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November 2009 Archive for Machinery Journal

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AGCO’s Return to Primary Yellow and Red

Nov 17, 2009

There have been rumblings of AGCO making the decision to phase out their line of orange tractors and implements branded and co-branded with the AGCO name.

 

This is true. We first reported this from the company’s third-quarter investor call. Moving forward, AGCO Corporation will focus on the Challenger and Massey Ferguson brands in North America. As an official timeline and more details are announced, we’ll keep you posted.

 

What’s also true is the Gleaner line of transverse combines isn’t going away. In fact, the company has prototypes of redesigned machines that ran this past harvest.



















 

You can see more photos here.

 

And for those who are fans of the silver machines, check out the book that is all about the brand’s heritage: Great Silver. It’d make a great Christmas present for the Gleaner fan in your life or yourself.

 

Silver Awards at Agritechnica (Part 3)

Nov 12, 2009

Every Agritechnica, the top innovations introduced at the event receive a gold or silver medal.

 

Here is the final wave of silver medal winners for 2009, and check back for more coverage from the 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 through Nov. 14.

 

 

Kverneland Group: GEOseed







 












The new system allows uniform, large-scale planting of beets or corn in triangular or rectangular patterns. It is to be expected that labor management and environmental friendliness can be improved by simplified and more efficient deployment of mechanical weed control (cross-hoeing). Furthermore, more effective utilization of growth resources such as space and nutrients is to be expected.

 

 

Dammann: HD-Nightlux






 












Using the high light intensity of LEDs to make the spray compartments of the nozzles on the sprayer boom easily visible during evening and night time hours. Nozzles that do not function soundly and create incomplete or no spray patterns can be identified in this way – in as far as they are visible during spraying – and can thus be cleaned or exchanged. A further advantage lies in the fact that the plant stand to be treated is visible to the driver even beyond the working width of the equipment so that he can react to obstacles in good time.

 

 

Holmer: HR lifting unit




 

The individually suspended HR lifting unit makes it possible for the first time to orient the lifting depth to each individual row in the case of multi-row lifting work. Ground unevenness in the sugar beet seed bed, ruts or erosion have so far necessitated a lifting depth oriented to the deepest beets within the working width of the lifter, with the known disadvantages. This development allows energy saving and at the same time gentle harvesting with low earth adhesions.

 

 




Kotte: iTANK



The relatively low-price iTank system from Kotte measures both the filling level in liquid manure tankers and the flow rate. These measurements make it possible to switch off automatically during filling operations. Alternatively, the spreading rate per hectare and a range can be calculated and displayed during field work.

 

 









Amazonen: LED individual nozzle lighting

 

Using the high light intensity of LEDs to make the spray compartments of the nozzles on the sprayer boom easily visible during evening and night time hours. Nozzles that do not function soundly and create incomplete or no spray patterns can be identified in this way  in as far as they are visible during spraying – and can thus be cleaned or exchanged. A further advantage lies in the fact that the plant stand to be treated is visible to the driver even beyond the working width of the equipment so that he can react to obstacles in good time

 

 

 



Amazonen: smartControl



 For the first time automatic and adaptive control of the stripper position ensures the isolating quality of a precision drill. This substantially improves the quality of work in maize drilling, especially at high speeds of travel.









 

 

Grasdorf: Soil Load Monitor (SLM)

 

An ultrasonic sensor in the wheel rim continuously measures the tyre deflection and thus provides a characteristic according to which the minimal tyre pressure can be set as a function of load and speed. Consequently the maximum contact area can be achieved in every situation (= soil conservation). The temperature-compensated measurement is transmitted in wireless fashion from the rotating wheel into the cab. The minimum admissible tyre pressure can thus be safely set and overloading of the tyre with consequences for service life and safety can be ruled out.

 






Stihl: MS 441 C-M Power Saw

The STIHL MS 441 C-M power saw is the first professional power saw equipped with standard installed fully electronically regulated Motor-Management (M-Tronic). The M-Tronic improves starting behavior and optimizes motor running in a wide variety of operating conditions, thus ensuring higher operational reliability and user kindliness.

