For many farms, berry picking is entirely manual work. Existing automation solutions result in increased product losses. The Harvy200 and Harvy500 are set to revolutionize this. The fruit can be detached in various ways using the Harvy machines, offering the farmer greater flexibility. This way, the fruit can still be picked but the worker does not have to catch the fruit. There is also the option of using power tools. The Harvy500 even offers a fully-automated solution for the loosening of the fruit.
Once the berry has been detached, it falls onto a soft surface. The machines do not use foam or metal plates, which are unhygienic and can damage the fruit. FineField's harvesting machines use a patented system of brushes, which completely enclose the plants. This virtually rules out ground loss, and the berry has a soft landing. The berries that fall outside the brushes are caught by the flexible and hygienic sheet that slows their fall so they land softly, preventing bruising. The possibility of carrying collection trays on the harvest cart simplifies transport (Harvy200) or even fully automates it (Harvy500).
Devised by two farmers, built by the local machine construction engineer, and refined by a technical engineer, the FineField harvesting machines offer more than just a more efficient harvesting method. They offer a glimpse into the future of harvesting with increased automation, lower labor costs, and reduced losses.