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1000 x EUROPA !!!
In UNIA factory in Brzeg, the 1000th sprayer of EUROPA model left the production line. In its 19-year history the EUROPA field sprayer has become a flagship product for the protection of plants of UNIA brand - a manufacturer of agricultural machinery operating at international market.
|Jubilee photo of Agromet-Pilmet factory employees and 1000th EUROPA sprayer|
EUROPA no. 1
The first piece of EUROPA sprayer was presented at POLAGRA trade fair in 1999 where it was granted with gold medal of the exhibition. It had a model name “2521” manufactured at that time in the PILMET factory in Wroclaw city. The first unit was sold in 2000 year. The machine has been introduced into serial production in 2004 year. These were models with a capacity of 2 500 and 3 000 litres and beam widths of 18, 20, 21 and 24 meters. The sprayer in standard was equipped with the computer of the Italian supplier ARAG, which automatically maintained the set spraying rate l/ha regardless of driving speed. In addition to control of the liquid flow the computer enabled rapid change of spraying parameters and summed up the sprayed area. The display enabled control of driving speed, the dose and the number of switched on sections. The field beam was hydraulically controlled from the tractor cab, based on trapezoidal stabilization with the possibility of its inclination on slopes. On the field beam there was assembled a liquid system made of acid-resistant tubes ended with 4-positional spraying heads. The entire liquid system was powered by pump of 260 l/min efficiency. The main tank was made of polyethylene. As standard equipment there was also a tank for clean water to rinse the entire system.
|PILMET EUROPA 2518|
In 2006 the PILMET factory (in Wroclaw) was incorporated into the UNIA capital group. In 2008 there appeared the second generation of sprayers - EUROPA II. In comparison to previous model the sprayer with capacity of 4 000 l was introduced. The tank has been made of UV-resistant polyester. The sprayer was controlled by ARAG terminal (Italian supplier). The beam stabilization system has been changed: the trapezium has been replaced by a pendulum system. The field beam has been re-designed and there were 27 and 28 meters wide beam offered. The maximum lifting height of the beam has been increased to 2,3 meters. Additional options have been added to a number of features that improve the efficiency and comfort of work, such as independently folded beam which enabled easy bypassing of obstacles on the field. The axle has been equipped with pneumatic axle shock-absorption improving comfort and significantly extending the durability of the machine.
|UNIA EUROPA II 4024|
It is the turn of ISOBUS now
The ISOBUS technology was used in EUROPA II sprayers when started cooperation with Muller Elektronik company. The ISOBUS system enables the operation of various machines using the display of one console. In this case there is no need to mount additional terminals in the tractor cab, no unnecessary wiring and additional displays limiting the operator view from the tractor cab.
All this undoubtedly affects the comfort of work and has the economic effect. The offer has been extended with new UTS terminals with a colour display (UNIA TERMINAL SYSTEM). The new terminal has enabled the application of a number of new solutions, among others an automatic turnable drawbar or the DYSTANS CONTROL system which automatically keeps the set beam height relative to the ground or crops via the two ultrasonic sensors. In 2014 year there was introduced the EDS system in EUROPA sprayers, which on the basis of a GPS signal can turn on or turn off a single spraying nozzle at the right time, so that you can get higher accuracy of spraying and savings, where overlays and skips are reduced to minimum.
This is a new age.
In 2011 a new model in the range of field sprayers has appeared. It was EUROPA PREMIUM comprising two types with 4 200 and 5 800 litres of main tank capacity. The tank is designed and installed in special way to provide a low centre of gravity for the entire machine.
Characteristic feature of EUROPA PREMIUM sprayer is the lateral positioning of tanks for clean water. The offered width of field beams: from 24 up to 36 meters. The largest UNIA sprayer is equipped in standard with a braked and pneumatically shock-absorbed axle. Upon request the version with steering wheels is available with the system of automatic copying of tractor traces using a gyroscope. The UTS terminal controls all spraying functions, beam hydraulics and axle turning
|UNIA EUROPA PREMIUM 6027|
EUROPA XL – leader on the market
The third generation of EUROPA sprayers it is EUROPA XL model, which first prototype was produced in 2014. After tests during one year the current version of the sprayer has appeared, characterized by the lowest drive clearance (height) in its class. The parallelogram system has been re-designed in relation to previous models. In the XL model the beam is lifted by means of two hydraulic cylinders. A completely new beam has been designed with a trapezoidal cross-section of the construction consisting of two bent flat bars joined by a double truss. The beam depending on the working width can be folded by two or three sections (possibility of working width reduction). This is a big advantage and a convenience for farmers who have fields of various widths.
