Vertical production is a distinct profession. We know it inside and out, from gutter to track. Our products and our system are designed with care and research – a science that requires a common vocabulary like any other professional field. If you ever wonder about a term we use on our site, take a look here to see what we’re talking about.  

AirFrames

AutoCrop’s proprietary canopy photon and airflow delivery system for granular, per leaf light and conditioned gas recipes.

AutoCrap

Our fertilizer is a proprietary blend of 11 herbs and curated poops to dramatically increase production. Just kidding on this one! For now anyway. Hehe.

Containment Barrier

Utilizing physical elements of system infrastructure components to form a Root Zone Environment or RZE™.

Dehumidify

Closed loop grow systems require complete environmental management. Plants transpire a lot of water vapor and generally speaking, the excess needs to be removed from the local grow environment to keep our plants happy. Different crops prefer different humidity levels. Excess moisture drains directly into the RZE™.

EZRail™

AutoCrop’s proprietary toolbar and track assembly that the vertical fields advance on from seed to harvest. Also forms the top barrier of the RZE™.

Firmware

AutoCrop is OEM tech neutral. Our architecture serves as a base for many wonderful bolt on solutions as any client preferences demand. However, as we work towards driving costs out of the system, many OEM subsystems will become integrated subsystems throughout our OS as an all in one solution available for our clients.

Fluids

Per Wikipedia – In physics, a fluid is a substance that continually deforms (flows) under an applied shear stress. Fluids are a subset of the phases of matter and include, liquids, gases, plasmas and to some extent, plastic solids. Fluids can be defined as substances that have zero shear modulus or in simpler terms a fluid is a substance which cannot resist any shear force applied to it. 

Foundation

 All other systems treat the medium the crops go into as a cheap after thought. Didn’t anyone learn from the Three Little Pigs? Seriously? At AutoCrop, we are the opposite, our plants deserve better. We design and engineer our vertical field architecture for each and every crop. Fields first, everything else, after. You are worth it, my mostly green friends. Grow, my little friends, grow.

Health is Wealth™

You get to choose what you put into the temple that carries you through life. Everyday.

High Volume Continuous Production

AutoCrop’s ability to add bandwidth requires the vertical field architecture to move through the system from seed to harvest. Period is defined by month, week, day or minute. 24.7.365. Always seeding. Always growing. Always harvesting.

Layers

In the AutoCrop system, layers equate to enclosed air, root grow zones, and field construction. Engineered apertures, perforations, and channels allow root mass to grow between or at the intersection of physical layers. This allows for EZPull root mass removal and preserving the integrity of the field material for repeated use. Plant and roots grow between and functionally parallel to layers.

Linear Field Apertures

Can run the length or width of our vertical fields. Utilized for VPT™ manual and mechanized, in situ, scrim seeding or clone placement.

Microbiome

Per Wikipedia – A mix of organisms that coexist in a defined space on a much smaller scale.

Original Equipment Manufacturer

AutoCrop is designed to be OEM neutral. The AutoCrop system does not require any particular OEM for: lights, gas, environmental, data acquisition, computer programs or irrigation. A producer can use what they know best on the AutoCrop machine.

However, for our AirFrames™, we really like the following OEM products as they are really quite efficient, generate less waste heat and the form factors fit nicely into our designs by design!

Light: Fluence™ SPYDR 2p LED for directed phototropism.

Gas: the digital Hyper Fan® technology to distribute our gas mixes.

For our open grows we use the ultralight LED film: GrowFilm®

Pumps

We only need to pump the water up and gravity does the rest so we require less power than other systems.

In case a pump fails, we have chosen to stay with commonly available pumps that can be sourced at your local hardware store. Any brand will do. For one or several AutoCrop farm units we can use, for example, the Tetra® Pond 550 GPH Model number 19035 submersible pumps. High Volume Continuous Production systems require a sized solution.

