Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

Meteor Systems introduces HDPE rafts:

"Easier to clean and lasting longer than polystyrene"

Meteor Systems launches a durable raft for the Deep Flow Technique (DFT) cultivation of leafy vegetables and herbs. The Meteor Systems Hydroponic Floating Raft is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) which, in contrast to expanded polystyrene (EPS), discourages diseases, algal growth and contamination and has a longer lifespan. Moreover, the raft is also suitable for substrate-free cultivation.

Meteor Systems produces drip irrigation systems, steel gutters, movable growing systems, fasteners, suspension and support systems and roofing systems for soft fruit crops for businesses aiming for optimum growth and maximum yield.

Cleaner, more durable
Nowadays, herbs and leafy vegetables are largely cultivated in EPS rafts with plant holes. However, this floating system has a number of important drawbacks: These rafts absorb water through their coarse structure, and therefore dirt and germs. Moreover, they are very fragile.

Meteor Systems has developed a raft made from HDPE. This hard-plastic floating raft is easier to clean and lasts longer than the traditional polystyrene rafts. Because the HDPE raft does not absorb water, the plant surface remains cooler on summer days than when using a polystyrene raft (approx. 10 °C). In addition, the holes are designed so that roots do not grow into the raft.

Suitable for substrate-free cultivation
The Meteor Systems Hydroponic Floating Raft can be used in two ways thanks to its unique planting hole. Either with substrate plugs (e.g. compost, rock-wool or coco-fibre), or alternatively for substrate-free cultivation. Meteor Systems is launching a patented plant-holder for this purpose by mid-2018.

The Meteor Systems Floating Rafts measure 954 x 779 x 50 mm and weigh 2.85 kilograms. There are two versions: One with 15 holes and one with 30 holes (the shape and size of the holes can be varied on request).

For more information:
Meteor Systems

Publication date: 1/19/2018



Other news in this sector:

5/24/2018 "Vietnam lags behind Thailand in use of blockchain in agriculture"
5/24/2018 The benefits of wireless technology in hydroponics
5/24/2018 US (NY): Thesis prize for research on lighting technology
5/23/2018 Cucumber crop size of great importance for light interception
5/18/2018 China: South Holland province officials visit vegetable project CAU Futong
5/18/2018 Spain: Project to find uses for plant sub-waste
5/17/2018 Wireless system for precision irrigation in soil-less greenhouse basil cultivation
5/17/2018 Monitoring growth, pests and diseases
5/17/2018 "LED in greenhouse horticulture not yet fully developed"
5/16/2018 C-LED and Biolchim partner to increase output capacity
5/16/2018 Canadian, Israeli companies work together on MJ LED lighting
5/16/2018 US (NY): Comparing LED, HPS and MH luminaires
5/16/2018 Caribbean growers tour Japan in search of new technologies
5/15/2018 Australia: Using condensation and renewable energy to irrigate crops
5/15/2018 Approaches for the analysis of 3D CT images of plant roots
5/15/2018 Spanish scientists find genes to adapt crops to climate change
5/14/2018 Is growing fruit and veg with LEDs truly sustainable?
5/10/2018 From phones to farms with Samsung
5/8/2018 Planting automation system wins science & technology award
5/7/2018 NL: "Optimal climate control appears to be quite puzzling"