Artemis is excited to announce that we have expanded our zone capacity management tool to include unit area as well as unit quantity.
Our growers gave us feedback on how we can better support their zone management, so in April 2021 Artemis transformed our zone page into a dashboard for growers to manage everything happening in their zones, including what tasks are due or completed, what varieties and batches are active in each zone, and the capacity of that zone.
Managing your zone’s capacity is critical to increasing profitability. Not having real-time insight into the capacity of each zone can have costly consequences, whether attempting to move a batch of plants into a greenhouse that is already full or realizing that you should have seeded more because your greenhouse has underutilized space.
Our new zones page includes a bar that visualizes the capacity of each zone. The way many of our growers calculate a zone’s capacity is a percentage based on units available. For example, if your unit is one tray, and your zone can fit 10 trays in it, a zone with 8 trays in it is at 80% capacity with 2/10 units available.
This default method of calculating a zone’s capacity worked for many growers, but it did not account for zones that store units of varying sizes. We also have an increasing number of growers that calculate their zone capacity in area (e.g. square feet, square meters) rather than unit quantity. Now, customers can calculate the area of their zone, as well as the area of each unit they use, to have a more accurate representation of their zone’s capacity.
Take for example a zone with an area capacity od 1,000 sq. ft.
This zone could store both small and medium sized trays. Now growers can fill in the unit size for each tray size as well as the zone’s total area capacity, and Artemis will calculate the zone’s current available capacity based on the quantity and area of each tray in that zone. In this example, the zone has an area of 1,000 sq. ft., so it can fit 500 small trays at 2 sq. ft each, 250 medium trays at 4 sq. ft. each, or a combination of both.
Each zone has page that displays its’ capacity, a list of each batch in that zone, and every complete and incomplete task assigned to that zone. In this example, you can see Zone 1 has six batches of plants in both small and medium trays. The area of each small and medium tray in that zone is calculated to total 346 sq. ft used out of 1,000 total sq. ft., which means this zone is at 34.6% capacity.
Whether their zone capacity is calculated by unit quantity or unit area, Artemis’ growers can now manage the capacity of their zones more accurately, avoiding the costly mistakes of over planting or underutilizing their area under cultivation.