September 23, 2016
"The Big CAT" - Introducing PCE's Tiger By Nancy Trapolino September 22, 2016 Booster Pumps with 765 Horsepower. We know what you're thinking, "765 horsepower to pump manure?" Yes! And here's why: "Just get my pit empty," says the animal producer. "Please take care of my field," says the farmer. "How can I get this done faster?" says the manure applicator. "Please do this safely, and don't pollute our air and water," says everyone. Big agriculture requires big equipment. Liquid manure is the largest volume, largest amount of weight, and most volatile substance any farm manages. To handle it safely and effectively, it requires properly sized equipment, training and management. Time is everything. With the right tools and technology, higher flows allow everyone involved to get what they want. Lessening the time required to do the job means we can be more choosy about when and how, rather than working through the worst weather and still not getting the job done. We can handle the flow rates safely with our Guardian and LightSpeed systems, and precisely map the nutrient placement in the field. So, we continue to push the capabilities of system flow rates. CAT's 765 horsepower brings the extra power to operate larger Cornell pumps.
Larger Pumps Provide More FLOW:Last year we introduced the TTR20 - an excellent way to carry more lengths of 8 inch and 10 inch mainline. (For less flow resistance) Last year we also introduced Lead Pumps that flow over 3,000 gallons per minute. (For more flow capacity) We are prototyping drags with the goal of consistent flow over 4,000 gallons per minute. (for the ability increase tractor speed: 3.5 mph+) When will we see 250,000 gallons per hour consistently? How will this change manure management for large dairies? Will the tractor pull that much weight? Or will we split the line to two application tractors?
Why More? It's a HUGE win to be efficient with time and energy.1) Time efficiency: Lowering time requirements for pumping provides better opportunity that the farm can be serviced during favorable weather with favorable field conditions. This is key to improving water quality, and becomes most imperative for northern states with short application windows and long winters. The service must be completed in a timely manner to regain storage capacity.
- The job gets done, restoring the farm's holding capacity
- Weather and field conditions can be better managed
- Less hours of operation means lowering fuel, labor and engine hours
- More flow lowers fuel consumption per gallon of manure transferred
- Pump efficiency improves fuel savings