2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
On-The-Go Pellet-Making Machine
The Premos 5000 prototype makes pellets that are about 1/2 in. dia., using two interlocking die rollers. It picks up crop material directly from swaths in the field. A conveyor belt carries straw to the rollers. The high compression rollers subject pellets to temperatures up to 212 degrees, which helps sterilize the crop. Then pellets drop into a cooling chamber before being transferred to a rear hopper.
The company notes that compared to baling, pelleted straw has a density 3 to 5 times higher, reducing storage needs and making automation of handling easier. The company hopes to have the machine on the market by 2017.
Contact: Krone GmbH (www.krone.de; ph 011 49 5977 935-0)
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