In order to preserve the grass from the loss of nutrients, wrapping it into bales is a commonly used method. The bales are compressed with a round or square baler. By means of a bale wrapper a tight layer of plastic foil is wrapped around the bale to turn it into silage.
Baling is a relatively new technique, introduced just over a decade ago. This means there are still major opportunities for increasing the value it provides to the farmer. Wireless control of the bale wrapping machinery has made the bale wrapping process a ‘one-man job’.
Wrapping of the hay bales
The baler lets the compressed bale lying untouched on the land. Then the bale loader picks up the bale and puts it on the wrapping table of the bale wrapper. The driver of the loader activates the wrapping process using a wireless remote control from its cabin. When the bale is wrapped, it is dropped on the ground with the help of a remote control. Afterwards, the next bale can be loaded on the wrapping table, and above-mentioned cycle of wrapping and dropping the bale on the ground repeats itself.
Work more efficiently with a wireless radio remote
Before without the wireless radio remote, the driver needed to get off the loader and had to step in the tractor that drives the wrapper in order to manage the functions of the wrapper such as loading a new bale, wrapping and then dropping it on the ground. Getting in and out of the tractor again and again was very inefficient for the driver.
Waterproof Aquarius receiver
The system that has been used in this project is called as Pyxis/Aquarius. This system is very suitable for such applications. As the fine particles released mainly from the straw harvest can not penetrate the Aquarius receiver casing.
Also, to make the bale wrapping process as safe as possible the remote has the out of range signal with limited radius. When the loader is more than 75m away from the wrapping machine; the machine would stop immediately. This is done to avoid the running of the machine without any supervision.