Novel Vacuum Fruit Harvester – Mike Rasch, MI

Novel Vacuum Fruit Harvester – Mike Rasch, MI


okay my name is mike rash along with phil brown we’re part of db our conveyor concepts we’ve got a third Person involved my cousin chuck dietrich so that’s the db and our But initially we applied for the sarah grant when we first started going to the pneumatic? harvester system we were looking for any shot in the arm funding we could get that funding really helped initially get an idea on the if the pneumatic system would work and what we started with it gave us a jumping point you know To get the concept there and prove that we could convey fruit from the tree into the box and Do it in a fresh manner you know So that’s where the sare grant was so important i would say it was very timely kind of when we were spawning this idea and the concept and from there we’ve been fortunate to work with others in the industry and another grant and Build on that like we said into the fourth generation from where we were at the time of the sare grant and without without the grant that probably be years down the road yet to be where we’re at today that can be used year-round it’s used for the pruning trellising then on into pan thinning and then for harvesting so actually be able to use a machine 12 months of the year which would make the payback way better than most equipment out there today that’s just used for the harvest like the combines and that that only used a month of the year this thing would be a year-round thing i got two of these out one in washington state and one here That we’re going to run last year we weren’t able to run here because of lack of crop so he took it offensive a nia we ran the one that is in washington we ran that one in california and good feet just and then also in northern california did pears And then back up in an app isn’t watching them so we could get as much time it was much different variety of putin map because the vacuum system could be used for any round food as far as like tomatoes or you, know any any food a vegetable that’s fairly round could be transferred jewett’s if not just tied to tree food it could be used for basically any type of food or vegetable that would go through it with these takes in everything up to about a four and a half inch diameter so i mean you could put almost anything that has grown through it and Be able to utilize it in not just the food industry but in in the vegetable and a lot of other things so i think the potential as far as using it for a lot of groups We do slavery’s really got a huge potential once you get a crew that’s on it day in and day out and then also be able to run it at night da i think, we can we can really reduce our labor costs as far picking and then we’re gonna follow the boot right on through to the packing shed and check for the breezing in that and make sure we’ve got everything right in line and if that all goes good we’ll be ready for market you can get an idea the vacuum here So basically you don’t have to really visually follow the fruit you know you just put it in and it seeks the two And then you’ll see it come out? And there’s filtration in it that we and that’s the one thing we got to keep an eye on because if you plug the filtration you decrease your vacuum so like we get into late fall where you get some tired freeze to get a lot of leaves and litter We’ll pull it out of there so i won’t be going in the box and and another plus is the apple gets a real sheen out of going through that two second ride it’s like it’s buffed when it comes out of there we’ve harvested pears peaches apples i don’t know handle about a round firm fruit or vegetable it’s got an application in the core i think i would pick my latter production with what machine that i take the Liability out of it i take the ladder work out of it and where he is probably control usually takes a dive is when you are you get a lot of bruising when you’re up at the ladder you using it as a grower you can get your fruit picked any way you want from the ground but usually you start seeding in the box from ladders and you dock fruit off set the ladders and you Well i think it’s absolutely necessary because that the biggest sphere even this year nalli flavor i mean we’ve got a huge crowd pilot here Everybody’s going to be fighting over the labor and paying that get him away from the other person and if we can reduce our labor even by 15-20 percent is just huge I think we’re Structured to have the biggest crop Just, because of the size and all those plantings that we roll 8:09 our peak in now or they’re you know? getting their potential so wheeled wise because that big size and that volume we’re i would think personally we’d have the biggest crop we’ve had this year yeah initially our thoughts were utilize the growers tractor which they own and supply it but the length and a lot of growers are in the mindset now they want something self-propelled so that’s probably the next step is, to see where that goes and marry the harvester to that is a modular unit they can be plugged off and on like this is you

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