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Worldwide Appeal

December 14, 2013
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete

Eye-grabbing innovations from across the Atlantic

There really is nothing like Agritechnica. Hosted every other year by DLG (the German Agricultural Society) in Hanover, Germany, the global exhibit drew 450,000 visitors this past November. The exhibits are open for seven days and cover almost the equivalent of an average German farm—120 acres. At the 2013 show, 2,898 exhibitors from 47 countries gathered to showcase the latest in agricultural machinery and technologies. This global platform spotlights products that could be on your farm as early as next year as well as prototypes for a glimpse into the future. With help from our partners at profi, a German publishing company with international machinery publications, here are some highlights from the show floor.


Fendt unveiled the Fendt X Project, an effort to have a tractor that is capable of supplying electrical power to implements on the market by year 2020. A generator located between the tractor’s engine and transmission produces up to 130 kW of AC power that is then converted into 700 volts of DC by an inverter and sent along a so-called POWERbus. Losses are said to be minimal, and Fendt claims an efficiency of 96% from crankshaft to implement. Currently, Fendt’s prototype is a 700 Series tractor and is partnering with the following companies to develop electric implements: Amazone, Fella, Fliegl, Grimme, Krone, Lemken and others. All of the implement-mounted motors have their own small converters to change the power from DC to AC, allowing variable speed and torque. 

Agritech 13 HR 020


Michelin invests 12,000 hours every year in testing more than 900 agricultural tires. Worldwide, the company has 6,600 researchers on three continents focused on tires. On display at Agritechnica was this prototype alternative tread design.


Mitas PneuTrac concept photo

Mitas and its partner, Galileo Wheel Ltd., have created the PneuTrac tire, which runs at very low air pressures. Its collapsible sidewall allows the outer circumference to change shape for a 50% larger contact area than an average tire. The tire fits a conventional wheel rim and has been tested for 18" and 38" tires.


Kemper Study 2020 JD small

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