Agricompact Technologies GmbH, hay, farm
Agricompact Technologies GmbH, hay, farm
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY OUR CUSTOMERS

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WHICH COMPACT HAY DRYER DO YOU OFFER FOR DRYING HAY BALES?

 

Our offer generally consists of 2 types of COMPACT Hay Dyers for round and square bales:

- Compact Hay Dryers in metallic construction

- Compact Hay Dryers in concrete construction.

Both techniques EXCLUSIVELY use the heat recovery with air recirculation and the passage of air is STRICTLY from the bottom to the top of the hay bale.

 

You can find our unique drying technique on the market since 1990. This unique drying technique has provided a great satisfaction concerning technical progress and sales.

 



WHICH TYPE OF COMPACT HAY DRYER DO YOU RECOMMEND?

 

The COMPACT Hay Dryers in metallic construction are quickly assembled. They have to be placed on a concrete floor. The COMPACT Hay Dryer is designed as an optimized system for all processes: loading, unloading and drying. In this way you can dry both round and square bales without any problem. The grid is not suitable to ride on it with tractors/telescopics although it is robust and designed to bear the weight of 2 stacked hay bales.


On request it will be possible to equip the COMPACT Hay Dryer with an even more robust grid adequate to support metal containers suitable for the drying of e. g. corn etc.

For those customers who would like to adapt their already existing shed etc. or those who would like to build a new shed etc. (in wood, concrete, steel, greenhouse etc.), we can design a COMPACT Hay Dryer in concrete construction. In these cases the customer has to build the grid for the round or square bales, the platform for the drying zone, provide and install the sliding doors, close and insulate the walls of the shed in order to maintain the heat inside of the structure best possible

You can ride with your tractors/telescopics on the grid.

Please, note: You have to make a choice at the very beginning of your drying project whether you would like to dry round bales or square bales when using a COMPACT Hay Dryer in concrete construction.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT SIZES OF THE COMPACT HAY DRYERS?



Regarding the COMPACT Hay Dryer models built in metallic construction, there are 2 options:

4 rows and 3 rows.

The plants with 4 rows for drying round/square hay bales are equipped with sliding doors on both sides of the drying zone in order to easily load and unload  with your telescopics from both sides.

The COMPACT Hay Dryer models are for drying no. of hay bales: 24 - 32 - 40 - 48 - 56.

On request it will be possible to design a COMPACT Hay Dryer for the drying of 16 bales.

The plants with 3 rows for drying round/square hay bales are equipped with sliding doors on one side of the drying zone in order to load and unload with your telescopics from one side.

The COMPACT Hay Dryer models are for drying no. of hay bales: 18 -24 – 30 – 36 – 42 - 48.

On request it will be possible to design a COMPACT Hay Dryer for the drying of 12 bales.

Regarding the COMPACT Hay Dryer models built in concrete construction it will be possible the following no.:

- for round hay bales with a minimum  of 16 to a maximum of 56

- for square hay bales until 110.

For a more detailed information about our COMPACT Hay Dryers in metallic construction, we recommend visiting the category COMPACT HAY DRYERS IN METALLIC CONSTRUCTION.

For a more detailed information about our COMPACT Hay Dryers in concrete construction, we recommend visiting the category COMPACT HAY DRYERS IN CONCRETE CONSTRUCION.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT SIZES OF THE HAY BALES THAT CAN BE DRIED?

 

The standard sizes to which we have adapted our COMPACT Hay Dryer are as follows:

- square bales approx. 210 cm x 120 cm x H 90 cm

- square bales approx. 210 cm x 120 cm x H 70 cm

- square bales approx. 210 cm x 120 cm x H 60 cm

- round bales with variable chamber/variable geometry or fixed chamber:

diameter 150 cm to 180 cm x H 120 cm

On request it will be possible to dry other sizes as well.

 



WHAT DOES THE TECHNIQUE OF HEAT RECOVERY USING AIR RECIRCULATION MEAN?

 

Many customers asked us why we use the technique of heat recovery with air recirculation.The answer is quite simple as well as intuitive: This unique technique has been studied and applied by our family since 1990 and it allows us to dry the forage regardless of weather conditions focussing the factors quality and drying costs. So we equipped our COMPACT Hay Dryer with a software which manages an "intelligent" use of air available both in the COMPACT Hay Dryer as well as outside. The whole drying system is automated and it decides how - if - when to use the air from outside or the air coming from the drying zone (where the hay bales are in).

