Visser’s revolutionary AutoStix strip planter is an efficient and speedy means to plant cuttings. The transplanter plants from the newly developed Visser Strips. Cuttings can be placed directly into the strips, or they can be bought pre-filled from some of the largest cutting producers in the world. The strips themselves are biodegradable and will degrade into the soil after planting. The strip can hold cuttings with a variety of stem diameters and continue to position them firmly and without damage to soft tissue. The strip is available in two types: one strip can hold 51 cuttings and the other can hold 34 cuttings. The system works best on 102 counts (either 51×2=102 or 34×3=102).
Cuttings are shipped at high density while still maintaining enough air space for each individual stem. This is due to the design of the strip and enhances quality throughout the process.
Once the strips are placed in the AutoStix transplanter the machine will cut off each cell and plant it into the new plug, pot or tray. The Visser AutoStix system can even transplant larger leafy plants without damage to the leaves like traditional grippers do. Not even the cutting device will touch the leaves. The Visser AutoStix System has several infeeds for the strips to maintain even greater efficiency, especially when switching in-between different runs. Alternately the machine can run both available strips, only by adjusting the settings on the user-friendly Siemens touch screen.
The production capacity can reach 11.000 cuttings per hour, per 6 head strip planter machine. The machine can plant 3 different modules for mixed liners in a 50mm liner. For increased efficiency throughout the process, the machine can also automatically plant labels in the strip.
How will AutoStix improve your process?
AutoStix helps you to get the job done in the 10-12 weeks during peak season when millions of cuttings need to get stuck.
The strip makes counting cuttings easier. Workers can immediately see that they’ve got 34 or 51 cuttings in a strip. No short or overfilled bags.
Using Autostix provides you with an optimal uniformity of your product. First of all, a visual check during the loading of the strip is now very easy. By checking the different cuttings in the strip for uniform heights, a first uniformity and consistency check is in place. Then, later in the process when transplanting: each and every plant is being planted at the exact same depth, which enchances the uniform growth of your cuttings.
Autostix provides many advantages besides automation. The system provides storability of the plants. Once the plants arrive at the grower, each strip can be positioned in a small layer of water. The stem will be in a film of water and the rest of the plant will stay dry. Plants can be stored like this over a specific period of time. This helps break the transplanting peaks at the grower.
The AutoStix machine removes the challenge of finding and training a workforce to stick the cuttings at the rooting stations where seasonal staff is more difficult to find than in offshore locations. Due to the further standardized process less labor is required.