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Process automation eliminates waste

Automated Findons seed sowingBordon Hill Nurseries Ltd. seeding lines are mechanised. An automatic system delivers substrate to each line; trays are de-stacked, filled, dibbled and labelled in-line.

After the seed has been placed in the cells vermiculite and water are applied, where required. Trays are then moved onto our nursery transport system using a tray loading machine. Each seeding line is connected to a PC which prompts users regarding machine settings for each batch being sown.

In a process called "gapping up" robots remove any ungerminated seeds from the trays and replace them with young plants that have reached the same level of development as others in the same batch.

Automated planterThe machinery utilised is capable of processing large numbers of plants in a short period of time, thus ensuring effective and consistent quality control.

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