This technique makes us unique in the market and makes it possible to dry forage even in those areas of the world that are particularly disadvantaged in terms of weather: Northern Europe, mountain regions (e. g. the Alps, Appenine, Pyrenean regions), territories with a continental climate and strong thermal excursion during 24 hours, zones with a a lot of humidity.



 

WHY DO YOU EXCLUSIVELY DRY BOTTOM-UP?

 

Our family has been pioneer in the drying of hay bales since the 1980's using various drying techniques to optimize the timing and the drying costs. After several years of research and testing we have arrived at these conclusions:

- With a single air-flow you can dry square bales and round bales which are heavier.

- We exploit a natural concept: the hot and moist air is lighter than the cold and dry air. The light and hot/moist air passing through a hay bale always goes up. This avoids the ponding of moisture in the hay bale. In extreme cases (e.g. rain, storm etc.) we can load the drying zone of our COMPACT Hay Dryer with 2 stacked  hay bales. This makes the drying process faster for the hay bale which is ground-level and keeps the upper hay bale cool and therefore excludes fermentation. Our technicians will explain the process in detail to you. 




Q     WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO ONCE THE HAY BALES HAVE BEEN DRIED WITH THE COMPACT HAY DRYER?

 

We advise our customers to dry the forage until a final bale moisture of or inferior to 13%. Here come the advantages:

- You can immediately store the hay bales in your warehouse. There is no risk of fermentation.

- You can feed the forage immediately to your animals (milk-cows, goats, sheep, horses etc.)

A very intersting fact is that if you would like to sell the hay bales immediately after drying, you could sell the dried product immediately because you would not have to wait 40 - 60 days in terms of maturation.



 

HOW CAN I DETERMINE THE MOISTURE CONTENT OF THE HAY BALES BEFORE AND AFTER DRYING?

 

We recommend the use of an ELECTRONIC TESTER (HAY PROBE) measuring two values:

- moisture control of the forage on a scale from 0 to 100

- temperature control of the forage.

If you wish to learn more about it, please, go to the category HAY PROBE or CONTACT US.

 

WHY DOES THE FORAGE DRIED WITH A COMPACT HAY DRYER HAVE SUCH A GOOD SCENT AND NOT THE TYPICAL SMELL OF DEHYDRATED FORAGE?



We recommend to our customers to come and see our COMPACT Hay Dryers personally in order to experience the scent and quality of the forage in person. The difference to other hay drying results will be all evident to you then.

 

 

TO DRY HAY BALES WITH A HAY DRYER: IS IT ENOUGH TO PRESS A BUTTON?

 

Generally spoken: It is not. This is an urban legend which has to be dispelled.

Excellent drying results  in general are gained by investing in an excellent hay dryer but is is also necessary to work well already on the fields when cutting, swathing, baling etc. Further more, the customers have to be technically well trained. Once all these requirements are met, it will be possible to press the right button at our COMPACT Hay Dryer.

 

 

WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU ARE ONE STEP AHEAD WITH THE COMPACT HAY DRYER?

 

Regarding the challenging climatic conditions, the drying costs, the conservation of flavours and scent.

Another step ahead: Drying of medicinal and aromatic herbs and other products that have to maintain an excellent quality after having been dried.

If you wish to get to know more details about drying herbs, please, go to the category COMPACT HAY DRYERS FOR HERBS.

 

 

DO YOUR COMPACT HAY DRYERS ONLY DRY HAY BALES?

 

Our credo is: Satisfy the customers! This means that we design a COMPACT Hay Dryer tailored to the customer's needs. A lot of customers would like to dry apart from hay/hay bales products like cereals and a myriad of other products as well. Having started the drying business in 1970, the Tonelli family has got a vast experience in drying medicinal and aromatic herbs, seeds of ryegrass, seeds of onion, nuts, hazel nuts, apricot kernels, peanuts, corn grain, corn cobs , cotton seeds, tomato skin, orange peels, chilly peppers, wood chips, wine grapes etc. Our drying technique is unique and universal: Ask us for a drying concept and we will design it for you to your entire satisfaction - CONTACT US!

