further to pick up benches from more than one location", says Doug Cole of D.S. Cole Growers, an ornamental grower of young and finished plants who is currently installing this new bench moving crane from Logiqs at…

WPS completes second phase at Ter Laak Orchids

WPS has completed phase 2 in the daylight greenhouse of Ter Laak Orchids. Phase 2 focuses on the widening of the orchid, whereby the orchid is transferred to a larger Plant Growth Cell (PGC). This is done in the following way: the orchids come out of the greenhouse fully automatically on a table. A smart WPS robotic…

“Modified conveyors more affordable to growers”

The SB 10 conveyor system offered by SB Machinerie, has been on the market for quite a few years, having the reputation for being both portable and adaptable, it has been installed in some nice projects.  More recently, by adding a new variant; the SB10 EPC without the axles and wheels, the company can now…


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