Recording gas, water, and electricity consumption in Pylot

With 'Resources', data platform Pylot has a new functionality. Growers who use the platform can now also record and analyze the consumption of gas, water, and electricity. That information allows growers to further optimize their cultivation strategy. Consumption figures can be directly compared to the performance of a crop.

The consumption of gas, water, and electricity makes up about 30 percent of the costs in a greenhouse, according to Business Manager Marc Rooijakkers. "By keeping track of the consumption of these resources and linking them to the cultivation cycles, growers will have a better idea of the performances in the greenhouse. You can use the meter readings to find out what was needed in each compartment regarding gas, water, and electricity. By combining that information to your historical cultivation cycles, you can see which cycle has produced the best performance and yield."

However, it is not just about looking back, says Rooijakkers. "You can also adjust your cultivation strategy accordingly. Suppose you cultivate one degree warmer: does that produce a higher yield, and if so, does it compensate for the extra costs you have incurred? This means you can cultivate much more effectively. Striving for operational excellence."

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Individual systems
With the introduction of 'Resources', Pylot responds to the growers' needs, who had to rely on Excel sheets and other overviews until now. “There are many individual systems and applications on the market, but the strength of Pylot is that we combine and connect all the data from a greenhouse so that a grower can understand the interrelations. A lot is recorded, but the full potential is not yet realized."

Expansions of the data platform are carried out in close involvement with growers. “We have a changing panel of managers and growers that we constantly ask: what is the current situation and what can be improved to get a clear picture and to constantly improve ourselves? A management tool for and by the grower. Which actually makes cultivating easier.”

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Further expansion
Pylot has been working behind the scenes on the next expansion of the user-friendly data platform. This also makes it possible to register another important cost item for greenhouse horticulture companies: labor. More on this later. Benchmarking and incident management have also been added in recent months.

Pylot works with the five largest manufacturers of climate computers for horticulture: Priva, Hoogendoorn, Hortimax, Fito (Russia), and Argus (America). The data platform focuses on the five major crops in vegetable cultivation: tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, eggplant, and lettuce.


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