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Smart greenhouse developed by PlantHive optimized by Sirris

Sirris optimizes PlantHive's smart greenhouse concept for mass production.

Do you like the idea of growing small fruits, vegetables and herbs in a design greenhouse in your home that takes care of the light and watering itself? Well, that's the concept that was developed by PlantHive. The Belgian start-up devised a hydroponic greenhouse, where the plants grow on a substrate in a soil-free environment, away from insects and inclement weather. The result is an indoor garden that is esthetically pleasing and where the produce tastes good. Sirris contributed to this little miracle by optimizing the concept for industrial manufacturing.

 

  • PlantHive developed a smart living-room greenhouse.
  • Then Sirris conceptualized and optimized the project for industrial production.
  • PlantHive is now ready for the next step, namely the crowdfunding campaign that will provide it with the pre-financing it needs.

 

PlantHive is a start-up operating in the field of hydroponics, which involves growing plants out of the soil, on a neutral, inert substrate. This technique has the benefit of providing full control of the growth process, improving growing times and the taste. 

PlantHive came to Sirris looking for what it was missing in terms of further developing its project, so expertise in industrial production. 

A concept ... and then what?

The concept was appealing, and the initial pre-industrial prototype manufactured by the young designers had proven its worth. All that remained was to ensure it could be mass-produced, and at a reasonable cost. For this industrial-production phase, PlantHive turned to Sirris.

Optimized for production

Sirris redesigned the product with a view to industrial production. The engineers revamped the parts to optimize their cost price and ease of assembly by looking at electronic aspects, the sensors' layout, the LED lights, and other components. On this basis, they drew up the technical specifications for the various parts, and assessed the production cost. 

Focus on funding

Having a product that could be manufactured on a large scale, the start-up was then able to clarify its business model and seek out suppliers with clear technical specifications. This meant it can now prepare for the next step, namely launching the crowdfunding campaign that will provide it with the advance sales it needs to finance the start of production.