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How You Can Water Plants Based On Basket Weight

November 30, 2016

Control Dekk has developed a patented automated watering system that can be implemented with greenhouse cable hanging basket lines. The Oasis is designed to reduce water use by up to 50% by giving each basket only the water it needs for optimum growth.

Oasis is installed on new or existing greenhouse cable conveyors. The grower sets the pre-determined weight desired for correct plant watering via a local controller, an office PC, or a mobile device. As each basket passes through the Oasis module, its weight is determined. The smart controller opens the proper water valve for only the time necessary to achieve the grower’s target basket weight.

The Oasis module is equipped with a Smart Optics sensor that determines if there is a basket present on the hook and whether it is an upper or lower basket. The Oasis system design eliminates the need for tabs on basket hooks and mechanical switches.

The Oasis control panel’s major components include:
• A programmable logic controller
• Variable speed controls
• A 6-inch color user interface that intuitively allows the user to navigate the available functions via the touch screen
• All controls are enclosed in a durable, corrosion-resistant enclosure that can be mounted in any desired area within close proximity to the conveyor lines.

Module Specifications

• Weighs 8 pounds
• Constructed of stainless steel and enhanced ultra-violet-stabilized polymer for durability
• Measures 5 inches by 7 inches by 18 inches
• Contains a non-contact sensor and a weight sensor

Brian Sparks is senior editor of Greenhouse Grower and editor of Greenhouse Grower Technology. Read original article here.
Greenhouse Grower Nov 30, 2016

“GENESIS has proven to be the most reliable automated boom irrigation system we’ve used from irrigation stage to a finished crop.”
- Nick, Henry Mast

"After a trial of one OASIS at the end of our 2016 season, we installed OASIS on all Echos and Boomerangs in our facility. Now I can't imagine growing without it."
- Jason DeGroot, Owner/Head Grower | Bloemenberg Growers Inc.

“The accessibility of the people at OASIS and the user friendliness of the interface are the two key points for me.”
- Zach Smith, Operations Manager | Hood’s Gardens

"OASIS basket watering systems are worth the investment to ensure product quality, productivity, and reduced stress in my life."
- Dale Buist, Owner | Countryside Greenhouse

"We're extremely happy with the OASIS watering system! It takes the guessing out of watering -- simple and accurate."
- Barry Stiffler, Owner | Barry's Ground Cover

"OASIS by Control Dekk really helped our crop quality by attaining an equal target weight after baskets were hung."
- Kevin van Wingerden, Grower | Pacific Growers

- Andy Buist, Owner/Head Grower | Micandy Gardens

"The baskets using OASIS are absolutely beautiful and noticeably stunning. You'll see a noticeable difference in your crop guaranteed."
- Zach Smith, Operations Manager | Hood's Gardens

"Quality has improved for baskets as well as for our floor crops underneath -- I am really enjoying this system!"
- Evan Schnabel, Head Grower | Hood's Gardens

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