The 2D-Shuttle is a semi-autonomous vehicle that rides underneath the rolling benches, using the heating pipes as rails.
Using it’s grabbing mechanisms and sensors the 2D-Shuttle can move the individual rolling benches conforming to the transport tasks assigned by the grower using the Dat-A-Control Software.
The 2D-Shuttle can also switch rows independent of other machines.
The A-Track transport lines ensure bench movements between rows and connects the growing area to the work area.
Each individual A-Track Transport Line section is powered by just one drive unit, using two speeds: a fast one for normal bench movements and a slow one for precise positioning of the bench on the lifting frame.
n order to be able to move between rows, the 2D-Shuttle makes use of a X-Rail which usually spans the whole length of the growing area.
The X-Rail is designed using standardized parts, helping keep the initial deployment costs for the 2D-Shuttle system low.
The foundation of our design was the desire to actually make a sustainable vertical farming system, and this both from an environmental point of view as well as from a financial point of view.
To do this we designed the Greencube steel structure with standardized components used for pallet storage systems and iCube systems.
Next, when it came time to design the automation equipment we continued focusing on standardization.
By using only 3D-Carrier's that can move throughout the entire Greencube and Vertical Transporters (VT) for movement between layers we managed to keep the logistical design of the Greencube brilliantly simple.
Since the 3D-Carrier and the VT’s use only their own sensors, there’s no need for other sensors in the GreenCube.
The GreenCube is designed to make use of LED lighting as well as precise irrigation.
Some of the advantages to using a Greencube vertical cultivation system:
maximum space usage, limited only by the height of the facility;
highly modular design;
year-round crop production;
superior space usage when compared to all other forms of farming;
lower heating costs compared to greenhouses;
lightweight bench design;
software control and plant registration.
because farms can be build closer to city’s the carbon footprint of the crop is also reduced due to shorter shipping distances.
With more than 40 years of experience designing and building some of the most advanced rolling bench systems on the market, Logiqs is recognised world-wide as an industry leader in automated cultivation systems using rolling benches.
Our Rolling container/bench systems have been implemented in countless greenhouses and plant nurseries all around the world for crops such as:
Herbs grown in pots;
Baby leaf and cress;
Rolling bench systems offer a multitude of advantages when compared to fixed table systems and/or growing on the ground.
Some of these advantages are:
Efficient handling of different groups of plants with different growing conditions, by working with individual containers that can be moved and tracked throughout the plant grow cycle;
Optimal space usage to help the grower reach and surpass his targeted output;
Gives the grower the possibility for multi-level (vertical farming) growing solutions for an unparalleled space usage efficiency;
Better working climate, and a much improved airflow within the greenhouse, especially underneath the benches, compared to crops grown at ground level;
More efficient plant irrigation with reduced labour costs;
Better control over the quality of the crop due to better sanitation: getting the plants off the floor decreases the probability of crop contamination;
Rolling bench greenhouses allow for better organised work areas (potting, spacing, harvesting, packing, etc.) and always lead to more efficient working conditions;
Because of the much more efficient irrigation possibilities, the overall humidity in the greenhouse can be lowered, and this reduces the risks of mildew, fungi and root diseases that can affect the plants;
Reduced energy costs due to the better airflow under the benches which allows the plants to be heated up easier then when they are grown on the ground;
Streamlines all phases of production.
The A-track is a sustainable fixed automation solution, which is indispensable in many logistic systems.
The A-track is fitted with high quality bearings and sturdy wheels, making the A-track practically maintenance free.
The aluminium profile of the A-track is developed for easy installation, giving you the chance to install the system yourself. Cables and pressured air hoses are easy to store within the profile.
The flexibility of a A-track system is huge, allowing the grower to expand his automation without having to modify the existing automation.
The system can easily be expanded with various automations, such as motor drive units with clutch.
With more than 40 years of experience and know-how, gained in the field of internal transport and logistics systems for greenhouses, our industry leading solutions help our customers to achieve a higher profititability and a stronger competitive position within the worldwide horticultural marketplace.
We advise, design, produce and install complete logistical systems, manual or completely automated, for growers specialised in: potted plants, cut flowers, tree nurseries, flower bulbs and vegetables.
By working closely together with our customers, we aim to always provide a highly reliable service as well as intelligent solutions for any Logistics automation problems our customers might encounter.
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