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Grimme offers SL80 store loader, using Hengstler absolute encoder AC58
Wednesday, 10 May, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Besides the harvesting of potatoes, efficient storage technology is equally important to ensure that the vegetable is available in top quality to meet the demand. For this requirement, Grimme, the world leader in potato harvesting technology, is offering the SL80 store loader, which uses the Hengstler absolute encoder AC58.

Using suitably adapted sensors, the store loader detects the current filling level. Using these values and the positioning data, the Hengstler encoder controls the travel and angle of the conveyor mechanism using an intelligent system. The goal is fill the storehouse in a careful, smooth and defined manner. The storage of fresh potatoes is the little-known link between automated harvesting and on-time processing or marketing.

This customer-specific solution is paying off. So far there have been no reports of problems or breakdowns. This means that Grimme's customers can rely on their machines at all times, and Grimme relies on Hengstler to determine the positioning data.

And the signs for the future are very positive, particularly in the area of potato harvesting. The demand for fresh potatoes is forecast to remain flat in industrial countries, whereas the market for processed potatoes is growing due to increasing demand for ready meals. However, the consumption of fresh potatoes is growing in developing countries because people's nutrition is growing more varied.

To provide greater ease of operation and flexibility to farmers, digital technology is continuing to make headway in harvesting technology.

However, digital farming is not just being determined in the cloud, but in everyday tasks, mostly in demanding conditions. This means that quality like that offered by Grimme with harvesting machines, and Hengstler with robust and reliable components, will be needed more than ever in future.

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