Horticulture & Automation

Benching

Seedlings raised in cell trays or pots standing directly on the ground or even free draining floors allow roots to grow through the drainage holes, resulting in a loss of control over growth of the plant and in many cases introducing diseases to the plant or causing severe wilting when the container is lifted. We recommend all nursery crops in containers are raised on benching, as this provides better drainage, prevents root disease, and gives you more control over growth and transport of the seedlings. We offer an array of benching solutions including mobile benches (for movement on rails), stack-able growing frames and racks, and quick to instal portable post and rail benching. Apart from the biological benefits of benching: - Pots and trays stay clean (on the floor pots and trays get dirty) - Better working height (on the floor workers have to bend over all the time) - Better space utilization (empty or half empty benches can be removed or easily consolidated). - Labour reduction (crops are easy to move in, out and around in the growing space). - Automate crop movement (benches can be moved by hand, but can also be fully automated) - Automate production lines, (with pot robots and tray push-over systems, benches can be loaded by machine) - The scrap value can be up to 33% of the initial investment, (concrete floors ha no scrap value) - Ebb and flood irrigation and water re-circulation are easy achieved with a benching system. We can also design, supply and install a fixed tray benching system that suits your specific requirements.

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