Pottinger unveils smart seeder

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Agriculture technology manufacturer Pottinger is set to release its new generation of pneumatic seed drills - thea AREOSEM 1002 in June 2014.

Pottinger unveils smart seeder
Pottinger is set to launch its new generation of seed drills - the AEROSEM 1002 in Australia mid next year.

The new technology utilises Precision Combi Seeding (PCS) and Intelligent Distributor System (IDS) technology to deliver a high level of flexibility.

The German manufacturer, a well-known name in Australia, says the pneumatic seed drill can both seed and plant with just a simple adjustment.

Available in working widths of 3 and 4 metres, the seed drill can be mounted over the rear roller of a tillage implement, such as a Lion power harrow or Terradisc multiline disc harrow.

The centre of gravity of this compact machine is located close to the tractor.

The AEROSEM 1002’s seed hopper boasts a volume of 1,250 litres and a large opening with a width of 2.2 metres allowing big bags to be emptied quickly and easily.

An agitator ensures a uniform flow of seed material to the metering system at all times.

The Pottinger machine is also equipped with a hydraulic blower drive system which produces 4000rpm with just 25 litres of oil.

Oil consumption is minimised and can be precisely adjusted to the required air flow rate. A rugged, thick-walled aluminium casing allows the blower to run smoothly.

Pottinger Australia Marketing Manager Greg Quick says the AEROSEM 1002’s metering system enables seed material to be drilled at between 1.5 kg and 340 kg at driving speeds of up to 12 kph.

"Depending on the type of seed, the metering wheels can be exchanged quickly and easily," Quick says.

"Replacing the metering wheel is a straightforward process that can be taken care of very quickly. Calibration is also a quick and easy process. A calibration pan on rails is inserted from the side."

Mechanical or electric versions of the metering drive system are also available. Tramline switching is included as standard equipment. 

The electric metering drive version has a power control terminal, or the tractor's Isobus, which delivers a variable seed flow rate adjustment including a seed library option.

The AEROSEM 1002’s mechanical metering system is driven by a land wheel on the left-hand side of the machine

Calibration is performed conveniently at the press of a button so that the metering system automatically feeds the correct amount into the calibration tray.

The speed signal for metering is provided by a DGPS sensor.

Additional advantages include priming and land wheels are prevented from projecting from the rear of the machine.

The metering flow rate is also reduced automatically when using tramlines or half width drilling.

Included as standard is an intuitive Compass control terminal used to operate the tramline system, which has backlit keys and graphic display.

The Compass control terminal also offers calibration test, speed indicator, partial and total hectare counter, metering shaft and seed hopper level indicator functions.

The new AEROSEM is available with 3-row trailed coulters, 2-row single disc coulters or 2-row Dual Disc coulters and can be adapted to any operating conditions.

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