Wayki, meaning “spear” in Latin America’s native Mapudungún language, is unique and patented technology to open and close covers in fruit orchards. It consists of a mechanism that captures and releases the roofs on each row of fruit individually and runs above the existing structure (3-wire covers).
Wayki (the spear) hooks each segment of cover and moves it along the row until it is completely stretched, then releasing it to catch the next segment of cover along the same row repeating the process until the whole row is covered. The same principle applies to collecting the covers in the opposite direction. This loop is driven by a winch installed at the head of each row powered by a cordless drill, thus avoiding exposing sensitive and expensive parts to possible theft. It does not require any specific knowledge to operate.