It’s all about People

At Kind Technologies, we find it inspiring to leverage our personal and collective know-how, drive for innovation, and technological leadership to address a significant global challenge. Each individual engineer at Kind is driven to develop mechatronic and robotic systems to improve processes, to make them more scalable and efficient, and literally to take work out of people’s hands.

…and for the rest it’s all about technology.

Our technologies

Robotics

Our robots and mechatronic systems function automatically and consistently 24/7/365. This leads to increased flexibility, scalability and less dependency on human labor. Our advanced handling, internal logistics systems and crop specific grippers result in product friendly handling.

Computer vision

Our Computer Vision systems identify and locate organic plants and crops objectively at high-speed. With unprecedented consistency – compared to human work – quality, grading classification, location and intermediate states are measured and processed.

Data

The data from the sensors and vision cameras generate constant flow of information that is used to optimize process control and data points that customers can use real-time for optimal processing, quality assurance and track and traceability across value chains. Off-line data can be used for additional process optimization, forecasting and predictive measures.

AI

Our software and algorithms process all data and information at the speed of light optimizing yields. As the algorithms are self-learning (AI) they will improve performance further and provide suggestions and information to growers and other value chain members to support their business.

Value Propositions

Horticulture 4.0

Combining above technologies with AI (self-learning algorithms) enables our systems to become better as more data is gathered, as more vision images are collected from the organic products that are being processed. This will lead to new possibilities, functions and applications that add value over time. This means that these systems are future proof and offer return beyond just savings on human labor reduction.

Ultimately it is all about higher yields per square meter, with less waste, and better distribution of plants, fruits and vegetables in a safe and transparent manner. Eventually these data driven systems will offer scalable and predictable agronomic expertise for the producers of the future.

Our Technology in action

Richplant grows exclusive flowering and green houseplants.​

With an area of ​​5.5 hectares Richplant grows exclusive flowering and green houseplants. Because they grow more and more different products, the orders change from full carts with 1 product to full carts with multiple products. Richplant wanted to come up with something that would allow them to optimize delivery with a small sub-order. The system had to be flexible. It had to be possible to deliver all pot sizes that they use, with the corresponding height of the plants.

Crux Agribotics

Crux Agribotics launches SortiPack® Chicory at Chicorée Sachsen​ SortiPack® assesses the individual chicory with computer vision and through ​weighing. The software algorithms create the ideal combination of the ​right number of products for a (flow-pack) package.

A&G van de Bosch

A&G van den Bosch has deployed a SortiPack® Robotic system from Crux Agribotics with 7 robots handling up to 20.000 beef tomatoes and 14 sorting classes simultaneously per hour. The system handles the product much more gentle, reducing damages and extending shelf life.​

Internal transport system - Potting, staking, and delivering Kwekerij

Ronald Scholtes asked Martin Stolze BV for a flexible system for potting, staking, and delivering. A double-layer main belt was added to the Stolze 3030 potting machine which enables multiple routes. ​​

A combination of more than a kilometre of fixed conveyor belts and EasyMax motor and coupling sections was installed. This is all controlled from the central control unit, with a clear touch screen for setting up the routes. The system can be started and stopped via a radio remote control. ​

Horizontal buffer system

For our customer Reichenspurner, in the south of Germany, KOAT developed and realized a complete warehouse for packing various vegetables in which flexibility and capacity go hand in hand. ​

By using the unique horizontal buffer system, large amounts of different products can be mounted and processed at a certain time. All on a small footprint.