We Were Featured on Netflix’s “Rotten”!

We Were Featured on Netflix’s “Rotten”!

Netflix’s Show Rotten

The cannabis industry has definitive ups and downs. While cannabis is an incredible product that can help people live relatively pain-free lives, there are a ton of regulations on different parts of the industry: potency, production and distribution, edibles, and medical vs. recreational use just to name a few. These regulations vary by state and are also more extreme on a federal level. Netflix’s show Rotten is an interesting and informative docuseries that discusses the benefits and downfalls to the cannabis industry and how a change in marijuana laws is affecting legitimate dispensaries and production facilities.

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Throughout the episode, aptly named “High on Edibles” (Season 2, Episode 6), a wide range of people related to the cannabis industry are interviewed – edible production businesses, dispensaries, grow facilities, scientists, professors, police officers, and so on. During the interview of one such dispensary, Tokyo Starfish, you can see our vertical cannabis grow racks and mobile carriages in action! Check it out at the 55:37 mark here.

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Urban Wellness

“At Urban Wellness, we believe in utilizing technologies, research and development, and patient input to drive our company into the future. That’s why we’ve collaborated with PIPP Horticulture and Mammoth LED to create a state-of-the-art grow facility.”

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PIPP Horticulture is the industry-leading provider of mobile, vertical grow rack systems, helping growers maximize production capability. With over 80,000 cardholders enrolled in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program, increasing our production helps us better serve our patients.

Managing a grow facility while maximizing yields—particularly in an urban area— can be difficult, and finding a large enough space can come at a hefty price. By transitioning to vertical farming, we maximize canopy space and more than double production per square foot. Racks are easily moved and adjusted, increasing efficiency and creating a more streamlined workflow in our facility.”

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Shifting From Single Level HPS to Multi-Level LED

Shifting From Single Level HPS to Multi-Level LED

Achieving consistency in your grow operations requires much trial and error, resulting in operational expenses. John Ritter, Director of Sales with Pipp Horticulture sat down with MMJ Daily to discuss how using a led yield calculator and shifting from single level HPS to multi-level LED is changing the way the industry increases canopy.

Increasing Your Space

“When it comes to optimizing spaces, we know what to do,” said John. “When we entered the cannabis sector, we spent a substantial amount of time understanding how to best serve this industry. We had a lot of knowledge regarding vertical racking, and we wanted to use it to empower growers and make them successful. Thus, we have team members that are extremely knowledgeable with regards to everything that factors into growing cannabis in indoor farms. We don’t focus on our equipment solely, but we have studied how to integrate all sorts of different solutions from other suppliers with ours, in order to advise our customers on how to make it work together with all the rest of the equipment within the operation.”

Cultivating Different Strategies

Pipp Horticulture understands that no two grow operations are the same, which is why we always create different strategies depending on size, lighting and individual goals. “Though no two growers nor their cultivation strategies are the same, we are starting to see some consistent approaches in terms of equipment selection and strategy,” says Michael Williamson, Director of Cultivation for Pipp.

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Vertical farming provides full-scale solutions that benefit all facets of your grow operations. Experienced vertical growers can expect more from their canopy, and it only increases over time. “When you quantify a two-tier multi-level mobile rack approach for the same square footprint and the same yield modeling, growers are achieving 4-6 lbs. Experienced vertical growers who elect for a three-tiers are achieving 6-9 lbs in the same square footprint as the single level HPS grower who is only achieving 2-3 lbs.” Pipp assists growers in fully understanding the process to create a functional workable solution that can integrate several brands and facilities.

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Use our cannabis yield calculator and click the link below, enter your facilities current canopy space, production metrics, and sales price to see how much revenue you could be making when you upgrade your indoor farm to PIPP Horticulture’s Cannabis grow racks!

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Sea Hunter Therapeutics Case Study

Sea Hunter Therapeutics Case Study

Just a few short years ago, Sea Hunter Therapeutics decided to move forward with vertical farming to increase their canopy. They started with moving benches to increase space by eliminating the gap the aisles created. After years of working with their own vertical farming system, they decided to take their cultivation efforts to the next level. That’s where Pipp Horticulture stepped in.

Even with 10’ ceiling height limitations, we creatively designed a state-of-the-art, multi-level vertical grow system for them in Taunton, MA generating over an astonishing 50,000 sq. ft. of canopy space! “We just love these racks.” CJ with Sea Hunter stated. “They easily go back and forth, and even full of material they move very smoothly.”

Check out more about Sea Hunter Therapeutics cultivation process and how Pipp Horticulture’s mobile vertical racks more than doubled their canopy.

