In modern greenhouse horticulture, the internal transport of plants is becoming increasingly important. The simple availability of mobile benches seems to light years away from the latest techniques: that was more of a solution for increasing the growing area more than for improving efficiency in internal logistics.
The solutions now available are many, and range from simple modular conveyor belts – this is the solution proposed by Urbinati to fully robotized integrated systems like this one from Logiqs.
For potted crops on the ground, there is also the solution of custom forks for forklifts, e.g. this one of Flier Systems which also allows growers to simply spacing the plants. In some of the next posts we will consider each of these systems.
Each one can be made more suitable for existing greenhouses or for greenhouses to be built from scratch. Even the crop is extremely important: thinking today about the production of Phalaenopsis or even of some bedding plants without fully automated systems often means being out of the market – especially for the large-scale retail market – compared to those who produce large numbers; the alternative, in somewhat old-fashioned greenhouses with no possibility of modernization, is probably a niche productions of particular varieties.