​5 technology trends affecting the colored mulch industry

There are many issues hindering productivity and profitability in the colored mulch industry. Some of those issues include: 

  • Finding and retaining workers 
  • Employees getting burned out during the busy season 
  • Meeting the high demand during a 100-day period in the spring

Technology is becoming more prevalent in many industries, including the colored mulch industry. There are several technology solutions that allow colored mulch producers to max

Technology is becoming more prevalent in many industries, including the colored mulch industry. There are several technology solutions that allow colored mulch producers to maximize efficiency and productivity during the busy season despite high product demand, a worker shortage and long hours for employees. 

Here are five technology trends that are improving efficiency for colored mulch producers:

1. Volumetric technology 

The Global Equipment Management (GEM) system from Colorbiotics® features volumetric technology and takes the guesswork out of coloring mulch. It works in tandem with your Sahara® Pro and Sahara® X Series coloring systems to monitor colorant and water output. With minimal training, an employee can use the system to select their colorant recipe and the GEM system takes care of the rest. The system even shuts down the coloring machine automatically when the exact output is reached. 

In addition to working with your coloring systems, the GEM LT can also be used on grinders, conveyors and bagging systems to provide a more accurate calculation on output. Another use of volumetric technology is load scanners for trucks. This ensures feedstock is being delivered and billed appropriately. 

2. Automation 

In the past, employees would have to bag colored mulch by hand, being careful to get the correct amount in each bag. This took a lot of time and labor. Now companies like Premier Tech and Hamer are creating robotic and automatic bagging systems. They require fewer employees and less time to bag the same amount of colored mulch. 

In the past, employees would have to bag colored mulch by hand, being careful to get the correct amount in each bag. This took a lot of time and labor. Now companies like Premier Tech and Hamer are creating robotic and automatic bagging systems. They require fewer employees and less time to bag the same amount of colored mulch. 

Also, mulch producers are able to interlock their equipment, including grinders, screeners and coloring systems, as well as their bagging systems, robots and palletizers to work in tandem and communicate with each other. This helps eliminate the need for handling materials multiple times for each step of the mulch coloring process.  

3. Higher capacity 

Loaders with buckets, coloring machines, bagging systems, are all becoming larger. This allows mulch producers to produce more per hour with fewer employees to meet high product demand during the busy season. 

4. Cloud technology 

The colored mulch industry, like so many others, is embracing cloud technology. Bagging systems, coloring machines, GEM systems and even grinders are incorporating online technology. This allows mulch producers to monitor their production and manage their business from anywhere. 

5. Automatic financial solutions 

From automatic payroll deposit to automated clearing houses (ACH) and wire transfers, automated resources save time and allow mulch producers to allocate their staff time towards producing colored mulch during the busy spring season.

Contact your territory manager to learn how we can improve your efficiency and profitability. For more business solutions, visit our resources section online.