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Reduce labor. Increase quality and productivity. We are confident you’ll see that the numbers make sense – you can’t afford not to take advantage of automation.
Our team at FireFly Automatix is not afraid of difficult problems. We have found solutions to conditions that were previously un-automatable. All while giving you the cuts and pallets you want. The ProSlab offers unprecedented fuel economy, excellent flotation, highly productive systems, cab comfort, and reduced maintenance. In fact, we are confident that the ProSlab is the best automated slab harvester of turfgrass in the world.
We are committed to providing top-notch service and support. While we strive for 100% reliability, there will be times when your machines need maintenance and service. With our own turf farming experience, we understand what it means to be down. We will be there for you for the long haul…set up and ongoing training…24/7 technical phone support…overnight parts…updates and service visits – whatever it takes.
FireFly’s approach to design is unique in the industry, engineering fuel efficiency into our equipment from the ground up.
Performing computer simulations in the early stages of our development ensures hydraulics and electrical systems will save you fuel.
The ProSlab’s turbo-charged 4-cylinder Tier 4 Final JCB engine is vibration isolated and runs at low RPMs to give you great fuel economy. And you’ll make fewer fuel stops with a 60 gallon/225 liter tank. The moisture blocking tank breather keeps moisture out of oil in high humidity environments. The blower fan blows hot air out, keeping the engine compartment cool, extending component life.
Standard LED lighting package provides true daylight color at night, reduces power drain, and lasts longer…a lot longer. LED lights are commonly rated for 50,000 hours.
Direct drive hydraulic pumps provide increased efficiency and lower weight. Spin-on hydraulic filters are above the oil tank level, making them easy to change and minimizing oil loss during service. This reduces contamination during service.
Electric technology brings unmatched efficiency and fast, smooth movements. Smooth operation greatly reduces wear and tear on your machine. Electric systems are highly reliable and energy efficient, using only the power they need to save fuel. They are commonly used in industrial machines including robots and CNC machine tools. FireFly brought this best practice to turf harvesting.
When we produced the first FireFly harvester, we found that the speed of our machine required a better, faster cutoff system. This led us to develop the first-of-its-kind electric cutoff system. This cutoff produces an excellent, clean cut at blazing fast speeds. It operates very smoothly, reducing the wear and tear associated with other machines.
Our electrically driven stacker–the SynchroStacker–is simply the smoothest, fastest and most accurate stacker in the industry. And the most fuel efficient of all slab stackers. It requires very little maintenance and can transfer even the most tender sod to the pallet with ease.
Produce a consistent quality of cut your customers will notice. Ever heard of pallet envy?
The ProSlab utilizes the most advanced floating cutter head available. Our patented cutter head hitch provides the right flotation and balance, using simple rubber-mounted connections. It produces a superb slab block and leaves the field in excellent condition for re-grow. The safety latch on the head boom is easy to use, and its pivot is greaseless.
The cutter features FireFly’s proven depth control system that provides unmatched stability for your cutter blade, low maintenance, and long life. The depth of cut is easily changed with the touch of a button. One of FireFly’s early innovations, our depth control systems represent several themes found throughout our harvesters: longer lasting…built to handle the job…less grease and maintenance.
DOUBLE DOWN PRESSURE
The down pressure is fully adjustable to accommodate very hard ground and soft ground, all at the operator’s fingertips. The ProSlab’s double down pressure roller gives you more consistent turf. With more even thickness, the turf doesn’t tear as easily, and the pallets are easier to load.
No other cutter on the market can perform in more widely varying conditions so simply, due to FireFly’s exclusive ground pressure control algorithms. From hard and rocky, to soft and muddy. Our patent-pending electric chop with position-based speed control will amaze you with its quality of cut.
Tired of waiting to cut after a heavy rain? The ProSlab handles wet fields like a water skeeter.
We specifically designed the self-propelled ProSlab for low ground pressure…when you don’t want to leave a mark. High flotation radial tires will leave your field with low impact for excellent re-grow. Side-cutting design keeps you from driving on your turf. ProSlab harvesters operate easily in the soft field conditions that are common in warm season turf farms.
The engine is placed on the opposite side of the conveyor and cutter for excellent weight balance without the need of extra ballast. This design, along with its hydrostatic drive with full time 4-wheel drive and 4-wheel traction control allows the ProSlab to work very well on uneven ground–even side hills. Planetary wheel drives have an emergency tow release feature.
Ultra-smooth operation at jaw-dropping speed. The ProSlab gives you what you want.
ELECTRONIC AUTO STEER
Adjustable so you can leave any width of ribbon of turf, or no ribbon at all. Our proprietary algorithms make it simple to cut straight lines without wheel oscillations. The ProSlab’s simple steering shoe design has fewer moving parts. Using FireFly’s proven sensor technology for reliable, longer lasting operation. *Now available with right-side and left-side auto steering.
The gentle slope of our conveyor allows for extra tall pallets and helps prevent turf from slipping. It follows the contours of the ground with the head. The two-piece conveyor also lifts for high ground clearance during transport.
ROTATED TIE-IN LAYERS
The only way to produce neat, square and stable pallets. There is no need to compress the pallets.
Because of FireFly’s patented capability to rotate slabs, we can produce perfectly square-sided pallets without the need to offset slabs from side to side as other automatic machines commonly do. The ProSlab simply stacks the way you want.
