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Flexible full line solution to accelerate crop breeding at a research facility

To accelerate breeding improvements of crops such as barley, the agricultural crop breeding company Nordic Seed recently opened its brand-new indoor research facility, which has a full line instalment from Senmatic. Nordic Seeds expects to speed its early stages of the crop breeding process from 3-4 years to just 1 year.

Growing crops depend on the season; some are grown in spring and others in winter – or rather that used to be the case. With its brand-new 2,200 m2 greenhouse, Danish-based agricultural crop breeding company Nordic Seed now grows crops such as barley year-round despite its actual growing season being in winter. In just one calendar year, they expect to grow three to four generations – something which in the field would have lasted three to four years.

The objectives when breeding agricultural crops are most importantly to improve yield potential, resistance to diseases and end use quality. In other words, crop breeding research increases the number of harvested grains per ha. in the fields.

“Through crop breeding we can improve crop yield by approximately 0.5-0.75 % annually. With our new indoor research facility, where we can easily control climate, lighting, watering, and fertilizing divided in sections, we expect to accelerate the process and achieve even better results.”Jens Due JensenHead of barley breeding at Nordic Seed

Indoor growth technologies to improve outdoor crops

Being an expert in indoor greenhouse technologies, Senmatic was hired to deliver an extensive full-line technological solution for the new research facility. The delivery included all electricity installations, climate control, watering and fertilizing mixer, pipes, and ventilation.Flemming Hansen

“We are highly experienced in custom made and flexible technological horticultural solutions and were hired as full-line supplier of climate, irrigation and fertilization, pipes, and ventilation. With experience from similar research facilities, we were able to guide Nordic Seed throughout the process.”Flemming HansenProject Manager at Senmatic

Indoor growth technologies such as watering, fertilizing, climate, ventilation, and humidity can be controlled from the adjacent office space for live monitoring of growth conditions and for data analysis.

Equal growth conditions throughout the greenhouse ensure stability

Creating a greenhouse where each part of the plants’ needs can be controlled gives a homogeneous growth environment, meaning that Nordic Seed is now certain crops have identical growing conditions throughout the greenhouse – and stability is key when breeding crops, says Jens Due Jensen.

“Most grain crops will naturally seek to obtain 100 % in-breeding, making them genetic stabile. Crop breeding starts with creating diversity by controlled crosses. The breeder identifies interesting parents with high quality in terms of e.g. disease resistance and yield to carry out a controlled cross. After crossing, the lines need to be inbred for 3-4 generations before selection of superior lines can be conducted. The greenhouse speeds the process of inbreeding and allows us to work year-round and not be limited by the seasons.”Jens Due JensenHead of barley breeding at Nordic Seed

A flexible watering system

For Nordic Seed being able to sectionalize the greenhouse was important. Creating different types of crops to research and analyze the different qualities, meant that they required a flexible watering system, which could be divided into smaller sections.

To fulfil this requirement, Senmatic installed a watering valve at each table. In industrial greenhouses watering valves typically water 20 tables at a time. This means that they can control one table at a time and control and customize which nutrients, watering times and fertilizing for different crops at different tables and thereby grow a diverse selection of crops much quicker. The precise monitoring gives full flexibility.

The system makes it possible to water with different fertilizer recipes. The recipes are defined from a central computer and are delivered to the chosen table from the mixer. The mixer also controls pH-values. The new greenhouse has a total of 80 tables, two watering strands, two fertilizer tanks and two return water basins.

Senmatic as partner throughout the process

In the early stages of the extensive project, Senmatic provided planning and counselling. The building process was initiated by installing all piping and electricity.

From there the technological solutions were installed: the AMI Penta fertilizer mixer, a LCC4 for electronic climate control, sensors to control humidity, temperature and CO2, as well as gear motors and rack-and-pinion vent opening system for ventilation.

