August 26, 2009
Monitoring Greenhouse Energy Effectively
The iGrow 400/800 series of controllers from Link 4 Corporation is designed specifically for easy transition in existing greenhouses using thermostats or early-generation controllers, while providing advanced control capabilities and affordability. The unique energy-use monitoring system gives growers real data on energy used by individual pieces of equipment for heating and cooling systems, showing energy cost savings and return on investment (ROI) for the controller. This is something thermostats or other controllers cannot do. Once a grower reaches his or her ROI with the controller, it will continue to show energy cost savings going forward. While traditional thermostats have often been used by growers to provide simple temperature control only, the iGrow 400/800 controllers offer a more advanced control over a wider range of equipment, such as: –Exhaust fans –Pad Pumps–Pad Louvers –HAF Fans –Fan Jets –Unit Heaters –Perimeter Heating Systems –Vents & Curtains –Other Equipment Each piece of equipment’s […]
August 17, 2009
Modine’s Latest Heaters Improve Efficiency
The Effinity93 from Modine Manufacturing Company has a full line of six models ranging from 135,000 to 310,000 BTUs per hour. All six models operate at 93 percent efficiency, giving growers a more efficient way to heat greenhouses so they can dramatically lower their energy bills, decrease fuel consumption and keep their environments controlled for optimal comfort and safety. “We developed the Effinity93 line to provide commercial HVAC users an option that meets the energy needs of tomorrow, drives down energy costs and creates a substantial return on investment–benefits that are clear to the end user,” says Matt McBurney, director of Modine’s commercial products group. “We strived to include standard benefits that would make it an attractive and convenient addition to any building project or pre-existing facility.” The Effinity93 features Modine’s Conservicore technology, a high-grade stainless steel secondary heat exchanger specifically designed to withstand the acidic condensate that is a […]
August 1, 2009
10 Tips For Improving Heating In The Greenhouse
Winter drafts. They’re enough to send chills down your back, especially when you start thinking about possible gaps, tears and holes in and around your greenhouse. Nothing’s worse than escaping heat and losing money at the same time. What follows are 10 action items that will help keep more of your heating dollars safely in your pocket as the temperature dips. Bob Fritchen, sales manager at Modine Manufacturing Company, says it best: “Make sure the first cold blast is not the first time you turn on your system.” 1. Reduce The Space Morris Brink, West Coast territory sales manager for TrueLeaf Technologies, says, “The first thing we encourage growers to do is reduce the heated area in the early spring.” When getting crops started, cordon off a small section of the greenhouse in a pot-to-pot tight environment, rather than using an entire greenhouse range, he adds. With micro-climate heating, “You […]
July 23, 2009
Hail Storm Shreds Greenhouse Roofs
Stevens and Son Wholesale Florist is in clean-up mode this week after a Monday night hailstorm destroyed greenhouse roof coverings at its two facilities in Arvada, Colo. All coverings were made of Dynaglass, and not a single panel of it is salvageable. “It’s just a mess,” Bruce Daniel, company president, said Thursday. “We’re trying to complete one small project at a time and move forward. We’re scrambling to find materials and put a plan together. It’s a nightmare.” Daniel estimates damage well into six figures, but the operation is still in business. Twenty to 30 percent of plants were lost, and the operation expects the roof replacement process to take about six weeks. Stevens and Son will use Dynaglass coverings as the replacement material. For more on the story, click here. You can also visit the Stevens and Son website and view a slideshow of the damage sustained here.
July 23, 2009
Big-Time Bench Warmer
The Roll-N-Grow mat for benches and mesh for floors are new products TrueLeaf Technologies unveiled at OFA Short Course earlier this month. TrueLeaf developed the mat and mesh because many growers called the company over the last couple years asking for spot bottom heat. The Roll-N-Grow mat is made connecting tubing with holding rails that are spaced every 2 inches. Mats are ideal for most general greenhouse bench heating applications. Mesh heating for floors are designed similarly. Tubes are woven directly into a weed mat fabric and shipped on a roll just like standard ground cover fabric. Tubing is woven in on 3-inch centers, which provide even heating for gently warming crops like bedding plants, perennials in flats or potted crops produced on the floor. For more information on the warmers, click here.
