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Re­ports of a 30 per cent im­prove­ment in sprayer pro­duc­tiv­ity has drawn in­ter­est in the Quick­Draw au­to­mated ten­der­ing sys­tem, now avail­able in Aus­tralia

Farms & Farm Machinery - - SPECIAL FEATURE: PRECISION AG -

Im­age: Safety is at the heart of the Quick­Draw au­to­mated ten­der­ing sys­tem, re­duc­ing op­er­a­tor ex­po­sure to chem­i­cals dur­ing day-to-day farm­ing op­er­a­tions

Ac­cu­racy, speed and safety are the terms that best de­scribe the strengths of the Quick­Draw by US-com­pany Sure­Fire Ag.

Re­ports of a 30 per cent im­prove­ment in sprayer pro­duc­tiv­ity has drawn in­ter­est in the Quick­Draw au­to­mated ten­der­ing sys­tem. AJS ma­chin­ery now has dis­tri­bu­tion rights of the prod­uct in Aus­tralia.

Af­ter op­er­at­ing in the US mar­ket for some years now, the Quick­Draw has de­vel­oped into a mar­ket-lead­ing piece of pre­ci­sion equip­ment, win­ning in­no­va­tion prizes in North Amer­ica. But now the Quick­Draw au­to­mated spray ten­der is turn­ing its fo­cus to im­prov­ing Aus­tralian pri­mary pro­duc­ers’ on-farm spray­ing ef­fi­ciency.

WHAT DOES THE QUICK­DRAW DO?

Well in the sim­plest terms, it’s an au­to­mated de­vice which mea­sures and con­trols the dos­ing and mix­ing of ag chem­i­cals that make up a tank mix. The prod­uct’s sim­plic­ity is a key to its suc­cess, as its de­sign achieves “ac­cu­racy, speed and safety”.

Ac­cu­racy is gained through the use of an in­dus­trial ‘mass flow me­ter’. Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor AJS Ma­chin­ery says this de­vice is ca­pa­ble of mea­sur­ing prod­uct den­sity (kg/m3) with­out the need to cal­i­brate.

This means it ac­counts for changes in the phys­i­cal prop­er­ties of the liq­uids and cal­cu­lates the ex­act vol­ume re­quired for the batch. The re­ported ac­cu­racy of this me­ter re­sults in a re­peat­able 0.5 per cent vol­u­met­ric ac­cu­racy com­pared to other flow me­ters that can vary up to 20 per cent if not cal­i­brated.

Speed of batch­ing is ac­com­plished through the in-house de­vel­oped con­trol in­ter­face. Be­ing com­pat­i­ble with an iPad ap­pli­ca­tion al­lows the batch or tank mix to be gen­er­ated away from the ma­chine, and then synced at any time.

Once the batch con­stituents, rates and car­rier in­for­ma­tion are en­tered, the sys­tem will start at a touch of a sin­gle but­ton. There is pro­vi­sion for a car­rier pre-load, a rinse be­tween chem­i­cals and the order­ing of which chem­i­cals are drawn into the batch in cases of an­tag­o­nis­tic mixes.

This is all con­trolled, recorded and ex­ported at the com­ple­tion of each batch to be an­a­lysed in real time or later. Warn­ings and er­rors alert the user prior to be­gin­ning the batch, min­imis­ing user er­ror.

This is a key ad­van­tage of an au­to­mated sys­tem be­cause if a batch is not go­ing to com­plete or if any is­sues with the sys­tem arise, it will warn the user be­fore be­gin­ning the batch.

AJS says safety is at the heart of the Quick­Draw au­to­mated ten­der­ing sys­tem, re­duc­ing op­er­a­tor ex­po­sure to chem­i­cals dur­ing day-to-day farm­ing op­er­a­tions.

Once the bulk con­tain­ers are con­nected to the sys­tem, there are min­i­mal con­tact points and the batch­ing process can run un­til the bulk con­tain­ers need re­plen­ish­ing or re­plac­ing. If you are in­ter­ested in more in­for­ma­tion about the Quick­Draw or any of the other prod­ucts by Sure­fire Ag, con­tact AJS Ma­chin­ery, the ex­clu­sive dis­trib­u­tor of Sure­fire Ag prod­ucts in Aus­tralia; by vis­it­ing www.ajs­ma­chin­ery.com.au/sure­fire-ag

Re­duc­ing sprayer fill­ing time from 20 min­utes to 10 min­utes is the same as in­creas­ing your boom size from 36m to 53m.

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