With patented stacking algorithms, you can be sure this stacker will produce perfectly square pallets, and do it faster than any other slab harvester in the industry.
The ProSlab is the only automated slab harvester that allows you to change pallets without stopping. Dropping pallets on-the-fly is a significant productivity feature, saving as much as 35 seconds per pallet over machines that must stop to change pallets. We keep your blade in the ground and your machine moving. Fork tilting makes for gentle pallet drops.
THE STYLE OF CUT YOU WANT
Only FireFly offers exactly the styles of slabs and pallet configurations traditionally used by hand stack machines.
THE GRASS YOU GROW
This stacker features a simple hook system and is well proven in many different soil and grass types. It is being used with great success in Bermuda, St. Augustine, Zoysia, Bluegrass, Fescue, Centipede, and Buffalo Grass, with mow heights from ¼” to 4” (6mm to 100mm).
THE ELECTRIC SYNCHRO STACKER
The heart of the Proslab is our exclusive patented electrically driven SynchroStacker. This stacker is simply the smoothest, fastest and most accurate stacker in the industry. The moving parts are above the dirt, minimizing wear. The SynchroStacker is driven by electric servo motors, allowing for extremely smooth movement and unmatched slab placement accuracy. Speed is adjustable to adapt to tender vs. strong turf. Smooth operation reduces wear and is more gentle on turf. Our ultra-smooth stacker features a simple hook system and is well proven in many different soil and grass types. With our patented stacking algorithms, you can be sure this stacker will produce perfectly square pallets, and do it faster than any other slab harvester in the industry.
SINGLE OR MULTI-SLAB MODES
The ProSlab can be operated in Single-Slab mode or Multi-Slab mode. Lengths are electronically adjustable to any length up to 48”.
In Single-Slab mode, the machine will pick up one slab at a time. This slab would typically be a slab that is the full length of the pallet used. For example, 16”x48”, or 20”x40” or 21”x42”, or 24”x48”.
Our patented Multi-Slab mode allows for high productivity, as the stacker is carrying multiple pieces each time it moves to the pallet. In this mode, we offer a 16”x24” cut, available in two different styles: 16” wide x 24” long, stacker picks up two pieces at a time; or 24” wide x 16” long, stacker picks up three pieces at a time. Both utilize a single stacker head with FireFly’s exclusive multi-piece pickup system for increased productivity. Slabs are fully cut into individual blocks using traditional chop-off. Then multiple pieces are brought together so the stacker can pickup multiple slabs at a time.
SINGLE OR DOUBLE-SIDED PALLETS
Yet another example of the way we listen to your needs. The ProSlab is the only automated harvester that can do both double-sided pallets (optional) and drop-on-the-fly. Our high capacity pallet magazine holds up to 20 empty pallets, keeping you going for longer. The easy to use doors latch open or closed.
When an operator can perform the job in comfort, productivity and quality will increase. We pay attention to the details in the ProSlab cabin to accomplish this. Simply step right in…
The operator has a clear view of the cutter head, conveyor, and stacker without twisting or straining.
Rotating air-ride seat swivels over 180 degrees from front to back. No more leaning sideways or straining your neck to see…easy to get in and out. Full climate control and comfortable operator controls to reduce operator fatigue.
Vibration isolators between cab, frame, and engine. All control electronics are packaged inside the cabin for protection from the environment, giving it long life and low maintenance.
Unique back door for easy access to rear platform to inspect turf and access hydraulic filters. Optional on-board air compressor for cleaning the machine.
With conveniently placed cup holders, 12V power point, and an audio system (optional), the ProSlab cabin will keep your operator producing.
Wide, slip-resistant steps and ergonomic handrails give the operator safe and convenient access to the cab.
Convenient toolbox and blade storage area keeps your machine productive. Easy access to oil, fuel, and air filters.
FireFly Automatix is dedicated to utilizing the most current technologies and applying them to the turf industry. We do our homework and then bring the best innovations to you.
Automation made simple. FireFly uses the latest in computer systems, such as multi-core processors. This technology allows us to implement previously unattainable levels of control and advanced diagnostics. These greater capabilities bring a simpler interface and smarter systems that can react and adapt to varying conditions in ways never before implemented on turf harvesters. Intelligent Digital Control gives you intuitive controls, simple design, and bilingual interface (English/Spanish). Reject bad pieces with touch of a button. Simply drive.
REMOTE DIAGNOSTICS AND PERFORMANCE MONITORING
The ProSlab has many features that allow for remote monitoring, training, and diagnostics. We can offer multiple communication pathways, such as cellular or wireless internet.
PALLET WEIGHT SENSOR
Our optional pallet weight sensor gives accurate, real-time feedback to the operator of the pallet weight. You can use this to plan your trucking more efficiently.
FireFly’s greaseless bushings save your farm countless hours. The high-strength polymer material is designed for harsh, dirty environments. Our fittings provide reduced vibration and up to three times longer service life. And perhaps the best part: no maintenance.
LONG LIFE BY DESIGN
Our engineers dedicate great amounts of time designing machines that are maintainable for the long haul. We build our machines out of components, so you could do a major rebuild without having to cut and weld the frame. We never incorporate wear surfaces into major structures that cannot be bolt-in replacements. We also work to make our machine modular. This gives you flexibility for upgrades down the road.
Our commitment to quality is unrelenting.
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