How can mobile racking and multi-tier cultivation benefit your operation?

How can mobile racking and multi-tier cultivation benefit your operation? 

Space maximization. Pipp’s mobile racking allows for increased crop production, as there is a single mobile aisle that can effortlessly move between rows when and where access is needed, compared to fixed racking or benching, which consists of multiple permanent aisles in the same space. 

Stating the obvious, increased crop production equals increased revenue, so every square and cubic foot of production has a significant impact on the grower’s bottom line.

So what are the key features of Pipp's mobile vertical racking solutions and how do they benefit cultivators? 
Growers and plants are at the center of everything we engineer. Pipp's systems consist of lightweight, corrosion-resistant materials. The grow racks are powder coated with UV-stable and anti-microbial additives, along with upgrades of other components to stainless and galvanized steel to handle high-humidity environments.

Besides that, the tracks are ADA-compliant and can be seismic compliant with our anti-tip features and seismically approved anchors. The new patent-pending TRAK-FREE carriage system is a single guide rail along the back of the system, which reduces cost of materials and installation while leaving the entire floor open for easy access for carts, ladders, lifts, cleaning debris, and improves GMP compliance by eliminating tracks on the floor.

On top of that, the trays were designed by our in-house cultivation and engineering teams to make them easy and faster to clean so growers can turn over rooms in less time to minimize downtime and maximize turns per year. Pipp’s ELEVATE Platform System is a lightweight and strong (tested at 4x capacity, per OSHA requirements) catwalk system that allows a single user to set up in a few minutes. 

What are the commonly overlooked aspects of mobile racking and multi-tier solutions?
Choosing the right partner is critical. Pipp has an extensive infrastructure of suppliers, installers, and highly knowledgeable staff to ensure all needs within projects are met. While mobile racking and multi-tier solutions are relatively simple in concept, there are small details, such as not squeezing too much canopy into a room to allow good working space, that are important not to overlook.

In-rack airflow is another challenging area; this is why Pipp partnered with Vertical Air Solutions (VAS) to provide an integrated airflow distribution solution that helps reduce microclimates while efficiently moving air through the canopy.

Appropriately sized and engineered HVAC+D also is a major challenge. When plants are stacked on tiers, the total plant count increases, and therefore evapotranspiration increases. Under or oversized systems can result in poor plant performance.

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Pipp Horticulture  

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