RZ Mask LLC of Chaska, Minn., announced its filtered face mask for advanced dust and allergen protection. The RZ Mask is made from neoprene material and equipped with an active carbon filter, which filtrates up to 99.9% of dust and allergens while absorbing odors. The mask covers the nose and mouth while strapping around the back of the neck with Velcro. The mask is versatile, with applications within agricultural work, livestock and allergy protection. Each mask comes with two replaceable and hand-washable filters. The RZ Mask comes in more than 20 designs and colors.
Remlinger Manufacturing of Kalida, Ohio, announced its PFM Series 600 Bale Slicer to cut bales of hay, straw and silage quickly and efficiently for indoor or outdoor feeding or bedding for dairy or beef cattle and other animals. It features four bale spears to securely carry bales from storage to feeding locations. The PFM 600 Bale Slicer is designed to fit skid-steer loaders, with an optional three-point hitch built to fit category 2-3 tractors.
Tine rock bucket
Remlinger Manufacturing of Kalida, Ohio, announced its PFM Tine Rock Bucket for picking rocks, landscaping and manure removal for use on farms of any size, light construction, municipalities and landscaping. It fits all skid-steer loaders. Hardened, 1.5 in.-diameter steel tines, which are easily replaced, are held in place with one bolt and have 2.5 in. of spacing between tines. A segmented stone dam holds rocks in the back of the bucket while allowing fines to escape. The stone dam can also be removed for scooping manure. A rock shield protects the operator.
Thermo Scientific of Tewksbury, Mass., announced its new handheld microPHAZIR AG analyzer, which allows feed manufacturers to perform on-site analyses to test ingredients and finished feeds to optimize nutrient formulations, reduce manufacturing costs and improve consistency. The microPHAZIR AG analyzer is pre-calibrated with INGOT calibration for feed ingredients to provide analyses of protein, moisture, oil, ash, fiber, starch and other parameters. The instrument can perform near-instant feed quality analysis and is designed to help identify out-of-specification ingredients before they are introduced into the production process. The microPHAZIR AG employs near-infrared spectroscopy to expose samples to various wavelengths of infrared light and then quantify various quality attributes of the sample. The handheld microPHAZIR AG analyzer allows analysis anywhere in the manufacturing process and throughout the supply chain. The instrument features easy operation and simple data reporting, with results exported directly into a spreadsheet, laboratory information management system or feed control system.
Bulk packaging system
Lincoln Electric of Cleveland, Ohio, announced the release of a new bulk packaging system, Gem-Pak, designed specifically for aluminum MIG wire. The bulk packaging system utilizes glass gems rather than a payoff ring to control the release of wire, which is designed to increase production. The Gem-Pak bulk packaging system is available in a 275 lb. or 300 lb. box. The system is designed to prevent tangling and improve feed-ability. It is easy to set up and requires no external payoff device. The Gem-Pak comes with a corrugated cardboard pallet; the forklift-ready mini-pallet comes attached to the box for portability and is 100% recyclable.
Sifter Parts & Service Inc. of Wesley Chapel, Fla., announced that it now offers Food & Drug Administration-approved silicone seals for the CS-1 sifter that are both magnetic and metal detectable. The blue color of the silicone helps make identification easier in the event of the seal falling into the product stream. The seals set off a metal detector or attach to an inline magnet. This new silicone gasket compresses equally as well as the standard gum rubber so you get the same no leak performance as well as the added visibility with the blue color.
John Deere of Olathe, Kan., has introduced the new, redesigned R4030 and R4038 Self-Propelled Sprayers. The 800 gal. R4030 Sprayer replaces the 4730 model. It features a 280 hp, 6.8-liter PowerTech Plus PSS Final Tier 4 engine with a four-wheel hydrostatic drive that can operate up to 20 mph in the field and 30 mph in transport. The 1,000 gal. R4038 Sprayer replaces the 4830 Sprayer. It features a 310 hp, 9.0-liter PowerTech Plus PSS Final Tier 4 engine with a four-wheel hydrostatic drive that can operate up to 25 mph in the field and 35 mph in transport. Both sprayers have redesigned flat-fold booms in widths up to 120 ft., improved weight distribution, a CommandView II cab with the fully integrated GreenStar3 2630 display and the latest tire technologies. These models now have cruise control. The sprayers can be converted to dry nutrient applicators by installing the 200 cu. ft. New Leader dry spinner spreader, which increases machine versatility. The Solution Command System allows for push-button automated loading, and a front-fill option makes loading easier and faster with 3 in. quick fill couplings at the front of the machine, the company said. The new tri-directional breakaway design and full-boom breakaway features help protect the booms. The R4030 and R4038 sprayers come direct injection ready to provide flexibility to change products between crops and manage chemical risk by allowing the operator to carry up to 135 gal. of up to two raw chemicals outside of the primary solution tank.
Dammann & Westerkamp GmbH of Lutten, Germany, has developed a new self-catching pen for pigs, the SF3, that does not require mechanical suspension and can be employed as a retrofit system for its predecessor, the SF1. Based on a new lever technology, the ergonomic construction of this maintenance- and wear-free opening and closing system allows easy release by both people and animals. For free-range systems, the opening and adjustment of the desired function can accommodate up to 20 sows. The spring-less SF3 prevents problems with corrosive parts. With the barrier-free locking system, after a sow has entered the pen, the mechanism installed inside the trough immediately releases the locking device, thus barring entry into the pen for the animals that follow. The sow inside the pen can release the locking mechanism on her own and then leave the pen. This exposes lower-ranking sows, in particular, to less stress while they are eating, the company said. The system contains no pipes in the area of the gate.