AN AUTOMATED TRANSPLANTING SYSTEM THAT BENEFITS AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION WORLDWIDE

1. Sowing Line

The PlantTape sowing line is where the trays of tape are created and where seeds are planted.  The tape is a combination of peat moss and vermiculite between two layers of biodegradable tape material.  On the sowing line, a seeder drops 630 seeds every six seconds into pre-made hole in the tape.  After the seeds are dropped into the tape, a small amount of vermiculite is placed over the seeds.  After the seeds are covered, the material is covered with another layer of the tape material to hold the seed inside.   From there, the material is cut into individual tape strands.  The individual tapes are then packed in a zipper formation in plastic trays.  Each tray holds up to 900 plants.  Once in the plastic trays, the seeded tape can be stored or wetted to start the germination process.  As long as the tape is kept dry, the seeds will not germinate and can be stored for a later planting date.  From this phase of PlantTape, the seeded tape will move to a nursery where they will be germinated.

2. Nursery Operations

After germination the seedlings develop normally in the plant pockets of the tape. The plants can be transplanted at any stage of development, from a few days after germination up to a full grown seedling plant.

3. Transplanting

The standard chassis of the transplanting machine is a two meter chassis and can be equipped with up to eight planting modules. The trays are loaded onto the transplanting machine and the automated planting module pulls the tape from the tray, cuts the tape around each individual plant and accurately places the plant in the soil. An operator simply replaces the trays on the transplanter and guides the tape to the module.  European tray dimensions are 40 cm x 80 cm to fit on a Euro pallet of 80 cm x 120 cm. After germination the seedlings develop normally in the plant pockets of the tape. The plants can be transplanted at any stage of development, from a few days after germination up to a full grown seedling plant. The standard chassis of the transplanting machine is a two meter chassis and can be equipped with up to eight planting modules. The trays are loaded onto the transplanting machine and the automated planting module pulls the tape from the tray, cuts the tape around each individual plant and accurately places the plant in the soil. An operator simply replaces the trays on the transplanter and guides the tape to the module.

PlantTape Inc.

AN AUTOMATED TRANSPLANTING SYSTEM THAT BENEFITS AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION WORLDWIDE

Plant Tape USA
1.888.272.6828

Plant Tape Europe
34.93.637.9892