Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators presents an automatic counting function for its Pluk-O-Trak. This innovation for Munckhof’s advanced harvesting system automatically counts the quantity of harvested fruit per picker and per row. The new app will help fruit growers achieve further improvements in picking performance and yield. The new counting function is available for the high-capacity and compact Pluk-O-Trak M-Topline.
50% saving on labour costs and 50% less damage with Pluk-O-Trak
Munckhof’s Pluk-O-Trak is a versatile harvesting solution that is used to harvest a wide range of fruits such as apples, pears, citrus fruits and cherries rapidly, efficiently and ergonomically. Pickers can work with the harvesting system at ground level or stand on the horizontally and vertically adjustable harvesting platforms to extend their reach to up to 4 metres above the ground. The pickers place the fruit on narrow moving conveyors, which convey the fruit gently and automatically to the crates. With the Pluk-O-Trak, fruit growers save 50% on picking labour and also reduce fruit damage by 50%. The Pluk-O-Trak can additionally be used as an effective, labour-saving and ergonomic solution for pruning, thinning and working on hail protection nets. When used for these activities, Munckhof’s harvesting system can achieve a 35% saving in labour costs. The Pluk-O-Trak is user-friendly so new picking teams quickly learn how to use it. The system’s long service life, low maintenance costs and low energy consumption mean that the total cost of ownership is modest.
Optimize fruit yields and picking performance, minimise quality variances
An innovative counting app that automatically counts the quantity of picked fruit is now available for the Pluk-O-Trak. The app is very easy to use and allows fruit growers to analyse the quantity of picked fruit in real time, per hour, per day or per week. The apple counting application shows the exact location of the Pluk-O-Trak and displays harvesting performance per row or picker. All the data can be displayed via clear screens on a mobile phone, tablet or PC. The purpose of the new application is to help fruit growers optimise their fruit yields and picking performance while minimising quality variances.
The Pluk-O-Trak is suitable for hilly, marshy and rocky terrain and available in models for 4 to 6 pickers. When coupled to the crate carrier, up to 16 crates can be transported with the machine. The LED lighting fitted to the Pluk-O-Trak means that it can also operate at night. The Pluk-O-Trak is now also available with far fewer V-belts and a variable speed drive for the discharge belt motors. More info is available here: www.munckhof.org.