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Netafim is a company in the field of irrigation for agriculture and landscaping. The company focuses on crops in the area of drip irrigation, greenhouse turnkey projects, and biofuel energy crops. Founded in 1965, Netafim introduced a new concept of low-volume irrigation, launching the drip irrigation revolution. Wikipedia.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: KBBE.2012.1.1-03 | Award Amount: 8.04M | Year: 2012

The objective of the FIGARO project is to significantly reduce the use of fresh water on farm level through developing a cost-effective, precision irrigation management platform. The platform will be structured for data acquisition from monitoring devices and forecasting tools, data interpretation, system control, and evaluation mechanisms enabling full decision support for end users at farm scale. These tools will be integrated with multiple state-of-the-art irrigation technologies and strategies as well as newly adapted devices leading to further increased water productivity. The flexibility, cost-effectiveness, ease of use, minimal maintenance of the system and often, increases in crop yield, will boost its acceptance and up-take by the end-users (the farmers, extension workers). In addition, as added value the system will enable reduction of fertilizer use, further supporting sustainable use of natural resources and adaptation of agricultural practice to climate change. To achieve this, the FIGARO project will develop a holistic and structured precision irrigation platform which will offer farmers flexible, crop-tailored irrigation scheduling protocols for their specific fields taking into account spatial variability management.


Patent
Netafim | Date: 2013-02-04

For indoor mushroom cultivation, a method of irrigating the mushrooms includes drip irrigation pipes in the bed. The drip irrigation pipes can be disposed in a casing layer that overlies a substrate layer, and irrigation can be according to measurements taken in the environment outside of the bed.


Patent
Netafim | Date: 2014-10-29

A valve assembly includes an inlet and an outlet, and has a first state where liquid is stopped from flowing from the inlet towards the outlet, a second state where liquid is released to flow from the inlet towards and out of the outlet, and a terminal state where after flowing out of the outlet, the liquid is stopped form flowing out of the outlet. An incoming command triggers the valve assembly from the first state towards the second state and, at or after reaching the terminal state, the valve assembly transmits an outgoing command.


Patent
Netafim | Date: 2016-12-21

The present invention relates to a method of indoor mushroom cultivation comprising the steps of: providing a horizontally extending bed, providing drip irrigation pipes that are disposed in the bed, and irrigating liquid using the disposed drip irrigation pipes, wherein an amount A of liquid irrigated is determined according to a measure M taken of water evaporation in the indoor environment outside of the bed.


Patent
Netafim | Date: 2012-08-22

A pulsating irrigation device is provided that transforms a fluid flow entering the device to an intermittent pulsating fluid flow that is ejected from the device. The device has a chamber and at least one compressible member in pressure contact with the chamber. The compressible member compresses to assist the formation of the pulses ejected from the device and the fluid within the chamber is substantially sealed from contact with the interior of the compressible member.


Patent
Netafim | Date: 2014-07-26

A drip irrigation emitter includes first and second members and a deformable membrane. The membrane is located between the members, and pins that are located on the first member are received within holes formed in the second member. End portions of the pins that project out of the holes are deformed and by that press the first and second members together and compress the membrane.


A fitting assembly that can attach to an open end of a flexible pipe has a nipple and a clamp. For attachment, the pipe is fitted with its open end over the nipple and the clamp fits over the pipe where the pipe fits over the nipple. The nipple has a seal and a barb arrangement that is located rear to the seal. The seal and barb arrangement contact an inner face of the pipe. The clamp has an axial extension that is sized to overlie the barb arrangement and the seal in order to press the pipe against the barb arrangement and the seal.


Patent
Netafim | Date: 2013-10-16

The present invention relates to an irrigation pipe comprising a water tight inner layer, an outer layer and a fabric layer therebetween, the outer layer being in the form of a coating on the fabric layer and being formed with gaps that permit passage of fluid therethrough from the fabric layer.


Patent
Netafim | Date: 2013-06-27

A rotating sprinkler for intermittently emitting a liquid supplied by a pulsating device that forms pulses that have a beginning and an end. The sprinkler has a rotating portion that can rotate about an axis while emitting the liquid pulses to the outside environment. The sprinkler provides for rotation of the rotating portion during a portion of each pulse and for stopping rotation of the rotating portion during another portion of the pulse.


Patent
Netafim | Date: 2012-02-04

An irrigation pipe coupler can engage an open end of an irrigation pipe with its forward end. The coupler has a nipple and an outer collar. The nipple has an outwardly projecting barb and the collar surrounds the nipple and has an inwardly projecting bulge. The collar is slidably moved along the nipple between forward and rear terminal positions while being kept spaced radially outwardly from the nipple via a peripheral gap that is re-defined for each new position of the collar along the nipple. At each such new position, the gap has a narrow region measured in the radial direction where the collar is closest to the nipple and the narrow region gets smaller at least during at least part of the forward movement of the collar along the nipple. A window formed in the collar allows an operator to see an irrigation hose inserted into the gap.

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