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Benches are critically important to plant quality and labor costs.

Lets look at choices…

1. Growing On The Ground

Throw down some weed barrier and lay your crop right on the ground. No investment in benches needed beyond the weed barrier and you can rearrange your layout whenever you need.

a. Pros: Low cost, some flexibility in layout
b.Cons: Extra labor placing, spacing and lifting crop, Cold roots impact quality unless you put hot water heat in floor.

2. Stationary Benches

Typically I see these as wood frame with some type of mesh tabletop or steel and aluminum benches with expanded metal tops. Wood can be slightly less expensive that metal benches although there is a cost for upkeep and can make it hard to disinfect at year-end. Stationary benches are the right choice if you have a retail house but stationary benches do not use floor efficiency well – often with only 50% to 60% floor covering.

a. Pros: Gets crop up where you can more easily work, mesh tops and expanded metal tops improves air flow and improves plant quality, allows heat to go under the bench
b. Cons: Too many aisles reduce crop efficiency

3. Rolling Benches

Typically these are metal benches using an expanded metal mesh top. Rolling benches allow a house to reduce down to one aisle and still allow you to reach across any bench to water or load/pick your crop.

a. Pros: Improve crop efficiency with typically 80% + bench coverage, metal benches low maintenance, expanded metal allows good airflow and allows you to put heat under the bench.
b. Cons: One aisle means no retail – this is wholesale only configuration, must learn new labor techniques to keep efficient as it can be a long walk to one plant, more costly to install

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4. Traveling Benches

Here the benches move to you with a bench system designed to fill a house. You move the small, often 8’ x 15’ benches, on a series of rollers and conveyors to your planting area – then move the bench to your growing area. When shipping you pull whole bench out of the greenhouse to pick and pack the orders. While this might be the most expensive system to install there is real labor savings and utilization payback. Depending on the greenhouse and crop, these systems approach 95% bench utilization.

a. Pros: Dramatic improvement in labor efficiency, can automate using robots a number of tasks, best use of floor space.
b. Cons: Difficult to pick small orders. More expensive to install, requires greenhouse to be configured to take advantage of product flow.

5. Flood Benches

Benches that are designed to sub-irrigate a crop. I have seen all sorts of flood benches from simple poly lined to fiberglass troughs to more sophisticated benches with hard plastic liners. This type of bench can be stationary, rolling or a traveling type depending on your under-frame. Key here is that your watering labor is reduced as well as crop uniformity improved and all runoff water is collected. Combining your bench system with your irrigation does have a few extra problems to solve – including making sure your benching system can handle not only the weight of your crop but also the added weight of the water. But the benefits of having a flood bench system should outweigh any engineering hurdles.

a. Pros: Highest quality crop with uniform watering through entire bench, reduced labor costs, allows water to be collected and reused.
b. Cons: Adding irrigation system to a bench system is most expensive option. Not a good retail setup (although better at retail than drip tubes)

6. Tiered Bench Displays

This is a retail configuration with goal of making it easier for shoppers to see and reach our products. I find most ‘benches’ are poor for consumers as we expect a shopper to bend over and reach. Compared to how typically clothing stores are set up where I see narrow shelves typically no deeper than 18” – a 5’ or 6’ wide greenhouse bench is just not consumer friendly. Most tiered displays use narrow width tops and then stack a few shelves at easy to reach heights. Many have a bar for hanging baskets. While you might not be able to put as many plants on a tiered display – they will sell more quickly – and give the shopper a more pleasant experience (and we all know those two things are completely linked…)

a. Pros: Better visual display, faster turn at retail
b. Cons: Can fewer plants than large wide benches, extra cost

So how do you decide what is best? Can you evolve from one system to another as your business changes? I am a big fan of the ‘business plan’ approach to managing your business. Your bench decisions should be driven by where you want the business to go.

Clearly if you are retail grower versus a wholesale grower there are logical paths.

Retail grower: Here you need a bench system set up for your customers – not for production, Questions to ask will be do you install permanent benches or do you have a concrete floor and benches that can be moved to fit season or display? Recognizing here that concrete floors are not a low cost option but may create a better shopping experience. As you think about benches think about customer flow, what will be most comfortable for them and effective for you to set displays?

Wholesale grower: Again based on your business plan, will your business be large enough to later install traveling benches – and if so would you set up your product and material flow a certain way now to avoid making massive production changes later? We often see growers keep crop on the ground for a few years then leap right into a traveling bench system.

My suggestion is that you work with a manufacturer who understands your business needs and can adapt a bench system to impact your plant quality, your labor and your overall success with customers.

Laurie Scullin is the owner of a product, idea and business development company – The New Product Group. Scullin has spent the last 20 years offering marketing support to some of the industry's top firms and has developed programs in use at independent garden centers, big-box chains and supermarkets across the United States and Canada. 

