Announcements

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
info@meteorsystems.nl
www.meteorsystems.nl

Publication date: 1/19/2018

 


 

Other news in this sector:

8/15/2018 Australian cannabis researcher and producer invests in LED
8/14/2018 Listen to your roots
8/13/2018 Where is Vietnam’s hi-tech agriculture?
8/13/2018 "The future of food production is just around the corner"
8/10/2018 How England got its curvy cucumbers straightened out
8/8/2018 "We’re capturing data we previously couldn’t"
8/8/2018 Shifter: full-time, flex and agency employees in the same planning system
8/8/2018 Plants control photosynthesis similarly, regardless of origin
8/8/2018 Customised light spectrum for tulips developed
8/7/2018 Exploiting opportunities with sensors in greenhouses
8/7/2018 "Are we working too precisely in the cucumber tests?"
8/6/2018 Cloud-based Soil Moisture Monitor launched
7/20/2018 Generator for sale
7/20/2018 Programmable light spectra without loss of power
7/20/2018 Algorithms help tomato growers with accurate crop estimate
7/20/2018 Using active carbon for water purification
7/19/2018 International group learns about phenotyping at Wageningen
7/19/2018 UK: Industry visit to inspire new robotics & boost crop quality
7/17/2018 Spain: Sensor technology optimises expensive and scarce water
7/17/2018 Russian LED maker prescribes light recipes