Project description

Developing design of a system that has been available for 20 years. Aim of the project was to increase customer’s sales domestically and globally.

There were several challenges that were solved by skilled Citec engineers
• Choosing the right electric motor and gearbox
• Optimal coupling systems, fittings and fixtures
• Structural calculations for choosing alternative profiles/ materials
• System scalability

More information about cucumber lowering system here and about Steelmark Invest Oy Ab here.

Citec's scope

Scalable design based on received inputs
• 3D models
• Design of some components for 3D printing
• Drawings: General arrangement drawing, Manufacturing drawings, Bill of materials
• Choosing the electric motor and gearbox
• Selection of suitable components for the system
• FE Calculation and statement
• Electrical and automation design
• Electrical motor and gearbox design

Keywords: Product engineering, sustainability

Case in brief
Customer: Steelmark Invest Oy Ab
Project location: Finland
Year completed: 2021
Technical data:
  • Main function of the system is to lower the plants, to ensure optimal distance to lamps and natural light
  • Average line length is 68 m with 250 plants. Entire greenhouse can contain up to 12000 plants
  • An average cucumber plant weights about 6 kg
  • System service interval is 2-3 years