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