Thanks to the new beam construction 30 m working width has been achieved. In the era of environmental protection, in EUROPA sprayers there are used pro-ecological solutions such as last nozzles limiting spraying angle of the extreme nozzle. Such a mechanism is applied during spraying within buffer zones or water reservoirs.
In EUROPA sprayers it is possible to use a pneumatically controlled liquid circulation system. Such solution eliminates the formation of sediment inside the pipes of the liquid system. The operator immediately after turning the sprayer on has a full even pressure over the entire working width of the beam.
In 2017 year the colours of the sprayer were changed. It is a kind of return to the tradition of the Wroclaw factory combined with modern UNIA technical solutions.
|UNIA EUROPA XL 4027|
Next year UNIA brand will celebrate the 20th anniversary of EUROPA model, so it will be continued ...
Text prepared by UNIA Product Manager:
Novelties presented at AGRO SHOW 2018
|1. VIS ON LAND Plough|
|2. Pre-seeding tine cultivator ATLAS II|
|3. ARES XLH 4 – new hydraulically folded frame design|
|Modernization of ARES unit allowed to modify the design of the main frame. Up to now, the sections were folded to transport by means of one hydraulic cylinder. The new solution introduces two hydraulic cylinders used for folding and unfolding of the unit. Each section is folded with its own hydraulic cylinder.
Another novelty is the introduction of the replaceable maintenance free bearings assemblies, characterised by compact design and simplicity of replacement of the bearing sets. This modification will reduce the unit operation costs.
|4. Modular cultivator MAX|
|The name of the new modular cultivator unit indicates that it can be used with a wide variety of configurations of working elements and cultivation rollers. This allows to be adapted to different soil conditions.
MAX unit is suitable for all kinds of soil, especially in medium and heavy conditions. Its advantage is field surface copying system, i.e. precise adjustment of working fields to the base surface. MAX units have separate suspension systems, which allow the working sections to be freely positioned to suit the field's unevenness. MAX is available in three versions:
As optional equipment there are available:
3-row section of SE tines provides a full undercut with tines spacing of 320 mm and a graduation of 125 mm, while the undercutting width is much smaller than that of the SX tine and is 175 mm. Cultivator section with full undercutting minimises resistance when working with soil loosening.
|5. ARES L PLUS 560|
|6. Maintenance-free bearing assemblies|
|Maintenance-free hubs in disc coulters||A single type A disc harrow with maintenance-free hubs||A double-action B disc harrow with maintenance-free hubs|
All models of bed-ploughs as well as reversible ploughs have got maintenance-free bearing assemblies instead of hubs with grease fittings. This improvement simplifies the daily operation of the machines. Maintenance free hubs were also implemented into the disc sections of the KOS, KOS PREMIUM, CROSS, CROSS HP and CROSS DRIVE cultivating units.
|7. POLONEZ 550/3D DUPLO – new seeding apparatus|
|POLONEZ mechanical row seed drill line has been extended with the DUPLO version. In its machines, UNIA uses DUPLO description to name the simultaneous sowing of seeds and fertilizer. The DUPLO seed drill hopper is divided into the seed part and the fertilizer part in a 50/50 ration. The additional sowing devices are powered by a second gearbox and allow to spread up to 300 kg of fertilizer per hectare. The seeds and fertilizer are transported from the sowing devices to the special funnel which directs the seeds and fertilizer to one coulter via a telescopic hose. POLONEZ 550/3D DUPLO seed drills have got the alternating SHELL coulter, which can also be equipped with 300x50 mm ground-following wheel.|
|8. FS T DRIVE 1500/3 – new heavy coulters|
One of the most popular UNIA combination seed drills has got a new V-Tech heavy coulter. Disc coulters with a diameter of 350 mm are set in a “V” arrangement on the durable maintenance-free bearing assemblies mounted on the inner side of discs. Four triangular rubber shock-absorbers, on which the coulters are mounted, provide 60 kg of clamping force on the soil. The 300x50 mm ground-following wheel with simple adjustment is used to keep working depth. New coulters are mounted with a spacing of 15 cm.
