Irrigation Workshop. Todd Cavins Allen Hammer Brian Whipker Gordon Elsbury. NC STATE UNIVERSITY. Greenhouse Automation For The Small Grower. Automation is a Tool. A tool is both contrived and used for extending the force of an intelligent agent to something that is operated upon.
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NC STATE UNIVERSITY
A tool is both contrived and used for extending the force of an intelligent agent to something that is operated upon.
And the size of the greenhouse does not matter
Every greenhouse can automate something for a profit
It is simply not true that:
make work easier
small window of opportunity
holiday markets, too much work in a short period of time
improved work quality
less quality workforce
lower labor costs
replace unavailable labor
labor is your major production cost
orIs it just easier to deal with automation than employees?
Look at greenhouse tasks
Where does it make sense to reduce production costs?
automation is probably your most important cost savings
“automating a job”
“automating a process”
Automation should be cost effective
It should be a short term investment - one that has a payoff in a very few years
labor saving devices often produce better quality and more uniformity automation often times work
location of materials and controls is very important for efficiency and reducing worker fatigue
automation often requires a different approach
automation allows worker to better manage the plants
automation often increases skill levels
Automation can have added benefits
You do not automate your hose - you automate watering
Flat and pot fillers
watering Ebb and Flood Trough Drip Spaghetti Tubes Boom Mat Stationary Overhead Sprinklers
it does not have to be complex or expensive
Has made it very easy to automate greenhouse watering
fertilizer injectors are very important even in the smallest of greenhouses
Watering is both a science and an art
is not better
is not cheaper
Is not easier
Watering is the very first thing to automate