Total Viticulture Solutions
Total Viticulture Solutions (TVS) delivers outstanding, cost-effective viticultural management services to the wine industry by applying leading-edge, integrated technologies to maximise grape production outcomes and produce the highest quality fruit. They provide a mechanical harvesting solution for smaller vineyards that would typically resort to costly hand-picking.
When moving the mechanical harvesting equipment between vineyards, it must be decontaminated. The decontamination process required the harvester to be transported to the TVS premises to be heat sterilised before the machine could return to operation. The sterilisation process prevents cross-contamination of diseases and insect infestation between vineyards.
The decontamination process required the harvester to be contained and heated to 46°C for at least six hours in a heat shed. This required transport to the TVS base and then transported again to the next vineyard. This process and the harvesting downtime are very costly from a transport perspective, especially given the short harvesting window.
TVS commissioned the engineering team at Giant Inflatables Industrial (GII) to design and manufacture a portable workshop to serve as a portable decontamination heat shed that would travel with the harvester.
The team at GII custom created an industrial grad 5m wide by 8m long and 5 m high Portable Inflatable Sterilisation Shelter to meet the needs of TVS.
They reinforced the interior with a fully sealed inner membrane with heat-resistant seals and ducts to accommodate jet heaters and other heating systems. The entire shelter was encapsulated to prevent heat from escaping and drafts from coming in during the cold Australian nights.
The challenge due to the massive size of the harvester was met by designing the entry and door with a pulley system to ensure complete clearance when the machine was entering and exiting the portable shelter.
The shelter proved easy to set up and take down and effectively out- performed their existing heat sterilisation rooms for heat consistency.
The portable inflatable sterilisation shelter is a permanent part of Total Viniculture Solutions’s harvesting protocol.
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