The Benefits of Data-driven Predictive Maintenance for Commercial Cannabis Facilities
Since legalization, cannabis growers have sought out better ways to farm to meet demand without...
Ventilation plays a vital role in ensuring plants are strong and healthy. For commercial cannabis growers, it’s also key to producing better quality and higher yields. Automating commercial cannabis ventilation takes the guesswork out of indoor grows and optimizes crop development at every stage. But it takes the right strategy to truly succeed.
Though indoor-grown cannabis plants don’t experience many of the environmental stressors their outdoor cousins face, artificial environments present their own challenges. Chief among these is maintaining proper ventilation.
What ventilation does for indoor grows:
Automating commercial cannabis ventilation ensures correct airflow within growing facilities and promotes strong, healthy plants.
Successful grow facilities capitalize on smart automation to control ventilation. This means integrating IoT technology and smart facilities management platforms to continually adjust equipment for optimal conditions. Your strategy should take into account:
Properly automated airflow keeps temperatures and humidity within acceptable ranges, which keeps plants healthy and disease-free. Fans should regulate airflow to allow a fresh breeze to blow steadily through the grow area, ideally just above the tops of the plants. However, fans shouldn’t blow directly across the plants, as this may cause damage.
Ventilation should bring fresh air into the grow area toward the bottom of the room. As the grow lights heat the air, it rises through the plants. This allows plants to effectively utilize carbon dioxide. Using multiple fans that blow from different directions helps mix the air to prevent dead spots.
Intake fans blow cooler, fresh air into a room, lowering temperatures and making exhaust fans work less hard. This fresh air will normally come in from inlets along the bottom of the room, pumped in via fans similar to those that extract hot air. However, these fans should ideally only have a quarter of the power that exhaust fans provide. Automating intake fans to create an ideal airflow ensures plants receive a constant supply of carbon dioxide.
Exhaust fans remove hot air from grow areas to regulate air temperature. If not properly vented out of the grow area, this hot air can cause problems. These include:
Automated exhaust fans ensure conditions stay within your desired parameters and prevent damage.
Ventilation systems rely on air filters to remove particulates like pollen, fungal spores, or other contaminants. While the filters themselves are not automated, air quality monitoring devices that detect and quantify air pollutants can help you determine whether your filters are working and if they need to be replaced.
Intelligent automation systems continuously monitor and control commercial cannabis ventilation and other vital elements of your operation to maintain ideal grow conditions. But the benefits go far beyond ventilation.
A smart building platform:
A cutting-edge platform, like onPoint, allows you to easily manage operations and make smarter decisions about your building, your crops, and your business. This is the future of commercial cannabis grow facilities, and it is possible today.
Buildings IOT offers state-of-the-art solutions for automating commercial cannabis ventilation and transforming your grow facility. Contact our team of experts to learn more about what we can do for you.
Shayne Taker, Director of Sales at Buildings IOT, leads business development and sales for strategic accounts at Buildings IOT. Shayne is a former student athlete and professional hockey player who transitioned his competitiveness from hockey to intelligent buildings. Prior to joining Buildings IOT, he engineered, designed, and integrated cannabis cultivation facilities across Canada and Southeast Europe, developing a deep understanding of the cultivation center’s form, function, and flow. Shayne began his smart building career designing complex, smart building backbones in commercial facilities and ensured the systems network design and availability met specification including an award-winning facility in Washington D.C.