Manufacturing and Engineering Magazine Volume 425 - January 2016 - Page 45

MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING DALE DRILLS machines and the inevitable wearing of parts. With our flagship Eco-Drill, we offer a low energy means of establishing the crop.” Launched in 2010, the Eco-Drill has yet to wane in popularity. Winning four LAMMA awards, including the Maurice High Trophy for the Best New Product or Innovation at its release, it's a highly versatile model capable of drilling direct and conventional seedbeds and everything in between. Adept in multi-tasking, the drill can also drill up to two thirds of the fertiliser needed for growth, making for more concentrated fertilisation. While Dale Drills' machines have historically lent themselves easily to large and medium-scale farming clients (from 800 to 5000 acres), the recent development of two smaller seed drills has seen the company broaden its capabilities and the range of clients it can accommodate. “Throughout development, the range of drills we've created have typically worked at a width of 6 metres or more, inad- the company's drills also pose minimal disruption to soil beds, and Dale Drills actively promotes efficient farming vertently excluding smaller farmers who simply couldn't make use of drills operating at that size,” explains Dale. “Over the last eighteen months we've worked on opening up that market, creating drills with a significantly narrower working width.” Maintaining the capabilities of their namesake, the company's Eco 3 and Eco T offer the ability to work at widths as small as 3 metres and have proven attractive to both the smaller farming clients to which they were geared and larger clients who require flexibility in drilling processes. Though its client base may be growing, Dale Drills is unwilling to relinquish the care and attention defining its approach to customer service and, sourcing local suppliers, customers can expect fast turnarounds when it comes to drill maintenance or repair. And having developed a range of drills that protects the life and futurity of soil, and therefore which safeguard both the industry and organisms to which the soil plays host, they're machines worth looking after. With corporate responsibility effectively embedded at a concept stage, and proving something of an asset to the company's innovation ambitions, Dale Drills might just have struck the perfect balance. MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING MAGAZINE 43