AMI Penta Irrigation and fertilizer mixer

READ MORE ABOUT AMI PENTA

LCC4 electronic climate control for up to 16 compartments

READ MORE ABOUT LCC4

RTF7-sensor for control of temperature, humidity and CO2

READ MORE ABOUT RTF7

LV7 rack & pinion

READ MORE ABOUT RACKS AND PINIONS

LG120 Gear motor

READ MORE ABOUT THIS GEAR MOTOR

“This project completely illustrates how we always work no matter the installation scale: as installations partners from initial counselling, over technology installing to quality maintenance. And always with the grower’s specific needs in focus”Flemming HansenProject Manager at Senmatic

LCC4 Climate computer from Senmatic

The ultimate climate control for all greenhouses

Greenhouses contain ecosystems that need high-quality climate control to ensure the best growing conditions. The different climate components and processes is most effectively adjusted to one another through electronic climate control. Electronic and automated climate control is relevant for all commercial greenhouses and horticultural setups, as is entails several advantages:

  • Increase production output and yield
  • Ensure higher crop quality
  • Improve efficiency and save resources
  • Prevent waste of energy, water, and nutrients
  • Improve growing precision through accurate control
  • Ensure a minimum of errors with a user-friendly and data-driven climate computer

CHOSE THE RIGHT CLIMATE CONTROL

AMI Penta fertilizer mixer from Senmatic

Precision irrigation and fertilizer mixers

For optimal growing conditions, plants require the right amount of water at the right time. Our irrigation and fertilizer mixers ensure that water is delivered to the plants at exactly the right time, in the right amounts, and with the correct nutrients in the correct proportion, concentration and with the pH value constantly adjusted.

Mechanical climate components for optimal ventilation

Ventilation is important for keeping growing conditions in the greenhouse optimal. Senmatic supplies patented racks and pinions and gear motors covering all voltages, speeds and power sources:

  • Low maintenance
  • Silent operation
  • High performance and flexibility
  • Long lifetime

Want to know more?

Are you interested in learning more about full-scale climate installations? Or are you looking to advance with smaller technologies for now? At Senmatic, we are experts on both smaller and larger installations, and look forward to talking to you about your opportunities.

You are welcome to contact our sales team or you can fill in the form below.

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NDJ 5035 SD

Plastic impact sprinkler 3/4” male

APPLICATIONS:

general field use with solid-set irrigation systems

STRUCTURE AND FEATURES:

  • Unique hammer combined with SD (super diffuser) plate – designed for uniform distribution with single or dual
  • nozzles
  • High water distribution with spacing up to 20m
  • Higher resistance to wind
  • Color-coded bayonet nozzle for easy service
  • Integrated stream-straightening vane for maximum range
  • High-impact, heavy-duty plastic materials provide resistance to corrosion, chemicals and UV radiation
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Super Green spin

Super Greenspin, improvements and fixes.


• Provide a solution to the problem of wear of the material, linked to
poor water quality and a lack of overlap between sprinklers.
• New design of the axis of rotation reduces radial force when rotating
the sprinkler and improves centering with the body even after many
hours of operation.
• Closed body to avoid sand and impurities.


• Nozzles with protective ring against sand and dirt.
• Correct operation in extreme conditions.
• Identical flow rates as previous versions.
• Same performance as the previous version

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ADIR TDS Semi-Automatic Disc Filters

Innovative and patented automatic disc filters. User can flush the discs without dismantling the filter.


Flushing is performed with filtered water.
Flushing is performed simply by turning the handle 1/4 of a turn.


Small foot print.
Two models are offered:1 action and 2 action – user needs to open a drain valve.
Available sizes:2″,3″
Filter is equipped with pressure indicator that enables the user to see if filter needs cleaning.

ADIR TDS Semi-Automatic Disc Filters -Available sizes: 2″ 3″

Two models are offered: 1 action – user needs to turn the handle 1/4 of a turn.2 action – user needs to open the drain valve and turn the handle 1/4 of a turn.

Large filtration area: 1,025 cm^2.Discs are flushed with filtered water due to the inner filter.

Max. working pressure: 10  bar.

Min. flushing pressure: 2 bar.

 For more information please refer to the attached PDF

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Key patent protection for on-site peroxide generation technology

HPNow announced that the European Patent Office has issued European Patent No. 3430182 granting it protection for key technology breakthroughs in direct electrochemical peroxide generation.

