Amazone nozzle technology reduces spraying costs

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Amazone has released an electric control system that automatically selects the best nozzle according to operating conditions and it can reduce spraying costs by up to 10%. Source: AFDJ eNews

Cost saving depend on the field size, working width and the number of part-width sections used.

Available for its UX trailed sprayers and the Pantera self-propelled sprayer, the AmaSelect system features four individually-controlled nozzles in carriers that are positioned at 50 cm intervals.

“By itself, the automatic control of individual nozzles can reduce overlap and chemical costs by a 5%,” the CLAAS Harvest Centre Amazone Product Manager said.

“Used in combination with Amazone GPS-Switch section control, AmaSelect can slash crop protection costs by another 5%.”

The operator enters the optimum pressure range for each nozzle type fitted on the carriers into the ISOBUS operator terminal.

AmaSelect then automatically selects and activates the best nozzle according to the desired application rate and forward speed. Once the optimum pressure range of a nozzle is reached,

AmaSelect automatically switches over to a smaller or bigger nozzle, or adds a second nozzle to the spray circuit.

In turn, GPS-Switch uses GPS guidance to switch off individual nozzles in 50 cm part-width sections as the unit approached headlines and other obstacles. Alternatively, the operator can determine nozzle selection for each part-width section without leaving the cabin.

According to Amazone this feature is a particularly useful for spraying contractors who often operate across many different tramline systems. In practical terms, it allows nozzle selection to be optimally matched to different working widths.

Standard fittings include LED lighting on each nozzle and the DUS pro high pressure recirculation system.

DUS pro ensures the spray lines are always filled with a homogeneous mix and are ready to operate at full dose immediately over the entire working width. This prevents deposits, blockages and segregation within the spray line, even when the nozzles have been switched off.

Options include an intermediate kit that enables nozzles to be fitted at 25 cm intervals for high volume application or the target height to be reduced to less than 50 cm.