GrowLink is a suite of 'smart farming' technologies and innovative waste, energy, growing and sustainable precinct solutions.
GrowLink offers:
SMART affordable IoT capable Automation and Control- CubeLink
Pre programmed and Customisable Greenhouse Growth Recipe Selections.
Multi Spectrum Variable LED Lighting
Reporting, Analysis and Crop Data
Unique Sustainable Closed Loop Energy Solutions including Waste to Energy to Growing
Enabling Linking Technologies for Development of Fully Sustainable Precincts

Case Study

MBD Industries originally developed the Asta process biology and engaged a multinational engineering consultant to project manage a commercial scale plant near Ayr Qld. Their initial estimate for the project was $47M against an available budget of $13M. In a bid to recover project feasibility, MBD engaged The Project Office (TPO), (Parent company to Enesys and GrowLink) to review and reduce the scope of work to a bare bones infrastructure, with no automation or process redundancy. The consultant’s estimate reduced to $35M. At this stage the project was not going to proceed, and the consultant was let go.
In a last bid save the project, MBD asked TPO/ Enesys to completely rescope the entire process and estimate as if TPO was the primary consultant and contractor (in keeping with TPO past practice). TPO had complete freedom to innovate, reduced the estimate to $15.5M, and retained full automation and process redundancy. A project budget was agreed at $13M with no contingency and the project was successfully completed early 2018 for $15.5M.
Part of the Asta project included 260 highly controlled and hygienically sealed vertical growth columns (VGC). The independent control, monitoring and data logging of each VGC included:

Automatic filling of inoculum, water or chilled water and simultaneous dosing of any mass ratio of four nutrients.
Automatic sampling of pH, ORP, tank level, and temperature.
Automatic % ratio of CO2 and Air, Blanketing and Anti-vacuum Valves.
Automatic emptying and transfer to Raceways.
The cost of conventional Instruments and PLC infrastructure to read so much data and automatically control over 1,500 valves would have crippled the project. TPO/ Enesys installed its own distributed control system called CubeLink ( key component of GrowLink) as a large-scale trial of this home grown system. One Cubelink module was mounted under each of the 260 tanks to control the equipment. The CubeLink modules only require a common three-wire data cable and a common power cable for the valves. In this way PLC costs were reduced by 80% and cabling costs were reduced by 90% because the average cable run length was reduced from 35m to 1.5m. TPO/ Enesys installed 450 CubeLink modules in the project to monitor and control 3,200 devices. CubeLink and CubeHMI are capable of winning awards on their own.

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