Research & development

Manits strives to always maintain the highest quality and offer the most innovative spraying systems. We therefor constantly invest in new ideas and technologly to not only service markets knows to us but also develop and offer new solutions for an ever involving market.

We have our own Research & Development Team and designated facility from where we continuously engineer and test new and sustainable solutions in spraying technology.

Areas of research

For more than 40 years, the core of every Mantis ULV spray system is a specially developed and patented atomiser.

  • Special ULV rotation atomisers with horizontal rotation disc ensure optimum coverage of a wide variety of surfaces, e.g. moulds for prefabricated concrete parts or the skin of potatoes and(citrus)fruit.
  • With the segment rotation atomiser with vertical rotation disc, undiluted herbicides can be used with minimum risk of drift and a herbicide saving of up to 80%.

Ongoing advancements in technology and our experience mean that we are working continuously on improving the quality and operating accuracy of the atomisers we develop and manufacture.

The BL-type industrial atomiser generates tiny droplets with a uniform droplet spectrum Patented segment rotation atomiser from Mantis, core element of all MANKAR® ULV spraying systems

In 2014, in cooperation with Naïo Technologies in Toulouse (France), Mantis developed a ULV spraying system for a fully automated robot, which is being used for weed control in tree nurseries and the vegetable growing industry.

MANKAR® ULV mounted spraying system used on a robot from Naïo Technologies

Drones that can works completely autonomously have clear advantages: huge resource savings and reduced noise pollution. These "vehicles" require special tools and machinery that need to fulfil special requirements, e.g. an extremely light weight and low electrical consumption.

MANKAR® ULV spraying systems are ideal for weed control with drones, as they work with undiluted herbicides at a rate of 1 l/ha, meaning that there is no need to transport large volumes of water. In several ongoing research projects, Mantis is working on the advancement of the best possible application methods for these innovative equipment carriers.

What a drone with a MANKAR® ULV spray system may look like

It is well known that with our ULV spray technology, it is possible to distribute very small amounts of liquid evenly over large areas. To further reduce the use of herbicides, the technology was expanded to include sensors that enable automatic and targeted application. In this field Mantis has been working with various international partners for years.

For example, a spray system was developed for tree nurseries that detects the tree via a sensor. This information is evaluated by a computer and used to control valves, which then distribute the desired preparations precisely where they are needed.

Sensors have also found their way into crop protection. In the treatment of seed potatoes, Mantis uses a self-developed sensor-based system for crop flow monitoring on the conveyor belt to control the disinfection process safely and without unnecessary loss of resources. If the flow of seed potatoes is interrupted, spraying is automatically stopped and only starts again when the sensor detects new crop on the conveyor belt.

MANKAR with sensor in nursery MAFEX with crop flow monitoring