June 16, 2009
Need Better Cooling Efficiency?
Quietaire’s evaporative cooling pads offer advantages for more efficient and economical evaporative cooling. Cooling pads are made from a specially formulated cellulose impregnanted with a thermosetting resin. They have a cross-corrugated, angle-flute cellulose construction and are available in thicknesses of 4 or 6 inches. Pads are 12 inches wide and available in 12-inch increments from 24 to 72 inches. One benefit of the cooling pads is they’re durable and long lasting. To get the most out of pads, Quietaire suggests a good preventative maintenance program: –Maintain the pH of the recycled water between 6 and 9. When these limits are exceeded, there is degradation and potential fan failure. –Deposits from salt water will occur at concentrations above 50,000 ppm. Keep salt water concentration in the make up water to less than 40,000 ppm and in recycle water at less than 50,000 ppm. Adjust the bleed-off rate to minimize salt build […]
June 4, 2009
GGS Buys Niagrow Systems
Structures manufacturer GGS announced the purchase of Niagrow Systems, hot water heating systems supplier for greenhouses in North America. Niagrow Systems Manager Wim van der Windt will continue to manage the company as an independent subsidiary business of GGS. Leigh Coulter, one of the owners of GGS, described the move as the best of all worlds. “GGS is a structures manufacturer, and we are the best at what we do. Niagrow Systems is an engineering design company, and they know heating systems better than anyone else. These are two very different companies. By keeping them under separate management, we ensure that the best qualities of each are focused on. That is better for our customers, and therefore, better for us.” Van der Windt says he is pleased with joining the GGS group of companies. “GGS brings with it a renewed focus in providing the best products and services to greenhouse […]
June 2, 2009
Knox Nursery Profiting From RFID
Knox Nursery set out last year to market its Grower’s Own RFID-based system to other growers. Now, the system is commercially available, and an upgraded version with additional features is slated to become available in the third quarter this year. RFID Journal recently featured Knox Nursery and the Grower’s Own software system in an article titled “RFID Raises Profits at Plant Nursery.” The Grower’s Own system collects inventory data and enables the staff to know what inventory it has in the greenhouse. The staff knows how much of each item it has, as well as when trays were shipped. Employees can also use it to determine in which section of the greenhouse tray are stored. To revisit our Mid-September feature on Knox Nursery and learn more about its RFID system,.
May 26, 2009
AgraTech Mobil tray benches are capable of rolling from house to house and even outside for their daily dose of hardening. Mobil tray benches are easy to operate and have long lifespans. Bartlett Bench & Wire Moveable tables offer the same space savings plus significant labor savings. The key benefits are maximum bench and minimum aisle space, and minimal handling expense. Moveable table systems especially make sense when there are several turns of plants in a season in which labor savings are important. Nexus Greenhouse Systems See an immediate impact on your bottom line with Nexus’ proprietary self-watering benches. Reduce labor, shrink and water usage. Nexus benches are an easy-to-maintain, eco-friendly, sustainable solution. Contact Nexus at 800-228-9639 (ext. 543) for more information. Harnois Industries Harnois benches are quick and easy to install. Benches allow for the maximum use of your work area and make every square foot of your greenhouse […]
May 22, 2009
Mitsubishi Offers ‘Stimulus’ Rebate On Forklifts
Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks just announced an economic rebate stimulus package for customers. Through the end of June, Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks will offer a “Right on the Money” rebate on any purchase, lease or long term rental for three forklift truck models. The ‘Right on the Money’ rebate includes: – $1,000 toward all Class I, electric counterbalanced Mitsubishi forklift trucks –$1,000 toward all Class V, internal combustion pneumatic tire Mitsubishi forklift trucks –$1,500 toward all Class IV, internal combustion cushion tire Mitsubishi forklift trucks “Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks remains committed to supplying reliable and affordable equipment to customers, which we know is particularly important during tough times,” says Jerry Sytsma, general sales manager for Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks. “The ‘Right on the Money’ rebate reinforces that commitment by providing a means for companies to save money while enhancing business operations.” Rebates are available at local Mitsubishi forklift truck dealers through June 30. For […]
May 12, 2009
Environmental Controls Go Gold
A party is certainly in order for the team at Priva. The kind of party that only comes around every 50 years. “We’re still in the planning process,” says Priva communications specialist Pam Cicci. Priva, a company that specializes in climate control for greenhouse horticulture, got its start back in 1959 under the name Valk & Prins, in De Lier, Netherlands. Back then, this family-owned business began as an importer of heaters for greenhouses. Swift, successful years followed its inception. With innovation in the forefront, Valk and Prins changed its name to Priva in 1965. In the mid-1970s, Priva took a huge technological step and developed the first process computer for horticulture. Now celebrating its 50th year in the industry, the independent Priva is a global market leader in process control for the protected horticulture industry. It devotes 35 percent of its personnel to product development and now has six […]
