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Harvey 500 | Development never stops

Development never stops, and that's certainly the case at FineField. In addition to the further development of the Harvy200, development work has begun on the Harvy500, the next stage in the evolution of these harvesting machines. The Harvy500 offers the possibility of fully-automated blueberry picking. This offers farmers great flexibility. The machine features a platform, allowing the farmer to choose whether to detach the fruit manually, using a power tool, or fully mechanically.

Next steps

Between the 2019 and 2020 seasons, the production of a small series of new machines that we have named the pilot series is planned. This pilot series has to meet all functional requirements in terms of capacity and user-friendliness; requirements that are essential for our clients. In the period between the 2020 and 2021 seasons, all areas for improvement will be integrated into a design for assembly, which aims to make production, global transport, and support more efficient and simpler.
The Harvy500 will be available worldwide as of 2021.

Technical
Specifications

Harvy500 Specifications

Length 5500 [mm]
Width 3260 [mm]
Minimum Height 2810 [mm]
Maximum Height 3250 [mm]
Total mass 3500 [kg]
Capacity 200 [kg] up to 1000 [kg] an hour
Buffer Capacity up to 1000 [kg] crate buffer

Characteristics

  • Automatically powered: the Harvy500 is powered by two energy-efficient electric motors. The speed can be adjusted over a wide range, from 100 to 700 metres per hour.
  • Automatically controlled: the machine navigates using probes that determine the position of the plants.
  • Level: the computer on board the Harvy500 ensures that the four wheels are continuously at the right height, so that the machine is perfectly vertical, regardless of the surface. At the same time, the load-bearing capacity per wheel is measured and regulated, so there are no unwanted forces on the frame and the traction is always perfect.
  • Automatic crate changer: the crates are automatically rotated, so that the buffer of empty crates is efficiently transformed into a buffer of full crates.
  • Perfect plant sealing: the patented 'NOGAP' system of brushes ensures that the plants are perfectly sealed, so that all berries are caught and do not end up on the ground.
  • Filter function: before the berries end up in the crate, they pass through an air stream that filters out leaves and twigs from the harvest.
  • Internet connection: the machine has an internet connection allowing it to be continually monitored. This allows the current status of the capacity, the machine parts, and the harvesting data (kg per hour, kg per bush, kg per row, etc.) as well as the position of the machine in the field to be constantly monitored.
  • Li-ion battery: the latest battery technology makes it possible to work without a smelly or polluting generator. The system is extremely efficient and consumes very little energy, which makes the machine environmentally friendly too.
  • Flexible transition: the blueberries can be harvested in any way possible, whether it's manual picking, manual shaking, or mechanical shaking. In the coming years, Fine Field will be setting up new programmes to continue to develop and optimize efficient harvesting techniques.