In our range of machines, the Wave is our latest fully automated sorting and bunching machine. The Havatec Wave allows optimum processing of various cut flowers. Some examples of flowers that can be processed are delphinium, alstromeria, gladiola and cluster roses.
Sorting, cutting, deleafing and bunching cut flowers
Each time Havatec's machines are further geared to optimum sorting, cutting, deleafing and bunching of cut flowers. One of the latest models is the Wave, a version that is suitable for a wide range. Here, flowers are placed on the belt on one side and sorted on the basis of length, thickness and number of stems on the other side, so that the uniform bouquets only need to be inserted in a sleeve. Examples are:
- Cluster roses
At high speed, the automated sorting and bunching machine processes up to 4200 stems per hour. This means that a flower is placed approximately each second. Practice teaches us that an experienced employee will place about 2500 flowers. In other words, this saves a lot of time and therefore a lot of labour costs. The speed of placement differs per crop and could even run up to 3000 stems per hour.
By using the Wave you will save on labour and you are able to use less experienced personnel, which would considerably reduce your labour costs.
Different stem thicknesses
The stem thickness of delphiniums, for instance, can differ significantly. As the speed of the knife on the machine can be adjusted, any thickness can be cut without any problem. Without flattening or breaking the stems.
Processing lying flowers
A great benefit of the Wave is that the flowers can be processed on the belts while lying. The Wave is supplied with narrow or wide belts. Concretely, this means a maximum bunch length of 90 cm and 130 cm for the wide version. As the flowers can be processed while lying, the leaves are not hanging and the flowers are unable to come into contact with each other. This method ensures less damage.
Deleafing the stems can be integrated in the machine. The Wave has the Havatec pin belt deleafer unit as an option. The pin belt is installed immediately behind the aligner and knife. The deleafed branches drop in the bunching stations. The maximum length is 20 cm and depends on flower length and species.
Sorting plus bunching of cut flowers
Via optical cameras, the stems are sorted on the basis of length, thickness and/or spike length. Then, the flowers are bunched after shortening and deleafing. The stems end up under the sliding belt and are held, until a complete bunch is created. The number of stems in a bunch can be set in advance. After bunching, the bunch goes to the binding and sleeving units via the panel belt.
In short, a complete process is automated, exactly in the way that you want and envisage for bunching cut flowers. In the meantime, dozens of Waves are being used at different companies in the cut flower industry. Do you have any questions about what this machine might mean for your company? Do not hesitate to contact one of our specialists, they are looking forward to helping you.
Parts of the Wave
The basic sorting & bunching machine consists of a number of specific processing steps. These steps are:
- Placing the flowers in the panels indicated by means of lines, 4,200 stems per hour
- Camera sorting
- Aligner for aligning the flowers before the cutting knife, maximum range 35 cm
- Double rotating knife
- Pin belt deleafer unit
- Waste discharge system to the side of the process cabinet
- Standard 3 bunching units including retracting belts for 2 sorting actions (if necessary increased by a number of extra bunching units = extra sorting actions)
- Fixing belt across the entire length of the bunching stations
- Reject tray/position end retracting belts
- Panel belt for under the bunching stations
- 2x frame for Havatec elastic binder
All you need to know about our Wave
Our specialists are looking forward to answering any questions you might have about the Wave. They enjoy personal contact. They answer all questions and always guarantee good advice by telephone or via video calling. On weekdays they are available from 7 am to 4:30 pm at +31 (0)252 241490. Our contactpage is available 24/7 for all questions you may have. We promise to give you a prompt and fitting answer.