IMPROVED accuracy when spreading in windy conditions may now be possible thanks to a new innovation from Amazone.
Known as WindControl, the technology allows automated adjustment of lateral distribution according to wind speed and direction.
Part of the recently launched Argus Twin spreading pattern monitoring system, Claas Harvest Centre, product manager Amazone, Craig Hopkins said WindControl would be ideal where wind was a regular problem during peak spreading times.
“A high frequency wind sensor monitors wind speed and direction and transfers this information to the machine’s electronic control unit,” he said.
“The job computer then calculates any additional settings and automatically adjusts the spreading pattern of each disc.
“For side winds, the disc speed to the windward side is increased and the delivery system advanced.
“At the same time, the disc speed on the downwind side is reduced and the delivery system decreased.
“An alarm is sent to the operator when the system is no longer able to compensate for heavy wind or frequent gusts.
“In effect, WindControl increases the amount of time operators can be in the field, knowing that spreading operations are still being carried out with optimum precision.”
Mr Hopkins said the the wind sensor is mounted to the spreader and automatically folds in or out when the spreading discs are switched on or off.
“Folded out, the wind sensor protrudes above the tractor so that measurements are not disturbed by turbulence around the tractor,” he said.
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“Folded in, the wind sensor is safely positioned between tractor and spreader so that it cannot be damaged by low hanging tree branches during transport.”
Mr Hopkins said WindControl technology will be available as an option on all ZA-TS mounted and ZG-TS trailed spreaders from spring 2018 onwards.
“This technology compensates for any change in spreading pattern due to variations in fertiliser quality, during start-up, braking, travelling on slopes or if the spreading vanes are worn,” he said.
“It also operates during border spreading or section control, ensuring the most effective use of fertiliser and ease of operation.”
The Amazone ZG-TS 10001 trailed spreader is on display at the Claas Harvest Centre site Q10 at Commonwealth Bank AgQuip.
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