The crowd cramming itself into Agritechnica is hard to describe but with so many buildings they spread out fast. Yet traffic remained stiff this second official day of the show. For this gallery we rounded up a diverse range of products that you will find interesting. Our aim here is to show some items that might make their way to the states, or profile product technologies that show interesting innovations.
Telehandlers are popular here at the event, and you've probably noticed at least one new one in each of these Agritechnica galleries. And you won't be disappointed this time either. But we also highlight a new approach to a carbon fiber spray boom that has original-equipment manufacturers taking notice. There are components that show how engineers from suppliers continue to meet company needs. And we even have a robot.
So read on to learn more about our third day at the show (remember Day 1 came from a preview day) and see what interesting technologies we found.
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1. Hybrid approach to power
In an effort to boost efficiency, farmers are looking for new technologies applied to the problem. For telehandler buyers, Merlo is stepping up with the Turbofarmer 40.7 Hybrid. Named a 2013 Gold Medal winner for this year's Agritechnica event, the Merlo hybrid telehandler has been designed to reduce emissions in hybrid mode, but also operate in full electric mode if taken indoors, such as greenhouses or dairy barns. And in electric mode the machine is very quiet as well. The hybrid mode the machine operates similarly to other telehandlers in the Merlo line. The main parts of the hybrid system include a 72 hp diesel running at a fixed number of revolutions per minute for better energy savings; an electrical generator/motor, with the motor connected to the wheels through a mechanical transmission. A hydraulic pump to feed the telescopic arm and auxiliary services; an assembly of long-life lithium batteries; an electronic control unit that controls the system; and a system of energy recovery during braking. You can learn more about this innovative machine by visiting <a href="http://www.merlo.com" target=new>merlo.com.</a>
2. A carbon spray boom
Best part of Agritechnica is running across prototype equipment that has yet come to market, but offers big benefits in reduced weight and durability. The innovative structure from Altek - a well-known maker of carbon fiber products for aerospace and even bicycles - includes carbon fiber bars, but fiberglas braces as part of the structure. The company estimates this boom in a 40-meter length - about 120-feet - would weigh in at about 850 pounds, which is about half the weight of an aluminum boom system and one-third the weight of a comparable stainless system. While it's still in prototype stage, company representatives say they've had talks with several U.S. sprayer makers. You can learn more about the sprayer by visiting <a href="http://www.altekinternational.com" target=new>Altekinternational.com</a>.
3. A little more carbon boom detail
Here's a closer look at the structure of the carbon spray boom from Altek. Aluminum blocks act as the base for each boom, and the nozzles are attached to a stainless steel tube. The precision required for carbon construction is greater than many may think. The company uses carbon filament wrapped in a tube shape for the main boom sections. Come key brackets in the prototype are made by layering sheets of carbon fiber as well. Altek's long experience with carbon fiber provides it a leg up in this spray boom design, but it will be some time before farmers see the first fruits of this work in the field.
4. New nozzles offer spray advantages
Farmers are going to pay a lot more attention to spray nozzles as new crop protection products come to market and there's a greater push for increased spray precision. Lechler has launched a third generation nozzle - the ID3, that builds on the company's ID and IDN series. The company notes that with this latest design the venturi concept remains, in the ID3 reduces drift by up to 90 percent. Pressure range for the new nozzles ranges from 28 psi to 115 psi. The nozzles retain a long style design as well, providing more space in cramped locations. Output of the nozzles can be doubled with little change in droplet size allowing you to change rates or speed without the need to change nozzles. You can learn more at <a href="http://www.lechler-agri.com" target=new>lechler-agri.com</a>
5. Self-propelled sprayer of a different design
At first glance the design of the Grim GT series sprayer gets your attention. The machine carries its engine in the lower middle and tanks on its two wheel carriages. In fact the cab rises up above the sprayer as does the boom. This machine is often used for later season spraying in mature corn crops to treat a damaging pest. We just thought U.S. readers would find the approach interesting, there's little chance it'll head your way soon. You can learn more about this at <a href="http://www.grimsrl.net" target=net>grimsrl.net</a>.
