Lyne Systems: Product Line Optimization
Agriculture is the largest sector in Canada with a strong focus on horticulture. To get an impression of Dutch agricultural innovations in British Columbia, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Vancouver and the Agricultural Team of the Dutch Embassy spoke with several entrepreneurs.
In this 10-part blog series we will be highlighting one advanced innovative agtech company in B.C. every week, focussing on its strong connections to the Netherlands.
Part 9 (9/10): Lyne Systems
“Information is key”, says product management lead Kyle Gardiner when explaining how Lyne System’s optimization systems work. “Our software eliminates manual input of data so the possibility for human error is minimal.”
Lyne Systems is a production optimization company based in North Vancouver. Founded by Mike Gardiner, a former operations and maintenance manager who spent his career identifying ways to improve processes and data in production lines, Lyne Systems helps customers maximize throughput and yield on production or packaging lines: “If a company has a product that is processed and packaged on an automated line, we can optimize the systems in place.”
Designed for mushroom picking
The agricultural sector, and specifically the production and packaging of mushrooms, is where Lyne Systems is having great success. “It makes sense that we’re rooted in agriculture”, notes Mike, “One mushroom is different from the next, there are wrappers, fillers and SKU’s involved; it’s got a lot of complexity on the production line. That’s exactly where our expertise lies.”
Currently, the Gardiners are pleased with the completion of a detailed design of their newest product: the Harvest Packing Link. Specifically designed for mushroom picking, this machine solves an issue of a harvest conveyor belt that mushroom farmers install alongside the grow beds: “Traditionally, pickers pick a mushroom with one hand and cut off the stem with the other. This conveyor belt cuts off the mushroom stems automatically, allowing farmers to use two hands for picking. The problem occurs at the end of the line, where mushrooms are placed into punnets and packagers can’t keep up with the conveyor belt’s speed”, explains Mike. “Our new system handles the whole process differently and prevents having to slow down the harvest line.”
Expanding the customer base
With their extensive knowledge of mushroom picking and packaging lines, Lyne Systems is set to help mushroom and greenhouse packaging companies in The Netherlands. “Our approach to automation and optimization is different than how it’s done there and will provide significant production gains. A Dutch prospective customer is keen to implement our systems at his facility. Expanding our customer base to The Netherlands would be a huge step for us”, concludes Kyle.
Link with the Netherlands
- International markets
Lyne Systems has been working internationally for years. On a recent visit to one of the largest mushroom packaging facilities in the Netherlands, the President recognized that the Lyne Systems solution would be unique and valuable in his facility.
- Developing partnerships
Lyne Systems has an agreement with a Dutch project manager with years of experience implementing projects for Greenhouses and other agriculture operations across Europe and North America. His knowledge of automation and process efficiency will ensure that Lyne Systems’ improvements in the Netherlands will be successful.
More on Dutch-Canadian collaboration in B.C.?
In the brochure that you can download below, you will find a number of examples of innovative companies in British Columbia, with strong connections to the Netherlands. We hope to see many more of these strong collaborations and are keen to support more innovators.
If you are interested to learn more, please connect with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vancouver at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Economic Affairs teams in Ottawa and Toronto.