OREANDA-NEWS. Power management company Eaton today announced that a hydraulic system, custom-designed for Blueline Manufacturing Company’s advanced blueberry harvester, helps reduce harvest loss by up to 50 percent. The company looked to Eaton’s suite of hydraulic solutions to develop a new blueberry harvester that would improve driver ergonomics and reduce waste.

The new harvesting machine includes a complete hydraulic system, featuring DuraForce® pumps and piston motors for propulsion, Eaton’s X20, 420 Series open loop piston with gear pump, and hydraulic integrated circuit (HIC) manifolds used to control steering, conveyor and fan functions. Eaton’s Pro-FX® Electronic Controls and Software allow harvester operators to take control of every system function from one screen. Additionally, to ensure the harvesting machine remains level while operating, Eaton incorporated an auto-leveling feature, which helps minimize losses during harvest.

“Eaton and Spencer Fluid Power developed the hydraulic system for a fully electronic Blueline machine that reduced harvest losses by 50 percent on its proof of concept test,” said Gregg Marrs, president, Blueline Manufacturing Company. “This significant reduction in harvest loss gives our customers confidence that they can expect a return on their investment soon after purchasing the machine.”

Eaton also implemented traction control and four-wheel drive, which allows operators to maintain proper grip through inclement conditions. The machine includes electronic steering and a fully consolidated hydraulics system with fan controls that are also operable from the touch of one screen.

“By uniting electrical and hydraulic solutions through the Power of One Eaton, we were able to develop a complete hydraulic system incorporating a broad range of innovative products,” said Patrick Nolan, area sales manager, Eaton. “With the strength of our full line, including DuraForce, Pro-FX electronic controls and software, and the X20 Series, the Eaton team responded quickly, providing a system that delivers immediate results to Blueline and its grower customers.”

To learn more about Eaton’s work with Blueline Manufacturing Company, read the full case study here. To learn more about Eaton’s hydraulics product offerings, visit www.eaton.com/hydraulics.

Eaton is a power management company with 2014 sales of $22.6 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 99,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.