Systems

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.

GreenHouses

Your project, your way. No two greenhouses or indoor facilities are the same, even if they are growing the same crop. Each facility is designed precisely for location conditions including snow, wind, and seismic loads. We don’t fit equipment and systems into a facility, rather, once the project is fully understood, the facility is built to support the project’s vision. Further, we constantly monitor enclosing materials (such as the latest trends in glass or poly) and their properties and influence on both internal climate and plant growth. For cannabis, we can speak authoritatively to your expected yields and precisely optimize the amount of artificial light required to supplement sunlight to achieve the correct DLI while conserving power input. This ensures the highest expression of cannabinoids and terpenes possible.

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HVAC

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.

Cannabis is uniquely susceptible to pathogens due to the resinous nature of the inflorescences it is well-known for producing. Cannabis also prefers a very particular range of temperature and relative humidity. Therefore, we tailor your chilling and (de)humidification systems to adapt to those challenges – whether the grower’s preference is short-stature/dense crops or large plants.

Growing Systems

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 design the flow pattern and supportive use of robotics to achieve maximum efficiency and flexibility for the end user. This also ensures the proper transfer of the plants from GACP to GMP areas in a clean fashion.

Irrigation

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

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.

Grow Lights

We actively follow the latest trends in artificial lighting of all types, whether HPS, CMH, or LED. Manufacturer claims are carefully vetted against real-world outcomes (bud morphology, density, flower set, resin production, cannabinoid production) and further validated via technical modeling. We also 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. For our greenhouse designs, we always ensure our HID systems work with the sun optimally to maximize DLI with energy savings in mind throughout the year.

Screens

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.

Equipment

We work with the systems typically found in facilities producing potted plants and vegetables starting by determining user requirement specifications such as: custom logic systems, harvesting systems, automated pick/pack systems, and tote washing along with commissioning and maintenance protocols with supportive SOPs. Further, we can provide suggestions on optimal extraction equipment (including solvent-less methods) and room conditions which support the most efficient, safe extraction conditions possible.

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