HPNow’s core technology is direct electrochemical synthesis of hydrogen peroxide from electricity, water and air. While this has been tried in the past, HPNow aims to be the first to achieve the high conversion efficiencies required to commercialize the solution. The core innovations enabling such high efficiencies are now protected by this newly granted patent.

On-site, electrochemical hydrogen peroxide generation

“These breakthroughs are the basis for our HPGen series, high-efficiency on-site peroxide generation solutions. With this new patented invention, generating hydrogen peroxide on-site just got even simpler, in line with our motto, ‘Peroxide Made Simple’,” Ziv Gottesfeld, CEO of HPNow, comments.

HPNow provides autonomous Peroxide UltraPureTM generation solutions for  crop protection, increased yields, and reduced irrigation system  maintenance | UGB

“Our team is constantly innovating to increase the efficiency of our HPGen on-site peroxide generation solution, which is reflected in the granting of this patent,” Ziv adds. “I’m confident that users in a range of industries, from agriculture to industrial and municipal water treatment, will benefit from the boost this innovation provides.”

Contact us for more details.

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Yamit Hydraulic Auto Screen Filter Series 200

AF-200 Automatic Hydraulic Suction Scanner Filters

ApplicationsCompact low flow screen filters with automatic suction scanner  back flushing for standard industrial and municipal applications. Very popular in the irrigation sector.

Standard Characteristics:

  • Filter element: – Stainless Steel screen AISI 316, supported by a PVC cylinder.
  • Available filtration grades: 80 – 3000 microns
  • Filter housing material of construction: Carbon Steel ST37.2
  • Pre-treatment: sand blasting up to Sa 2.5 grade
  • Exterior & Interior coating: electrostatic oven baked polyester-epoxy powder coating with a thickness of 150-200 micron
  • Connections: Victaulic, Threaded socket and Flange
  • Maximum recommended working pressure: up to 10 bar (145 psi).
  • Minimum operating working pressure during flushing: 2 bar (28.4 psi)
  • Equipped with an electronic control system (6V DC, 12 V DC, 24V AC)

Operation:

Cleaning of the screen is performed automatically once the pressure loss (ΔP) across the filter has reached the preset value up to 0.5 bar (7psi). The flushing valve opens, pressure is released from the hydraulic piston, and debris-laden water is discharged through the flushing valve. Pressure in the hydraulic motor chamber and the dirt collector is significantly lowered causing the dirt collector nozzles move along and rotate cleanings the whole internal screen surface. The flushing cycle takes 5 seconds. The flushing valve closes at the end of the cycle, pressure reapplied to the piston, moving the nozzles back to their rest position, and the filter is cleaned. During the whole process water supply is uninterrupted.

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NDJ CLICK TIF HD

Heavy Duty Pressure-Compensating (PC) & Compensating Non-Leakage (CNL) online Button Dripper

APPLICATIONS

  • Greenhouses, nurseries. orchards, Vineyards, landscapes and garden plots
  • Pulse irrigation and irrigation in soilless conditions
  • Prevents surplus drainage in low places (CNL model)

STRUCTURE AND FEATURES

  • Heavy Duty range of drippers and accessories in various configurations
  • Four dripper design elements minimize clogging:
  1. Protected water inlet
  2. Flushing mechanism of regulating diaphragm
  3. Strong turbulent flow in labyrinth enables continual cleaning and flushing
  4. Large water passages
  • Colour-coded for identification of discharge and model
  • Standard 5 mm tapered outlet for working with connectors or barb outlet for 3/5 tube
  • Chemical-resistant, high-grade plastic for precision and durability
  • Two models available: PC and CNL (Compensating Non-Leakage)
  • Unique “sharp edge” CNL design prevents dirt accumulation and ensures reliable operation under  difficult conditions
  • 6 different flow rates
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NDJ TOP DRIP

Innovative, cost effective, heavy duty pressure-compensating (PC) and antisyphon (PC AS) thick-walled dripline models based on the cascade labyrinth 

APPLICATIONS

  • Row crops and vegetables
  • For orchards and other multi-seasonal applications
  • Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI)
  • Variable topography
  • Irrigation of long rows with high uniformity