|9. FENIX A 1000/3D|
|Mounted combination seed drill FENIX A 1000/3 is an alternative to the well-known FENIX A 700/3 unit. The working width of both machines is the same (3 metres), but the capacity of the seed hopper in the new unit is 300 l bigger (=1000 l). It is due to the fact, that the seed distributor was moved out of the seed hopper above the sowing coulters. The sowing system remains identical (universal sowing apparatus driven by the ground-following wheel takes the seeds, which are transported by the air stream first to the distributor and then to the coulters). FENIX A 1000/3 can optionally be equipped with an electric drive of the sowing apparatus. The working speed is read out by the radar and all sowing processes are monitored by the DRILL CONTROL computer of Müllerr Elektronik. In the new FENIX A 1000/3 unit the active harrow with 12 rotors and 285 mm long blades (FENIX A 700/3 has got 14 rotors and 250 mm long blades) is responsible for cultivation. The rotary harrow is therefore more robust and adapted to more difficult working conditions. In addition, a larger Packer roller with a diameter of 550 mm is installed behind it. In fact, it is a standard HERMES harrow that UNIA has had in its offer for several years. Assembling or disassembling of the seed drill takes very little time, which makes it possible to use the rotary harrow for working solo.|
|10. RCW 120/120TD with a bar for the distribution of powdered fertilizers
|RCW 120 TD spreader is a universal machine for the fertilizers and lime spreading. Hopper capacity is 12 000 l and is divided by the capacity of the vehicles transporting the lime to the field. The machine has got a sprung tandem chassis system based on 600/55 R22.5 wheels. Two solid springs are provided between the drawbar and a spreader frame to cushion the hitch. As standard, the RCW 120TD has got hydraulic drive of the conveyor and mechanical drive from PTO shaft of spreading discs. The spreader can also be equipped with a drive of conveyor from the star wheel. Optionally, all functions of the spreader can be controlled via the SUPERIOR computer. The working width of the machine depends on the spreading material. For fertilizers it can be up to 48 metres, while for lime it is from 8 to 16 metres.|
In order to maintain the highest precision and reduce losses during the distribution of powdered fertilizers, the manufacturer offers a distribution bar. The bar width for the RCW 120TD is 12 metres. Augers conveyors with a diameter of 150 mm are used to distribute material over the entire width of the bar. The bar is powered by two hydraulic engines. It is hydraulically folded from the tractor’s cabin to the transport position. The partial folding of the bar makes it easier to turn at the end of the field, without the risk of catching the spreader on the bumps or obstacles. The hopper is filled up pneumatically via a pipe directed straight to the hopper. The mandatory element in this set is hopper tarpaulin cover, which seals the entire system during loading and work.
Liming in this way is cheap and the farmer does not have to worry that the purchased lime will land on his neighbour’s field. The spreading is very precise due to the lack of wind drift. The larger the farm acreage, the more profitable it is to buy a spreader of this type, especially as fertilizer companies right now transport lime via the tanker directly to the field. The benefits of liming are measurable. Harvest residues decompose more quickly, water retention in the soil increases, and the soil structure is being improved. Spreading of lime is an innovative method, simple and economical.
|11. TYTAN – shredding disc adapter|
|TYTAN spreaders can be equipped with a disc adapter with shredding mechanism. It is used to spread rotten manure (without fresh straw) as well as lime, sludge, compost or peat. The high degree of grinding ensures that the material is precisely spread and quickly degraded in the soil. Working width of this adapter is from 12 to 20 m.|
|12. Superior computer in spreaders|
|SUPERIOR computer is well-known to Unia machines users. This highly advances computer is now applied in manure spreaders. It has got many functions and a large colour display.
