Aug 2019

FTEK – Kiwi Innovation leading the World

FTEK – Kiwi Innovation leading the World

Spray Robot with Air-boost Spray Application Technology


NZ Horticulture Conference Supplier Presentation

What a great idea to have presentations from suppliers and give them the opportunity to present their products to growers.  The first of these presentations, I attended, was from James Currie, co-owner of FTEK, who unveiled the companies brand new greenhouse spray robot with air-boost spray application technology.  The sprayer is a fully autonomous greenhouse pipe-rail spray robot dedicated to precise and efficient application of pest and disease control sprays.  The innovative air assisted spray technology has been adapted to boost coverage, in traditionally hard to reach areas of the crop, dramatically improving results whilst reducing chemical usage and intervals of spraying. 

Apart from the air assisted technology the unit is free of any hose reels, has a large header tank and docking station which provides plenty of water holding capacity.  Being fully autonomous these labour-saving machines will certainly attract the attention of growers.   James said that the battery life will allow the machine to operate for up to 6-7 hours at a time before recharging is required.

The FTEK design and construction teams are seriously smart operators and we are extremely lucky to have this company at our back door.  I have travelled to many parts of the world and am very familiar with greenhouse equipment, I truly believe the equipment they are developing is up there with the best in the world.   FTEK equipment is exported internationally. 

Below is a short video demonstrating the air assisted autonomous sprayer from the interactive displays at this years NZ Horticulture conference at Mystery Creek in Hamilton.


Air Boost Advantages:


  1. Game changer (industries first 24V battery powered system)
  2. Decrease costs & increase yields (More effective coverage means less waste and more time between sprays)
  3. Optimizes crop coverage in hard to reach areas of the crop
  4. Improves spray deposition (significant reduction in spray run-off)
  5. Optimal spray droplet size
  6. Modular integration with Tek-spray robot


To find out more about Air Boost technology and other greenhouse equipment products available:


  • TEK lift
  • Pipe rail push trolleys
  • Internal transport conveyor systems
  • Cucumber bagging systems


Go to https://www.ftek.co.nz/

Or contact +64 (0)9 239 2607



James Currie did a great job introducing the new Air-Boost Spray Application Technology at the New Zealand Horticulture Conference


Early in July, Mark and James were also at the Australian PCA conference in the Gold Coast promoting the Air-Boost Spray Application Technology. 



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Article Written by Stefan Vogrincic, Consultant, Grower2Grower

Article Edited by Marie Vogrincic, Editor, Grower2Grower
















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