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20 January 2023

Roll-up system or PowerFlex?

Roll-up system or PowerFlex?

As a fruit grower, you have to endure countless pests. Frost, birds, insects, rain and many other conditions lurk to affect or even largely destroy your crop. In the end, every fruit grower has their own way of protecting their fruit from this. One fruit grower protects his orchard against frost with frost candles, while another uses heaters or ovens. Another fruit grower again opts for hail nets, while his fellow grower does not use hail nets.

In fruit growing, through experience, a solution has been sought to protect fruit from the weather as best as possible in as complete a system as possible. Foil covers are a good example of this.
The search for the right cover has meant that there are many different covers available on the market. This article contrasts the rolling cover with the Powerflex system and lists the advantages and disadvantages of both systems.

The rolling system

The advantages of the rolling system are:

  • Easy rolling up and unrolling of the foil
  • Solid construction, based on greenhouse structures
  • No need to remove the foil from the system during the winter period
  • Easy to add insect nets to protect your orchard against fruit flies
  • Possibilities for early or late harvesting.

The disadvantages of the roll cover are:

  • Relatively with foil systems high investment cost
  • Installation requires a lot of work

The Powerflex system

The advantages of the Powerflex system are:

  • Insect protection and bird protection possible
  • Fully closed foil sides for early harvesting
  • Windproof due to elastic connection
  • Winter storage with black foil for longer foil life
  • Cheaper than the rolling cover system

The disadvantages of the system are:

  • Anchoring on the sides
  • Annually recurring setup and unrolling work
  • Of course, there are many more pros and cons for both systems.

If you are interested, we will be happy to help you make a choice. Feel free to send us an e-mail or contact us by phone. On our website, you can find even more information about the systems we can offer you to protect your orchard.

Don't take on the challenge alone, let us think with you! Together we are strong!

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!