Baling revolution... Kverneland Group steals a march
Kverneland has unveiled some impressive new kit ahead of next Novembers Agritechnica machinery extravaganza
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.