Well, we’ve heard of fixers, and most of us hope we’ll never need one. For public personalities, a fixer may turn the tide in elections, diffuse bad publicity, or solve financial issues. But for us here at Jolly Farmer, we made that investment…a Combi-Fix which fills all the misses in our plug trays!
A huge financial commitment, but our Combi-Fix, also known as the Patcher, has easily paid for itself. It takes an image of a plug tray, then based on that picture, it automatically blows the soil out of a plant-less cell, and replaces it with a viable plug from a donor tray. This has allowed us to sow most seeds singly into the plug tray, as opposed to wasting multiple seeds per cell to avoid a missing one. Also, the automation has replaced a tedious manual process and ensured a high quality product for our customers.
It’s amazing how technology has changed the littlest things. The initial cost is there but long term return in labor savings and customer satisfaction should more than make up for it. I know I’ll be happier to have a completely full seedling flat every time. Thanks for going the extra mile for us customers.
We visited Jolly this last summer and got to see the Patcher at work. It is really surprising how fast and easy it can replace the blanks in a tray. Just another way technology can make a tedious job easier. Thanks Jolly for always finding ways to improve quality.
At the same time – I sure appreciate being able to occasionally purchase partially filled trays. It gives us a chance to try things out. Thanks you for offering them as well.
Good to know! Thanks for letting us know.