Strautmann unveiled what it describes as an “absolute world’s first” at Agritechnica 2017. The Verti–Q builds on the existing self- propelled Verti-Mix SF feeder, converting the machine into a completely driverless (autonomous) unit. It revolutionises fodder mixing technology.
The Verti-Q name is an amalgamation of the Verti-Mix SF (basic machine) combined with a smart control system (IQ). Based on more than 20 years of experience in the field of self-propelled fodder mixing technology, the autonomously operating self-propelled machine is the product of the future. The Verti-Q system enables all operating processes to out autonomously, from fodder intake, transport about the yard, mixing and distribution.
The main factor here is a high-precision GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) which enables the machine to manoeuvre about the yard with centimetre precision. A 2D laser scanner rotating around its own axis for three-dimensional detection of the surroundings determines the best position for the cut surface in the silo units or pits. Also there are various sensors which monitor and record different machine parameters.
The calculations are carried out by a powerful industrial computer which records and processes the data and defines the required process steps. In addition, the operating functions of the machine such as the pick-up milling cutter, the mixing auger or the fodder discharge are also enabled by the computer.
Particular importance is attached to the safety system of the Verti-Q. It has been developed in compliance with current safety standards and rules. The different safety systems such as cameras and sensors interact with each other, e.g. in order to ensure safe navigation at any time and in any weather conditions.
The Verti-Q also excels by its unique flexibility. Whereas all automatic feeding systems available on the market so far work exclusively autonomously, the Verti-Q system also enables conventional feeding via the driver’s platform. Thus, flexible and independent running and feeding is possible in case of workload peaks such as e.g. during grass or maize harvesting. Manual operation also enables travelling on public roads.
The 0 series in selected medium-sized enterprises is planned for mid-2018.