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The I-80 sprinkler launched recently by Hunter


integration, the I-80 also offers an advanced ProTech Turf Cup system. With ProTech TC, living or synthetic turf is retained in a cup mounted to the top of the rotor and installed flush to the surrounding turf. The retaining rings in the turf cup add surface area for increased root adhesion, which helps keep turf securely in place. The no-dig ProTech TC is also top serviceable and features no-tool, quick-release removal of the turf cup, arc adjustments without riser removal and a fully contained riser assembly that stays together when removed from the sprinkler’s body. An impressive c.v of advanced detail for a sprinkler. We enter Hunter’s production facility and are met with a plethora of robots and automated lines, precision engineering and assembling everything from the tiny plastic components, through to assembled sprinklers. Immediately, you are mesmerised by the complex network of expertly constructed precision manufacturing lines


You can’t help think how the process must have





evolved from the people intensive manufacturing


processes of the 1980s when Ed Hunter founded the


company. It is testament to Hunter that automation hasn’t replaced people


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overseen by the site’s forty electronic engineers. In keeping with the rest of the site, it is immaculately clean, almost to the extent it doesn’t feel like a factory. We watch a sprinkler seamlessly travel along a production line, whilst components are added along the process, there are a limited amount of people and teams sparsely scattered around the factory floor. Steve points to the final assembly test and a reject pile, where between 1-4% of sprinklers fail the final stringent automated quality check. You can’t help think how the process must have evolved from the people intensive manufacturing processes of the 1980s when Ed Hunter founded the company. It is testament to Hunter that automation hasn’t replaced people; the Gym Trainers, the Gardeners, the Corporate Social Responsibility man, Hunter has clearly used manufacturing efficiencies to advance the company in other areas, for the benefits of staff, customers, communities and the


environment. Indeed, Greg Hunter, current CEO, has no shame in stating they are not a business that simply cares about the bottom line.


Whilst innovation and manufacturing are core to the identity of this company, they are steadfast in ensuring absolute customer satisfaction, a family work-like atmosphere where employee respect is integral and a commitment to enhance and improve the communities they work live and play in. The privilege of being a global supplier of systems to disperse water, one of our planet’s most valuable natural resources, isn’t lost on Hunter; it’s embraced in a way that they integrate stewardship of natural resources into the company culture. You can’t help but leave impressed, inspired and, to some extent, in awe of what a genuinely brilliant business Hunter Industries is. The infectious enthusiasm and belief for doing what’s right is undoubtedly a shining beacon for the amenity industry.


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