TulipStar; automated grading and bunching of tulips

The TulipStar concept has proven to be a machine that grades tulips every day and bunches in neat bunches through advanced X ray technique. At full capacity the machine processes 16,000 tulips per hour. The speed can be adjusted tot the needed labour and that makes it very profitable for large growers with a capacity of 5 million tulips. The Tulipstar has the lowest cost price per tulip and the least amount of damage to leaf and stem.

Tulip growers choose en mass for TulipStar

De populariteit van de TulipStar maakt grote sprongen. Aansprekende tulpenbroeiers hebben er in 2016 één of meerdere aangeschaft, neem bijvoorbeeld Germaco, Wesselman Flowers, M.T. Burger Bloembollen, Maliepaard Bloembollen bv, Boot Flora en Breg Tulpen. Leuk om te weten: voor Germaco is dit TulipStar nummer zeven en voor Wesselman Flowers nummer vier en vijf. Ook in het buitenland zijn ze zeer in trek.

TulipStar’s popularity rises fast. Grand names tulip growers purchased one or more Tulip Stars. Germaco, Wesselman Flowers, M.T. Burger Bloembollen, Maliepaard Bloembollen bv, Boot Flora and Breg Tulpen are some familiar names. And guess what? For Germaco this is TulipStar number seven and Wesselman Flowers ordered their number four and five. International too, TulipStar is increasingly popular. High level techniques comibed with simplicity is the unique power of this machine that can work easily up to 16 hours per day without any delays or malfunctions. And that simplicity is translated in its pricing too. Low maintenance costs and very predictable. The necessary X-ray techniques for the recognition of the tulip buds hidden between the leafs, demands for some complex parts. Thanks to the in-house developed camera the chance of failure is small.

Focus on the Tulip

The bunch is being composed directly on the conveyor, the leaves are continuously held straight by an airstream during the collection of the stems. Not only as bunch machine, but also as grading machine this machines has earned its credits. Tulips are graded by length and/or weight. Another possibility is to sift the ripe tulips out. The TulipStar can be equipped for 3 gradings out of which 2 can be automatically bunched.

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  • Machine speed; 16,400 matts per hour
  • Number of gradings: maximum 3
  • Number of automated bunched gradings: maximum 2
  • Grading and rejection criteria: length, weight, curve and ripeness
  • Number of stems per bunch: 5-15
  • Connection: 380V 16A compressed air (dried)
  • Binders: 2 ARC Havatec binders
  • Inspection: X-ray optic ripeness measurement optional