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Lightweight Boom Part for Agricultural Sprayers


Genesis of your product. why and for whom?

The world population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050 and the agriculture industry is facing the challenge of keeping up with the pace of food demand. In this context, farmers need sprayer systems with longer and lighter boom arms to reduce the number of passes and to boost crop yields.

Benefits for the final customers?

The excellent strength and stiffness-to-density ratios of composites enable booms to extend beyond 40m and carry smart spraying devices. A lighter boom requires a lighter tractor, meaning less soil compaction. Fatigue performance, corrosion resistance and repairability complete the list of benefits.

The product : materials and processes

BK''s modular design consists in the best use of materials: the carbon fiber tubes allow large working spans with reduced weight, while the metal nodes efficiently withstand the concentrated loads of joints and hinges. The tubes are manufactured by filament winding technology, and the modular attachments by a proprietary compression molding technique that recycles the scrap of the FW process.

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