Periodic Reporting for period 2 - RA-RAKE (A Novel Double Wheel Rake Machine to provide high quality fodder and high operational speed)
Reporting period: 2018-06-01 to 2019-04-30
RA-Rake will improve productivity and quality of diaries, will decrease cattle’s diseases and reduce environmental impact thanks to the reduction of fuel consumption due to its very high efficiency. RA-Rake can be considered as a protective measure to prevent the introduction of contagious diseases transmissible to animals through feed. Since statistics relate also about cases of transmission of diseases from animals to humans, RA-Rake can be considered also as a protective measure to prevent human diseases due to food contamination.
The main objectives of RA-Rake project can be summarized as follows: it will be a double wheel rake, able to obtain neat forage (with a very limited ash contamination), performing at high speed (20 km/h or more) with a low initial investment, thus resulting in a very short payback time.
The first half of the second period was mainly dedicated to Season 2 test activity. Indeed, several tests has been organized for sampling the forage to be analysed by the University of Milan, thus comparing RA-Rake with the existing technologies, improving the features of the prototypes and defining the specification of RA-Rake ready for the market. Through this deep activity, the better quality of the post raking forage obtained with RA-Rake (in comparison with those one obtained with the other existing technologies) has been demonstrated, thus identifying RA-Rake’s final configuration. RA-Rake was then certified and approved according to Regulation (EU) n. 167/2013 and directive 2006/42/EC2. An in-depth benefit analysis evaluated both Direct benefits and Indirect benefits of RA-Rake, mainly throughout an LCA analysis. Thanks to a structured industrialization process, RA-Rake was ready for the production in series. The dissemination of the data was performed through several press releases reaching about 1200 journalists through 130 campaigns in different languages. Advertising was published on specialized magazines, the dedicated website was updated together with the social networks. Videos were a very important dissemination channel. Six international trade fairs and two “open days” with our dealers have been attended in the second period, together with seventy B2B meetings.
In order to facilitate the achievement of the expected results within the scheduled terms, several meetings were organised thus participated by representatives of the different functions.
The project financial management has been carried out through a high standard level control for the costs assigned to Repossi.
Another important social implication of RA-Rake was demonstrated through the LCA analysis and consists in the lower environmental impact in comparison with the other raking technologies.