Introducing ALBUZ diamond-tough ceramic nozzles
While only a small physical part of a modern-day sprayer, nozzles are critical to operating efficiency
AN important addition to its range of spray nozzles has just been announced by Croplands Equipment, the noted supplier of a wide range of self-propelled, broadacre and horticultural sprayers.
Unveiled at the 2012 Farmfest field days, the new Albuz nozzles look to have significant economic implications for a range of users, principally those operating its popular self-propelled Rogator sprayers, its broadacre Pegasus units, as well as the company’s horticulture-orientated Quantum Mist brands, to name but a few.
The key point of interest rests with their ceramic, as against plastic, brass or stainless steel, inserts which are poised to deliver a much longer life expectancy when compared to conventional nozzles.
Potential users of the new Albuz nozzles, now exclusively available from Croplands, will be pleased to hear they can be expected to last between two or three times longer than conventional alternatives.
While they make up only a small physical component of a modern-day sprayer, there’s no doubt the seemingly humble nozzles are pivotal to any sprayer’s operating efficiency.
Combining the attributes of high strength, corrosion and wear resistance, overall hardness, resistance to high temperatures, the new Albuz nozzles also offer ultrasmooth surfaces – all ingredients for delivering a quantum lift in technology into the marketplace. The talk at Farmfest was of the new nozzles appealing
to not only horticulture and broadacre but also to turf and specialty sprayers. Sourced from France, they are a spin-off from Europe’s multi-million dollar spray technology industry with Croplands buoyed by this latest addition to it crop protection armoury.
Certainly, the company’s territory manager, coastal NSW and Queensland, Rob Graham is excited by the business opportunities associated with its new range of nozzles.
“With Albuz nozzles you’ll get 100 hours of use with only five percent wear as compared to only 10 hours use and 40 percent wear with stainless steel units,” Rob Graham said.
“They may cost a little more but the upshot is that spray operations will become more efficient with less nozzle wear delivering a consistent stream of chemical.”
As well, he highlighted the self-explanatory comparative wear test data detailed in the relevant sales brochure.
The point to make here is that traditional nozzle performance will deteriorate the delivery jets when applying abrasive, corrosive or high pressure fluids by enlarging their diameter and increasing flow rates – all in a matter of hours.
By contrast, ceramic nozzles offer proven resistance to wear, abrasion and chemicals. Albuz nozzles have been awarded ISO 9001 quality certification and already are said to be in use by millions of farmers across 45 countries.
Word is out that Albuz nozzle users increasingly are giving the nod of approval for the characteristic pink ceramic grade which, reportedly, has diamond-like hardness.
Croplands says customers must specify the new nozzles ahead of purchasing equipment, or seek out retro-fit packs for fitting to existing equipment.
“But they will be standard on our horticulture equipment range,” Rob Graham said.
“Those users generally apply more chemicals through their nozzles at higher pressures which make for high wear rates,” he explained.
At the end of the day Rob Graham says busy customers often don’t devote as much time to nozzle performance as they should. He believes that highlighting the advantages associated with the extensive range of Albuz nozzles now on offer can only enhance sprayer performance.
“Often, it’s the last thing they consider changing - even changing tyres before turning their attention to nozzle performance,” he said.
Croplands says the correct use of nozzles will enable users to both optimise and reduce the cost of any customer’s agrochemical spray programme.
ALBUZ nozzle Range
THERE’S an Albuz nozzle to suit a broad spread of farm sectors.
All take into account a wide set of parameters, including flow rate, angle, droplet spectrum, target distribution, plus drift classification – essential aspects of any modern-day sprayer’s paddock performance.
At one end of the range users can select an AXI nozzle with a “medium” drift hazard rating, plus offer 80 degree to 110 degree spray patterns, at between 1.5 to 3 bar, to deliver a spray quality that ranges between medium and fine.
Alternatively, Albuz’s AVI-OC off-centre air-induction nozzles sport a “very low” drift hazard rating, plus offer 15 degree to 65 degree spray patterns, at between 4 to 8 bar, to deliver spray quality outcomes that range between medium to coarse.