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Non-stop baling and wrapping

The art of round baling has taken a massive leap forward with the unveiling of FastBale arevolutionary non-stop round baler wrapper combination from Vicon that cleverly integrates apre-chamber with a main chamber, and a wrapper, says the company.

Designed and developed at the Kverneland Groups baler competence centre at Ravenna,Italy, FastBale represents two world firsts: it is currently the Worlds only non-stop fixedchamber baler and secondly, it is the Worlds only non-stop fixed chamber baler wrappercombination.

Machine layout is truly innovative with two chambers arranged in series, allowing anumber of rollers to be shared. Operating as a pre-chamber, the first section of FastBaleproduces two-thirds of the bale. As the pre-chamber reaches its preset density, crop flow isdiverted into the main bale chamber allowing baling to continue non-stop.

The pre-chamber is then opened, moving the pre-formed bale into the main chamber,where it can be taken to its maximum size of 1.25m. Once bale formation is complete, cropflow is switched back to the pre-chamber, again to allow baling to continue non-stop. Net isthen applied to the completed bale, the tailgate is opened and the finished bale is transferredonto the wrapper. This entire process enables baling to continue uninterrupted.

To make bale transfer simple, reliable and fuss-free, the engineering team devised awrapper frame mounted on a parallel linkage. This enables the wrapper to be lowered to meetthe completed bale as it simply rolls from the main chamber. This avoids the need for acomplex mechanical transfer system.

As this point, the wrapper is raised to allow twin satellite arms to wrap the bale. Unliketraditional wrapping mechanisms, FastBales twin satellite arms offer a fresh look at thewrapping process and rotate in a vertical plane. Once complete, the wrapper is lowered, andthe rear wrapper roller is then raised, gently releasing the wrapped bale onto the ground.

FastBales ingenious design has enabled the baler competence centre to create anextremely compact machine FastBale is shorter than any other baler-wrapper combinationon the market.

Following several seasons of testing, FastBale will be revealed at the forthcoming 2015SIMA Show, where it has been awarded a silver medal for innovation. Field evaluation anddevelopment in a range of crop conditions will continue throughout 2015 prior to fullcommercial availability.

The development of FastBale is a direct result of the Kverneland Groups significantinvestment in its baler manufacturing facility, as it seeks to take a leading position in theround baler market. 

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