Making sure your crops grow their best
One of the most complex dynamics in a greenhouse is the synergistic integration of multiple systems into a single functional design. Heating, cooling, irrigation, growing, control, and logistic systems must operate as a whole, and not independently. A well-designed system considers work-flow, efficiencies, yield, quality, risk mitigation, flexible production planning, and more. Our years of experience in helping clients integrate components from various suppliers eliminates unnecessary worry and concern for the producer, while resulting in complex, elegant systems that are simply functional.
The key to any successful greenhouse operation is the intelligent integration of multiple systems throughout all operational areas. Whether it be cutting and sticking systems, transplant, climate control, conveyance, benching systems, or even post-harvest pick/pack/palletizing systems, our team of designers will ensure all operational needs are considered and met on a zone-by-zone basis. However, we also ensure efficient functionality as a whole to provide for seamless operations inclusive of yield, quality, and cleanliness with supporting process and people flow.
Your project, your way. No two greenhouses are the same, even if they are growing the same crop. Each house is designed precisely for local conditions including snow, wind, and seismic loads. We do not fit equipment and systems into a greenhouse, rather, once the project is fully understood, the house is built to support the project’s requirements. Further, we maintain industry awareness of the best trends in enclosing materials (such as glass or poly) and their properties and influence on both climate and plant growth.
Tailored for both the crop and inclusive of the challenges of the outside climate, our specialty is understanding the type of available energy sources and the associated cost, then managing the correct strategy to ensure profitable operations through high quality, high yielding crops.
Our design process includes modelling of the climate in the grow spaces in detail in combination with the outdoor climate throughout the year. The modelling results in both an optimum design of the interior spaces, as well as a complete set of data input for sizing connections and information about daily, monthly and annual consumption of water, electricity, and any kind of energy. The dataset can be combined with any energy cost and systems such as CoGen, QuadGen or renewable energy solutions to evaluate both technical design and business solutions.
HVAC systems have throughout the past 2 decades moved the industry into a new era supporting higher quality, yield, and safety combined with increasingly sustainable solutions. We pride ourselves on being leaders in this field.
This is the heart of any operation. Each greenhouse is built precisely around the vision of how each crop will be grown. From mobile benches with living soil to aquaculture, traditional hydroponics, including aeroponics, to systems that automate the transfer of a crop from zone to zone, these choices define and dictate the design and flow of the entire facility.
We are experienced in any growing system imaginable due to our long history with a variety of crops. Therefore, we understand how to make the correct designs and critical decisions, not just from a technical point of view, but more importantly inclusive of a financial perspective.
From the full scope of the system to individual zones within a climate zone, we bring a great deal of experience into any operation’s irrigation challenges -from sprinkler booms to drip systems, to NFT, or ebb and flood technology.
The heart of the facility, the water technical room, is always designed with flexibility in mind including component based mixing tanks – with supportive biological controls including mechanical filtration, UV sterilization, and heat treatment.
Climate computer and setup is based upon not only the sophistication of the client, but also the requirements of the crop – all supportive of addressing changing climate conditions throughout growing seasons. Data logging, record keeping, and trackability/traceability are all taken into account. Optimal sensor types, numbers, and location are critical to obtaining correct data during production cycles – and also provide for historical analysis so growers can maximize yield and quality.
We actively follow the latest trends in artificial lighting of all types – whether HPS, CMH, or LED. Manufacturer claims are vetted against real-world outcomes and validated via technical modeling. We further evaluate according to risk, energy efficiency, and ROI. Our designs always include optimized layouts for mid-voltage cabling, transformer position, sub-panel positions, and uniformity of light.
Screens are completely integrated into our designs for purposes of day length control, light pollution, energy savings, and crop shading. Motor locations, drive patterns, and strength of profile to ensure a reliable installation are just a few of the many considerations when it comes to screening technology.
Our process begins with understanding user requirement specifications necessary to achieve throughput and maximum uptime in whole systems such as: custom logistic systems, harvesting systems, automated pick/pack systems, and tote washing to the development of commissioning and maintenance protocols and SOPs. If you can imagine it, we can achieve it.