A GOOD YEAR
Last year, FPT Industrial helped New Holland in harvesting 439.97 tons of soybean, which resulted in a new world record. Now, FPT Industrial equips New Holland in responding to another question: how many tonnes of grapes can be cropped in eight hours?
According to the latest test –in Waikerie, South Australia, on a seven-hectare red-grape parcel – the answer was 197.6 tonnes, which corresponds to nearly 200,000 bottles of Shiraz wine and was the variety that New Holland chose for the test.
The vehicle used on this occasion was a Braud 9090X harvester, and the fleet that supported it was composed of five New Holland T4.105F tractors and an Iveco Stralis 560 hp truck. All these applications were powered by FPT Industrial engines.
In particular, the engine used on the New Holland Braud 9090X harvester is an FPT Industrial N67 engine, with 6 cylinders, a second generation Common Rail system and an optimized combustion. With a maximum power of 175hp, the N67 is also best-in-class for oil change intervals, which are up to 600 hours, resulting in reduced vehicle downtime and improved productivity. Furthermore, the amount of grapes collected in this 8-hour period underlines an outstanding fuel economy: to harvest one tonne of grapes, only 0.99 liters of fuel were used.
Watch the video to discover how this great result was accomplished, using a combination of engine performance and a harvesting method, which included a destemmer with the side conveyor configuration that only reaches harvests the best fruit samples, and discards any debris.