There are many handling activities in pot plant growing. Potting and spacing, filling trays, picking up and placing pots or trays, (de)stacking trays, cart loading, six-pack handle placing, sleeving and labeling, and so on. Many growers (still) perform these tasks manually. But this is heavy and monotonous work and quite labor-intensive.
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Automating these tasks can save a lot of labor and means a more pleasant working environment for your personnel. At Bosman Van Zaal, they develop robotics for every situation, tailor-made to specific customer needs and plant requirements. Five fellow growers show that with simple and affordable implementations of automation, labor savings can be achieved for almost all potted plant growers.
5 fellow growers have already gone before you in labor savings
At Artisan Orchids, a potting and spacing machine saves 1 to 2 FTE and has a return on investment of less than two years. Bunnik Bromelia uses a tray destacking machine, which has a return on investment within four months and saves 1 FTE. The six-pack handle placing machine at Van der Salm saves 1.5 to 2 FTEs and has an ROI of 2 to 3 years. It processes 2,700 six-packs per hour!
At Van der Salm, the cart loading machine provides quiet, virtually trouble-free processing of an otherwise very heavy and monotonous task. G's Grupo uses one sleeve label machine to process different sleeves and different labels at always exactly the same location. The fastest setting processes almost 70 sleeves per minute.