Every Agritechnica, the top innovations introduced at the event receive a gold or silver medal.
Here are the five gold medal winners for 2009, and check back for more coverage from the upcoming event. The DLG (German Agricultural Society) reports more than 1,850 exhibitors from 40 countries have booked stands at Agritechnica. This exhibition for agricultural machinery will take place in Hanover, Germany from Nov. 10 to 14, 2009, with preview days on November 8 and 9.
2009 Gold Medal Winners
CNH and New Holland: Tower control with automatic ejector manifold and ejector flap control
Chopping is demanding harvesting work. The goal is to achieve optimal filling performance with low stress, risk and field losses. The 3-D scanner from New Holland allows automatic filling of the transport units in daytime or the dark of night. Both the ejector manifold and the flap of the chopper are automatically oriented to the trailer contours.
Claas: Auto Fill
In the field chopping silage can bring long days of hard work. The goal is to achieve optimal filling performance with low stress, risk and field losses. The digital 3-D image analysis from Claas Autofill allows automatic filling of the transport units in daytime or the dark of night. Both the ejector manifold and the flap of the chopper are automatically oriented to the trailer contours.
The electronic machine-optimizing service (CEMOS) from Claas is an interactive setting assistance system that contains all settings of all the combine assemblies for different crops and harvesting conditions and guides the driver step-by-step to the optimal machine setting. Holistic optimizing of the combining process is thus made possible for the first time with the aid of a machine-supported setting assistant system. Modern combines are admittedly equipped with programmed setting values in their information system for average harvest conditions. However, when optimizing the settings the driver often only alters them slightly to cater to the prevailing harvesting conditions. As a result, most combines harvest with working rates and work qualities that fall short of the technical potential of the machine. The CEMOS system analyses the current situation, devises optimization steps systematically from the data obtained and suggest these to the driver. The system also takes into account the given basic settings and equipment variants. The driver can accept the suggested setting or request an alternative. If he accepts a suggested setting, he is notified for sensor-monitored settings whether the work result has improved or not. The CEMOS also draws the driver’s attention at an early stage to conflicting targets, such as for example an increase in the broken grain component in the case of intensive threshing out and the technical limits of the selected setting. In a dialogue with the system, it can maximize the work quality and working rate of the combine up to its technical limits.
Cross-manufacturers: ISOBUS operating concepts
The world's first cross-manufacturer concept and realization of user-kindly operating concepts for ISOBUS-compatible agricultural machinery has been implemented in cooperation between several agricultural machinery manufacturers – including market competitors. This effort was initiated by the firms Amazonen, Grimme, Krone, Kuhn, Lemken, and Rauch. Identical menu structures, masks for setup and entry, identical graphics and placement for intuitive entry and navigation have been developed for both different kinds (e.g. loader wagons, potato harvesters or plough) and same applications with mounted implements from various manufacturers (e.g. fertilizer spreaders). To implement the concept, the companies jointly realized an ISOBUS-Terminal with ergonomic design in accordance with the latest state of the art. In addition to the necessary technical hardware and software interfaces, the focus was placed especially on the human-machine interface. Examples are entry via touchscreen, softkeys and incremental transmitters, single-handed operation or the ISOBUS-Stop-Button. The operating concept realized was tested successfully by interchanging the terminals of various manufacturers and mounted implements and it thus represents a milestone on the way from stand-alone solutions to the necessary introduction of ISOBUS irrespective of the manufacturer in practice.
John Deere: ActiveCommand Steering
John Deere is for the first time presenting a Steer-by-Wire steering system that intervenes actively in the steering circuit via a controller in order to distinctly improve driving safety and driving comfort. This active intervention in the steering control circuit has not been presented in the car and commercial vehicle sector so far, but instead only formulated as a development goal for the future. The unsatisfactory straight-ahead behavior that has been evidenced in customary fully hydrostatic steering systems available so far is improved, so that steering activity is reduced and the driver’s workload is distinctly lowered. The steering moment is modulated actively, depending on the driving situation, so that the driver feels a feedback at the steering wheel via his steering maneuvers. Fast evasive action has so far sometimes led to uncontrollable rocking (over steering) of the vehicle and this is now actively suppressed with an effect similar to ESP in cars. This effect is felt particularly during fast travel with heavy multiple-axle rigid drawbar trailers. In addition to the safety aspects, the system with a speed-dependent steering ratio additional facilitates operations in the field and front-loading work.
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