Superior computer functions:
|13. BIZON 36|
New BIZON 36 chaser bin designed to transport crops from the harvester to lorry trailer can save up to 30% of the harvester operation time. In addition, the electronic weighing system of this huge trailer allows for the recording of the transported seeds with an accuracy of 20 kg. An additional printer allows to record the result on a paper tape. Trailer's capacity is 38 m3. However, do not exceed the permissible total weight of 33 t on the road (traffic regulations) and 36 t on the field. The chaser bin is 2.9 m wide and 7.25 m long. It can be used to transport such materials as crops, corn, rape, sunflower seeds or granular fertilizers. The hopper is welded and mounted on the bottom frame with the use of weight sensors.
Two auger conveyors are mounted in the bottom of the hopper to transport the seeds. The augers have a variable stroke which prevents the material from clogging up during unloading and enables its even transport from the rear part to the discharge pipe with a vertical auger, which is powered directly from the tractor's PTO shaft by an intersecting axis gear. However, the horizontal auger located at the bottom is powered by the hydraulic transmission. The discharge pipe is folded and controlled hydraulically. During discharge it reaches a height of 4.7 m and is ended with a jet for directing the discharged material. This element can be set at different angles, which allows the precise transportation of crops. What is more, this system allows for lossless handling of different seeds even during the strong wind conditions. The discharge pipe diameter is 500 mm. Unloading efficiency is up to 500 t/h.
|14. PILMET 1618 – new model of sprayer|
|UNIA–Pilmet sprayers are the results of more than 65 years of experience in manufacturing plant protection machines for modern agriculture. Modern, yet simple solutions, efficient and durable fluid systems, lasting membrane/piston pumps, and stable field beams ensure precise application of the spraying fluid and maximum efficiency during the operation.
The PILMET 1618 is another new model that expands the line of UNIA sprayers. The new sprayer will have a hopper capacity from 1 200 to 1 600 litres on an axle with 9.5 to 36” wheels. Their spacing can be easily adjusted from 1.35 to 1.8 m. The axle may be equipped with an air brake system. Width of the field beam is 15 and 18 m ( which can be reduced to 15 metres ) .
Fluid system is powered by the membrane/piston ZETA 170 pump of nominal efficacy of 170 l/min. Sprayer tank is made of polyester. There is a clean water tank in the hopper, which constitutes 10% of the hopper capacity. There are two breakwaters inside the hopper which damp the fluid movements during the transport of the sprayer.
The field beam in X arrangement is lifted and folded hydraulically using two cylinders with inclination cylinder and multi-position bodies mounted on the acid-resistant steel pipes. The advantage of this beam system is the possibility to lift each element vertically, which makes it very easy to avoid obstacles on the field, such as posts or trees, thanks to the fact that when the obstacle is reached, there is no need to turn the sprayer back - one only has to lift the beam. The working width of the field beams is 15 m and 18 m with a possibility of reduction to 15 m. As standard, the field beam is divided into 5 spraying sections with the possibility of extension to 7 sections. After the extension to 7 sections, the boom reduction from 18 to 15 metres will mean the closure of the outer sections. The field beam is equipped with pendulous stabilisation system with shock absorption.
The sprayer can be additionally equipped with the SPRAY computer, a fully automatic unit for operating the sprayer, with a fully integrated control panel. The central, sectional and fluid control valves can be operated from the tractor's cabin. A maximum of 9 sections can be controlled. The computer allows the beam to be folded out and levelled. The operator determines the spraying rate and, with the aid of a flow meter and speed sensor, the computer maintains the spray rate per hectare regardless of the drive speed. The sprayer is also equipped with the ZTS constant pressure valve.