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Commercial Greenhouse Benches / Tables / Racks

MAD Greenhouse Products designs & supplies premium, commercial greenhouse benches & tables used for propagation or retail or both.  Every bench is built to last using strong 14 gauge galvanized steel for all legs, leveling headers and framework.  Side and end rails, as well as rounded bench corners and leg connectors, are custom extruded from heavy marine-grade aluminum.  All parts are delivered to you pre-drilled, with necessary fasteners.  A few common hand tools are all that is needed for these easy-to-assemble units.

Commercial Greenhouse Benches & Tables – Style Options
Our commercial Greenhouse Benches, Tables and Tables are custom made to suit the layout of your greenhouse.  No size is out of the question.  Standard or custom-designed greenhouse benches and tables are available as: Commercial Greenhouse Benches & Tables – Top Options
Growers have a choice of benchtops to be configured on any of our stationery, rolling, or multi-tiered grow benches.  You may select:
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Growers Supply

Premium Greenhouse Benches come in rolling tabletop and stationary styles and can easily be connected to run the entire length of a commercial greenhouse. Ideal for bench-top crop growing, plug growing, production applications, nursery applications, product displays, retail garden center applications, and research facility applications.

  • Frames are manufactured from 1.25", 14-gauge galvanized structural steel with extruded aluminum 4" side rails and soft, finished corners for attractive appearance and worker safety.
  • Durable, economical and efficient for any greenhouse application.
  • Assembled with stainless steel fasteners and topped with durable expanded metal.
  • Rolling tabletop benches are designed to easily move to the side, creating alley ways ideal for nursery and greenhouse workers and also increasing growing space.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Multi-Level Benches create additional space to display plants without increasing the bench's footprint. All Multi-Level Benches come with a 24" top tier.
  • Benches are 32" tall.
  • For a custom-designed system* contact your knowledgeable Greenhouse Specialist at extension 1265.
  • *Customization options include: customized lengths and widths, adjustable leg and table leveler, rolling bench with anti-tip connection, and multiple levels.
Sours: https://www.growerssupply.com/farm/supplies/prod1%3Bgs_greenhouse_benches_shelves%3Bpg112412.html
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Greenhouse Benches and Greenhouse Rolling Benches

GrowSpan supplies a variety of grow room and greenhouse benches, from rolling benches to automated mobile containers, so growers are sure to find the ideal solution for their operation. Benches play an important role in the growing environment by improving organization and acting as a stable platform for crops to grow properly. When choosing GrowSpan, growers have access to the finest bench options to optimize greenhouse or grow room layouts while expanding growing potential.

GrowSpan Greenhouse Structures offers a number of advanced benching options, like mobile containers, and can meet even the most specific benching requirements with custom designed solutions. Request a free quote for more information on custom benching. GrowSpan is also proud to offer a new bench top liner system that creates air gaps between trays for positive pressures systems and improved airflow in the plant’s canopy.

THE GROWSPAN GROW ROOM AND GREENHOUSE BENCHES ADVANTAGE INCLUDES:

  • Optimize production space – Improve organization
  • Automate any grow – Reduce labor and operating costs
  • Simplify irrigation and other maintenance tasks – Easier access to crops
  • Improve efficiency – Organize for ease of movement
  • One-stop shopping experience – Products and expertise for any greenhouse need
  • Expert consultation – Easy greenhouse integration

OPTIMIZE ORGANIZATION WITH COMMERCIAL GREENHOUSE BENCHES

All of GrowSpan’s Grow Room and Greenhouse Benches improve organization by allowing greater control over the layout of the growing area. Greenhouse rolling benches are a mobile solution that provides the ability to organize a grow based on crop, growth stage, or any other factor. GrowSpan Commercial Greenhouse Benches offer an organization solution for even the largest operations, as they can be connected up to any length.

Besides improving greenhouse organization, GrowSpan Greenhouse Benches also decrease labor costs. These benches provide easier access to plants, making maintenance tasks less laborious, saving commercial growers time and money.

AUTOMATE YOUR GROW WITH GREENHOUSE MOBILE CONTAINERS

With GrowSpan’s Greenhouse Mobile Containers, growers can optimize their grow room or greenhouse organization, while also improving the overall flow of their grow. These automated growing systems allow growers to manipulate the layout of their growing area, controlling the movement of crops and eliminating or adding walkways with ease. The ability to change the entire organization at a moment’s notice helps growers to optimize production space and improve grow room efficiency when they need to most.

GrowSpan Grow Room Benches can also incorporate an irrigation system to help create a fully automated growing operation. GrowSpan benches are easily adapted to existing irrigation systems, so they can improve upon any operation. Combining the benefits of benches with an automated irrigation or fertigation system optimizes the growing space, lowers labor costs and reduces water and fertilizer waste.

To start organizing your greenhouse layout or to learn more about GrowSpan’s Grow Room and Greenhouse Benches, Call or Request a Quote today.