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Teaming With TheraCann On Innovative Storage Solutions

Teaming With TheraCann On Innovative Storage Solutions

Since the regulation of legal medical cannabis, everything boomed and turned small-scale operations into an extremely fast-growing, large-scale, industry.  PIPP Horticulture is honored to partner with TheraCann International in the development and global deployment of its innovative world-class solution. Check out all about it in the article below, from Christ Bolton, TheraCann CEO.

“This was one of our first steps as a company,” Chris explains. “I was lucky enough to have started my career in agriculture when I was a kid. My dad had a farm and a ranch, so I had a hands-on experience when it comes to the tribulations of growing. At the same time, I have a legal background in international regulatory environments. Therefore, when the medical cannabis sector was regulated, I immediately saw the many opportunities it offered. We were at the inception of a new sector, and we knew it would grow exceptionally fast.” See a time-lapse video from the Pipp/TheraCann installation below!

Adopting Large Scale Storage Solutions

After this realization, TheraCann began work towards elevating the large-scale cannabis sector with new and innovative storage solutions. “The goal was to come up with a method of cultivation that was able to repeat each batch in the same manner. Therefore, we gathered international vendors together and worked to individuate the root causes of inconsistent cannabis batches.” Working with Pipp, TheraCann received excellent results working in over ten countries on international projects. Check out another photo of this fantastic system below!

 

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Whether you are preplanning your cannabis business or trying to become more profitable at your current one, growing vertically can seriously impact your yields. Find out how much with our free calculator!

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3 Things You Need To Know When Growing and Storing Cannabis

3 Things You Need To Know When Growing and Storing Cannabis

3 Things You Need To Know When Growing and Storing Cannabis

Getting into the cannabis industry requires some serious know-how on how to grow, store, and market your yield. There are elements to consider to ensure a plentiful harvest including trackable growing habits, space, facility temperature, and the right cannabis storage systems and containers. Whether you currently own a grow facility, or are looking to tap into the emerging (and profitable) market, here are the top 3 things you NEED to know when you are growing and storing your cannabis.

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1. Maximize Your Growing Space

If you are in the marijuana sales business, you know that more storage and space means more money. Maximizing your growing space means more production, and when you can produce in larger volumes, it allows your storefront or sales service to be expanded. Pipp Horticulture mobile storage racks can assist in creating more storage space for your cannabis business with mobile vertical grow rack systems. Mobile storage systems can increase production capacity, reduce operating costs, and increases revenue by as much as 3 times per square foot (calculate higher yields here). Not to mention, less facility space means less of an environmental impact, which ties into our next tip.

2. Skip The Plastic, Use Glass

Plastic is an extremely ineffective way to store your cannabis, as it affects not only the taste, but can also crush and destroy the buds when being stored. Using glass storage containers not only keeps the taste intact but also provides an airtight seal that will keep the marijuana from drying out. Costs for plastic storage can also get costly, as oftentimes it cannot get reused between batches.

3. Set Up a Growing Calendar

Keeping track of when you plant, grow, and harvest your cannabis is essential to business success. The schedule starts the same day you plant the seeds in your growing space. From there, the growing cycle can range from anywhere between 12 to 22 weeks. Setting up and keeping a growing calendar also allows you to gauge just how long it takes your facility to grow cannabis and allows you to plan sales and product fulfillment ahead of time.

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Whether you are preplanning your cannabis business or trying to become more profitable at your current one, learning how to properly grow and store the product is essential to success. Because of the growth cycle, it’s important to consider implementing these items in advance to ensure a smooth harvest.

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Learn How Your Grow Room Materials Can Affect Your Yields & Profits

Learn How Your Grow Room Materials Can Affect Your Yields & Profits

Being successful in the horticulture industry means keeping up with the massive demand and required grow yields. It can be easy to forget that all the elements you use to grow greatly affects your yield, and your profits. Besides grow room materials such as vertical grow racks, increasing profits (see exactly how much money you could be making here) the trays, inserts and tables all play a part in your grow operations. Consider how these implementing these items can affect your grow yield.

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Veg Tables

It’s all in the tables! By using vertical grow tables you are able to reduce your environmental footprint by utilizing less space and allowing more plants to grow. Operators often are looking for a solution to grow in areas without adequate growing space. In most cases we are able to double or triple a grower’s productivity in their existing space by implementing these tables. Now that’s how you grow!

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Bloom Tables

In order to maximize your grow operations you need to ensure your bloom tables meet demands of large-scale commercial horticulture. Bloom tables are designed to maximize your flowering space and increase revenue. After integrating a multilayer grow system you can increase productivity by 100 percent or more. Pretty amazing right? Our tables are designed to integrate with any growing style from soil bed to ebb & flow. Lack of space may have you looking for new real estate to increase production. Wait! Before you go off looking for more space, consider whether a multilayer grow system can provide that increase in production you’re looking for.