Production Line

Oxford dictionary: An arrangement in a factory in which a thing being manufactured is passed through a set linear sequence of mechanical or manual operations.

OS

Operating System. Common term in the computer and software industry. The AutoCrop architecture is a simple machine I/0 processes driven system on a physical drive train. It is as close to the physical/digital divide as physically possible. We are currently on OS 1.0. What will 2.0 look like? We can’t wait to get there.

Peripherals

All the magic around the grow. Sensor arrays, the associated apps and algorithms to run them. AutoCrop is peripheral and data neutral. Producers can use what they know, their own preferred secret sauce is a bolt on solution.

R- value

Per Wikipedia – Is the temperature difference per unit of heat flux needed to sustain one unit of heat flux between the warmer surface and colder surface of a barrier under steady-state conditions

Reservoir

The AutoCrop system simple gravity feed irrigation system. Mounted below the EZRail™ toolbar within the RZE™. The AutoCrop system pumps water up. Once the reservoir fills and the water level reaches the orifices, gravity does the rest. The water self aerates through the vertical field as it cascades back to sump.

Root Zone

The area where soil and oxygen mix. All plants require a root zone. This term is generally recognized in terrestrial farming as the zone in which the soil, worms and bugs, biom, amendments, atmospheric gases, and roots all interact.

This area is an open-air mix zone, meaning that it is not a defined, controllable, interior space. A terrestrial farm field is a root zone. A flower pot with media is a root zone. Hanging baskets are another example. Hydroponics are the same.

With the AutoCrop system, root zones can be designed for a specific crop, and contained within the RZE™.

Root Zone Anchorage 

At AutoCrop, we define crop classes by root anchorage requirements. Generally speaking, the larger the canopy, the thicker the root zone anchorage layer. The AutoCrop system can grow any crop class.

Root Zone Biome

AutoCrop RZE™ microbiome: Populating a vertical field with the desired flora and fauna recipe optimized by crop to increase yield and decrease use of expensive inputs. 

Root Zone Environment, RZE™

A Root Zone Environment or RZE™ is a proprietary field interior work space that can be environmentally and fluidically manipulated. RZEs can be defined as a separate and independent grow zone between the field supporting film, the bottom gutter, and the top rail. In simpler terms, RZEs are distinct, controlled grow spaces. The RZE is the fourth grow zone. RZE™ gas delivery is distributed via the AutoCrop reservoir.

Scrim

A thin, approx 2 oz PET wicking material used to firmly hold the seed within the vertical field linear field aperture. Prevents seeds from being lost in the 10 PPI foam. The scrim product pipeline is 1. currently recyclable. 2. will have a compostable option. 3. will always be a closed loop, minimal waste stream that offers solutions.

SuperSexySeamlessGutter

AutoCrop’s proprietary seamless gutter and toolbar for our vertical field architecture. Also forms the bottom boundary of the RZE™.

Vertical Farming

We define vertical farming as a true and functional 90 degree turn from traditional, horizontal grow systems.

Vertical Field

AutoCrop’s proprietary suspended vertical field and root zone anchorage architecture. Other system view the foundation to the grow as a afterthought. a low cost necessary means. AutoCrop is the opposite. We believe the foundation of a ecosystem system is worthy of the cause. We engineer and build our field architecture for each and every crop. Our greens our worth it. A true and functional 90 degree turn from horizontal grow systems. Our Vertical Fields are ultralight with a scalable system architecture built for continual, repeated grow cycles that offer both root anchorage and a contained root zone-fluidic interaction zone. This forms a Root Zone Environment RZE™ with the ability to grow from seed, seedling, or clones, while being hostile to pests or pathogens.

Vertical Propagation Technology or VPT™

Vertical Propagation Technology or VPT™ is AutoCrop’s proprietary in situ seeding system. No poly bonded plugs required.

VPTSeeder

AutoCrop’s proprietary in situ seeding tool. Handheld or automated. Places scrim and seed into linear vertical field aperture.