UK: Bench flood tops open door to new experiments

Ebtech Glasshouse Systems have recently been working very closely with the John Innes Centre in Norfolk (UK), to supply and install their last three requirements for ebb & flood benching in the recently revamped glasshouses, where crops are grown for experimental purposes.

Tony Walker, Managing Director of Ebtech Glasshouse Systems, tells us the benches were a vital requirement to enable the centre to expand their experimental requirements by upgrading to flood benching in various glasshouses around the campus, in order to provide them with the capabilities for better controlled experiments.

To achieve that, the John Innes Centre went to Ebtech Glasshouse Systems. "We came about following extensive discussions with the client about what we as a company can provide for the client in terms of products, service and reassurances, and our experience within the industry", Tony says. "This made the choice to partner with Ebtech the logical option as we are able to meet all the demands and responses required to satisfy our client in their quest to maintain their facilities, not just with benching but other services as well."

Technical specs
Ebtech installed high impact polystyrene bench flood tops, designed to fill and drain at the same end, complete with quick drain valves. They were connected to a flexible hose, to take the water to the floor drain.

The legs of the benches are galvanized and bolted to the floor, with the supports spaced every 2 m. The benches are 900 mm high from the floor to the top of the bench side, and they're adjustable at a range of ± 5 cm. Each side profile of the benches is 150 mm deep aluminium.

All the benches were installed by Ebtech Glasshouse Systems in conjunction with their Dutch partners successfully to the delight of the end users.

Broader range of experiments
The crops grown by the John Innes Centre are all for experimental purposes. The centre provides differing environments for the testing of crops for various companies around the UK.

With these new benches, the centre is able to carry out more and differing experiments using benches of this nature and layout, providing a broader range of possible experiments.

For more information:
Ebtech Glasshouse Systems
Beckside Granary 
Mill Farm 
Common Road 
South Cave 
East Riding of Yorkshire 
HU15 2EA
T: 01964 621726
M: 07738 771880

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