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New Ripple Aquaplast Webapp launched

This new system is a massive update on the existing system as it is linked directly into our accounting package, so this allows us to be able to show up to the minute information simply and accurately.

One of the main areas of improvement is stock. We have a traffic light system for stock which is pretty self-explanatory. Green is the goods, in the quantity requested are in stock. Amber indicates that the products are partly in stock or about to be in stock. And red will be out of stock with a waiting period until stock is replenished.

We’ve made it almost impossible to order an out of sync quantity on such items as cable ties. You have to buy in packs of 100 so if you type in 50 it will advise you accordingly.

Super-fast and 3d search facility is instant. Gives the search feature a really powerful functionality. This is being developed all the time so will only get better!

Of course the prices shown are your nett prices with your discount applied. You can choose to use the purchasing system and make an order up and email directly to the system, or of course you can use the prices as a reference for your own purchasing system.

This is an App you can down load to your mobile device. Thus, even in out of range areas, you will be able access a complete price list!

We’ve not even mentioned the new products, increased stock levels, great prices and improved logistics.

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Senmatic Ami Penta Decoder System

The Fully automatic SiiP system receives a live constant update from in-field sensors via multi-core or 2-wire by the revolutionary Mk3 Decoder.

⚫The user sets up their target set-points, based on their growing requirements, sits back and focuses on the actual growing of the plants.
⚫The SiiP system takes out the worry regarding, exactly what level of irrigation and feeding is
required, when compared to the traditional methods of monitoring your irrigation by hand
every 1 to 2 hours or every 30 minutes by radio, assuming no missed signals!

Next generation MK3 system:
⚫ Up to 800 decoders per 2-wire/
interface
⚫ More than 75 active
⚫ More than 75 sensor decoders
⚫ Wire run up to 3km/10,000′ star
12km/40,000′ loop
⚫ True two-way communication
⚫ Comprehensive diagnostic capabilities

⚫ Get in touch for more details

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Call to promote Scottish blueberries

Scottish soft fruit growers have called for better marketing to promote their crop which they say is facing increased competition from South American imports.

James Porter of East Scryne Farm told The Courier that as consumers are used to buying the fruit year-round, they don’t discriminate between imported and home-grown fruit, especially as both are available in the summer. “Supermarkets stock British strawberries during the summer season – they wouldn’t get away with importing from abroad. We’re now asking them to take a similar approach with blueberries,” he said.

“Scottish growers managed to find a window of opportunity with this crop and blueberries tick a lot of boxes for us as they come on stream towards the end of the summer so extend the season for pickers, but it would be a brave grower who puts in more blueberries just now with concerns over returns and labour availability.”

Fellow grower Ross Mitchell from Laurencekirk added, “We have built a strong industry in Scotland, but we need more education on the quality and seasonality of what we’re producing. I hope retailers will support a campaign for British and Scottish fruit as COVID has led people to focus on a healthy local diet.”

Blueberry Field
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THE FIRST Scottish strawberries of the season have reached supermarket shelves.

Aldi’s first pick of the punnets were grown by Tim Stockwell at Barnsmuir Farm in Fife for Angus Soft Fruits, which supplies Aldi stores across Scotland with fresh berries from 18 other growers based across Tayside and Fife.

Tim commented: “It is exciting to be sending the first Scottish strawberries of the season to Aldi as we celebrate the new harvest. As with countless other businesses, we too are facing difficulties as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, but we’re all pulling together and this year more than ever, it certainly feels like a real achievement to be able to supply Aldi customers with the first punnets from this year’s first crop of Scottish strawberries.”

Aldi has been working with Angus Soft Fruits to ensure Scottish-grown strawberries will be readily available in stores this spring and summer.

Group Buying Director of Aldi Scotland, Graham Nicolson, said: “The arrival of the Scottish strawberry season is always welcomed by our customers, and we’re pleased to be the first supermarket to offer Scottish strawberries this year. In the current climate it is more important than ever for us to support our network of Scottish suppliers, who work day in, day out to deliver top quality produce for our customers,” he continued. “We know that times are hard, but with Scottish strawberries renowned for their taste and quality, we hope the arrival of the first crop will bring some happiness and the early taste of summer to our customers.”

https://www.thescottishfarmer.co.uk/news/18387059.first-strawberry-punnets-reach-aldis-shelves/

Tim Stockwell
Barnsmuir Farm. photographer Fraser Band
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Senmatic LCC4 Climate controller

We recently commissioned Senmatic LCC4 to a well known horticultural plant producer. As seen on photos Full vent control for 4 compartments, automated programming based on crop requirements.

