Eima 2019 - New Precision Irrigation Technology
|Advanced technologies to reduce water consumption: up to 30% with integrated smart irrigation systems|
|November 25, 2018|
During the first week of this month, from 7-10 November, we visited the EIMA held for the 47th year in the city of Bologna, Italy. According to the figures of the organizing company, FederUnacoma, 317,000 people visited the fair, including 50,000 who arrived from 150 countries. The number of exhibitors at the fair came to 1,950.
Most of the irrigation companies were concentrated in two main halls – 21 and 22, and touring these pavilions we could appreciate the considerable investment of these companies in advanced technology, with the goal of making efficient use of water for irrigation, that constitutes 70% of global water consumption. Among the novel technologies exhibited were sensors, drones and satellites that are capable of realizing a 30% savings in water consumption for irrigation, thus coping with increasing populations and decreasing water sources. This problem is being dealt with in many areas worldwide, due to global warming.
We have selected a number of prize-winning products:
MTS Srl - AP180 Tomato Harvester
Compact, self-propelled tomato harvester. This machine carries out preliminary operations, freeing up space in the field to allow access for larger harvesting machinery. This solution offers a considerable reduction in costs compared to traditional procedures, and avoids partial crop loss due to trampling of some rows.
Amiad - Mini Sigma
Filter for open field irrigation systems made of plastic material. It can operate at low pressure, can be installed in restricted spaces, is self-cleaning and is electronically remote controlled.
PESSL INSTRUMENTS GmbH-iMETOS - Agronomic Virtual Assistant
Smart phone application activated with voice commands that provides answers to the priority of operations to be carried out in the field, based on data from weather stations and sensors in the field.
RAIN BIRD EUROPE- R VAN SERIES NOZZLES
Nozzles for domestic irrigation with a spray curve and radius that can be adjusted without tools. By lifting the top part of the nozzle it can be cleaned, increasing its working life.
In the framework of the Fair, some companies revealed new products:
Baccara - presented the ii.ri, featuring a smart, user-friendly App for both IoS and Android platforms. This smartphone operated controller is compatible with a wide range of valve sizes and port sizes, has no display, and by pressing the button on the top, allows pairing the smartphone to either IoS or Android systems.
Raphael presented the ULTRAF Pro from TALIS’ . Raphael Range delivers exact pressure and flow control, as well as the ability to provide accurate water metering, by combining a hydraulic valve with the precision of an ultrasonic water meter in one compact unit. This revolutionary design means that it is both easy to install and requires virtually no-maintenance.
Some companies sponsored events, as did the Metzer, inviting clients and suppliers to drink a toast for successful, cooperative work.
See you at the next show - Eima 2020 ….!