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AngliaMachinery September 2020


Vertical strip seeder helps heavy soil establishment


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Kuhn plough improves in-field efficiency


Increased operational effi- ciency is the common factor in several new developments for Kuhn Farm Machinery’s Mas- ter and Multi-Leader plough ranges.


Smart safety app protects


farmers and lone workers • Safety app can save farm lives • No mobile phone signal needed • Track record in helping workers


ech company Safepoint has teamed up with the AF Group cooperative to help protect farmers and other lone workers in the agricultur- al sector. With a fatality rate some 18 times higher than other sectors, agriculture remains one of the UK’s most dangerous industries, according to the latest Health and Safety Executive report. Causes of death include contact with ma- chinery and being struck by mov- ing vehicles.


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Recognising these risks, the AF Group has partnered with Nor- wich-based Safepoint – a compa- ny which has developed an app which helps keep workers safe by using an automated alarm to call for help in the event of an accident. Safepoint chief executive Cal- lum Coombes, who grew up on and around his grandparents’


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farm, said: “Safepoint is extreme- ly proud to be partnering with the AF Group and providing a solution which will ensure safety becomes the utmost priority for workers when out on the farm”.


Alerts can be triggered in two


ways – either by a manual emer- gency trigger via the app or the safety button, or a time-out alert which sends an alert when a work- er’s task duration expires. Alerts are sent to designated people or a call centre who can then call the emergency services.


This month also sees the


launch of Safepoint’s Guardian- Plus service providing a dedicat- ed 24/7 emergency response team





The Safetpoint app is user friendly and easy to navigate


on hand to manage any emergen- cy situations for those businesses that have signed up to the plan. Based in East Anglia, Safe-


point’s GuardianPlus Response Centre is a fully accredited state- of-the-art monitoring and alarm receiving centre (ARC), manned by a team of highly skilled and qualified experts, trained to deal with emergency situations. Mr Coombs said: “Our goal at


Safepoint is to make protecting your staff so easy and accessible that there’s no reason not to do it. Up until this point, business- es were responding to emergen- cy alerts internally when using Safepoint, so we wanted to take this responsibility off their hands.” AF Group communications project lead Michael Simnett said: “We have been looking for a sys- tem that gives farm owners and farm managers the ability to look out for the welfare of their staff, es- pecially during tasks undertaken whilst working alone.” For more details, visit www. safepointapp.com and www.theaf- group.co.uk.


The Multi-Master L ex- tends the company’s Master mounted plough range, sitting between the Master 153 and 183 models. Available with four, five or six bodies, there are both in-furrow and on-land formats suitable for tractors from 200 to 300 horsepower. On-land models can be set up to also work in-furrow. A new working width adjust- ment system allows furrow width to be set at 35, 40, 45 or 50cm without removing any bolts. The patented Pro Set system allows tool-free ad- justment of levelling, offset, depth and skimmers.


Optimum configuration While saving time, the ability to quickly and simply main- tain optimum configuration of the machine according to furrow width and conditions always ensures peak perfor- mance, thereby reducing fuel consumption and wear on the plough.


Also new on the Multi-Mas-


ter L is an integrated adjust- able press arm that enables simultaneous furrow press- ing to conserve moisture and create optimum seedbed con- ditions. With a reinforced anchor, the press arm is designed for use with the heaviest rollers on the market and is adjust- able either mechanically or hydraulically from the trac- tor cab as an option.


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