Developing innovative solutions to minimise environmental impact and improve agricultural productivity
HARDI's current initiatives on innovation
With the acceleration of climate change, resource depletion and threats to natural ecosystems, one of the major challenges is to meet future food demands in a sustainable manner.
HARDI is therefore developing future-ready solutions that help our customers to maximise yield while reducing their environmental impacts, optimising the management of natural resources and complying with regulatory standards. We provide a range of products that improve agricultural productivity and are continuously developing more innovative technological solutions.
Thus, as part of our commitment to a better environment, HARDI develops technologies that lead to fewer residues in food, drinking water, and the environment, thus reducing plant protection product use.
The following are HARDI's current initiatives on innovative approaches to sustainability.
What is a spray drift?
According to ISO 22866, spray drift is the amount of spray material that does not reach the target due to the wind at the time of application. The drift quantity that is experienced will always be closely related to the prevailing wind speed.
A new test by Aarhus University in Denmark, using a HARDI COMMANDER TWIN FORCE sprayer, shows that HARDI TWIN FORCE minimises the environmental impact of spraying by lowering the consumption of plant protection products up to 30% and reduces drift by 80% at the same time. The result is close to no loss of plant protection products or contamination of adjacent areas.
Unlike a conventional system where more drift occurs the more liquid you try to squeeze through the nozzles, the PulseSystem has the ability to maintain the size of the selected droplets. Therefore, the flow rate is optimised with drift minimisation as the most optimal droplet size can be maintained.
Similarly, by using CurveControl, individual nozzles are moderated so that the spraying application is the same throughout the boom. This results in the minimisation of chemical consumption, which in turn contributes to the minimisation of environmental impact.Read more about HARDI PulseSystem
With the AutoNozzleControl system, each nozzle is controlled automatically which is unique since the sprayer works with sections of 50cm in auto mode. AutoNozzleControl also enables the controller to switch off specific nozzles, when turning on the headland and when spraying next to sensitive areas.
This feature results in minimal overlapping with ultra-precise spraying which allows farmers to save up to 10% on chemicals. Therefore contributing towards crop damage avoidance as well as minimising environmental impacts.
The HARDI touch-screen controller series is very easy to operate while providing an optimal overview for maximum control of the spray job. As precision is key to spraying, The HC 9700 controller offers the possibility to use ISOXML field maps in conjunction with preferred farm management software. This results in applying the right dose to the right place at the right time in order to avoid excessive spraying.Read more about HARDI Controllers
Since our start in 1957, HARDI has been committed to the ever-increasing demands for efficient and precise crop protection. Over the years, HARDI has made numerous major innovations that have helped change the farming industry for a better and more sustainable farming future.
Revolutionizing the farming industry by being the first to utilize diaphragm pumps, today HARDI’s latest innovation, GeoSelect is bringing farming into a new sustainable direction. To continue with this tradition, HARDI invests highly in Research and Development in a number of projects that are highly focused on improving technology, as better technology means minimisation of crop protection products.
RemoteEye is a remote assistance solution, coupled with AR (augmented reality) smart glasses, which allows our service technicians to provide service remotely without having to travel to the customer's location. Traditionally, technical service support to customers across different countries and continents involves several travels, contributing to higher carbon footprints. The RemoteEye solution, allows us to overcome geographic barriers by reducing travel significantly.
We at HARDI are pleased to announce the recent integration of new laser cutters in our production facility in Denmark. In our ongoing efforts to optimise our manufacturing processes, we are replacing five older laser cutters with a new plate and tube laser.
As part of our recent operations, we have switched several of our gas-powered forklifts to electric forklifts within the production area. This decision was made with safety and sustainability in mind and has proven highly beneficial.
HARDI is proud to announce continued efforts to provide clean drinking water in Ukraine together with our long-term partner, MuchMoreWater. We are grateful to have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in Ukraine by supplying the HARDI Pumps.
The consequences of the severe floods that hit Pakistan at the end of August 2022 left one-third of the population in Pakistan without clean drinking water. HARDI was contacted by long-term partner, Much More Water A/S with a wish list of missing critical components.