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REINFORCED PLASTIC COVERS FOR TABLE GRAPES, CHERRY ORCHARDS AND SOFT-BERRY FRUITS.

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Early Ripening and Late Harvest. Protection against Rain, Wind, Hail and Sand.
Ongoing climatic changes continue to disrupt weather seasons and cause unpredictable rainfalls. This means that plastic covers for rain protection are a vital tool to extend market presence, during early and late harvest periods, as well as a defensive barrier during the vegatative-reproductive cycle of the plants. For this reason in many areas plastic sheets are installed from the moment that the first shoots reach a length of 3 to 4 cm and maintained until harvest. Plastic covers are necessary to defend the vegetative apparatus from rain, thus reducing the risk of diseases such as botrytis, 'downy mildew' (peronospora) and 'powdery mildew' (oidium) or 'cracking'. These covers reduce the frequency of pesticide treatments allowing for a significant reduction of residual pollutants on the fruit crop. The covers are also a protection against wind and sudden changes of temperature.

Light management.
Light is an important component in the proper development of plants and it can be controlled by the plastic covers that are placed above the vineyards and fruit orchards. Too much light exposure can damage and slow down the vegetative process much more than high temperatures. In fact, for optimum photosynthesis it is necessary that the plastic covers allow adequate light transmission, reducing it by an average of 13 to 18%. This is to protect the plant from both excessive light intensity and high temperatures in late spring, the flowering period, and during the summer months.

Choosing the most suitable cover.
The choice of the correct cover is important in order to obtain the desired results. The technical characteristics of the cover (such as the level of transmittance, thermic capacity, diffused light, mechanical strength) are values that are chosen on the basis of the plant variety, the type of support structure for the covers, the pedoclimate and the period of coverage.

Technology.
Through a patented welding process, strips of woven fabric are applied onto films and woven tarpaulins of varying type and thickness, creating reinforced edges and a reinforced middle area that are vital for the installation of these covers on tent-structures.

Our films and woven tarpaulins are reinforced by bonding woven fabric along their edges and in the middle area by using a mixture of molten copolymers which join the reinforcement fabric to the base product.

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Retilplast S.r.l.

Retilplast S.r.l.

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Retilplast Srl, located in Southern Italy, has offered reinforced films and nets for agricultural application since 1975. We manufacture, transform and market a full range of products that help growers protect and improve the quality and quantity of their produce.

Our products find application in Viticulture, Fruticulture, Horticulture and include:

a new series of reinforced films and woven tarpaulins for covering and protecting table grapes, cherries and small wild fruits anti-hail nets windbreak nets sunshade nets and anti-insect nets in widths up to 40 metres wide anti-weed mats pollination nets.
The testing and development of new products and processing methods is vital in order to meet, and often anticipate, market requirements. Retilplast positions itself as a bridge between market needs and the world of raw materials and machinery.

We use the most advanced technologies during the processes of extrusion, weaving and lamination. The careful selection of raw materials meets the high level of quality we have achieved with our products and justifies our company's presence in the most demanding international markets.

Our applied research requires dedicated machines that are versatile and easily configurable. Retilplast and its corporate staff are committed to the continuous research, development, manufacturing and marketing of products that stand out for their very high standards of quality, mechanical strength and durability.

IDENTIFYING, ANTICIPATING AND SATISFYING CUSTOMER REQUIREMENTS.
Retilplast uses patented technology to reinforce plastic films and woven tarpaulins that are used on tent-structures as protective covers for table grapes, cherries and soft berry fruits.

This innovation allows us to offer plastic covers with optical and physical properties that previously were difficult to use on tent-structures because of their poor mechanical strength. Customers can now choose the cover that best suits their needs from a wide range of plastic sheets which have varying levels of transmittance, thermicity, diffused light, combined light (diffused and direct) and mechanical strength.

ADVANTAGES OF OUR NEW REINFORCED EDGES WITH PRE-CUT HOLES APPLIED TO TABLE-GRAPE & CHERRY COVERS.

Mechanical strength:
Our patented lateral reinforcement is much more resistant to tearing and tensile forces than the traditional methods used so far in this sector. The edges are reinforced by the application of woven fabric in order to create a selvedge on which we then apply tie-down holes. The pre-made holes facilitate the insertion of hooks and PVC tie-strings that are commonly used to install plastic table-grape and cherry covers.

These pre-cut machine-made holes applied to our new reinforced selvedges are about 45% stronger than metal grommets.

Cost-Efficient Solutions:
The application of holes instead of metal grommets is an innovative technology that creates benefits while minimizing costs. The reinforced edges are perforated at regular and constant intervals which allow for precise correspondence of the holes between two aligned sheets. This results in the use of a single tie-string, of fixed length, to fasten and join two sheets, with the added advantage of keeping consistent the mechanical stress to which the tie-down holes are subjected.

The elimination of metal eyelets also facilitates the process of recycling the covers that have ended their life cycle.

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