May 12, 2009
Growing’s Cooler Side
American Coolair Corp. The Type AL Aluminum Fan was designed to stop concerns about red dust in the damp atmosphere of greenhouses. The Type AL fan has a spun orifice, stamped aluminum blades bolted on a cast aluminum disc and Coolair’s same exclusive drive assembly. Power is applied through V-belts directly to the propeller with blade load concentrated directly over the bearings to eliminate overhang bearing load. Coolerado Corporation The Coolerado C60 boasts easy maintenance, low water use and no chemical refrigerants thanks to its new, patented thermodynamic cycle. An integrated electrical panel and control system, along with tool-less air filter access, makes this air conditioner user-friendly. Also, the C60’s cooling capacity increases as the temperature increases. Ludvig Svensson, Inc. The latest products in the Harmony series feature a closed-structure design that integrates Svensson’s proprietary white strips to go beyond cooling. The white strips offer high-grade light diffusion, which allows […]
May 6, 2009
Hauling Plants Around
The Back Forty ATV-friendly utility trailer is a new development from Southern Outdoor Technologies. It 48 inches wide by 72 inches long and is very maneuverable yet still big enough to haul tremendous loads. The frame is 14-gauge welded steel, which is attached to a heavy-duty five-lug hub and axle. A 2-inch coupler is standard along with a removable tongue and stake pockets to allow custom sides and rear panel. “This is not one of those tiny, inexpensive trailers you find at the big box stores,” says Mark Bernegger, vice president of sales and marketing for Southern Outdoor Technologies. “We are pleased how the Back Forty turned out. Priced at $399, I doubt you will find a better value anywhere.” For more information on Southern Outdoor Technologies, click here.
April 7, 2009
Hamilton Welcomes A New Engineer
Hamilton Engineering, based in Livonia, Mich., recently added Anna Elkina, a former HVAC and piping systems developer, to its engineering team. Elkina previously developed systems in schools and healthcare facilities, and she designed electrical panels for conveyors in Michigan, as well as in Latvia, her native country. For more information on Hamilton Engineering, click here.
March 23, 2009
The Irrigation Classroom
If you’re a Northeastern grower or somewhere in the Midwest, you’ve probably encountered floods on the rare occasion. If you’re a Southern grower or operating in California, drought has likely parched your plants over the last few years. If you’re growing anywhere else in the United States, you might have even had an unfortunate taste of both. Drought and floods alone are just the surface of grower water issues, though. Dig a little deeper, and regulation, recycling and general water treatment questions are bound to spout. But where are growers to turn with their irrigation questions? Why not educators, research institutions like the recently formed Water Education Alliance for Horticulture and industry organizations like the Irrigation Association? “There is a lot of ongoing research on water use, water requirements of plants and different ways to deliver water through irrigation systems. But water quality is also an issue as growers use […]
March 23, 2009
Online Only: Earth-Friendly Pots
OP47 Bio Pot Ball Horticultural Company and Summit Plastic Company have teamed up to offer the OP47 Bio Pot. Made from 100 percent renewable resources, it is completely biodegradable and compostable. Manufactured in Akron, Ohio, the pot is available in 4-inch and 6-inch sizes, fits existing automation equipment and handles, ships and stores like standard thermoform pots. Summit also produces PLA (polyactic acid) trays to fit both pot sizes. PLA is a sustainable material made from corn starch, but with the look and feel of plastic. www.ballhort.com Rice Hull NetPot Ball Horticultural Company and Summit Plastic have announced a new size of the Rice Hull NetPot. The 6-inch Rice Hull NetPot is made of renewable resources from sustainable plant fibers that degrade in soil over time. Summit produces PLA filling trays to fit the 6-inch Rick Hull NetPot. All three sizes are manufactured in Akron, Ohio. www.ballhort.com Biopots Biopots, available […]
March 13, 2009
Sub-Irrigation Delta T Style
Delta T now offers complete flood floor systems and bench packages tailored to your greenhouses. Systems are custom design and include pumping, filtration, valves, controls, installation, pipes and valves and supervision. Some of the benefits of a Delta T sub-irrigation system are: –It works with many crops;–Quick fill and drain lessens watering time and minimizes the risk of disease transfer;–No runoff means no pollution;–Water and fertilizer are not wasted;–Disease is reduced due to dry foliage;–Open design facilitates growing space for enhanced flexibility and rapid crop rotation;–Highly reliable, requiring little maintenance;–Promotes good sanitation;–Hand watering is virtually unnecessary;–Excellent payback in quality of crops, ease of operation, lessened maintenance, and environmental compliance For more information on sub-irrigation systems from Delta T, click here.