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Air Control Industries has supplied custom-engineered, hydraulically driven blowers to Sumo for use in its Versadrill range of agricultural machines.

The Versadrill range permits direct drilling into land with stubble, or that is ploughed or pressed, in just one pass with diverse types and sizes of seed.

Features of the Sumo Versadrill include adjustable soil-loosening legs for depths up to 300mm, which relieve soil compaction and aerate in a ’V’-shape.

This V-shape then has two rows of seeds placed accurately via disc coulters (vertical blade to cut soil) along each side to give the crop the best possible change to both germinate and grow to maturity with free roots.

The company’s research has shown that there is no need to deep-loosen earth for every seed row, helping to save fuel.

Seed is delivered to the disc coulters via a blower system.

Initially seed is accurately weighed as it leaves the 2,700-litre bulk hopper mounted on the Versadrill.

It is then drawn down to pass through a venturi valve from where it is blown along a feeder pipe to a multi-leg distribution hub that delivers seed to each coulter via dedicated feed hoses.

Using this technique, different models of the Versadrill can plant from 16 to 48 rows simultaneously.

Seeds that can be handled by the Sumo machines range in size from oilseed rape up to broad beans.

The blowers employed by Sumo are supplied by Air Control Industries and are powered by a hydraulic motor driven by the Versadrill’s hydraulic systems instead of the normal electric motor.

In addition to being able to supply the blowers as impeller and housing assemblies, Air Control Industries provided Sumo with a consultancy service combined with the ability to build units to match different requirements to promote high overall operating efficiency.

Air Control Industries

Air Control Industries (ACI) is a leading global provider of industrial air movement products.

We analyse the application and select or design the product with the right materials, performance and environmental characteristics to provide the most efficient and cost-effective solution.

ACI has the expertise to help satisfy all your air handling requirements, be it cooling drying or spreading.

Since 1969, ACI has been designing and manufacturing fans and blowers, both for general applications and for specific tasks that demand custom-engineered solutions. We have also been developing value-added products employing our fans and blowers.

These include Airknives, bottle/can-drying systems for the drinks industry and our extruded product/cable/wire drying unit. All are employed around the world by leading international companies.

Another ACI innovation for the health and hygiene market is our Jetblack personnel cleaning stations. Being blower powered, Jetblack provides a safe and economic method of de-dusting personnel. To extend options for our customers, we also offer EBM-Papst products, for which we are the exclusive distributor.

ACI has around 50 employees split between its UK headquarters in Chard, Somerset, and its US subsidiary in Maine, New England. There is a network of overseas distributors to provide international sales and support.

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