Lamma 2019: Bateman RB sprayers

Whether you want a simple sprayer that gets the job done with the least amount of effort or something a lot more sophisticated, manufacturers at the Lamma show will have a solution.

We asked sprayer manufacturers for their guidance on what’s new and innovative at the 2019 show.

Bateman (Hall 11)

A new cab providing operators with an enhanced working environment and a optional pulse width modulation (PWM) spraying system are among the major upgrades to Bateman’s latest RB self-propelled sprayers.

See also: Driver’s view – Dammann DT2000 sprayer

In the cab, a neat terminal installation positions the display at head height for inputting settings, after which it can be pushed back up to the cab roof where it is still in view for occasional glances but not obstructing the view through the large windscreen.

The side glazing wraps around the rear corners of the front-mounted cab, so there are only two slim pillars interrupting the forward view, while the broad panel immediately behind the operator provides a large storage bin, with a drinks cooler located on the floor.

AgLeader InCommand 800 and 1200 (or the base Compass) displays provide rate control, auto boom height, variable rate, section control and other sprayer functions, which can now include the PWM system.

This alters the flow volume by switching individual solenoid nozzle bodies on and off repeatedly; when the sprayer’s ground speed increases, the “open” phase is elongated to increase flow without affecting spray characteristics.

The system also provides radius control, which automatically compensates for differences in boom ground speed as the machine works through a curve, multi-step section control and constant self-diagnosis that will flag up a nozzle blockage or solenoid failure.

There is a choice of steel fixed or adjustable-geometry booms up to 42m wide and all models have a demountable spray pack that can be swapped for a fertiliser broadcaster or granular herbicide spreader.