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Robots meet indoor farming

Though still in its infancy, more companies are using robotic systems to boost the efficiency of vertical farms and greenhouses.In a 47,300-square-foot facility near Kyoto, SPREAD, an agriculture technology company, is creating a massive, automated, indoor "vertical farm"—and the special ingredient is the.....

UK: Top fruit industry looks at alternative cropping systems

Adopting fruit-wall orchards instead of traditional orchard systems, could make mechanising pruning of apple trees easier for growers and help reduce costs, latest AHDB Horticulture research finds.Uncertainties about the fruit industry’s ability to source seasonal workers following Brexit and an increase in.....

It takes very, very smart technology to develop a de-leafing robot

In a recent article on Vision-Systems.com, an online portal for professionals in engineering and vision software, Priva's engineers explained how they made use of smart high tech cameras in the design of their Kompano de-leafing robot.The Komapo robot travels on tube rails down lanes in the greenhouse which.....

Lutosa (McCain) invests in 20 lifting systems from Burgmetaal:

“New lifting systems ensure safety of both employee and shaping shoulder”

Since last year, Burgmetaal has installed 20 new lifting systems in total for Lutosa, part of McCain. They have done this for both the location in Leuze-en-Hainaut and in Saint-Eloois-Vijve, both in Belgium. “The first systems were installed just over a year ago. The employees needed a bit of a transitional.....

The benefits of fertigation and irrigation control

Irrigation – the process of artificially applying water to plants – has been in practice since as early as 6000 BC. There have been many advances in irrigation since then, and today's technologies have made it easier than ever to control water flow as well as fertilizers, nutrients, and other chemicals.What.....

Industrial tray washer eliminates risks during propagation stage

VIDEO Hygiene is of paramount importance during the propagation stage. For this reason, Dutch young plant grower Beekenkamp Plants’ from Maasdijk, has recently installed a Unifortes tunnel washing machine. The washer is part of the new production site realized by Beekenkamp.The 5,5 meter long tunnel washer has.....

Premier Tech's IEG acquires Slootweg Machinefabriek

Premier Tech has acquired Slootweg Machinefabriek by its Industrial Equipment Group (IEG). This acquisition allows IEG to expand its worldwide presence and reinforce its status as a leader in processing and packaging equipment in the growing media market while giving Slootweg customers access to an even more.....

Up to 100% increase of sales

China sees higher need for farming robots

"In the past few years, as people become more familiar with farming robots, the applications for these machines are increasing. Compared to the same period last year, the sales of farming robots have increased from 80% to 100%," says Mr. Peng Gang from Botian Automation Technology in Suzhou.Less time, less.....

Higher wages trigger specialty crop mechanization in US

According to USDA-Economic Research Service economist, Tom Hertz, the decline in the number of Mexican workers working in U.S. agriculture is largely due to Mexico’s improved economy and more Mexican laborers staying home after the U.S.’s Great Recession.Tom Hertz is a federal government data.....

Pepper harvesting robot on its way

Globally, over 26 million metric tonnes of peppers are produced every year, with Europe’s crops alone amounting to $400 million. However, although picking the fruits is a simple job for a human, it remains highly labor-intensive. Now, researchers have invented a robot which can do all the hard work for.....

Personalised sorting system; ViSort:

New external monitoring feature creates new possibilities

The needs of every company are unique, even those working with the same fresh products, and Polish company Sorter has recognised that, by offering a sorting system which can be customised to suit the individual needs of each customer. Application of their own technological ideas and solutions, along with.....

Koos de Vink joins Jano board

Jano Holding, which comprises the companies Javo, Nobels Machinefabriek, Agro Techniek Holland and Javo International, has a new board member. From 1st February 2017, Koos de Vink will join the current directors Ber van Nobelen and Cees Bouwmeester.Owner Ber van Nobelen (left) welcoming Koos de Vink.....

Crop manager Jos Bregman:

"Jet 5 is our greenhouse cleansing agent of choice"

Breeders and propagators have strict company hygiene protocols. Propagator Plantenkwekerij Van der Lugt in Bleiswijk is no exception. Crop manager Jos Bregman: "We owe this to our customers and to our strategic partners. So in autumn we clean the company from top to bottom with Jet 5."Jos Bregman:"Jet 5 is.....

Is there a better way to reduce algae growth?

A case study on Goldsmith Seeds in California investigates whether the Aqua-Hort Copper treatment system is the answer to reducing algae growth in certain circumstances.The technologyAqua-Hort systems implement a controlled supply of supercharged copper ions and an electromagnetic water treatment to the.....