PLATFORM EFFICIENCY REPORT

PETERSON (ARS) AND BLUELINE PLATFORMS

 
TASKS: DATA COLLECTION/EVAL:
. DORMANT PRUNING EFFICIENCY VS LADDER
. SUMMER PRUNING . ECONOMICS
. LIMB TYING/POSITIONING . WORKER ACCEPTANCE
. STRING TYING . WORKER ACCEPTANCE
. PHERMONE PLACEMENT . SAFETY ISSUES
. GREEN FRUIT THINNING . MANAGEMENT ISSUES

MANAGEMENT

. "BUY IN" FROM MANAGEMENT

. SUPERVISION

. CREW SIZE

. CREW DYNAMICS

. QUALITY CONTROL

. SAFETY

EFFICIENCY NOTES

. EFFICIENCY GAINED IS HIGHEST IN TASKS THAT REQUIRE THE GREATEST NUMBER OF LADDER SETS

. DEGREE OF GAINED EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY IS TASK, ORCHARD SYSTEM AND MANAGEMENT DEPENDENT

. CREW SELECTION AND LEADERSHIP CRITICAL

. FATIGUE GREATEST AT END OF THE DAY

ECONIMICS—

GROWERS TEAM

ASSUMTIONS
100 ACRE

FRUITING WALL SYSTEM, CONSISTENT LIMB AND FRUIT PLACEMENT

$11.00/HR., 4% RATE OF INFLATION
DISCOUNT RATE OF 10%
10 YEAR MACHINE LIFE
GAINED EFFICIENCIES 35% PRUNING AND TRAINING
15% GREEN FRUIT THINNING
            

WORKER RESPONSES

NENETY EIGHT (98%) PERCENT PREFERRED PLATFORM OVER LADDER
NOISE below allowable level – radios
HEAT sun exposure and engine
SAFETY feel as safe or safer on platform NO L&I Claims
WATER great to have readily available
RESTROOM no issues
FATIGUE repetitive motion issues

MOBILE PLATFORM EFFICIENCIES

TASK EFFICIENCY GAINED/LOST (0%)
DORMANT PRUNING +23 TO 30
SUMMER PRUNING +30 TO 35
GREEN FRUIT THINNING (-22) TO +19
LIMB POSITIONING W/STRING (-6) TO +55
TOP STRING PLACEMENT +67

THE BOTTOM LINE – PROFITABILITY

. PRUNING/TRAINING 55 HOURS TO 35 HOURS = $1685/AC 10 YEAR PERIOD

. GREEN FRUIT THINNING 55 TO 45 = $887/AC 10 YEAR PERIOD

. TOTAL SAVINGS BEFORE MACHINE $2,572

. MACHINE COST (repairs/maint/fuel/depreciation and interest on machine investment)$81.80/AC 10 YEAR PERIOD

. NET RESULT – GROWER WILL HAVE INCREASE IN RETURNS $1,032/AC OVER 10 YEAR PERIOD AND AN INCREASE OF 2.4% ROI

. ITS ALL ABOUT LABOR COSTS!!

THE BOTTOM LINE – FEASIBILITY

. HOW CAN I AFFORD TO BUY A MACHINE?

. LABOR (IN 2006 DOLLARS)

--$1453/ AC WITH LADDERS

--$1135/ AC WITH PLATFORM

--DIFFERENCE OF $318/AC

--PAID OUT OF YEAR 1 OPERATIONAL LOAN – OVER 100 ACRES, YOU CAN PAY$31,000 / MACHINE

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