Climate control is the most important factor in order to grow premium quality horticultural plants. Couple this with the importance of efficient and responsible energy consumption, then a Senmatic LCC4 must be considered as the ultimate solution to meet all the demands of a modern horticultural operation. The user-friendly controller that can have up to 16 compartments. Outdoor weather station, greenhouse climate sensors as humidity, temperature, light, C02. Heating control, screen control, LED control and so much more.

Also the LCC4 is based on state-of-the-art technology and an advanced operating system and is therefore easy to update and expand with more functions and capacity.

We see Senmatic as the ultimate solution that any grower needs. A user clear friendly display will show each control zone on the nursery. With the ability to view graphs of all data collected by the computer through Superlink 6 Software. Overseeing the current and forecast weather, the conscientious grower will quickly and easily be able to see what is happening inside and outside the glasshouse.

If you are looking to step up your growing controls to be more precise, give us a call and we are happy to quote a fully automated system.

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Supreme has progressed with the upgrades of the factory

Despite the difficult period, Supreme have progressed with the upgrades of the factory to make more automated the process of production and assembly. As we all know, investments are absolutely necessary in managing the speed of growth and the costs involved in this growth and clearly Supreme has stepped up to the challenge. We applaud these actions.

So customers, feel free to order as much material as you need and we should be better to place to satisfy your delivery requirements!

This is part of a larger plan to install more automation and robots throughout the production process along many of the product that Supreme offer.

Supreme have an ambitious 3 year road map which Ripple Aquaplast are honoured to be part of. We have ambitions to double turnover with the existing range and new products as we know that Supreme are renown for quality and precision, backed of course by a great technical support team, the future is looking bright.

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HPNow Participating in Horizon 2020

Europe’s Largest Research & Innovation Programme

The Horizon 2020 SME programme has helped HPNow develop and bring to market their irrigation water treatment solution under Horizon 2020’s ‘Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for sustainable and competitive agriculture, forestry, agri-food and bio-based sectors’ area of interest.

A successful project outcome will substantially contribute to the following challenges:

  • Safer and healthier food through reduction in the use of toxic chemical agents.
  • Increased crop-yields, and reduced losses, through reliable and homogeneous irrigation, improved plant health.
  • Improved resource efficiency through facilitation of use of efficient irrigation.
  • Sustainable, more environmentally friendly agricultural and food industries.
  • Reduced farm occupational hazards.

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Second AMI Penta fertilizer Mixer installed in Scotland

Bringing glasshouse technology onto the field. Second AMI Penta fertilizer Mixer installed in Scotland for precise fertigation with irrigation control for a soft fruit farm. Having the SIIP system in place this will become automatic, taking moisture, drainage and climate readings from the field. Based on user targets, the software will take control over crop requirements and adjust accordingly.

AMI Penta sets even greater focus on the plants’ need for precision fertilizing and accurate acidity in the irrigation water at the right time. We have never seen a more precise dosing of EC and pH, giving the plants the required nutrients at the right pH.

AMI Penta fertilizer mixer is easy to operate with well-arranged menus shown on a large 10.1″ touch screen.

Many languages are available and switching between them is very simple. This minimizes the risk of human errors in companies employing people of different nationality.

Current setup controls 16 valves for growing tabletop strawberries. For each group, you can choose between 20 different recipes with information about EC, pH and the fertilizer mix. Irrigation time and volume can be set individually for each valve. Adjustments by radiation, drainage or climate.

The software in AMI Penta is based on a standard operating system and is easy to update and expand with more functions and larger capacity when needed. AMI Penta will be connected to one central PC with the SuperLink 6 central control program for further analysis. Graphics that you can build on like chill units, GDH and disease forecast models.

It’s an exciting new development that will help you focus on more precise growing.

To read more about about Senmatic SIIP, see our page below.

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First Senmatic Penta mixing rig in Scotland

The very first installation of the Senmatic Penta mixing rig in Scotland in what I think it is fair to say under ‘challenging’ conditions, which at this time of year it often is! Just a few more pieces to add and adjust and the bags will be wetted up.

The Senmatic software is using glasshouse technology for the field and the control that the irrigation team will have, is second to none. As I’m sure the picture shows, the stainless steel construction is demonstrating a high quality piece of equipment designed for many years of service.

The unit is also capable of running the Senmatic SiiP sensor system for autopilot or semi autopilot control. This is something that owner will look at later in the season as maintaining a high level of autonomous control via the computer is becoming a must for any grower.