I've been watching a lot of the food magazines since Covid hit and have noticed that many restaurants and some larger organizations are installing Hydroponic vertical growing systems for fresh produce. Question I have is will we be the ones that will be repairing and servicing this area of food service? Pumps, piping, lighting, and controllers are all part of our jobs now, so why not add in this nitch. There is a market in my area that has a tomato system on the sales floor that people can pick there own or grab a basket full of grape tomatoes. Disney has a system in Orlando to supply their commissary's. Several NYC and Ohio restaurants have systems on their roofs.
Of course we would have to find parts and information support for this. But the key in my belief is to be able to solve growing problems for our customers.
So what are your feelings on this? I know that eventually we tech's are going to be asked “Can you look at this”.
It wouldn't surprise me if you do end up being asked to fix one of these systems. Even if the manufacturer does support, eventually it'll be “can you also fix this for us?” kind of question.
Robotic food machine (like pizza makers), complex beverage creations, networked equipment… It will all sooner or later become part of the repetoir.
In a Facebook group, I even saw a tech being called to repair a medication dispensing system. Apparently it used a lot of the same kind of systems found in beverage dispensing, and nobody else could figure it out 🙂
That's typical. I've worked on everything from Drawbridges to bank equipment, bulldozers and lasers. I've poured and scraped bearings, Worked with a veterinary, welded for the Army and a machine shop, Worked as a Millwright, and machine repairman. I also had a high IQ and photographic memory. Growing up on a farm with a dad that was a “Fixer” in a experimental lab, a grandfather that started the first bus line in NY and FL, and owned a well drilling business. A brother that's a tool and die maker, A uncle that owned a Pattern shop, And several uncles, aunts and cousins that where in the photography business with Kodak, I was exposed to a wide range of skills. Started working with my hands and head at 5. By 8 I had overhauled tractors and differentials. I was driving dump trucks and operating a backhoe at 12. But electricity and Hydraulics always fascinated me. The Navy schools rounded out all that exposure and provide a sound base for anything I came across. It's these later years with the digital controls that fascinates me today. I bought my first computer in 1982. (Kaypro) Am no industry has ever come forward so fast. A chip or IC came come out today and be obsolete before the end of the week.