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NL: New technique provides better crop coverage with less spray

A large Hedera grower had been looking many years for a way to protect his plants better against insects and also save on spraying agent.

Micothon decided to take up that challenge with him: by applying new techniques it should be possible to obtain optimal leaf coverage in a difficult crop such as Hedera. After all, the lifetime of a standard spray pipe with nozzles is ending. Together with the customer, they developed a new spraying technology with air support, built a prototype and tested the results on his crop. These results were so promising that they continued developing and perfecting the machine. With the Micothon Ivy, they now have the ideal solution for demanding growers who want to use less spraying agent.

Digitally adjustable fluid delivery and spray direction
An important feature of the Micothon Ivy is the digital adjustability of the liquid deposit. This makes it possible to skip certain parts of the crop or to give hardly infected spots a lower dose. In addition, the spraying direction of the moving spray arms is also digitally adjustable. That way the leaf coverage can be accurately adjusted to the shape and height of the crop. This gives a double effect: lower costs for spraying agents and better crop growth because there is no growth inhibition.

Autonomous operation saves labor
The Micothon Ivy drives by itself through the path. Its sensors automatically direct the machine. The liquid delivery and spray direction are set upfront. So, the improved spraying technology also leads to considerable labor savings.

Durable and reliable
Micothon builds its sprayers for a long life in harsh conditions. That starts with a strong frame and sheet metal made of stainless steel. In addition, they only use parts and components that have been tested and proven to be reliable.

Micothon Ivy: a new approach to crop protection.
The customer was looking for better technology to protect his crops. The dense hedera crop is difficult to protect against insects. This grower wanted 100 % spray coverage, especially when using modern biobased products. His request for a solution led to the development of the Micothon Ivy.

Many new technologies were involved in the development of Micothon Ivy. Firstly, newly developed air blast technology ensures the best leaf coverage. The machine has a digitally guided spray direction for automatic adjustment to different crops. An automatic drive and steering on the 40 cm concrete paths ensure safe driving, whilst remote control by an operator asks for less physical labor. Automatic winding and rewinding of hose and cable without physical labor make the process even easier.

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