By continuously staying in motion, the operation is much more efficient and comfortable. More high quality bales can be made now that no time is lost waiting for tying and releasing. Driving at continuous speed will significantly improve the comfort for the driver, but also reduce fuel consumption and minimize wear and tear as frequent breaking is no longer required.
How continuous baling works
As soon as the desired bale size is reached a transport system moves the bale within the belt to the extended back of the baler. This creates room for a new bale to start immediately in the front. After the first bale is tied by the net wrap system, the tailgate will open and drop the bale on the go. The baler returns to its compact position, ready again to finish the bale which is being made in the front.
During this continuous process, a cleverly engineered belt buffering and tensioning system ensures a consistent tension on the belt resulting in high density bales. For a visual impression visit: www.continuousbaling.com.
The new baler concept was developed by engineers of Lely and its American partner Vermeer. The Lely and Vermeer cooperation dates back to the eighties and has been successful ever since. The Lely Welger CB Concept was introduced at the same time in Pella, Iowa (US) and in Maassluis (The Netherlands).
The current machine is a concept. Lely and Vermeer aim to continue extensive testing and fine-tuning of the machine in different circumstances with potential customers during the next years. If all goes well commercial availability is expected to be soon after.