STRUCTURE AND FEATURES

  • Accurate pressure-compensating dripper
  • Low CV: 3.0%
  • Cascade labyrinth incorporated for maximal clog resistance
  • Protection from root intrusion
  • Unique double self-cleaning mechanism
  • Large water passages for optimal durability at low flow rates
  • Multiple channel water inlet for operation under heavy dirt load
  • Close dripper spacing creates a continuous wetted strip

TECHNICAL DATA

  • Flow rate: 0.6, 1.0, 1.6, 2.0, 2.2, 3.5 l/h
  • Pressure regulating range: 0.4-4.0 bar
  • Operating pressure: 0.4-4.0 bar, according to wall thickness
  • Wall thickness: 0.9-1.2 mm
  • Recommended filtration: 130 microns (120 mesh)
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NDJ AMNONDRIP

AmnonDrip PC, CNL & PC AS THICK-WALLED PC FLAT DRIPLINE

Innovative, pressure-compensating (PC), dripline with special anti-syphon (AS) and compensating non- leakage (CNL) models. Cascade labyrinth feature incorporated in all drippers

APPLICATIONS

  • Ideal solution for irrigation in topographically challenging terrain, and where long laterals are required
  • CNL option for pulse irrigation of orchards, open field crops and greenhouses
  • Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI), for accurate irrigation of orchards, open field crops and greenhouses

STRUCTURE AND FEATURES

  • Pressure- compensating (PC) enabling water application accuracy at variable topography and the installation of long laterals
  • Efficient self-cleaning turbulence provided by the Cascade labyrinth
  • Hydrodynamic dripper design ensures continuous flushing of sediments and small dirt particles
  • Low CV for maximal uniformity
  • Weir structure improves root intrusion resistance and sand suction
  • 3D water inlet structure improves clog resistance
  • High-quality silicon diaphragm
  • Both carton and coil package options are available (see packing and shipping table)
  • Coloured cap facilitates easy identification of dripper models

SPECIAL MODELS

  • CNL: Pressure-compensating non-leakage design reduces lateral filling time and facilitates pulse irrigation
  • PC AS: Pressure compensating anti-syphon design prevents suction at draining stage. Suitable for subsurface drip irrigation

TECHNICAL DATA

  • Flow rates: 0.5, 1.1, 1.6, 2.0, 2.2, 3.8 l/h
  • CNL: Opening pressure – 1 bar Closing pressure – 0.2 bar
  • AS: Opening pressure – 0.5 bar
  • Pressure regulating range: PC & AS models – 0.5-4.0 bar, PC CNL – 1.0-4.0 bar
  • Recommended filtration: 130 microns (120 mesh)
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New Penny UK web price list to be launched 18th January.

This new system is a massive update on the existing system as it is linked directly into our accounting package, so this allows us to be able to show up to the minute information simply and accurately.

One of the main areas of improvement is stock. We have a traffic light system for stock which is pretty self-explanatory. Green is the goods, in the quantity requested are in stock. Amber indicates that the products are partly in stock or about to be in stock. And red will be out of stock with a waiting period until stock is replenished.

We’ve made it almost impossible to order an out of sync quantity on such items as cable ties. You have to buy in packs of 100 so if you type in 50 it will advise you accordingly.

Super-fast and 3d search facility is instant. Gives the search feature a really powerful functionality. This is being developed all the time so will only get better!

Of course the prices shown will be your nett prices with your discount applied. You can chose to use the purchasing system and make an order up and email directly to the system, or of course you can use the prices as a reference for your own purchasing system.

Another useful addition is the download section. Here you can download in seconds a PDF price list with pictures, in a price list order again showing your net prices. On the first edition, we intend to do the printing for you and send a price list to you directly for you to use. As prices change, then pages can be changed as necessary. This is for the diehard printed catalogue fans!

Further, in the next month or two, we are going to be able to issue this net price as an App you can down load to your mobile device. Thus, even in out of range areas, you will be able access a complete price list!

We’ve not even mentioned the new products, increased stock levels, great prices and improved logistics. More details on these later.