Success story: FITO

Profile:

Established in 1880, Semillas FITÓ is Spain’s number 1 seed company and it specializes in producing vegetable seed, breeding it for the requirements of nurseries. Over the years, Semillas FITÓ expanded, entering the hybrid industry with new and improved tomato, melon and pepper breaded seeds.

Today Fito is an international company, providing top-quality seeds to many companies in the agriculture industry, both in the professional as well as for the hobby market. In addition, Fito is directly active in the whole chain; from research and development until delivery to customer.

Challenges:

Due to the outmoded technology available, and despite selling products by number, most of Semillas FITÓ packaging process was carried out by weighing systems. Using this method causes many losses as companies overfill each package in order to make sure that the end customer will receive the number of seeds he paid for. Furthermore, due to old-school technology, Fito's packaging rate for the relatively larger seeds was slow, and reached to a minimal rate of two bags of 1,000 cucumber seeds per minute, a rate that impacted the production line and caused for long delivery times.

The Solution:

DATA’s S-260 integrative industrial counting solution provided Fito with a counter capable of reaching high levels of packaging rates with astonishing accuracy.

The result:

Fito can now pack all seed packages in exact counts, reducing the need to over-fill. By  implementing a high-tech counting solution, the counting rate reached eight bags of 1,000 cucumber seeds per minute, resulting in the ability to pack more orders than before.

Due to the counting rate provided by the S-260 counter, Semillas FITÓ is now able to achieve in 1 work shift what it used to produce in 2 work shifts before.



 

Seed Counting, Seed Packaging