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On-The-Go Pellet-Making Machine
German machinery giant Krone introduced a mobile pellet-making machine at Agritechnica that makes pellets out of all kinds of crop residue to be used as fuel, bedding or feed.

    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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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1