Another HPNow A1000 commissioned up in Scotland at a soft fruit farm of one of our clients.
HPNow is a unique way to produce UltraPure Peroxide ™ (H2O2), which then controls algae, bio slime and pathogens.
The new A1000 unit was installed to a good supply of mains water, 240V electrical supply and kept dry with good ventilation. The unit has a micro-computer on board and is connected to the internet via network cable, allowing HPNow’s Denmark HQ to monitor the electronic parts 24/7. Corrections can then be made as necessary and any practical maintenance advised before any failure.
The installation and commissioning was simple and without problem. Once set up, the new unit started producing the required UltraPure Peroxide ™ in a quiet continuous process over 24 hour periods. The machine produces 99.99% Peroxide UltraPureTM at a concentration of 1500ppm.
The H2O2 is injected into the irrigation via a Tefen E300 electric injector. 3 pumps were required for each system.
Once it was set up and operating, the client started the process of checking various endpoints (and start points) for the concentration of UltraPure Peroxide ™. The recommended continuous dose was 2ppm. At the end of the lines, we would look for between 0.3 and 1ppm. We used specific inexpensive test papers for this which are colour coded and clear to understand.
The client has one central production area with a control IBC serving various others for distribution around the farm. The control IBC has various level indicators so it cannot overflow.
The produced product, because of its purity, can be stored in a warehouse for 4-6 weeks with no noticeable degradation.
This grower is looking forward to a cleaner and healthier water distribution to the crops, as UltraPure Peroxide ™ brakes down to water and oxygen this will give a substantial boost to the plant’s roots.
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Bringing glasshouse technology onto the field. Second AMI Penta fertilizer Mixer installed in Scotland for precise fertigation with irrigation control for a soft fruit farm. Having the SIIP system in place this will become automatic, taking moisture, drainage and climate readings from the field. Based on user targets, the software will take control over crop requirements and adjust accordingly.
AMI Penta sets even greater focus on the plants’ need for precision fertilizing and accurate acidity in the irrigation water at the right time. We have never seen a more precise dosing of EC and pH, giving the plants the required nutrients at the right pH.
AMI Penta fertilizer mixer is easy to operate with well-arranged menus shown on a large 10.1″ touch screen.
Many languages are available and switching between them is very simple. This minimizes the risk of human errors in companies employing people of different nationality.
Current setup controls 16 valves for growing tabletop strawberries. For each group, you can choose between 20 diﬀerent recipes with information about EC, pH and the fertilizer mix. Irrigation time and volume can be set individually for each valve. Adjustments by radiation, drainage or climate.
The software in AMI Penta is based on a standard operating system and is easy to update and expand with more functions and larger capacity when needed. AMI Penta will be connected to one central PC with the SuperLink 6 central control program for further analysis. Graphics that you can build on like chill units, GDH and disease forecast models.
It’s an exciting new development that will help you focus on more precise growing.
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Zoltan (Zoli) Mezzei has joined Penny UK very recently to add knowledge to our technical team.
Many people will know Zoli from his time at Haygrove, however, now he is spending time supporting Penny customers with day to day queries, product development, joint site visits, computer aided designs and technical sales.
Working closely with Simon Taylor, our Technical Manager, it has always been vital for Penny UK to offer our customers the very best in precise technical support.
Horticulture is changing and becoming increasingly reliant upon technical products to grow more produce with less cost. Not an easy challenge but one we are eager to take up at Penny UK, especially with our new relations with HP Now, Huete and Senmatic.
The very first installation of the Senmatic Penta mixing rig in Scotland in what I think it is fair to say under ‘challenging’ conditions, which at this time of year it often is! Just a few more pieces to add and adjust and the bags will be wetted up.
The Senmatic software is using glasshouse technology for the field and the control that the irrigation team will have, is second to none. As I’m sure the picture shows, the stainless steel construction is demonstrating a high quality piece of equipment designed for many years of service.
The unit is also capable of running the Senmatic SiiP sensor system for autopilot or semi autopilot control. This is something that owner will look at later in the season as maintaining a high level of autonomous control via the computer is becoming a must for any grower.
We are upgrading our stock of Hunter X-Core controller to X2. The new X2 as you know continues with a similar style to the X Core, the same set of reliable and highly efficient capabilities, but brings irrigation management to the next generation by providing the option to add Hydrawise technology.
Our plan is to completely replace, but at the moment, we have some stocks of the 6 and 8 station X Core but soon the 6 station will run out. We have 4 and 6 X2 in stock now. We shall keep the same codes but please be aware of the changeover.