Tramspread has launched its first contractor trailer to feature a Teletram GSM (global system for mobiles) remote control system that enables single operator use. The chassis of the trailer has also been widened by 200mm to enable it to carry more equipment.
The Teletram 2020 GSM remote doesn’t rely on radio connectivity, but can instead connect via a mobile device, using its 2G to 5G data connection, to one or multiple engine-driven pumps.
The remote control features a seven-inch colour screen and industrial-grade instrumentation that can be operated using Apple or Android mobile devices. Communication is not compromised by distance, and multiple pump units can be controlled by the same device.
“This means that an operator pumping across an 8.0km distance with four pump units will only need one device to monitor and operate all of the pump units,” Tramspread’s managing director, Terry Baker, said. “This, combined with pressure sensors and a flowmeter, allows the entire umbilical system to be accurately operated and monitored by just one man.”
Fitted with Tramspread’s Raven Box mapping and recording technology, the unit can also report the areas treated and the quantity of slurry utilised.
“The combination of knowing the speed of flow and being able to control it remotely is key to the time and equipment savings this trailer offers,” Mr Baker added. “The unit also keeps a record of the slurry utilised so operators can measure how effective each application is and improve distribution in the future.”
The contractor pump trailer is powered by a 175hp Iveco engine coupled to a Bauer SX2000 pump that’s capable of pumping up to 300 cubic metres/hour depending on distance and hose diameter. The long drawbar enables an applicator, such as a dribble bar, to be carried on the tractor’s rear three-point linkage while towing the trailer.
Up to 2,000m of drag hose is carried on two galvanised detachable spools located at the front of the trailer, while a further 1,000m is carried on the tractors front three-point linkage via a powerful twin hydraulic drive reeler, giving a total system capacity of 3,000m. There is a 900 litre fuel tank positioned above the twin sprung high-speed axles, while mounted over the fuel tank is a compressor – that’s also remote controlled – and a suction hose loading area with two large toolboxes.