Power management company Eaton today announced that a hydraulic system custom-designed for Blueline Manufacturing Company’s advanced blueberry harvester, helps reduce harvest loss by up to 50%. The company looked to Eaton’s suite of hydraulic solutions to develop a new blueberry harvester that would improve driver ergonomics and reduce waste.
The harvesting machine includes a complete hydraulic system, featuring DuraForce pumps and piston motors for propulsion, Eaton’s X20, 420 Series open loop piston with gear pump, and hydraulic integrated circuit (HIC) manifolds used to control steering, conveyor and fan functions. Eaton’s Pro-FX Electronic Controls and software allow harvester operators to take control of every system function from one screen. Additionally, to ensure the harvesting machine remains level while operating, Eaton incorporated an auto-leveling feature, which helps minimize losses during harvest.
Eaton also implemented traction control and four-wheel drive, which allows operators to maintain proper grip through inclement conditions. The machine includes electronic steering and a fully consolidated hydraulics system with fan controls that are also operable from the touch of one screen.