At the recent launch of the New Holland T7 HD Series in Europe, the company spoke of their commitment to ‘Agriculture 4.0’ – a term that is been creeping into the world of agricultural technology for the last couple of years.
The harvesters are said to combine Braud best harvesting with new features designed to deliver high-quality, clean grapes.
Rod Gardner, New Holland Brand Manager for New Zealand comments “the new Braud 9000 series maintains the proven features like the Noria crop transportation system, the Shaking Dynamic Control system, and the premium Opti-Grape™ cleaning system, while introducing new features, such as the side conveyer with destemmer, designed to increase efficiency and productivity.” The sidearm conveyor allows the harvester to work continuously, without having to stop to unload the hoppers, with the largest model in the line-up, the 9090X suited to vineyards with a row spacing of 2.45m or wider. The addition of the optional SOCMA patented destemmer which eliminates 99.56% MOG in the field, delivers cleaner, premium grapes to the winery, saving time and labour while also improving wine taste and quality. The washing process now features wireless remote-control to provide effective, time-saving washing, with the picking head wash time reduced by a unique pre-washing system featuring a strategically positioned water supply pipe, nozzles positioned to key areas, and fewer debris accumulation areas.
The IntelliView™ IV colour touchscreen monitor fits on a sliding rail on the cab pillar to best suit the operator, while also allowing connection to compatible multi-function implements, so the system can automatically set work pages for easier control and management of the machine. An optional Row Tracking System (RTS) system uses GPS technology to map the rows on the monitor, displaying harvested rows, missed rows and overlaps, which is said to be particularly useful during night work or spraying operations.
Power is provided by a FPT NEF Industrial 6-cylinder Tier 3 common rail electronic engine of 175 hp, without the need for EGR emission control EGR valve solution, while the operator is cossetted in a quiet cabin with the Blue Cab™ 4 filtration system for safety, an ergonomic multifunction handle for control of the harvester, plus features such as Bluetooth® radio, auto air conditioning, and the AutoComfort seat that includes heating and ventilation as standard.