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16 October 2023

Conversion of Voen covering systems to PowerFlex systems

Conversion of Voen covering systems to PowerFlex systems

In fruit farming, we get up every day with one goal. Making sure our orchards not only survive, but thrive. In your world, the forces of nature are both friend and foe. The health of your crops is always paramount. For years, you have relied on the protection of Voen covers. But now your film has worn out and you have to make a choice.

Time and technology do not stand still. That is why we are writing this article.  Introducing a new option in your fruit protection: The Powerflex system.

Imagine an orchard where care and protection come together. The latest technology, where every element is designed with the future in mind. That is what Powerflex offers. But what does this mean in practical terms?

We all want to walk into our orchard with peace of mind. Knowing that our crops are getting the best possible protection. PowerFlex offers that peace of mind. With its design, this system offers a level of protection previously unthinkable. You can literally go to work whistling knowing your crops are safe. The PowerFlex system was designed by fruit growers. It is designed to prevent wind from getting a hold on the system. The combination of a fixed gutter wire and elastic connection between the film ensures that rain can never hit the trees.

Yes, there is a cost associated with switching to PowerFlex, this is an investment that pays off - literally. Think improved yields, higher quality fruit. All because your fruit won't get wet from pounding rain. Think of the market benefits of being able to supply quality produce. This is not an expense; it is a seed planted for future growth.

What needs to be done if I want to convert my Voen cover to a PowerFlex system?

Your structure is by and large ready for the Powerflex foil system. The end posts need to be checked if they are strong enough. These are often replaced with concrete. Testing the anchors for sufficient resistance is also important. Longitudinal and transverse cables are strong enough.

The most important modification is the gutter wire to be mounted. This is an addition to the existing structure.

Can you convert the system yourself or do you have to outsource?

You can certainly convert the Voen cover yourself. I believe any grower can convert his canopy with guidance. Of course, you can also outsource it. There are several options. Check out the options here!

What should you know about the Powerflex foil system?

This system did not just fall out of the sky. It was developed by fruit growers. Out of frustration at the lack of a good system, it was started. For more than 20 years, the Powerflex film system has been under construction. It is the result of extensive study, testing and direct feedback from the community. It is a system rooted in knowledge, backed by experience, and driven by the desire to continuously improve.

What is the cost of new foil on my Voen foil cover?

Converting a Voen canopy costs, depending on the quality of the posts and anchors, between €50-60,000 including assembly. Excluding assembly, it is €30-40,000

Innovation waits for no one. The fruit growing sector is dynamic and evolving rapidly. It is crucial to jump on the train while you still can. The options for installation and conversion are not endless. The time to take action is now.

So, what are you waiting for? Switch to the Powerflex system and set the tone for the future of innovative, successful and sustainable fruit growing. Your orchard deserves the best, and this is the chance to provide exactly that.

Gerben van Veldhuizen - FruitSecurity Holland

Gerben van Veldhuizen

CEO & fruitprotection specialist

My mission is to help as many fruit growers as possible get a good harvest.
So that fruit damage can be prevented, no delivery problems occur, and fruit growers can harvest successfully!