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Agriculture is a big part of the world. We have always been looking for ways to grow and harvest crops faster to feed more people at a cheaper price. Breakthroughs in technology have gone from cattle drawn plows to tractors, and now to using inflatable conveyor belts. A company based out of the United Kingdom has created an inflatable conveyor belt that could change the way we farm forever.
The company, Aeropick, has created an ingenious wheeled and inflatable conveyor system to help aid the agricultural and horticultural harvesting process. The custom inflatable conveyor belt can stretch to distances up to 100 meters and can be deployed in under five minutes. Not only will this increase productivity by decreasing set-up and take down time, it will decrease labor costs significantly.
The inflatable conveyor system is driven to an open field or covered growing area on a Brumby VariTrak base vehicle. The VariTrak can vary its wheel spacing from 1 to 1.5 meters to suit crop spacing. It also has an additional 10KVA of power to allow for processing, cooling, washing, and sorting right on site in the field. The length of the belt can be set up from anywhere between 25 and 100 meters, making it highly adaptable. This allows crops to be processed at a high speed and sent to cool storage, washing, sorting, and grading faster. This will cut down on waste and increase the amount of crops that can be harvested every day.
The inflatable conveyor system can drastically change the way people farm forever. Its mobility and adaptability make it a valuable tool. Its ability to speed up harvesting will allow for more crops to be processed in a shorter period of time. This will decrease labor costs and in turn decrease the price of the crops too.