Our plans for tomorrow are as bold as yours. Orchard Machinery Corporation has new research and development on the horizon, new partnerships and a renewed dedication to leadership, values and hard work -- the same qualities that made us an industry leader for decades. Each day, we grow our relationships and establish the trust of growers and operators alike, while providing them with a steady flow of the most innovative and effective orchard equipment available. We are building a new and special kind of manufacturing company. The change, the excitement, the opportunities are infectious.

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2700 Colusa Highway , Yuba City , California 95993 USA

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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Agriculture
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

This company also provides solutions for environmental applications.
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Early in the summer of 1960, Dick Brandt learned that he inherited a prune ranch. Dick, who had been around the prune industry most of his life, had never been satisfied with the existing method used to harvest prunes. State of the art harvesting at that time consisted of removing the fruit from the tree one branch at a time. This was accomplished by striking the limb with a mall or by the use of a tractor mounted mechanical knocker.

Dick envisioned a system that would grip the trunk of the tree and through a short series of hydraulically generated vibrations, remove the entire crop.

When a neighbor stopped by Dick's shop to check out the activity, Dick explained to him just what he was trying to accomplish. When Dick explained to him what he was attempting to do, the neighbor insisted on buying the machine when it was finished. Dick gave the man an excessive price of $3,500.00 just to get rid of him, and to his surprise, the offer was accepted. This transaction launched a company known as Shock Wave Shaker; later to become known as Orchard Machinery Corporation.

Early in the summer of 1960, Dick Brandt learned that he had inherited a prune ranch. Dick who had been around the prune industry most of his life, had never been satisfied with the existing method used to harvest prunes. State of the art harvesting at that time consisted of removing the fruit from the tree one branch at a time. This was accomplished by striking the limb with a mall or by the use of a tractor mounted mechanical knocker. Dick envisioned a system that would grip the trunk of the tree and through a short series of hydraulically generated vibrations, remove the entire crop.

When a neighbor stopped by Dick's shop to check out the activity, Dick explained to him just what he was trying to accomplish. When Dick explained to him what he was attempting to do, the neighbor insisted on buying the machine when it was finished. Dick gave the man an excessive price of $3,500.00 just to get rid of him, and to his surprise, the offer was accepted. This transaction launched a company known as Shock Wave Shaker; later to become known as Orchard Machinery Corporation.

From the very beginning, the company insisted on the use of top quality components when building tree shakers. This proved to be a wise decision, for the equipment is more trouble free and efficient than anything in the industry. This does not mean that the shakers will operate without down time. This piece of equipment by it's very nature wants to destroy itself. For that reason OMC maintains a trained staff of service people. Service centers are placed strategically in the tree crop growing areas of California. From these centers service men can be dispatched to the growers orchard to make repairs. Additionally, the company maintains parts depots in many locations for the purpose of providing replacement parts for its customers.

OMC began to see that the different tree crops respond more favorably to one type of vibration than another. In other words, the same 'shake pattern' does not work the same on a walnut tree as it does on an almond tree. This was a very important discovery, because it allowed the company to market the Shock Wave Shaker to a larger number of fruit and nut growers.

The Great Lakes area is the nation leading producer of cherries. The OMC Catchall has for the past 35 years been the primary system for harvesting this crop. The Catchall consists of a Shock Wave Shaker head and a catching surface that has the appearance of an inverted umbrella. The shaker removes the fruit which falls to the catching surface, flows to a set of conveyors and is transferred to a fruit bin. The Catchall is popular for harvesting many other tree fruits as well.

Export markets for the Shock Wave Shaker include: Mexico, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Israel, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, South Africa, Australia and Tasmania.

The evolution of the Shock Wave Shaker is the result of a program of constant research, developemnt and improvement. The shakers produced in the early 60's were state of the art at that time. They were able to harvest about one tree per minute. Today's modern shaker is capable of safely and efficiently harvesting up to seven trees per minute. The modern Shock Wave Shaker has an enclosed cab with air conditioning and a modern stereo system. OMC has developed the F.A.S.T. system or Fully Automated Shaker Technology to improve the safety and efficiency of it's Shock Wave Shaker line. OMC has also developed the Aftershock Line of Harvesting Equipment which includes a field harvesting trailer, a field crop transfer shuttle and a line of field conveyor systems to aid in the efficiency of harvesting. OMC has recently acquired the WESCO trailer manufacturing company to add the WESCO trailer line by OMC to it's crop harvesting and logistics line.

As technology and manufacturing systems continue to evolve, so will OMC's line of shakers and equipment systems. Improvements will continue to be made and OMC will strive to provide the highest quality, safest and most efficient harvesting equipment to it's customers.