All new product improvements are now in operation at customer facilities in Europe and the United States.
Growing line enhancements
New features include a space-efficient harvesting end conveyor belt system as well as a gear-driven gutter moving mechanism allowing for longer growing lines to be designed, resulting in increased gutter capacity and lettuce yield.
For layouts with the optional lower level germination area, a new more precise electric elevator, moving the gutters from the lower germination level to the growing line, has been introduced.
New 4" (105 mm) gutter for larger pots
Green Automation's "Living Lettuce & Herb" Gutter System allows for efficient growing of lettuce heads and herbs in 3" (75mm) gutters.
For new client DeliVerde in Finland, for whom growing herbs in large pots was a key requirement, Green Automation responded by developing wide gutters enabling efficient growing of large pots of up to 4" (105mm).
Systems in operation in Europe and USA
The newly enhanced growing lines as well as herb gutters have been operating at DeliVerde in Turku, Finland since early 2018. "Our company is small and flexible, and our delivery is efficient. Our produce is harvested on the basis of orders received and is delivered immediately to customers all over Finland. We have high quality standards and needed a reliable growing system that would meet our needs and enable us to grow our operations further", says Liisa Lindroth at DeliVerde.
The upgraded lines were recently introduced to the North American market. Green Automation's Baby Leaf system has been successfully utilized by Little Leaf Farms in Massachusetts since 2016. Little Leaf Farms has just completed their first greenhouse expansion which has doubled their growing area to a total of five acres (2 hectare) and are the first in North America to install the upgraded growing lines.