Archive for July, 2011

New Steaming System“Steam Mixer” reaches series-production readiness

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

The new steaming system, developed by Mobildampf in cooperation with Fobro Kress, has reached maturity. Since this month it’s ready for production.

Steam Mixer, drawn by tractor | Photo: Mobildampf

Steam Mixer, drawn by tractor | Photo: Mobildampf

The Steam Mixer allows variable steaming in greenhouses or on open land. It has a fixed scraper with a two-rowed hydraulic vibrating harrow at 60-200 rounds per minute (no power take off). The steam injector is corrosion-resistant and stands out due to its robust construction.
In accordance to information provided by the manufacturer, the new steaming system runs at a speed of 40-140 m / h, depending on the steaming depth of 5-15cm and on the output of the steam boiler.

Steam Mixer, drawn by tractor | Photo: Mobildampf

Steam Mixer, drawn by tractor | Photo: Mobildampf

The standard scope of supply contains frame, cover, rod-type rolls, steam injector, vibrating harrow, 2 steaming sheets (15m), sheet intake, hydraulic drive incl. plug-in couplings DIN 2 and throttling valve.

This machine was presented for the first time in Nuremburg on the 04th of August 2011

DLR intensifies tests on hood steaming

Friday, July 15th, 2011

End of May 2011 the Service Center for Rural Areas (DLR) Rheinlandpfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate) has continued its last years‘ successful test series at the research center “Queckbrunner Hof”.

In 2010 two steaming tests were already made to examine the killing effect of steam on weed seeds in particular in comparison to the use of herbicides. The results were impressive: In contrast to chemical means of weed control, steam showed a weed killing effect of 100%. Furthermore yield increased by up to 30%.

The DLR wants to find out which steaming times bring optimal results. The longer the steaming time the deeper the soil gets cleaned by steam and the hotter it becomes – however, the higher the costs. The shorter the steaming time the more economical hot steam can be used.

The results of this study will shortly be published in this blog.