As well as kit from mainstream players, Lamma provides a shop window for third party equipment suppliers, with everything from bolts to whole crop headers.
The Domai MPD wholecrop header is being imported from Italy by Frank Taylor Combines and Harvest Parts, after testing by Frank Taylor Ltd’s contractor division.
In 2015 it cut 200 acres at 65-70 acres/day working at forward speeds of 16kph on a Krone 480 forager.
With an interchangeable backplate to fit any forager on the market the header uses a central or dual auger drive to take crop from the mowing discs into the feed chute; the large auger diameter is designed to give an even feed.
Working width is 6.1m, and Frank Taylor is reporting interest from farmers and AD operators as well as contractors.
Hexagon Agriculture is the new distribution arm for the Leica Geosystems range of precision farming equipment, and offers two new guidance and consoles.
The Ti5 and Ti7 have five and seven inch screens respectively with 2D or 3D view, and the Ti5 has seed monitoring, variable rate, section control and monitoring functions.
Ti7 adds auto steer and a seeding controller plus 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. Jobs can be uploaded and application records saved via a USB drive.
Patchwork Technology has added new functions for the Black Box Advance GPS console.
Multiview allows several operators in the same field on one job – spraying for example – to see and track their colleague’s path on screen, avoiding overlaps or misses.
The map is updated every second in realtime and when the job is completed the data can stored and all operators’ maps synchronised to give an overall application record.
Originally developed for use in orchards, where high value, high application rate products are applied, it could be useful for sprayer operators working together to meet tight windows.
In addition, the new Pulse feature measures the flow of liquids such as slurry or digestate through a flow meter, providing a record for compliance purposes. Both functions can be added as upgrades to existing Black Box Advance units or specified on new purchases.
Pegasus Profiles now offers Hardox wear parts direct to farm, said to offer six times the strength of mild steel.
Mainly bolt-on parts, one customer reports that points last for 120 acres compared to 33 acres for their predecessors.
With depots in Hampshire, Northamptonshire and Norfolk, parts are fabricated in house with a turnaround of 3-5 days, although most orders are made for programmed replacement.
Parts can be made for specialist requirements, such as thicker wings if one side of the point wears more than the other.
Trimble previewed its MMX-070 portable Android guidance/IsoBus tablet which offers a 7in colour display with 16gb storage and built in wi-fi and Bluetooth.
Designed to allow download of third party apps – Amazone’s fertiliser database is one of the first to be available – the tablet also hosts a number of Trimble’s own apps.
CoPilot provides tailored navigation for agricultural machinery, avoiding narrow lanes or low bridges.
TeamViewer enables a remote view of field displays for a manager or technician to provide operator support and can be used for chat or screenshots to resolve issues.
Engineering student Aaron Duignan has developed the Safety Bolt, a spring loaded fastener which replaces the the traditional lynch pin or clip.
It is designed to avoid being lost or catching fingers, and uses a spring loaded latch on the end of the pin which simply slides into or out of the locked position.
A number of sizes are available to secure anything from tines to linkages, with diameters from 25 to 32mm and effective lengths from 115 to 191mm.
With prices from £9 per bolt, Safety Bolt is distributed by tool specialist Distag QCS.
RDS Technology has updated the Weighlog loader weighing system with a new colour touchscreen and feed mix capability.
Feed ingredients can be uploaded via an SD card along with their target rates, giving a record of the amounts loaded to help with stock control.
Quantifying exactly what is in the loader bucket before reaching the mixer wagon avoids wasted time on return trips to the store; when using a bale grab the operator can measure bale weights in the field and when fed out, and at the clamp, forage levels can be recorded.
The Weighlog Alpha 10 can store weights for 30 products, so contact customers’ records can be kept; and it may be pre-calibrated for up to 10 different loader attachments.
As loading takes place the target weight counts down and the load counts up to help the operator track his progress; a printer can also be attached for on-the spot ticket printing. Price depends on the number of sensors fitted and the application.
Following Collings Brothers of Abbotsley’s decision not to renew its agreement with Soucy Tracks, the Canadian manufacturer of bolt-on track systems for tractors and trailed implements is looking to appoint new distributors for the UK market.
One of the first is to engage with the maker is Thaxted, Essex-based Brocks Wheel and Tyre.