 

 

WHY CHOOSE A HAY DRYER FOR DRYING BALES INSTEAD OF DRYING LOOSE HAY?

 

My father began designing hay dryers for the drying of loose hay in the early 70s. 

This technique was excellent for both using pneumatic distributors of forage as well as after a time the newer "Kran" (crane). In terms of quality the forage was great but nowadays we hardly use this technique any  more because we do prefer the technique for drying hay bales explaining the reasons as follows:

 COSTS: For designing an adequately big hay dryer for the drying of loose hay it occurred a high investment, e. g. storing 1,200 tons of loose forage the customer needed a drying zone of approx. 100 m x 20 m x 10 m H. The energy consumption was very high and much depending on the weather conditions. The whole process of loading/unloading required a lot of manpower. For a satisfying daily productivity the customer needed to have many forage harvesters and on a rainy day the hay dryer for loose hay had to remain always switched on although the customer could not upload new product because the forage harvesters could not upload any new product in the rain. 

-        - WEIGHT:  The weight of the dried loose hay is very low. It is 60 to 100 kg/m3. A daily productivity of 50 tons of dried loose hay would be very difficult to achieve maybe even impossible. 

        However we recommend the technique of drying loose hay for small mountain farms with a barn above the stable and with a small daily productivity.

 



        IS IT POSSIBLE TO APPLY THE COMPACT HAY DRYERS TO A BIOGAS PLANT?

 

We customized several COMPACT Hay Dryers for round/square bales using the hot water from cogeneration. The application of thermal energy always depends on the size of the BIOGAS plant but avoiding any possible problem e.g. that thermal energy is not available for a reason or is simply insufficient when needed, we equip our COMPACT Hay Dryers with a combustion chamber of adequate power.

Apart from the BIOGAS plant we customized COMPACT Hay Dryers for round/square bales for the use of hot water from geothermal application.

These applications are excellent regarding the very low drying costs.

 



DOES TECHNOLOGY AND RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT GO HAND IN HAND?

 

Yes, thanks to technology we can be more attentive to the respect of the environment. We are convinced that we can reach a high quality standard using the most natural, non-aggressive techniques, e.g. avoiding the excessive use of heat from mineral fuels and fossils. To simplify our concept, our challenge is to provide the market with advanced technologies to ensure that our customers  have the best possible outcome: make the best hay possible with a cost as low as possible. This is a business philosophy which avoids the "everything! - at once!". 

Hence our credo: "Wir leben Natur!" ("We live nature!")

 



CAN YOU MEET ALL CUSTOMERS' REQUIREMENTS?

 

Yes, we can! This is one of our company's strength: we design our COMPACT Hay Dryers to the complete satisfaction of each customer because our COMPACT Hay Dryers are tailored to the customer's needs. For the sake of the customers we pick them up where they are and accompany them safely and reliably through the complete drying project into the world of COMPACT Hay drying. CONTACT US!

 



DOES THE PERFECT HAY DRYER EXIST?

 

No, it does not. Nobody has got the magic wand! This is the reason why we are in a continuous process of research and development to perfect our techniques.  Thanks to 43 years of drying experience we can provide you with these advanced and appropriate techniques in harmony with a fruitful teamwork with our customers.

 

 

WHY DOES THE MARKET THINK YOU ARE ONE STEP AHEAD WITH THE DRYING OF HAY BALES?

 

Our family has more than 30 years of experience in drying hay bales and we consider ourselves pioneers in this field. Further more we have been drying loose hay since the 70's. These are facts of which we think the customers are searching for on the market. Nobody is willing to invest important sums of money for entering in an adventure of interesting but theoretical techniques.

 

 

WHEN IS IT ADVISABLE TO BUY A HAY DRYER FOR THE DRYING OF HAY BALES?

 

From a total annual production minimum of 100 tons of hay (approx. 250 hay bales).

 



IF A CUSTOMER HAD AN OLD HAY DRYER FOR BALES, WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND HIM TO DO?

 

In this case we recommend to modernize their old hay dryer with the advantage of then possessing a more technological and efficient one. Modernizing means  e.g. replacing the fan and the heat generator with a modern COMPACT Hay Dryer and adapting the drying zone according to the instructions of our technicians.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

 

We are studying state of the art and innovative applications which for now are secret!


For any question or feedback, please, do not hesitate to CONTACT US!


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