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Drainage Inserts

Drainage inserts work together with bloom and veg tables to allow for proper drainage and air circulation beneath pots. We offer anti-microbial and anti-fungal drainage inserts (white). Made in the USA of high density polyethylene, inserts can be easily removed for quick cleaning and sanitation.

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Mobile Vertical Grow Racks

No where to go but up! Greenhaus provides mobile vertical grow racks through our industry leading partner, Pipp Horticulture. We integrate a carriage and track system to create even more efficiency by eliminating permanent aisles. We will work with your architects and engineers to determine if this is an option for your project.

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Why Attending MJBizCon Is a Must For Any Cultivator

Why Attending MJBizCon Is a Must For Any Cultivator

As a cultivator you’ve probably attended many conferences and seminars about best industry practices that they are all beginning to blend together. But there are a few that come every once in a great while that are worth your time and can potentially affect the success of your business. MJBizCon is an event that gets all industry key players in one area to discuss the best practices for both cultivation and the retail of cannabis. Catch all the movers and shakers of the industry at MJBizCon and take away knowledge that will elevate your cultivation. Here are just some of the reasons why attending MJBizCon is a very smart decision for your cannabis business.

Learn The Most Up To Date Business Practices

If you’re a cultivator in 2019, you’re well aware of the many business and marketing restrictions preventing your business from growing. MJBizCon educates canna business owners on the most up to date laws and business practices within the industry that you CAN do. Knowing this allows you to stay legal and prevents your business or marketing efforts experiencing any dings along the way that could potentially harm your business in the long run.

Network With The Best

MJBizCon has separate events within the main conference that are specific to which area in the cannabis industry you want to network with most. There is an investor event, science symposium, and a marijuana business crash course. The conference also celebrates movers and shakers in the cannabis industry that set the standard for business practices and that help propel the industry forward.

Navigating the CBD and Hemp Market

Navigating the cannabis market has proven difficult in the past, and the same goes for CBD and hemp. With very vague rules and regulations it’s important to talk with experienced members within the industry that can allow you to learn from other business practices. This in turn will not only make your CBD and hemp business more profitable, but will keep everything legal within the eyes of the law.

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Part III: Integration with Advancing Environmental Control Technologies

Part III: Integration with Advancing Environmental Control Technologies

Part III: Integration with Advancing Environmental Control Technologies

Part 3: Integration with Advancing Environmental Control Technologies

In the first two parts of this series, we explored numerous advantages of implementing a Pipp Horticulture mobile vertical racking solution in your grow.  We started this series by first looking at the big picture of implementing a vertical racking system: increasing canopy space to reduce and absorb fixed costs.  Cultivators maximize the space they have through the implementation of a mobile vertical racking system, which means either requiring a smaller space initially and allowing for the cost of the cultivation space to be absorbed quicker or by producing substantially more in a fixed amount of space.  Increasing canopy space without increasing square-footage may provide substantial benefit to cultivators operating in states with strict canopy space regulations.  Vertical racking also allows for greater absorption of the burdensome “canopy tax”, based off cultivation square-footage, that some cultivators have begun to face in recent years. In the second part of this series, we took an in-depth look at how implementing Pipp Horticulture mobile vertical racking solutions will lower the initial capital expense of environmental system requirements, as well as long-term energy consumption per gram. Vertical racking systems typically utilize LED lighting, which may have a higher initial cost than HPS lights used in single-tiered cultivations, but the ROI on LEDs is typically faster than HPS, and they may require less maintenance and lower operating costs over time.  Through the use of LEDs, HVAC requirements can be reduced and cost less to operate over time.  Because LEDs emit less heat and require less energy than HPS lighting systems, environmental systems can stabilize quicker, thus reducing the fundamental needs of your HVAC system, as well as costs to operate over time. In the final installment of this series, we are going to explore further the types of environmental systems utilized with a Pipp Horticulture mobile vertical racking solution, and how the technology of each can ensure success when integrated with a multi-tier system.  Pipp Horticulture systems are designed to embrace and integrate with the numerous technological advancements made in terms of lighting, irrigation, and other environmental controls, and utilize an in-house team of experts to ensure the client’s are aware of options to integrate third-party systems and technology to control environment, capture data and drive performance.

