Vicon high-tech iXtrack sprayer range makes CropTec debut
Vicon’s latest trailed sprayer range, the iXtrack T-series, will be making its CropTec show debut. The range includes the iXtrack T3 with tank capacities of 2,600-litres and 3,200-litres, the larger iXtrack T4 with 3,400, 4,000 and 4,600-litre tank sizes, and the range-topping iXtrack T6 model, boasting 7,200-litres.
Vicon’s iXtrack T series represents the first of an all-new generation of high-tech trailed sprayers from the firm. Its design is one that has been engineered to deliver a low, short and highly manoeuvrable trailed sprayer.
Key to the design is a central frame produced from high strength, low alloyed heavy-duty steel. This affords a low centre of gravity with higher flexibility and durability than previous designs, making it more suited to the stresses of field work, and high-speed road transport.
Specification includes a suspended parallelogram rear frame that also remains active on the road, in addition to the field. This innovative design combines stability with soft boom balancing to minimise spray height deviation above the crop canopy and improve application accuracy.
Boom performance comes primarily from a suspended parallelogram rear frame. Working height is managed by the dual, ultrasonic sensor-controlled Boom Guide Comfort, or the more advanced three-sensor Boom Guide Pro offering positive and negative lateral movement on each side of the boom.
A further development is Boom Guide Pro Active which uses three levelling sensors on the central boom section allowing faster reaction to changes in ground terrain, via the central slope correction cylinder.
Wider booms, typically on 36/24m systems can now be equipped with five ultrasonic sensors, which uses two outer sensors at the wider working width, and one outer sensor when operating at 24m.
A revised tank design, new chassis and rear frame all combine to deliver an overall width of 2.55m, and an overall height of 3.2m for the iXtrack T3 and 3.3m for the T4. The steering axle provides adjustable track width in 5cm increments from 1.5-2.25m. Tyre choices extend up to 1.9m in diameter, giving a longer footprint for reduced compaction.
Developed with operator-friendliness in mind, iXtrack range is fully ISOBUS compatible and with new iXspray hardware and software, operators can take advantage of an intuitive touchscreen with smart electronics. IsoMatch Grip adds further control, with up to 44 fully customisable functions available from a single joystick.
ErgoDrive headland management is part of the standard specification, and allows boom raise/lower and axle steering to be managed by a single button press.
Nozzle control includes pneumatic or electric operation, suiting those using GPS for automatic section control and auto start/stop at headlands. The introduction of iXspray software enables the standard seven section control to be extended to 15 sections in combination with the iXflow air circulation system
Individual nozzle control is available with iXflow E, which also offers a remote App control of nozzles when outside the cab, to simplify nozzle flow checks and pattern testing.
Boom options for the iXtrack T3 include the HSS steel boom from 18-30m, and the HSA aluminium boom from 21-24m. The iXtrack T4 is available with HSS steel boom from 21-40m, and the HSA aluminium boom from 21-33m.