At this year’s Eurotier 2018, Strautmann presented the autonomously operating self-propelled fodder mixing wagon Verti-Q. The adaptive Verti-Q is an add-on system for the self-propelled Verti-Mix SF fodder mixing wagon, which revolutionizes fodder mixing technology. The Verti-Q serves to completely autonomously and flexibly meet the coming challenges on livestock farms. After presentation of the pilot project at the Agritechnica 2017, the system has been continuously developed further and tested.

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 Verti-Q – is the combination of the Verti-Mix SF Tub Feeder basic machine, with a smart control system (IQ). Based on more than 20 years of experience in the field of self-propelled fodder mixing technology, the autonomously operating self-propelled machine is the product of the future.

The Verti-Q system complements the existing product of a self-propelled fodder mixing wagon with hardware and software modules, thus enabling all operating processes to be carried out autonomously. This covers all functions from fodder intake and transport right through to mixing and even distribution in the stable.

The main factor here is a high-precision GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) serving to manoeuvre the machine in the yard and silo units with centimeter precision. Furthermore, a 3D laser scanner rotating around its own axis for three-dimensional detection of the surrounding calculates the best position for the cut surface in the silo units. Unless otherwise entered, the vehicle always picks up fodder where the silo is protruding the most, which ensures homogeneous fodder picking-up over the entire width of the cut surface. Moreover, there are various sensors which help to record different machine parameters.

The calculations are carried out by a powerful industrial computer which records and processes the data and defines the required process steps. Also, the operating functions of the machine such as the pick-up milling cutter, the mixing auger or the fodder discharge is also enabled by the computer.

Importance is given to the safety system of the Verti-Q system. The system has been developed in compliance with current safety standards and rules. The different safety systems such as cameras and sensors are able interact with each other, ensuring safe navigation at any time and in any weather conditions. 

The Verti-Q also excels with its unique flexibility. Whereas all automatic feeding systems available on the market so far work exclusively autonomously, the Verti-Q system also enables conventional feeding via the driver’s platform. Giving flexible and independent running and ensuring feeding is possible in workload peaks such as e.g. during grass or maize harvesting. Manual operation therefore also enables travelling on public roads.

With the Verti-Q, Strautmann has developed an innovative product which has already being successfully used in test enterprises.