July 21, 2009
Netafim Introduces New Saddle Meters
Every irrigation system needs water and fertilizer delivered at the right time and in the right amounts, and metering is the only way to make sure water and fertilizer are delivered accurately. Enter Netafim USA’s new line of saddle meters. Their unique double magnetic transmission design allows meters to handle high loads of sand because only the impeller is in contact with the water. Repelling magnets enable accurate measurement across a wide range of flow rates, from very high to very low, while maintaining superior accuracy even after many years of operation. A three-year warranty begins from the date of installation. Other features of Netafim’s saddle meters are: – Accuracy of +/-2 percent without adding costly overrun bearings–Corrosion-resistant stainless steel saddle and bearings for long life–Programmable digital register for multiple pipe sizes/wall thickness–Dry pulse output for reliable communication For more information about saddle meters or other products from Netafim USA, […]
July 20, 2009
Visser Transplanter Increases Speed, Efficiency
The PC 20 Gripper, an automatic transplanting machine Visser NA produces, is capable of transplanting 10,000 plants per hour with eight grippers sized for plug trays from 512 up to 50 cells. PC 20s can plant into bedding plant flats, pots, planters, baskets and other containers. Up to 10 plants per pot or cell can be planted. Many parameters can be changed while in operation, such as picking and planting height or machine speed. Additionally, 50 different plug trays and 50 different pots can be stored in the machine’s memory. For more information on Visser’s new transplanting machine or other new products from Visser, click here.
July 7, 2009
Meet The 2-Inch Square Structure
The 2-Inch Square Structure from Atlas Manufacturing is the company’s latest product offering, as houses start at $1.48 per square foot. Side curtains allow for up to 35 percent open-air ventilation, and houses span 30 or 35 feet. Other features of the 2-Inch Square Structure include: – 2-inch square frame construction–Higher curtain height for natural ventilation–Strong framework–Excellent for high tunnel use–Pre-punched holes for easy installation For more information on the 2-Inch Square Structure or other designs from Atlas Manufacturing, click here.
July 7, 2009
Firm Acquires Stake In Interstate Transport
Palm Beach Capital (PBC) has purchased a significant but non-controlling stake in Interstate Transport, Inc., a logistics, logistics software and freight transportation company. “This is an exciting time for Interstate, our employees and our customers,” says Gloria Higham, Interstate’s executive vice president. “To be approached by a leading private equity firm and to close a deal in this economic environment speaks volumes of our years of operational excellence, steadfast aversion to debt, focus on profitability and dedication to sustainable levels of growth. Over the years, we have waited patiently for the right partner. We now have what we need to continue our amazing journey.” In 2008, Interstate spun its transportation management system, InMotion Global TMS, into its own wholly owned subsidiary, InMotion Global, Inc. The company has also been hiring staff and is expanding its Saint Petersburg, Fla., headquarters. “We are incredibly excited that Palm Beach Capital has partnered with […]
July 1, 2009
Costa High On New Hydration System
AquaLok, a sustainable hydration system from Freedom Garden Products that releases water and oxygen when plants need them, found a suitor in Costa Farms, which will develop new brands using AquaLok technology across garden centers in North and South America. AquaLok technology allows consumers to expand the watering intervals for their plants, as it cuts the watering schedules in half. Some plant varieties can go a month between watering with the technology. AquaLok, developed by Joe Byles, CEO and president of Freedom Garden Products, will also be available to other indoor and annual plant growers. “Although I graduated with an aerospace engineering degree,” Byles says, “I was fortunate to combine my engineering background and work with top landscape and irrigation industries to develop new technologies that improve water conservation and save time and money for consumers.” Costa Farms will make a presentation on Aqualok at Short Course in Columbus, Ohio, […]
June 23, 2009
Monitoring Greenhouse Energy Effectively
The iGrow 400/800 series of controllers from Link 4 Corporation is designed specifically for easy transition in existing greenhouses using thermostats or early-generation controllers, while providing advanced control capabilities and affordability. The unique energy-use monitoring system gives growers real data on energy used by individual pieces of equipment for heating and cooling systems, showing energy cost savings and return on investment (ROI) for the controller. This is something thermostats or other controllers cannot do. Once a grower reaches his or her ROI with the controller, it will continue to show energy cost savings going forward. While traditional thermostats have often been used by growers to provide simple temperature control only, the iGrow 400/800 controllers offer a more advanced control over a wider range of equipment, such as: – Exhaust fans –Pad Pumps–Pad Louvers –HAF Fans –Fan Jets –Unit Heaters –Perimeter Heating Systems –Vents & Curtains –Other Equipment Each piece of […]