6. Axle maker gives engineers options
Designing a drive axle for a tractor or some other application is always a challenge, but Dana Spicer has an interesting answer with its new Spicer Agricultural Modular Axles that can be configured to work with tractors from 45 hp to 400 hp depending on the components chosen. This kind of design reduces the number of different parts in a model series, thus improving the chances your dealer would have parts in case of trouble. And it simplifies design for companies designing new equipment. The number of component makers on hand at this show fills at least three buildings and offer engineers plenty of information for their businesses. Interested in the new axles? You can learn more at <a href="http://www.dana.com/offhighway" target=new>dana.com/offhighway</a>.
7. Axle aims for combines, forage harvesters
Equipment makers are looking for more ways to improve their products and one feature - popular in Europe and gaining in popularity in the United States - is higher transit speeds. To get that job done, and maintain a smooth ride, engineers are looking at ways to incorporate suspension in the axle. The new Dana Spicer Combine and Forage Harvester Axle offers that potential. The axle is already installed on the new Fendt Katana self-propelled forage harvester sold in Europe. The axle is designed in two configurations - suspended and non-suspended. But with higher speeds becoming the norm in more locations this drive axle could get more use in the market. You can learn more at <a href="http://www.dana.com/offhighway" target=new>dana.com/offhighway</a>.
8. Robotic prototype on display
The Agribot got our attention on a walk through the Agritechnica show, and talking to the Polish developer it's obvious that there's an enthusiastic program underway to bring this machine up to marketability within two years. Targeted at the orchard/vineyard market this tracked machine has a three-point hitch front and back and there's a doubled PTO and a three-point suspension system. The company - Agrirobo Sp. - is working on accessories for this machine too including an intelligent sprayer, precision fertilizer spreader, a soil testing system, mowers and pruners and a gas blower system to protect flowers against spring frost. It's all in development, but the tracks turn 360-degrees offering plenty of maneuverability options for users. Learn more by visiting <a href="http://www.agrirobo.eu" target=new>agrirobo.eu</a>.
9. Monitor that air seeder, precisely
MSO is officially launching the SeeDector that can sense product flow through the tubes of an air seeding system. A 2011 Silver Medal winner, the SeeDector is now moving to market. Each of the sensors on the tube uses a microwave to detect product flow. The machine can find a partial blockage in an early stage is it builds up, and it can provide measurement through the plastic pipes or tubes without any design alterations of the planter. The system requires its own monitor at this time, but work is underway on an ISO-compliant system that would provide information into an iso-compliant monitor. You can learn more at <a href="http://www.mso-technik.com" target=new>mso-technik.com</a>.
10. Monitor dry spreader pattern precisely
The folks at MSO were busy since the last Agritechnica and this year earned a gold medal for the Axmat monitoring system. Developed exclusively for Rauch, the system uses microwave sensors to monitor the spread pattern from a fertilizer spreader, and it can allow changes to the pattern on the go. Increasing fertilizer precision with a dry spreader is important as more growers turn to variable rate application as well. You can learn more at <a href="http://www.mso-technik.com" target=new>mso-technik.com</a>.
11. Precise boom height control
Keeping the spray boom right where you want it over changing conditions isn't always easy. The sensor finds the ground and drops but then doesn't come up fast enough when the crop returns in your travels. The new Hybrid Mode Norac Spray Height Control uses the soil and the top of the crop to create an average crop height during spraying. The average crop height is calculated using multiple readings from multiple sensors. A virtual top of the crop is created based on the average crop height when actual crop distance can't be determined - and in changing conditions that can be a problem. The system is available for the Norac UC5 and UC 4.5 spray height control systems, and went commercial in October. Learn more at <a href="http://www.norac.ca" target=new>Norac.ca</a>.
12. Mechanical tedder offers steering features
The new KWT 1600 16-meter tedder (about 48 feet) from Krone offers an interesting feature - no electronics. The mechanical 3-pt.-mounted tedder has a steering axle that follows the tractor for more precise steering. And the unit folds to a narrow transport width for moving on to the next field. You can learn more by visiting <a href="http://krone-northamerica.com" target=new>krone-northamerica.com</a>. Note the new products aren't on the website yet.
13. For baling, go big or go home
Big square balers offer an efficient package for haymaking and Krone has been an innovator in the market. The new Big Pack HDP II series from Krone push up the productivity level. These new balers push out up to 50% more bales than the 1290 HDP Standard balers, and they can boost bale density by 10% while keeping a steady speed. The new Big Pack also features the Active Pickup, the crop press roller and mechanical feed roller as standard. You can learn more by visiting <a href="http://krone-northamerica.com" target=new>krone-northamerica.com</a>.