Seamless Integration with Environmental Controls

Many cultivators today are implementing automated environmental control systems that capture and utilize data to make minor adjustments to maintain an ideal environment to produce higher-quality, more consistent products. Each microclimate, which may be a tray, grow room, or greenhouse requires different inputs, consistent implementation, and monitoring of numerous environmental variables such as: Temperature and relative humidity – These factors are set, monitored, and maintained through HVAC and environmental control systems.  It is essential to implement a system optimal for growing cannabis, which differs from standard HVAC systems in homes and office spaces. Growers looking to maximize outputs will regulate temperature and humidity to control , a key component of healthy plant growth. Maintaining consistent and optimal temperature and humidity throughout a plant’s life cycle can significantly improve performance and mitigate risk. Lighting – Automated lighting can include timers, sensors, moving methods, and light meters. Systems must be reliable, efficient, and integrate with other environmental controls to provide the optimal amount of lighting required for peak performance. Fertigation and Irrigation – Many cultivators have turned to automated fertigation systems, which are responsible for delivering precise amounts of nutrients to plants, and often integrate with irrigation systems.  These high-tech systems ensure accuracy and efficiency, reduce labor, and increase productivity in cultivations. CO2 supplementation and concentration – Many cultivators supplement their plants with carbon dioxide which, when used correctly, can lead to quicker harvest times and larger yields.  Typically, carbon dioxide is injected into the air and requires distribution with the use of fans or other mechanical systems Carbon dioxide levels should always be monitored to ensure plant health and employee safety. AirflowAdequate air circulation is necessary to create an optimal growing environment. Airflow helps maintain temperature and humidity, prevents mold and pests, and can strengthen stems and stalks promoting an all-around healthier plant.

LED’s: An Advanced and Sustainable Lighting Solution

A significant component of vertical racking systems that requires further exploration is the use of LED lights over industry-standard HPS lighting.  Vertical racking systems often utilize high-density lighting, and because LED (light-emitting diode) lights produce low amounts of heat, making them ideal for close-range applications, and most commonly used in vertical grow systems.  More efficient light uniformity from LEDs allows cultivators to position lights closer to the plants, thus increasing the amount of light that penetrates the canopy and increases yields. Earlier generations of LEDs came up short when compared to HPS lighting; however, in recent years, technological advancements have addressed these shortcomings, and LEDs have come to surpass HPS technologically.  What many cultivators may not realize is that much of the light emitted from HPS lights is waste, as plants do not absorb the unvarying light spectrum they provide.  LED lights can target a particular light spectrum needed for photosynthesis, and by manipulating the range of light the plant receives and delivering that light with high precision, LEDs can improve a cultivator’s yields and cannabinoid concentrations. Automation and control of lighting systems can recreate natural light cycles and control intensity to mimic sunrise and sunset. Not only does the implementation of LEDs in a vertical racking system allow for improvement in plant quality, but it also provides a sustainable and environmentally-conscious solution for demanding lighting needs, as well as long-term savings on energy costs.

Vertical Racking Solutions: Positioning Cultivators for Success and Longevity

Cultivators around the globe are seeing the benefits of implementing mobile vertical racking solutions to augment performance and efficiency throughout the entire cultivation facility.  Not only are space and canopy increased, but there is a direct effect on the company’s bottom line by increasing revenue, providing for greater absorption of fixed costs, and a reduction of COGS as production increases.  Utilizing advanced and automated technologies in areas such as lighting and environmental controls integrated with Pipp Horticulture vertical racking provide cultivators with consistent, controllable, and replicable grow environments.  While some of the cannabis industry is still operating single-tiered cultivations, operators that have implemented mobile vertical systems have set themselves up to remain competitive, maintain market share, and drive down costs while producing a consistent, high-quality, and high-yielding product.

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Part II: Implementing A Mobile Multi-Level Cultivation System in Your Facility

Part II: Implementing A Mobile Multi-Level Cultivation System in Your Facility

Part II: Implementing A Mobile Multi-Level Cultivation System in Your Facility
 

Part 2: Lower Energy Consumption Needed to Maintain Environmental Controls

In the second part of this series, we explore another benefit of implementing Pipp Horticulture mobile vertical racking solutions throughout your facility: lowering immediate and long-term energy consumption per gram, as well as initial capital expense.  In addition to increasing canopy space and your bottom line, as discussed in the first part of this series, vertical cultivation simultaneously lowers expenditures on energy, accruing savings into the hundreds of thousands, or even millions, for cultivators over time.  Not only can a vertical cultivation system reduce overhead costs per unit, but through implementation, cultivators can create a more efficient, sustainable and environmentally-conscious platform.

