A System for the Automatic Adjustment and Control of the Conditioning Roll Gap on Mower-Conditioners 2004-01-2732
Maintaining the correct gap between the conditioning rolls on mower-conditioners is critical for achieving the optimal conditioning of hay crops. Proper gap distance has been shown to significantly reduce in-field drying time. To improve the performance of conditioning rolls, an automatic adjustment system was developed to set and maintain roll gap. The system utilizes two DC gearmotors to adjust the mechanical stops on each end of the upper conditioning roll. The motors are controlled with an on-board microprocessor. As designed, the system provides several operating features including automatic gap adjustment by the operator from the cab, re-adjustment of the gap upon engine startup, and automatic roller separation for unplugging. The system provides a simple, cost effective, and safe solution for gap adjustment and maintenance.
Citation: Glancey, J., Strosser, R., Cosden, I., Dunson, M. et al., "A System for the Automatic Adjustment and Control of the Conditioning Roll Gap on Mower-Conditioners," SAE Technical Paper 2004-01-2732, 2004, https://doi.org/10.4271/2004-01-2732. Download Citation
James L. Glancey, Richard Strosser, Ian Cosden, Matt Dunson, Jeff Gordon, Doug Cook
University of Delaware, Case-New Holland, Inc., University of Syracuse
SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition
Agricultural Vehicle Advancements-SP-1912, SAE 2004 Transactions Journal of Commercial Vehicles-V113-2