A large Arizona tree farm approached Kase to provide a replacement belt for equipment manufactured by another vendor. Timely response to this request led to a conversation regarding further automation of the nursery. Kase Horticulture Sales Manager, Ryan Sanchez, traveled to the customer’s location to observe the operation, type of soil media processed, and size and types of containers used. The customer’s use of a heavier media and 3- and 5-gallon containers led to the recommendation of a Kase N-Line Filler.
Over the course of a year, the N-Line Filler and a Mixer were installed at the first nursery location. Several Tracking Trailers were also purchased by the site to efficiently move large, heavy trees around the facility. Sanchez traveled to Arizona to assist in the installation of the machinery and to help train staff.
Automation paid off quickly for this nursery. Their manual production rate of 500 5-gallon pots per day was increased to a production capacity of 5000 5-gallon pots per day. Production efficiency per employee improved approximately 20-30%. Satisfied with these results, the customer installed an N-Line Filler and several Tracking Trailers at a second location.