Machines

Codema installs a new water installation at the producer Schenkeveld

'Efficient and modern water supply as the key to year-round tomato production'

In April 2017, Schenkeveld began constructing a new location: Schenkeveld Schiphol. Schenkeveld and their supplier Codema have been working closely together for decades. Codema has already created the water technology of new Schenkeveld construction projects twice, once in Den Hoorn and once in…

Give your truck wings and improve the aerodynamics

Wings on your truck may seem to be of little use, but they do improve the aerodynamics. At high speed, the wings unfold and at low speed they fold back. The advantage of these wings is the fuel saving effect.

"Greater airflow means better cash flow"

Today’s competitive business environment means that, like a lot of other growers, you’re probably expected to do more with less. Produce young plants of the highest environmental standards with less manpower, reduced timescales and fewer resources. Looking at your existing set-up, it might be difficult to see…

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…

China: Advanced digital phenotyping system for Nanjing Agricultural University

PhenoKey just completed the turnkey delivery of an advanced digital phenotyping system for Nanjing Agricultural University in China. This 600 pots system with advanced RGB and Kinetic Chlorophyll Fluorescence/ Multi spectral imaging units, is installed inside a greenhouse situated prominently at the…

US research: Robotic hands, sensitive enough to pick soft fruit

A new breed of robots with humanoid hands capable of performing delicate tasks such as picking soft fruit has been made possible by a technological breakthrough from Stanford University scientists. Researchers in the US have developed electronic gloves designed to give robots an improved ability to touch and grasp…

The robots are coming, but will they take over?

Robots: still science fiction a few decades ago, but now we can't imagine living without them, both at home and in the workplace. Greenhouses are also becoming increasingly automated: climate computers, potting machines, sorting systems, harvest robots... the list goes on and on. Given the continuing issues of getting…

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…

DogBot an affordable solution to labour deficit?

These days many growers are looking for solutions to reduce labour in the fields and packhouses, robotics is one of the ways to do this, but replacing pickers of delicate fruit such as strawberries with a robotic picker is very challenging, the technology is not yet available and would not be affordable…

New sorting machine for fruit crops Beekenkamp Plants

We are in the middle of the fruit crop season and Beekenkamp Plants made a valuable investment in this area. A new sorting machine, the TTA FlexSorter, has been installed at the location in ‘s-Gravenzande. The FlexSorter is one of the newest of its kind and has many advantages regarding the quality of the young vegetable plants. With…

Canada: University of Guelph developing greenhouse robot

The labour-intensive task of harvesting and pruning has become a challenge for greenhouse vegetable growers, making up to 30 per cent of their overall costs. Can robots help? Prof. Medhat Moussa, School of Engineering, thinks so. He’s developing a robot system he hopes will be able to harvest, package and de-leaf greenhouse crops without…

South Korea: E-mart & LG Electronics develop retail service robots

E-mart, a South Korean discount chain operator, has joined hands with LG Electronics on the development and commercialization of retail service robots, including a smart shopping cart that will tag along behind the user. Both companies held a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding and vowed to develop…

Robot no match for human tomato pickers

Robots are gaining ground in the greenhouse. From pepper pickers to pollinating drones, indoor agriculture is slowly getting more and more automated. Gizmodo recently paid a visit to Panasonic, to check out the tomato-picking robot they're developing, and they found out that humans have nothing to fear just yet.…

Cummins 1750 Continuous Power Genset for sale

By online auction  sale TCL Asset Group Inc. will be offering a Cummins 1750 Continuous Power Genset, Model: C1750 N6C. Click here for the auction.   Model:  C1750 N6C Engine:  Cummins Engine Model:  QSV91-G2 Power Output:  1750 kW Frequency:  60 Hz Volts:  2400/4160 Phase:  3 Service Rating:  Continuous Year:  2011 Country of Manufacture:  England Unit is currently stored in a warehouse 1 hour from Minneapolis, Minnesota. CONTACT FOR THIS…

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…

BrimaPack delivers new generation in transplanting equipment

BrimaPack has built and delivered a VeTrac II 9/7 T 18-row Transplanter. With three, six row Ferrari’s FastBlock Transplanter modules, attached to the VeTrac eDrive caterpillar from BrimaPack, the machine can transplant up to 8 meters wide with a maximum capacity of 130,000 Plants/hour. The VeTrac is…

Cambridge University

The power of future farm automation

The robot takeover of farm labor made another step forward this week as researchers unveiled a prototype of a machine that can now perform a task once possible only with the human hand. A team of engineers at the University of Cambridge have developed a robot that can manoeuvre so deftly that it’s able to pick…

Small cardboard trays and punnets for sustainable packaging, transport and presentation

Sustainable packaging is an important pillar of policy for many producers and retailers. Unfortunately, there is no 'one size fits all' solution for the ultimate sustainable packaging. Its development differs per product, company and branch. However, small trays and punnets made of sturdy, (food-safe)…


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