Labor Saving Doesn’t Have to be Expensive Machinery & Robots

Ag and nursery industries are facing major labor shortages and a lack of qualified employees – the solution is to become more efficient with our processes and use automation to bridge the gap.

When automation is mentioned, people think complicated machinery and expensive equipment. This does not have to be the case. Just by picking the right container, you can make huge improvements without spending big. Here’s the 6 reasons to change to a Proptek®/Ellepot® container/insert system:

Save time on Seeding and Filling

A tough injection molded container can be de-stacked automatically a lot easier than other types of tray….

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NEW for 2018! Proptek 162 Cell Vegetable Tray Re-Design

Proptek are committed to continuous improvement and product development, and we are pleased to announce that our popular super-versatile vegetable propagation tray has had an overhaul and is now even better.

The tray has been re-designed from the ground up to create an even tougher design that is easy to carry, compatible with automation equipment and easy to carry. The cells now feature a double root-training rib for an even better root ball, which means incredibly good quality plants that are easy to pull.

As was the case with our previous version, this tray replaces both 162 cavity plastic trays and…

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Tray Length, and the 50 Year Old Problem

A common issue that arises when putting a new greenhouse together is the issue of variation in tray length.

There are variations in most tray lengths (not just our own) which can cause problems on many T-Rail benching systems if not checked.

The problem started with the introduction of the Styrofoam flat in the 1960’s which shrinks after a few weeks and months by up to just under half an inch (1cm). Therefore, when people copied the original trays they made shorter trays as they copied the shorter shrunk tray. After a few months these new trays also shrunk so that they were…

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Automating a Propagation Nursery

Through years of working within the horticulture industry we have picked up some useful experience along the way. Labor costs for propagation nurseries constantly seem to be going up and up and automation is key to achieving a smooth, efficient and above all, profitable, operation.

But where to start: for us, the best place to start thinking about reducing costs is by optimizing the one element that is involved from start to finish: the propagation container.

Take a look at this article we wrote for Nursery Management magazine to find out more: http://www.nurserymag.com/article/automating-propagation-nursery-container-proptek/

The products discuess in this article are…

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Getting to the Roots of Good Quality Plants the Proptek Way

Consistent results, unbelievably good roots, no mess, no struggle, no complicated machinery AND cost effective? Oh, and environmentally friendly too, please. A wild fantasy – right?

It doesn’t have to be.

Through working in and with the horticultural industry for over 30 years, along with a little bit of ingenuity and careful design, Proptek truly make the fantasy into real-life.

So how do we do it?

It’s our patented clever mix of root training ribs and air pruning technologies that ensure the roots of your plants grow in the most natural way possible, whilst retaining all the conveniences and advantages of a transportable…

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Cost Saving with Automation: Sleeve & Tray Growing Environments

Proptek sleeve and tray systems are becoming ever more popular for plants that can withstand, or need, a large amount of automation. Significant time and cost savings can be made by turning from “loose fill” to the Ellepot®/Proptek system – especially since the talk of rising labor rates in recent months.

With the Proptek 8 Cell Sleeve and Tray propagation system, you’ll reap all the benefits of all Proptek propagation trays, such as our air pruning technology and super long life construction, but with the added bonus of time and cost saving with automation.

Here’s the key features:

Better Quality Roots – Better Quality Plants

Just…

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New 28 pot in frame air pruning system launched

Long life product for the grape, nuts, fruit, tree and shrub sectors.

8.5″ pots are held above the bench/ground in it’s own frame system with a design to encourage maximum air flow and air pruning levels. Production and sampling is now available from our warehouse in Watsonville, California.

Please visit our 28 Pot in Frame page for further details.

If you are interested in receiving samples or in placing an order please contact us.

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