Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators celebrates 50 years of Pluk-O-Trak with special Anniversary Edition
Aid to improve harvesting and picking efficiency
This year it is exactly fifty years ago that Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators introduced its Pluk-O-Trak harvesting machine.
Over a period of fifty years 3098 units have been sold worldwide.
Dozens of significant technical improvements mean that fifty years on the Pluk-O-Trak can still compete with the most innovative fruit harvesting machines.
To celebrate the special golden anniversary of its harvesting aid, Munckhof is launching a special anniversary edition this year.
50% saving on labour and 50% less damage with the Pluk-O-Trak
Munckhof’s Pluk-O-Trak is a versatile harvesting solution that is used to pick a wide range of fruit, such as apples, pears, citrus fruits and cherries, rapidly, efficiently and ergonomically.
Pickers can work with the harvesting system at ground level or stand on the horizontally and vertically adjustable harvesting platforms to extend their reach to up to four metres above the ground.
The pickers place the fruit on narrow moving conveyors which transport the fruit gently and automatically to the crates.
With the Pluk-O-Trak fruit growers save 50% on picking labour and fruit damage is reduced by 50% (a reduction of 30%).
The Pluk-O-Trak is also widely used for fast and efficient pruning, thinning and working on hail protection nets.
50 years of technical development in collaboration with the sector
Over the past fifty years dozens of innovations have been added to the Pluk-O-Trak.
A major improvement is the labour-saving sensor control which enables the Pluk-O-Trak to find its way independently through the orchard.
The Pluk-O-Trak has become increasingly lighter, more energy efficient and at the same time more robust due to, for example, the four-wheel drive.
Together with the automatic leveling system, this development means that the Pluk-O-Trak can move automatically and easily over muddy, uneven or even hilly terrain.
Many of the innovations on the Pluk-O-Trak aim at increasing performance, labour efficiency and quality.
The Pluk-O-Trak with 6 picking belts is fitted with LED lighting so that it can also be operated at night.
A GPS tracking and counting app automatically counts the number of pieces of fruit picked.
Over the period of fifty years the Pluk-O-Trak has become much more user-friendly – which means that migrant workers and temporary harvesting workers can start operating the Pluk-O-Trak quickly.
Anniversary Edition equipped with new user-friendly operation as standard
This year, specially for Pluk-O-Trak’s fiftieth anniversary, Munckhof is introducing an anniversary edition of its harvesting machine.
The anniversary edition is equipped with the latest steering, “food grade” blue conveyor belts and lots of additional extras.
The system is now also fitted with a brand-new joystick, making operation very simple for even inexperienced workers.
Twenty large automatic function keys with symbol indication perform each operation independently, such as the automatic leveling system and the improved automatic steering through the centre of the row.
For more information on the anniversary edition, pay a visit to our stand at the Fruit Harvesting Trade Fair in Houten (stand number 13).