CambridgeHOK have just completed a new project at Cornerways Nursery, which has seen the nursery’s traditional harvesting and packaging operation modified by installing automatic tow-cars to move the product from the glasshouse to the packaging and distribution area.
CambridgeHOK said, “Following extensive discussions with Cornerways nursery we have arrived at a scheme that has significant benefits and is predicted to result in acceptable payback timescales for the business.
This project required the installation of 2,800 metres of induction loop to act as a guide for the 6 battery driven tow-cars. New speed doors which open and close automatically as the tow-car and its attached harvesting carts approaches have been installed.
A total of 90 harvesting carts have been supplied which all have their own electronic identity, allowing the harvested product from each row to be traced back to a central weighing station where information will be recorded automatically via Priva FS performance system. Once the product is weighed, the tow-carts will move into the packhouse for manual unloading and variety segregation.
Patrick Harte, the General Manager at Cornerways Nursery commented, “We were once again delighted to work with Cambridge HOK on another major investment for the business. The install and commissioning were far easier than we had hoped and whilst we expected a period of learning it has been quickly integrated into our way of working and become very intuitive for our staff.”
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