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THE AUTOMATIC TRANSPLANTER MANUFACTURED BY FERRARI IS EVENTUALLY BECOMING MORE AND MORE POPULAR AMONGST INNOVATIVE FARMERS WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE COST OF LABOR.

Futura (this is the machine name) was developed by Ferrari Costruzioni Meccaniche to transplant vegetables stored in trays of different sizes by using just one operator. The machine is formed by several robots that automatically take out the seedlings from a tray. The robot is based on a group of rounded plungers combined with moving fingers that pick up the plugs stored in the tray. Every robot can serve either one or two lines of plants (the double row version of the machine is called Twin). Futura can work with the majority of the trays commonly used by farmers. The tray can be made either in hard plastic, polystyrene or disposable plastic. The transplanter carousel is turning in clockmotion (Stop&Go). This specific feature is extremely important to guarantee a constant drop of the plants from the carousel to the shoe. The clockmotion mode increases the output performance, the precision of planting depth and the plant spacing accuracy. Futura is also equipped with a self-cleaning kicker. This device is extremely important to prevent the accumulation of the dirt inside the ploughshare. The 2017 version is equipped with a new mother board that can guarantee additional reliability in the field and a better performance of the missing plant detectors. The machine yield has also been improved: up to 10,000 plants/hour/robot with the Twin version. Futura can work up to 24 h/day – 7 days/week without any yield drop. There are several farmers already doing that in the most advanced farming areas of the world (particularly Europe and North America). The machine can work both on flat ground and raised beds and can be equipped with several fittings developed to match farmers needs (i.e. fertilizer applicator, granular applicator, water applicator, electronic depth adjustment, hydraulic steering wheels, ….). Futura can be pulled by a tractor even though the self-propelled version is also very popular. The self-propelled version can guarantee: easy manoeuvrability, reduction of dead times, no need for tractor driver. Multiple bed machines equipped with back steering wheels are also available at Ferrari.

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