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6 October 2023

How to: QuickZip canopy conversion to PowerFlex system

How to: QuickZip canopy conversion to PowerFlex system

What is involved? What are the costs? And what do you need to do?

A few years ago, you bought a QuickZip rain protection system. An innovative system where the foil can be easily zipped in and out. Wonderful, right? Now, years later, it's time to replace the foil. You need to order new film for the QuickZip system. Do you choose to buy new film for your QuickZip system or are you looking for a new system?

By now, you are familiar with QuickZip's capabilities. In addition, you are aware of other systems on the market. For example, the Powerflex foil system.

Is it possible to use a QuickZip structure for the Powerflex system? The answer is simple: yes!
How do you go about it, what are the problems, what do you need and what are the costs? In this article, you will find all the answers about converting your canopy. In fact, several modifications are required.

What should be technically different

The steel posts of the QuickZip system at the front and back of the tree rows are not satisfactory. This means new posts and anchors must be installed. Why are the existing posts inadequate? They are simply not sturdy enough. The posts bend and break when with strong winds when the Powerflex system is installed.

This adjustment takes time and requires the right equipment, but it is doable. It takes a crane, for example, to install new concrete or wooden posts.

And the sides, are they suitable? It depends. If the distance between the anchors is large enough and they offer enough resistance, it can stay up. If in doubt or the distances are too short, replacing them is the only solution.

After installing new posts, the cable must be extended. This is easily solved with a piece of new cable and cable clips.

Middle posts can remain in place and the cross cables are often still usable. However, the T-iron on top of the post must be replaced with a new post cap. Pay close attention to the diameter of the post, which can vary. A major advantage of QuickZip is that all posts are on anchors. This makes installation of other systems easy.

On the heads of the QuickZip system is a zip system. This must be removed before the Powerflex foil system can be fitted.

Gutter wire spacers are fitted for the cross cable. The elastic that holds the foil strips together catches the movements. As a result, the foil moves with the wind and does not flap.

How much does converting QuickZip cost

A broad indication of the price for converting the QuickZip system is €65,000 to €75,000 per hectare. That includes materials and assembly. And excluding dismantling.

If you are considering converting the system yourself: with FruitSecurity's help, it is possible. Still in doubt? You can also outsource part or all of the project.

Read all about installation here.

In conclusion

Want to build a corridor right away for more convenience? That is an excellent idea. A corridor can be made of wood or concrete. A colleague here has an excellent blog written about it. 

Got interested? Get in touch with us. We will be happy to make an appointment to take a look at your system and make a suitable proposal. So you can soon enjoy your cherry harvest without any worries!

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!