Baling revolution... Kverneland Group steals a march
Kverneland has unveiled some impressive new kit ahead of next Novembers Agritechnica machinery extravaganza
Published 02/09/2015 | 02:30
The Kverneland Group has stolen a march on its rivals in the race to introduce new products ahead of the Agritechnica machinery show in Germany next November.
Thanks to cash injections from owners Kubota, the group has launched products from both its Kverneland and Vicon brands for arable and grassland operations.
First up is what the company is calling a "revolutionary non-stop round baler wrapper combination" known as the Vicon FastBale.
Designed and developed at Kverneland's baler competence centre at Ravenna, Italy, FastBale is the industry's first non-stop fixed chamber baler and the first non-stop fixed chamber baler and wrapper combination.
The new baler integrates a pre-chamber with a main chamber, and a wrapper. Kverneland says it will continue to undergo field evaluation throughout 2015 in the main markets in Europe, before being officially unveiled at Agritechnica.
Latest enhancements to the non-stop bale production process include a bale tipping kit to place bales on their side after being released from the wrapper, and the development of a film-on-film applicator kit for those looking to avoid the use of net to secure the bale.
Machine layout is innovative with two chambers arranged in series, allowing a number of rollers to be shared. Operating as a pre-chamber, the first section of FastBale produces two-thirds of the bale. As the pre-chamber reaches its preset density, crop flow is diverted into the main bale chamber allowing baling to continue non-stop.
The pre-chamber is then opened, moving the pre-formed bale into the main chamber, where it can be taken to its maximum size of 1.25m.
Once bale formation is complete, crop flow is switched back to the pre-chamber, again to allow baling to continue non-stop.
Net is then applied to the completed bale, the tailgate is opened and the finished bale is transferred onto the wrapper.
To make bale transfer simple, reliable and fuss-free, the engineering team devised a wrapper frame mounted on a parallel linkage.
This enables the wrapper to be lowered to meet the completed bale as it simply rolls from the main chamber. This avoids the need for a complex mechanical transfer system.
At this point, the wrapper is raised to allow twin satellite arms to wrap the bale. Unlike traditional wrapping mechanisms, FastBale's twin satellite arms offer a fresh look at the wrapping process and rotate in a vertical plane.
Once complete, the wrapper is lowered, and the rear wrapper roller is then raised, gently releasing the wrapped bale onto the ground.
Incidentally, Kverneland Group management were very hesitant when asked if a large square baler would be gracing its portfolio, with no firm commitment made for now.
New suspension features take pressure from mowing
Kverneland's new suspension feature provides operators with easy and simple setting of ground pressure on the 2800 mower series.
For greater comfort for the operator the ground pressure of the large suspension spring is set hydraulically from the tractor cab.
With the new hydraulic solution accurate and instant setting of ground pressure is done fast and easy, even on the go and there is no need to leave the tractor seat.
On the new hydraulic version the tension on the large suspension spring, which controls the ground pressure, is adjusted hydraulically, to increase or lower pressure.
The range extends from the Kverneland 2828M at 2.8m working width to the 2840M mode with 4m width.