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Growers Supply

Premium Greenhouse Benches come in rolling tabletop and stationary styles and can easily be connected to run the entire length of a commercial greenhouse. Ideal for bench-top crop growing, plug growing, production applications, nursery applications, product displays, retail garden center applications, and research facility applications.

  • Frames are manufactured from 1.25", 14-gauge galvanized structural steel with extruded aluminum 4" side rails and soft, finished corners for attractive appearance and worker safety.
  • Durable, economical and efficient for any greenhouse application.
  • Assembled with stainless steel fasteners and topped with durable expanded metal.
  • Rolling tabletop benches are designed to easily move to the side, creating alley ways ideal for nursery and greenhouse workers and also increasing growing space.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Multi-Level Benches create additional space to display plants without increasing the bench's footprint. All Multi-Level Benches come with a 24" top tier.
  • Benches are 32" tall.
  • For a custom-designed system* contact your knowledgeable Greenhouse Specialist at extension 1265.
  • *Customization options include: customized lengths and widths, adjustable leg and table leveler, rolling tabletop bench with anti-tip connection, and multiple levels.
Sours: https://www.growerssupply.com/farm/supplies/prod1%3Bgs_greenhouse_benches_shelves%3Bpg112412_112415R5X08.html
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Greenhouse Rolling Tables

You may be wondering, “What is a greenhouse rolling table?” A rolling bench system (bench and table are used interchangeably) is an indoor grow table that maximizes the use of space in your greenhouse or indoor grow room. These systems provide ergonomic benefits to workers, allow you to get the highest yields per your grow space, and keep your cultivation space clean and organized. Botanicare Slide Bench Systems in 4-ft or 5-ft are an especially good option for hydroponic rolling tables. Commercial greenhouse rolling benches are useful if you are growing plants in containers as well. No matter what growth substrate you are using, rolling benches will allow you to smoothly roll your tables from side to side eliminating the need for multiple aisles in your growing space.

Rolling Benches for Sale

Building rolling greenhouse benches takes a lot of engineering and requires you to use high-grade stainless steel or aluminum cut to various lengths, along with components for the greenhouse bench tops. DIY rolling grow tables are not a good idea because an individual will not get economic pricing on building supplies and will have to invest impractical amounts of time into building them. Building greenhouse tables DIY will also require a lot of tools and welding which most people will not have on hand.

When it comes to buying a sliding bench system, rolling grow benches are costly, but not so costly that you will not immediately save a significant amount of time and money over trying to build them yourself. Rolling tables will have different costs depending on what size you want, but if you are not looking for anything over about 10-feet, $1,000 to $1,500 per table is an approximate price that you can expect for a Botanicare sliding bench system. Many systems will also come with a warranty that offers added value since you would be entirely responsible if something goes wrong with a DIY rolling grow table.

Stationary Greenhouse Benches vs Rolling Grow Tables

When looking at tables for greenhouse use, you may just need something simple to assist with daily work. However, if you are planning on putting your plants on a table, the cost of rolling tables vs a stationary table made of food-grade anti-corrosion stainless steel is surprisingly comparable. Why buy a $500 stainless steel stationary greenhouse bench that will not offer anything extra when you can invest a little more upfront for a long-term solution that maximizes your growing capacity? Remember that grow room and greenhouse tables need to withstand humid conditions that will contaminate a basic stainless steel work table with rust after a very short period of time. Commercial greenhouse benches need to be constructed of a material that will resist rust and corrosion for years to come. Instead of re-purposing grow tables, it is wise to invest in commercial grow tables that are intended for greenhouse or grow room use.

Rolling Bench Design

Rolling bench designs from Botanicare employ a modular system that allows you to create truly custom greenhouse benches. When benches are installed in a parallel layout, the rolling grow benches can move side to side across the aisle space so there is only one aisle in use at a time. Depending on which brand of rolling greenhouse tables you choose, they will offer slightly different designs with different abilities to move directionally and some also offer adjustable height.

Types of Greenhouse Benches

Botanicare rolling benches are just one of the many types of greenhouse benches that are available. A v-track rolling bench is another type of greenhouse rolling table. They provide the same space-saving benefits as a regular rolling bench system, but instead of having a fixed base, the entire table moves on a rolling track called a “floor-mounted v-track.”

Of course, if you are looking for a stationary alternative to greenhouse rolling tables, you may consider a grow tray stand (also called a flood table stand). These simple stands are used to elevate plastic grow trays. They can be used to hold plants in containers, but are most commonly used in hydroponics ad flood tables.

Where to Buy Commercial Greenhouse Tables

Whether you are looking for simple grow tray stands, hydroponic rolling tables, or rolling bench systems Hortitech Direct has a variety of offerings to fit your needs. Our expert staff can help you with your greenhouse table plans for rolling greenhouse benches. If you need something that you do not see in our store, feel free to reach out to us. In some cases, we can offer custom solutions and designs to fit your special needs.

Sours: https://www.hortitechdirect.com/pages/greenhouse-rolling-tables

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