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03.04.2017 // Why Modular Systems Kick-Ass

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Here at GRO.io we love modular over non-modular. It’s been part of our design ethos since day one and we wanted to share with you why we feel so strongly about it;

Btw, we struggled with the word ‘non-modular’ for over an hour.. It feels a bit awkward but nothing else fit (static? fixed?…).

Customizable
When it comes to indoor growing (and just about everything else) one-size does not fit all. Each grower has their own needs and requirements. Three plants? Six plants? Twelve plants? (Shh, it’s a super-secret we’ll be announcing in the next few weeks:) Whatever your specific goals may be modular systems work better to meet them.

Affordability
Alright, truth be told cutting edge grow tech like GRO.io isn’t what you’d call cheap but by making it expandable we’ve also tried make it more affordable. Take our three plant starter system for example, you can always add more buckets and even more light bars…while still starting with a highly sophisticated and advanced growing solution.

Scalable
We always recommend that new growers start small and grow big. It’s cool to grow six monster plants but it’s cooler to know you could start with three and add more when you’re ready. The opposite can be true as well, you grew six last time but only want three your next grow.

Upgradable
Beyond scale modular also let’s you swap out system components more easily. Did you start out with a small 3 plant grow and are now ready to move into a big-ass 24 plant/site Ebb & Flow system? No problem.

Future Proof
Technology moves crazy fast and that goes even for agg tech. A good example of this is LED lighting. It just keeps getting more powerful, cheaper and cooler.. And our modular light design makes it very simple for us to keep tapping into those advances while not making you buy all new stuff.

So now you know a little more about the goals we had that pushed us to go modular. Or maybe it was our deep love of Lego blocks… Has anyone ever made a bucket out of Lego? Probably not 🙂

07.20.2016 // Update 7/20

UPDATE 7/20

Summary: New office space is (sort of) operational !  

Details:  Our big progress this week was getting into our office and lab space.  It’s been an extremely challenging journey..and it’s not done yet (still waiting on internet, desks, final plumbing…) but it’s operational enough for us to move into and be productive.  

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07.03.2016 // Update : 7/1

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UPDATE 7/1

Summary: First Production Batch remains on schedule for an August shipment.  If you haven’t already secured your spot with our Pre-Order offer I’d encourage you do so soon.  

Details:  We continue to take delivery on a wide range of system components, with our custom laboratory grade pH and EC probes arriving today in 14 boxes.   The printed circuit board production samples have also completed their testing phase and we’re working to schedule our first large production order.  The lead time on those is typically 4 weeks which will put them in our hands end of July and just in time for building our first order runs.  

The new challenge we have is with our office space.  The pace at which the contractors are moving is stunningly slow.  We had hoped to be in 3-4 weeks ago and we’re still waiting on the basics to be complete (paint, carpet…).  The good news is the space is looking awesome, we’ll have plenty of room for assembly, test, shipping, support…I’ll try and post some photos later in the week.  

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July!  

-ds

 

06.24.2016 // Update : 6/24

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Update 6/24

Summary: First Production Batch remains on schedule for an August shipment.  

Details:  Lot’s of activity this week to share.  We received a shipment of 1,000 water level sensors, placed the production order for our LED diffuser plates (2 week lead time) and have been working directly with our printed circuit board manufacturer in China to finalize their upcoming production run.  Light samples arrived as scheduled and will be going through QA testing starting on Monday.

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