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Raising the limits of vertical farming

"We've observed a growing interest in more eco-friendly and sustainable farming practices. Growers are increasingly dedicated to optimizing their resource utilization, including water, energy, and space, while also striving to enhance the quality and yield of their crops. The increasing demand for cost-effective solutions is clear, as growers actively search for methods to lower operational expenses," says Véronique Di Lullo, VP of Marketing at Montel.

"Our commitment to aligning our product development with these goals has consistently led to improvements in our offerings. At Montel, we take pride in being more than manufacturers—we don't just create vertical farming solutions—we architect them. Our added value lies in crafting products attuned to growers' needs, testing our products with them, constantly adapting, evolving, and pushing the industry's boundaries."

Over the past year, Montel has embarked on a journey marked by extensive research and development and a deep dive into the specific needs of cultivators. Montel's primary focus throughout this journey has been on creating products that not only meet clients' needs but also adapt and evolve with them.

Montel's GROWRAK™️ with dry rack accessories at Harmonia World

Excited for MJBizCon, Montel announces the following product lineup for the show, which are each meticulously designed to cater to the requirements of modern cultivators and ultimately make a real impact in the world of vertical farming.

Elevating configurability
"Montel's GROWRAK™️ is a testament to our commitment to full customizability, flexibility, and corrosion resistance—setting a new benchmark for efficient and space-saving vertical farming," adds Pascal. This solution optimizes space between frames, ensuring better airflow and ventilation while accommodating oversized trays and other equipment. It is supplied with an ultra-reflective antimicrobial powder-coated white paint, making it FDA-compliant and in line with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) guidelines. Seamlessly integrating with Montel's GREENRAK® 2.0 mobile grow systems, it offers a versatile, efficient, and growth-focused solution for growers' horticultural needs.

High-density multi-level mobile vertical farming mastery
According to the Montel team, GREENRAK 2.0 is poised to bring high-density vertical horticulture to another level, offering growers exceptional versatility and high-performance solutions for optimizing space and productivity. The newly designed mechanical column assembly, now factory-sealed to prevent unexpected water exposure, expedites the installation process. A resilient polymer outer shell ensures hassle-free upkeep and sustained durability.

"Our 2.0 version has been meticulously crafted to optimize vertical farming, bringing substantial improvements in efficiency and functionality."

Quick & easy crop access
The name SPEEDDECK™️ perfectly encapsulates its purpose. Engineered to streamline workflow, it enables swift equipment movement along the aisle and seamless transfers. This built-in, patent-pending, rack lightweight, movable platform can be easily deployed and remains assembled when transitioning to the next aisle. It's versatile, accommodating multiple individuals, and quickly adjustable for optimal crop access.

Built-in-rack with consistent airflow
Operating quietly and offering great air performance, incline duct blowers of the LoopAir® 2.0 will ensure fresh air distribution, drawn in from the top or bottom of the canopy and directed toward the plants, ensuring effective airflow throughout the entire canopy at every level, even reaching the plants that regular fans can't. LoopAir 2.0 can also redistribute filtered air infused with CO2 from your main HVAC system. This new version will simplify the process by delivering continuous fresh air to plants, incorporating high-performance fans and flexible plastic tubes.

LoopAir 2.0 represents a forthcoming leap in controlled air regulation. This system is set to establish a stable environment that consistently supports plant development. It will offer a comprehensive air circulation solution for high-density mobile grow systems, effectively addressing microclimate issues by regulating airflow, evaporation, and plant growth on each vertical tier, all without the need for air extraction.

Montel's innovative GREENRAK is at work, transforming a new generation of greenhouses into a thriving cultivation space

Streamlined drainage
"Our patented SmartDrain sets a new standard for efficient drainage, designed for optimal water management, plant support, and superior hygiene. Its innovative design showcases unique channel patterns that enhance drainage and minimize standing water," Pascal adds.

The system includes a 90° elbow drain to reduce hose space and a recessed drain to prevent water pooling. Furthermore, a filter on the drain fitting prevents clogs and is available with either a 3/4" or 1" drain fitting. The smooth surface finish simplifies cleaning, saves time, and boasts an ultra-reflective white ABS polymer for enhanced light reflection, adhering to FDA guidelines.

Universal sloped tray & light supports: enhancing drainage and optimizing light positioning
This duo seamlessly combines improved drainage functionality with an efficient tray and LED light suspension. Its compatibility extends to a wide range of LED lights in the industry, providing multiple anchoring points for diverse hanging options. Universal supports feature multiple slots for compatibility with various LED light fixtures and are strategically designed to create a gentle incline for Montel's SmartDrain trays, ensuring effective water drainage to one side.

"As we eagerly prepare for this year's MJBizCon, we embrace the opportunity to present our latest newest offerings to the industry. Our journey into vertical farming has been marked by dedication, innovation, and endless possibilities. We're all about cultivating connections, embracing growth, and pushing through every twist and turn the industry may encounter. As we approach our centennial year, we've proven that Montel knows how to thrive, rain or shine," Veronique concludes.

"You're welcome to visit Montel's booth at #43007, where you'll be able to step into a world where crops reach new heights, illuminating your growth along the way! We're always ready to chat."

For more information:
Véronique Di Lullo, VP of Marketing
Montel
[email protected]
www.montel.com