An advanced propagation system was recently put into operation by Bosman Van Zaal at Roelands Plant Farms in Canada, a supplier of starting material for peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Roelands Plant Farms is one of the few growers of starting material for vegetables that use high-tech cultivation systems instead of soil-based propagation.
Adaptation and expansion
Bosman Van Zaal has further developed, modified and expanded the existing cultivation system. The greenhouse tracks consist of flail tracks and push-offs, and in the work area the containers are filled, widened and delivered. An OHC - an overhead crane - takes care of the supply of empty containers during the filling process and a second unit takes care of the supply and removal of empty containers during the widening/delivery process. Empty containers are cleaned by a sandwich washer.
Faster growth process
By applying the specially designed cultivation system, it is possible to create a better climate and thus guarantee a constant and high quality of the starting material. In addition, there is less waste and virtually no damage by process operations. The advanced cultivation system of Roelands Plant Farms results in faster growth processes, which reduces the production costs per unit. In addition, the system provides a cost-saving on labour and also has a positive impact on the improvement of working conditions, so that employees enjoy their tasks more.
Bosman Van Zaal supplies logistical cultivation systems worldwide. The company develops, manufactures and integrates all the necessary components in-house, and for the automation and robotisation of harvesting and processing operations, in particular, they call on the expertise of their sister company Crea-Tech.