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The Move Toward Smart Sprayers

The Move Toward Smart Sprayers Sprayer Motion Systems GroupThe world is predominantly dependent on food, apart from clean water. Acquiring sufficient food is proving to be a major issue for most people around the world. This grave issue has turned agriculture into one of the most prominent industries in the world. Agricultural productivity defines not only the country's economy but also the health and security status of its population. Therefore, the high importance of agriculture in the economy of a country plays a major role in the growth of the crop sprayer market. 

 

Strategies for triggering food productivity

Population expansion, declined natural sources, increasing incomes and changing climate conditions has led to increased food prices and agricultural productivity has come into question in recent years. As a result, various strategies are being adopted for triggering food productivity. For instance, properly applying chemicals to control weeds, insects, and diseases, provides the best chance for high yields.  

Sensor-controlled precision spray systems are offering attractive opportunities for market growth. When used with foliar application equipment, sensors trigger the opening of valves so that pesticide is sprayed only in the zones where foliage is present. The same sensor systems can be used with herbicide or fertilizer applicators, but for these uses, the application is triggered by the absence of foliage above a specified height, tailoring applications for better reset management.

Precision spray systems can greatly decrease the number of spray materials used without compromising effectiveness and can reduce the potential pollution arising from off-target deposition but must be used properly to achieve these benefits. Each nozzle in a sensor-controlled precision spray system is controlled by its own individual pulsing valve giving you a consistent spray pattern as speed and conditions change.

In the last decade, technical advances have reduced the cost and improved performance and reliability of these systems. These technical advances include:  

 

 

  • Sensor and control technology - Sensors, monitoring and control technologies are an integral part of sprayer equipment. Parker sensors and controllers provide up to sixteen axes of coordinated motion control for complete digital electromechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic control systems. Sensors are even used to control the pressure of the tires (central tire inflation system) to ensure at the exact correct pressure for the load and speed imposed on the tire to increase productivity.   
  • Fitting coating - To extend corrosion protection beyond SAE’s standard 96 hours, Parker developed a proprietary coating, XTR, resists corrosion for more than 720 hours when tested in accordance with ASTM B117. Stainless steel fittings are also an option due to their strength and durability and strong chemical and corrosion resistance that suits hydraulic applications, especially where the fluid or surrounding environment is corrosive. 
  • Instant hose connections - Multipurpose push-to-connect hose assemblies, which are durable and color-coded for easy identification, can be made in seconds, saving valuable time and money.  

Drones and other technologies

Additional technologies, such as drones and positioning solutions, are also providing important and attractive opportunities for the growth of the agriculture sprayers market. A drone uses the latest technologies of various tiny sensors, such as accelerometers, GPS modules, powerful processors and digital radios to provide the farmers with information. The use of drones helps farmers in scouting for pests and diseases and in mid-field weed identification. Positioning technologies, such as combining GPS (global positioning system) and GIS (geographic information systems) have made yield mapping very easy and help farmers work in the field even under adverse weather conditions, such as rain, fog, and dust.  

Companies invest in upgrading technology

There are companies that have highly indulged in constantly upgrading their technology, in order to meet the growing technology demand. The sprayer industry will continue to build on solutions that create a “smart sprayer.”  Technologies such as telematics, wireless communication, data transfer, and machine information sharing will become much more prevalent. Integrated technologies that allow more acres to be covered in a day will be key. 

As a result, Parker prides itself on our extensive knowledge of the agriculture industry and understanding of the challenges farmers face. For more than 100 years, Parker has helped to shape integrated products and services that simplify installation and equipment service, reduce noise and drive performance for the agriculture industry. Doing so enables farmers to improve efficiency, reduce operating costs and comply with industry regulations, so they can focus on their critical role in our society.

 

Visit parker.com/offroadmachinery  for additional information on our products and services.  

 

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