The Lock Award – Best Technical Innovation for Horticultural Architecture in 2008

Christoph Veit
Christoph Veit
11/17/2008

It gives us particular pleasure to recognize the accomplishments of the Pfaffenhofen-based company Kräss GlasCon GmbH, with the Lock Award.

This is the third time that trade journal TASPO has recognized the services of companies and people to the Green Market in Germany with its TASPO Awards. Over 500 representatives from every sector of this business made their way to Berlin on 7 November where the winners received their trophies in the Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

As part of a glittering gala, presided over by Ruth Moschner, awards were presented in a total of 22 categories. LOCK is the sponsor of the category entitled ‘Best Technical Innovation for Horticultural Architecture in 2008’.

Kräss GlasCon GmbH, Pfaffenhofen

It gives us particular pleasure to recognize the accomplishments of the Pfaffenhofen-based company Kräss GlasCon GmbH, with the Lock Award.

[Translate to Englisch:] F. Lock, Ruth Moschner, Uwe Weinzierl
[Translate to Englisch:] F. Lock, Ruth Moschner, Uwe Weinzierl

Firma Kräss GlasCon GmbH, Pfaffenhofen

Climate change has now reached us. For greenhouse operators and garden centres alike, the recent marked increase in the power of direct sunlight is pushing up interior temperatures. Shading equipment is no longer able, unsupported, to provide enough protection from solar gain.

This was what prompted Kräss GlasCon, based in Pfaffenhofen, a town on the banks of the river Roth, to develop its K3000 Climate Concept. In an elaborate set of simulations, location factors are established and defined. These factors include geographic location, height above sea level, duration of daylight hours with direct sunlight, volume of precipitation (i.e. rainfall) etc.

K3000 objectively evaluates all of these parameters and then optimizes the design of the building shell and the climate control software for Luv-Lee control of ventilation flaps. This enables Kräss with its K3000 Climate Concept to create optimum ambient conditions inside greenhouses and garden centres, with superb thermal protection in summer and a substantial increase in the frequency of interior air changes.

Website: www.kraess.de

The other finalists:

  • Consortium Deutscher Baumschulen GmbH, Ellerbek
    With a sorting machine for enhancement substrates. This machine measures the thickness and length of plants and then sorts, places to one side and counts them in accordance with predefined instructions.
  • Voß Beregnungstechnik GbR, Niemberg/Eismannsdorf
    With a mobile sprinkling system for plant transport vehicles. This sprays water on the plants when required, saving labour time as well as water.
  • Technische Handelmaatschappij J. de Wild, NL - NH Roosendaal
    With Elephants Trunk, a kind of harness which redistributes the weight of hedge shears from arms and shoulders to the hips making this job more ergonomical.
  • Wilhelm van de Loo GmbH, Goch-Nierswalde
    With its Pe-Loo-Wheel spreader carriage which uniformly distributes water, fertilizer and plant protection products (e.g. pesticides), thereby optimizing plant care operations.