Kuhn Farm Machinery has upgraded its largest fixed chamber round baler – the FB 3135 – with the introduction of a fully automated version which features automatic chamber opening, closing and unblocking functionality.
The new AUTOMATE upgrade consists of three main functions:
AUTOGATE – fully automatic tailgate operation: the baler chamber’s tailgate opens and closes automatically, enabling bales to be ejected without the need for any operator input or intervention. Visual and acoustic signals on the baler’s control terminal provide vital information at all stages of the baling and netting process to ensure the operator still has overall control of the machine at all times.
AUTODEBLOCK – automatic chamber unblocking: an overload protection clutch, which is activated whenever the baler’s crop intake is too high, automatically retracts the baler’s cutting knives and lowers the DROPFLOOR system. After the PTO is re-engaged, the baler’s rotor restarts and the crop is guided into the bale chamber. At this point the DROPFLOOR and knives automatically return to their working position. This process is also illustrated on the machine’s control terminal, ensuring the machine is operated in a safe and efficient manner at all times.
Automatic knife cleaning: the baler’s OPTICUT knives are automatically cleaned after a pre-defined number of bales. This function keeps the knife slots clean and debris free for easier knife removal and replacement.
Balers equipped with the new AUTOMATE system can be operated in a fully automatic or semi-automatic (press button to commence the baling cycle) mode. Alternatively, a manual override can be selected (press and hold buttons to activate the baling sequence).
The AUTOMATE system is available as an option on the existing FB 3135 at a cost of £2,428.