The benefits of adding automation to a grow
Automation is a hot topic in just about every industry these days, as technology advancements make it seem like humans are no longer necessary to get certain jobs done, and that upsets some people. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say they’ve boycotted self-checkouts in an altruistic move to protect the jobs of cashiers, and the same is true of pick-up ovens that allow fast-food customers to get their food without ever having to interact with a single person. Some of us love the convenience it brings, but society has a love-hate relationship with automation, keeping advancements to a minimum, and oftentimes, it’s at a cost that isn’t always so apparent.
Grow facilities, greenhouses, and wide-open farms could all seriously benefit from an upgrade to automatic systems. Sure, they’re relatively new, but they were also built in hash often on minimal funds, leaving little room to consider the long-term implications. With that in mind, we’re going to go over just a few benefits that automation can provide for cultivators.
Every cultivator needs to cut costs wherever possible in order to make a profit. With sky-high licensing fees, taxes, and costly setup fees for facilities, every penny counts, and that’s just one more reason to turn to automation. Perfectly timed lights, highly efficient air systems, and minimal waste, it doesn’t take long to see a huge amount of savings, even for the smallest growers. Of course, there is an initial investment, but if it’s done right, this upgrade will pay for itself and then some in no time.
Automatic systems don’t get sick, take a day off work, and they don’t generally have rough days where the smallest details slip by due to distraction, something human beings deal with all the time. They can also measure precisely, consistently and work 24 hours a day to ensure that every single element of a grow is working at peak efficiency. This means less waste, more products, and fewer mistakes!
There are many incredible cultivation experts out there who are wonderful at what they do, but it’s only with the help of technology that they are able to produce the highest quality crops because it allows them to maintain 100% control over the environment. Automation can increase everything from germination success rates to total yield, and that’s great news for producers' bottom lines.
Cannabis cultivation in a backyard is great for the environment, but the way we grow this stuff en-mass is just terrible for the planet. We’re creating more co2 emissions, chemical runoff, and sucking the nutrients out of soils, all in the name of making money when we could be protecting both the interests of consumers and the environment. Automation can help by reducing water waste runoff, catching infestations earlier, and minimizing the amount of power used to get the job done. People are good at this, but perfectly programmed machines and technologies are so much better!
Creating new jobs
Many fear the potential job losses that seem to come from being replaced by robotics and the like when the truth is that upgrading to new cannabis technology systems can actually create new, often higher-paying positions both in and outside of the company. After all, someone has to build it, ship it, and then service each piece as it breaks down over the years. This isn’t a one-and-done transaction, and the jobs that are created from the transition will lead to the rise of brand new companies in this industry.
We need more automation in the cannabis industry if we want to reduce pollution and produce affordable top-shelf products.