Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2011 Regional Award Winner

 

Randy Lambrecht - Bothwell

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Photo of Dave Hope, Assistant Deputy Minister, Food Safety and Environment Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Randy and William Lambrecht

Dave Hope, Assistant Deputy Minister, Food Safety and Environment Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Randy and William Lambrecht

Randy Lambrecht is a greenhouse producer who knows that one of the most important jobs in his operation is washing and disinfecting trays. But soaking and scrubbing trays manually took time away from other essential work. He built an automated chain-and-belt-driven tray washer that cuts the time from days to hours. The tray washer can accommodate varying tray styles and sizes, and can wash up to 500 flats an hour, thoroughly scrubbing the sides and tops of trays, which are usually the dirtiest areas. The trays are then dunked in a cleaning tank of disinfectant and steamed before their next use. This innovation is cost effective and a great time saver for small greenhouse producers.


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