The sprayer may be also equipped with the lateral water diluter, which improves the dilution of plant protection agents, and an independent beam to facilitate bypassing the slopes on the field beam path.
|15. V-system – variable geometry of the beam
|The variable geometry of the beam controlled by three DYSTANS CONTROL II ultrasonic sensors increases the precision and efficiency of the application by automatically adapting the height and the angle of the beam adjusting them to the terrain. The system corrects the accuracy and the evenness of the spraying while reducing drift. Simultaneous bending of the boom arms with hydraulic cylinders combined with the possibility to rotate the central part makes a perfect adjustment of working field while operating on the hilly land. The basic version of the system, available until now, operated on two sensors and its beam could be inclined only to its entire working width.|
AGRO SHOW is the most important event in the field of agricultural technology and one of the largest international agricultural exhibitions in Europe. AGRO SHOW is agriculture, in the full sense of the word. For exhibitors offering agricultural machinery agricultural fertilizer producers have joined , seeds , plant protection products and other industries related to agriculture , as well as financial institutions , allowing farmers AGRO SHOW Visitors can explore the full range of products and services for agriculture and to obtain all the information and assistance of technical, agronomic and economic .
Only at AGRO SHOW can watch presentations machine during operation. Polish Chamber of Commerce for Agricultural Machines and the first to introduce screenings of machines in action outdoor . At a specially prepared demonstration plots ring and you can see a dozen or so machines assortment group . This is a unique opportunity to compare technologies and their impact on the quality of work of the individual machines , or even a comparison of different technologies .
The formula shows every year is a bit different , more attractive. With each edition of enlarging the surface of a show , and since last year we provide exhibitors plot , which gives the opportunity to demonstrate machines not only on the stand. At a specially prepared ring you will see the presentation of the news, ie machines introduced to the market since last year's exhibitions, sprayers , telehandlers , loader , as well as solutions for precision agriculture
More info on website - www.agroshow.eu
Acidification of the soil is a continuous process on which we could have no influence as farmers.
Acidification is caused by: calcium washing out, acid rain, usage of nitrogen fertilizers or the process of raising calcium together with crops. The correct pH of the soil has a measurable impact on better harvest and lower expenses on mineral fertilization. The first step before entering the field should examination of the soil in the nearest District Agricultural Chemistry Station and determination of its pH rate. The correct reaction for different soils differs according to its agronomic category. Lime spreading best to perform just after the harvest is finished, it means in the autumn. The lime dose should be determined based on the results of our soil analysis. It is most preferable to lime every year in smaller doses.
As a manufacturer of agricultural machinery we have a wide range of machines used for lime spreading.
The series of RCW spreaders have been known among farmers already for over 40 years. The RCW trailed spreaders are universal machines which are used for spreading lime and mineral fertilizer. The wide range of spreaders and different options allows to make even a small machine as a multifunctional and efficient unit that finds its customers among medium sized farms as well as large agricultural holdings and companies providing agricultural services. The newest and the biggest model right now is RCW 120, which is characterized by a large hopper, single-axle chassis, wide tires and sprung shock-absorption of drawbar.
UNIA RCW 120
Another way to distribute efficiently lime on large surfaces is to use a manure spreader equipped with a horizontal-&-disk adapter. The biggest model in our offer is TYTAN 36 spreader with horizontal 3-shaft adapter and with spreading discs. The machine has got 3-axle chassis. In order to improve comfort and safety of work the chassis in standard is equipped with 1st and 3d steering axles. Axles has got shock-absorption by means of spring suspension. In standard equipment the bottom drawbar is suspended on the leaf spring. TYTAN 36 has got two floor conveyors that move in parallel to one another. Each conveyor consists of two coil chains connected by scraping strips.
In standard equipment the machine has got a hydraulically lifted tailgate which separates the hopper from the adapter, so that when starting the spreader loaded material does not push on the adapter shafts, allowing for smooth start and even spreading of material from the beginning of operation. During lime spreading the manure load should be reduced by the percentage of closing of the tailgate, e.g. the tailgate is closed halfway, the load capacity of the spreader should be reduced by approx. 35% as the lime while driving on the road/field forms hardly divisible body. Loading of material into the spreader should be performed starting from the rear part to the front of the hopper, as it positively affects the quality of the later spreading process. It is desirable to distribute the spreading material evenly across the entire surface of the spreader hopper
UNIA TYTAN 36 – horizontal 3-shaft adapter and with spreading discs
prepared: Krzysztof Meusz