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If your CHP or medium-voltage system fails, your entire business will come to a standstill. Proper maintenance reduces the chance of downtime.
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Consider the strength of your greenhouse

A greenhouse is built for the first crop grown in it. Most greenhouses are designed for heated cultivation and calculated for limited snow loads. Greenhouses designed for heated cultivation use lighter gutters and roof bars which cannot support a heavy snow load.
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Frost can damage pipes and tubes

What can you do to reduce the risk of damage during winter, unnecessary crop downtime, high costs and damage caused by frost?
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De Munck nursery managed to rebuild its business after a snowstorm wreaked havoc

Hydrangea growers Ferry van der Meer and Peter de Munck of Kwekerij De Munck in De Lier, the Netherlands, were hit by heavy snowfall in February 2021. Part of the greenhouse collapsed completely. The entrepreneurs managed to recover by acting quickly and wisely and by cooperating with us as insurers, among others.
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Vents freeze partly due to radiation and the insulating effect of the screens, which is the case during night frost.

Vents freeze partly due to radiation and the insulating effect of the screens, which is the case during night frost. With multiple screens and greenhouses being increasingly closed off, it is often colder above the top screen. The rubber seal of the vents freezes to the aluminium greenhouse frame. “Every year, business owners open vents without realising they are frozen shut,” Theo Herngreen, a greenhouse technical specialist, explains. “The temperature difference between the greenhouse air and the windows is considerable, and temperature sensors or separate measuring boxes are not always installed above the screen. Opening the vents while frozen damages the rubber seals, or worse: the vent mechanism and window actuators can be deformed or broken.”
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Reduce the risk of broken windows and damage to your greenhouse structure. Follow our tips in this article.

Prevent snow damage: Greenhouses can carry a limited amount of snow. The weight of a snowpack can be considerable, especially if it persists or if it snows in combination with rain. Excessive weight can break windows or damage the greenhouse structure. A greenhouse can even collapse completely under the weight of snow.
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Winter weather increases the likelihood of damage to your greenhouse. If you leave your greenhouse empty—either temporarily or for an extended period—to save energy, for example, special attention is required to keep your greenhouse undamaged and ready for use. How do you prevent damage and ensure that you can resume production quickly? We are happy to help.
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Just outside your premises is often the tank for storage of millions of liters boiling water. Having a functioning tank is key to keeping your business at peak efficiency.
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Stand at the helm as a sector

When you invest in new or replace existing water silos, it is important to understand the added security available and have a regular inspection schedule of these silos during their lifetime. Silos used for the storage of rainwater and feed water are a must in the horticulture industry. Hundreds of cubic meters of water can be stored efficiently, but there is a danger in this.
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How you can keep a drain water disinfector functioning optimally

Did you know there are risks associated with the reuse of drain water? Viruses and fungi which are present in the drain water can be spread throughout the greenhouse when recirculated. The attention for prevention and control of viruses such as ToBRFV has increased in the recent years. Good prevention also includes disinfection of drain water and maintenance of the drain water disinfector. 
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On a fresh sunny morning driving along the heat storage tank it shows a small feather of vapour Leakage! Repairing the tank seems like a simple task, but where to go to with 5,000 m3 of water and how do I get the tank refilled?
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In greenhouse horticulture, climate systems have grown into a complex whole of high-tech subsystems with heat pumps, CHPs, heat exchangers and cold and heat storage tanks. The quality of the feed water is one of the most important factors for the service life of these systems. We advise you to look into this together with your installer.
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Transformers are an important link in the continuity of your lighting installation. Make sure you have a backup.
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In more and more countries, the demand for new technologies to limit fossil fuel dependence is increasing. New techniques lead to new risks. How can you safely embed this in your organisation?
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The use of LED lighting in horticulture is increasing. The higher efficiency in light output, longer lifespan and possibilities to adjust the lighting to a specific crop are major advantages. The range in LED fixtures is large, and so are the differences in quality. We give you tips on what to look out for when buying and installing LED fixtures.
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