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Hi-tech coring, halving, and quartering of bell peppers

The modern food processing industry is placing increasingly higher demands on machinery. Ease of use must go hand in hand with safety, controllability, and precision. "Continued development has led to the HiTec PDS (Pepper Decoring System). This is the perfect machine for the coring, halving, and quartering.....

Video: Robot harvests TOVs

VIDEO Earlier this summer we told you all about Metomotion's plans to create a multi-purpose robotic system to perform labor-intensive tasks in a greenhouse. With over 35% of the hi-tech greenhouse acreage globally filled with tomatoes, the first objective of the company was to create a robotic tomato.....

Veg picking robots not that far away

In the very near future, robots are going to be picking the vegetables that appear on grocery store shelves across America.The automation revolution that’s arrived on the factory floor will make its way to the ag industry in the U.S. and its first stop will likely be the indoor farms that are now dotting the.....

UK grower to test raspberry harvest robot

University of Plymouth spinout Fieldwork Robotics has signed an agreement with a leading UK soft-fruit grower to expand development of its harvesting robots. The company, created by Lecturer in Robotics Dr Martin Stoelen, is currently creating robots capable of picking a range of fruit and vegetables.This.....

US (MA): Vegetable oil heats homes and greenhouses

Homestead Inc. has received a $5,000 Clean Tech award from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and Valley Venture Mentors program for inventing the Yellow Heat oil burner. “VVM and MassCEC have partnered to offer Yellow Heat this grant,” states Dorota Glosowitz, Vice President of Programs at Valley Venture.....

Automation in rice transplanting

VIDEO Technical developments in food don't always come from horticulture and cool machines don't just operate in the greenhouse. In Japan for example a rice planter has been developed in Ogata-Mura, Akita. The auto steer combined with the possibility to work within relatively deep water level (whereas conventional.....

CAN (QC): Premier Tech acquires engineering firm

Premier Tech continues its expansion with its eighth acquisition—and first in Quebec—in the past 18 months. With the transaction, Premier Tech acquires Saint-Hubert–based engineering firm Automation Machine Design (AMD Inc.), which has specialized in designing and manufacturing automated and robotic.....

PlantPaper teams up with AgriNomix and Smithers Oasis

With the increased request for PlantPaper's products in the United States, the company decided to forge a North American partnership with AgriNomix and Smithers Oasis.AgriNomix will be handling sales of machine & service on the North American market, and Smithers Oasis will keep on expanding paper and.....

Paul Koppert, Koppert Machines:

"Complete packaging lines for the entire snack vegetable segment"

In 1983 Arie Koppert started manufacturing sowing machines for small seeds, such as radish, carrots and flowers. At that time mechanization in the greenhouse was scarcely available and he decided to mechanize the harvesting and processing of radish by means of a harvesting machine and a fully automatic.....

New technology makes paper pot sticking easier

Ellepot introduces a state-of-the-art technology helping growers to produce extra loose and soft pots with 10-20% higher air content. The result is faster and easier sticking of cuttings and an optimal precondition for great air and moisture balance, creating the perfect microclimate for more rapid and uniform.....

Next Sweeper demonstration in September in Belgium

On July 4th the Sweeper consortium gave the first live demonstration of its sweet pepper harvesting robot. This demonstration was held at the commercial greenhouse "De Tuindershoek" in IJsselmuiden, one of the partners in this international research project. Read our report of the demonstration here.The.....

Rolling out two monsters

Javo USA will roll out two new potting machines for the North American market at Cultivate ’18 in Columbus, Ohio.Designed specifically for the large pots used in the North American market, the Javo Ultra is a big potter, and by big, Javo means “huge”. The Ultra can fill pots up to 20 gallons (80 liters) and.....

"Remotely fixing burners"

Producing gas burners for horticulture is a great profession but not always a simple one. Burners need maintenance and growers often don’t really know how to do this. Fine tuning the energy values is important to the efficiency of the installation and the quality of the CO2 that is used for fertilizing.This.....

Light4Food inovates with smart indoor growing system

"A good growing recipe for every crop"

It all starts ten years ago with a shipping container in which LED lights were installed in layers. Leafy vegetables can be harvested year-round in these layers as is the idea. Led technology isn’t as efficient as we might want but entrepreneurs Peter Christiaens, René van Haeff and Michel la Crois see its.....