Tunnel & glide nets
TenCate Nicolon® tunnel nets are indispensable when emptying compost tunnels. These high-quality textiles allow you to do this quickly and efficiently, without leaving any compost behind in the tunnel. TenCate produces 3 types of tunnel mats developed on the basis of the compost manufacturers’ requirements.
Type R176 is used for phase 1 compost. Types R875 and R186 are mainly used in the processes of Phase 2 and Phase 3 compost. Differences between these types are found mainly in tensile strength and aeration. Good aeration saves considerable energy cost. Cleaning properly after each flush is recommended. In addition, the R176 and R186 are also resistant to higher temperatures during pulling, saving time at every flush. It is necessary to cool the R875 to a tunnel temperature of about 25 degrees C before starting the pulling process.
Glide nets are placed under the tunnel nets which not only lengthen the lifespan of the tunnel nets, but also cause a considerable reduction in resistance: the friction coefficient is reduced from 0.8 to 0.25. In concrete terms, this means that more weight can be handled than if no glide nets were used.
At the moment, TenCate Nicolon® has 2 types of glide nets in its assortment, which are all used in various situations. The R762 is intended for the heavy work, and is very suitable in combination with R176 (phase 1) and R186 (phase 2/3). The R448 are available for application in phases 2 and 3 in combination with the R186 and R875.
TenCate delivers the glide nets in the size you specify, with side cords and/or seams, if necessary. In order to have an optimum effect the nets must be checked regularly for any damage.