LAMMA 2010

LAMMA 2010 is the 29th Annual Exhibition of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association.

The event will be held at the Newark showground on 20th & 21st January 2010.

There will be over 500 trade stands showing products and services from companies from all over the world.

There will be a wide range of productson show from farming and rural industries.

The event has free admission and free parking.

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Buffaload Robotic Palletisers By James Gulliver – Guest Appearance

An article written by James Gulliver about the Buffaload palletising robots.

Farmers have always suffered from labour problems but some of these issues could be solved by the advances in the field of palletising robots. Buffaload, a company leading the stampede have had many successful palletising robot installations for agricultural use and have big plans for the future.

Any farmer will know the problems associated with sourcing labour for agricultural work. Unreliable, unenthusiastic employees are a real problem for all types of farming and have shaped the way we farm today. In many case Labour is the deciding factor in whether a new agricultural venture is considered and in some cases, is a factor that contributes to the closure of a farm. This cannot be blamed entirely on the work ethic of the average labourer as a lot of farm work is repetitive and conditions are often unpleasant giving them reason to be less than eager. The seasonal nature of the work also makes it impossible to keep good workers all year round. The problem may seem insurmountable but with a bit of lateral thinking solutions are emerging.

Robots have been used in manufacture for many years but the application of this technology in an agricultural setting is very new. Buffaload, a well known supplier of robotic palletisers have been working with farmers to develop solutions for vegetable packaging with great success.

An example application is that of packing and grading potatoes. Potato farmers spend a lot of time packing and grading their potatoes which is a very manually intensive task. This involves sorting and bagging the potatoes and then stacking them on a pallet ready for loading onto a transporter. The packing of the bags onto pallets is the most difficult part, as this requires someone to carry and then stack 25Kg bags continuously the whole time the potatoes are being graded. Working with producers, Buffaload have managed to configure a Robotic Palletiser to do this job. The use of robots for this task has been made possible with the application of a vacuum head to literally grip the bags by creating a vacuum and picking the bags up by suction. The bags are then stacked uniformly onto the pallet at a very high speed in the exact position every time.

The first thought of many farmers would be that the use of a robot would be far too expensive to ever pay for itself in this type of application but the savings made in speed and reliability means payback can be achieved in a very short space of time. A volume of potatoes that would have taken three men two days to complete can be achieved using two men and a robot in just a day saving the equivalent of 4 man days. Taken over a complete season, a saving of labour of more than 50% would be seen. Saving of this magnitude soon compensate for the initial outlay for the robot palletiser itself.

Buffaload, who recently expanded their product range to include, conveyors, bag stitchers and shrink wrappers plan to continue to work with farmer to solve this type of problem and many more. To view Buffaload’s range of products visit their website at www.buffaload.co.uk

For more information, please contact Rod Garnham on  08700 343 343 .

Someone’s On Our Land!

A few nights ago we received a phone call from one of our neighbouring farming friends who told my husband that a vehicle was parked up near our sugar beet field and a couple of blokes where eyeing up the beet machine.

Sugar beet Harvester

Why anyone would be interested in the old sugar beet machine is beyond me, especially since the beet factory has just closed in York and the crop will no longer be grown in this area by many farmers. But in double quick time, my husband grabbed the torch and sped out of the yard towards the field, to announce to the trespassers, “Get orf my land!”.

He was gone for ages and I did begin to worry that I might not see him again. The blokes could have been trying to steal the machine and could have attacked my husband in the process, leaving him for dead.

After what seemed like an eternity, the car headlights flashed by the living room window. To my relief he had returned safely and was excitedly waving a photograph at me. He had obviously not been attacked by thieves and trespassers!

“You won’t believe it,” he said. ” I got there and these two blokes were taking photos of our beet machine. I nearly ruined their photo’s with my flashlight! Anyway they’re photographers, not thieves, and they take photographs of interesting machinery or buildings at night. They showed me some of their photos and let me look at the images they’d just taken of our machine. The results are amazing. You won’t believe how good our beet machine looks.”

In return for allowing the blokes to photograph the machine, my husband asked if we could have copies of the images. So look no further, cast your eyes on our top quality beet machine!

                               Top Quality Beet Machine!

  Top Quality Beet Machine!   Top Quality Beet Machine!   Top Quality Beet Machine!

The results are truely amazing, wouldn’t you agree?!