Amazone launches automatic nozzle selection system

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European spray manufacturer Amazone has unveiled the innovative AmaSelect electric control system for its sprayers which automatically selects the best nozzle according to operating conditions.

Amazone launches automatic nozzle selection system
Amazone's AmaSelect system in action on the Amazone UX 5200 trailed sprayer.

According to Amazone, the new nozzle technology can reduce spraying costs by up to 10 per cent, depending 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 system features four individually-controlled nozzles in carriers that are positioned at 50 cm intervals.

Amazone product manager Craig Hopkins says the technology by itself is capable of reducing overlap and chemical costs by five per cent.

"Used in combination with Amazone's GPS-Switch section control, AmaSelect can slash crop protection costs by another five per cent," he says.

All the operator has to do is enter the optimum pressure range for each nozzle type fitted on the carriers into the ISOBUS operator terminal.

AmaSelect then automatically chooses 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 50cm part-width sections as the unit approaches headlines and other obstacles.

Alternatively, the operator can determine nozzle selection for each part-width section without leaving the cabin.

"This feature is particularly useful for spraying contractors who often operate across many different tramline systems," Hopkins says.

"In practical terms, it allows nozzle selection to be optimally matched to different working widths." 

Standard fittings on the AmaSelect system 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," Craig says.

"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 25cm intervals for high volume application or the target height to be reduced to less than 50cm.

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