Exponential Energy Costs for Cultivators

In many states with recreational or medicinal cannabis programs, the laws dictate that cannabis must be grown indoors, thus forcing cultivators to replicate essential elements in nature, such as the sun, wind, humidity through their system of environmental controls.  Because of this, cannabis cultivation has become known for the massive mechanical infrastructure and the energy it requires and its effect on the environment, with research concluding that cannabis cultivation consumes up to 10 times the amount of energy as an office building.  Cultivators often see their energy costs accounting for up to 50% of their overhead expenditures, with the majority of those costs spent on lighting and HVAC needs. Unfortunately, many cultivators miss opportunities to be more energy-efficient and cost-effective when designing their grow.  Opting for standard single-tiered designs and lower initial equipment costs cause cultivators to lose countless savings on fixed-costs as well as the opportunity to increase revenue with additional canopy space. Utility companies have now started to incentivize cannabis cultivators to embrace best practices as well.  To prevent overloading of energy distribution systems, utility companies have and continue to develop programs to achieve energy-savings goals for both the utility company and cultivators.  Incentives such as energy-savings opportunity studies, engineering-design analysis, and rebates, are encouraging cannabis companies to reduce their energy consumption as well as environmental impact.  These opportunities are not just reserved for cultivators in the “new construction” phase and typically extend to those retrofitting and remodeling.

Reducing Overhead Through Vertical Grow Applications

Through the implementation of Pipp Horticulture and Greenhaus Industries vertical racking systems, cultivators are saving substantially on their energy costs per gram.  Traditional lighting sources, such as single or double-ended HPS lights used by many cultivators, lack the benefit of being able to be placed in close-range to the plants due to the excessive heat they produce.  The technological advancements made in LED lighting allow them to be fully utilized in vertically-designed grow systems.  The low thermal output from the lights is optimal for vertical cultivation because they can be placed close to the plants without the fear of burning or over-heating them. Lower thermal output of LED lighting also allows for a reduction of capital expenditures and operating expenses associated with HVAC. In addition to low thermal output from LEDs, less energy is needed to operate, and LEDs have a longer lifespan than other lighting used by cultivators.  According to the US Department of Energy, converting to energy-efficient LED lighting allows for an average of 24% to 30% reduction in operating costs, and have even been known to reduce cultivator operating costs as much as 50% long-term.  The LED lights employed in vertical racking systems typically get approximately 50,000 hours of use (over ten years on a 12:12 lighting schedule), where standard HPS lights need to be replaced annually, at least.  Unfortunately, due to established beliefs, lack of institutional funding and higher initial cost of implementing LED lighting, the adoption of the technology has been slow.  Despite the higher initial cost, the ROI of LED lights in conjunction with mobile vertical cultivation is achieved faster, by the significantly reduced operating cost and equipment replacement fees, as well as the additional revenue gained with LED lights and vertical racking. In addition to the considerable amount of energy expended and costs associated with, the lighting needs of cultivators are the ongoing costs to maintain their HVAC system.  HVAC systems, which are responsible for reducing outdoor contamination, as well as maintaining the ideal temperature, humidity and CO2 levels, can account for as much as 50% of the energy costs endured by cultivators.  These systems, responsible for maintaining various environmental controls, reduce a cultivator’s risk for harmful plant conditions, such as mold and mildew.  Technological advancements and energy-efficiency opportunities have been slow to surface regarding the HVAC systems used by cultivators who, when designing their grows, generally use designs from companies lacking cannabis experience, and the knowledge of the intricate environmental controls needed.  Equipment used for standard home and office uses are often employed, and struggle to keep up with the demands of the grow. HVAC systems never stop running and have a consistent demand put on them when they are on.  In single-level grows, each time lights are powered up or turned off, the HVAC system has to work to catch up with the amount of heat being either emitted into or reduced from the environment.  By implementing vertical racking systems using LED technology, the ongoing demand for HVAC controls are spread over increased output.  Environmental conditions stabilize quicker and with greater ease due to the lessened amount of heat distributed from the lights. Utilizing vertical racking systems with LED lighting reduces CAPEX expenditures needed per unit of output,

Achieving Best Practices in Your Grow

By incorporating energy and space-efficient practices throughout a grow, cultivators can increase production and drive down operating costs, while maintaining stability.  Technological advancements have allowed for more efficient and eco-conscious cultivating methods, with vertical growing applications being at the forefront of these advancements.  Pipp Horticulture mobile vertical racking systems are designed to accommodate and easily integrate a wide range of requirements to meet environmental needs and controls. Through the implementation of vertical racking systems, the energy expended to meet the environmental demands of an indoor cultivator is consistently reduced, over time as well as initially.  Best practices are met and exceeded with vertical growing systems by allowing cultivators to decrease overhead per unit and have additional capital to reinvest in their company.

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