Automated Ball Return System
The ball return system is responsible for the automated washing and transportation back to the dispenser of golf balls. It has been designed to work in conjunction with the robot ball collector ‘Ball Picker’ that collects the balls out on the driving range outfield.
Once the robot ball collector is full, it returns to its charge station and drops the balls into the drop zone of the return system.
The drop zone hopper is manufactured from stainless steel to ensure durability for the long term. It’s stainless steel hopper has multiple relief points over its surface to minimise potential debris from entering the system.
The balls enter the transport pipe, which is running in negative pressure and water is introduced to clean the balls. They are then drawn along the pipe, through a brush wash unit, allowing clean balls to be delivered back to the ball dispenser.
Once all the balls reach the final receiver they are released allowing the balls to be dropped into the ball dispenser.
The return system is managed by the AMS control panel, that is usually located alongside the dispenser inside the ball room.