 

 











AGCO: Tire pressure regulating system for Fendt 900 Vario

 

Fendt satisfies the calls by practical farmers for an integrated tyre pressure regulating system as standard equipment covered by the warranty conditions for the overall vehicle on standard tractors for the first time. Adaptation of the tyre air pressure in line with needs means greater safety, less tyre abrasion on the road and more gentle treatment of the soil in conjunction with higher traction efficiency on the field. The system is operated comfortably via the Vario terminal, and in addition to a safety structure also provides the option of setting the trailer tyre pressure via the ISOBUS.

 




 


Reichhardt: Ultra Guidance PSR ISO


Integration of an automatic steering system e.g. on the basis of GPS or sensors typically requires machinery-specific changes (valves, hydraulic hoses) with corresponding expenditure on installation. The steering system is then designed for the specific tractor. The ISOBUS-compatible automatic steering system Ultra Guidance PSR ISO now allows a Plug&Go installation of the steering system for vehicles and machinery that are equipped with an ISOBUS interface without the need for hardware adaptation. The information is exchanged between steering system, tractor or mounted implement via ISOBUS. The steering system can thus be operated via any existing ISOBUS terminal of the tractor or mounted implement. It is independent of the tractor, so that users can select steering systems and vehicles independently of the manufacturer to match their own on-farm requirements and deploy them universally.

 

 

 

Previously from Agritechnica:

 

Agritechnica: Show-Stopping Tractors   


Four-Axle Tractor at Agritechnica

 

Reports from Farmer Winners of Agritechnica Trip

 

The Dirty Job of a Fendt

 

Silver Awards at Agritechnica (Part 1)

 

Silver Awards at Agritechnica (Part 2)


Innovations Get Gold at Agritechnica

 

Silver Awards at Agritechnica (Part 2)

Nov 11, 2009

Every Agritechnica, the top innovations introduced at the event receive a gold or silver medal.

 

Here is the second wave of silver 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 through Nov. 14.

 

 

John Deere: Condition Monitoring System

 

As working rates of harvesting machinery increase, avoiding repair-related downtimes becomes ever more important and makes a crucial contribution to lowering costs and improving operational reliability. Installing acceleration sensors at critical bearings on a forage harvester makes it possible to identify failures at an early stage on mobile machines for the first time. Preventive repair can not only avoid downtime during work with subsequent stoppage of the entire ensiling chain, but also prevent the consequential damage frequently connected with bearing damage. The monitoring system is integrated in the JDLink telematic system that in addition to documenting faults also offers the option of alerting users via the GSM network.

 

 


John Deere: Expanded i-Solutions for John Deere Plant Protection Sprayers

 



















John Deere is expanding its trailed implements of series 700i and 800i to include functions aimed at precise tank filling, more precise spraying of the residual quantities remaining in the equipment, and improved cleaning and spreading of the residual liquids. The central operating terminal is the GreenStar 2600 for setting, monitoring and executing known functions. The new integrated Tank Fill Calculator calculates the necessary quantity of water and pesticides necessary for the specific tank filling (even if it is not yet completely emptied or for remaining residual areas). The necessary water and agent quantities are printed out on a sheet. With the aid of GPS controlled application, the remaining area still to be treated can be determined exactly and the quantities of water and pesticide required for this are ascertained. If these quantities are dosed exactly, residual quantities can be reduced to a minimum. The Auto Dilute System takes over subsequent cleaning of the sprayer equipment that is executed automatically, regardless of whether cleaning and spraying are to be carried out in accordance with pre-selected dilution factors (1:6 or 1:100) or in a continuous operation. The system offers the following advantages:

  • Distinct relief of the burden on the user by reducing the risk of operating faults
  • Reduction of remaining residual quantities and environmental pollution
  • Avoidance of wrong dosing, improved documentation
  • Facilitated mixing of the desired spray fluid
  • Continuous customer benefits thanks to faster, exact filling, cleaning and spraying


John Deere: EasyGuide Center Link

 



















In today's customary, heavy-duty hydraulic top links, mounting equipment and implements becomes a feat of strength that takes many operators to the limits of their powers and thus involves scope for injuries. This is definitely the case with mounted implements that only allow restricted movement space during the coupling operation. John Deere solves this problem by using a relieving spring that carries the top link along with it and so makes it possible to connect with the aid of a rope from the safety of the cab. The top link is stabilised sideways too with the aid of a centering spring.

 

 

John Deere: Intelligent Loader Wagon Combination (together with Pottinger)

 
John Deere uses the new opportunities offered with the "intelligent loader wagon" that if necessary not only stops the tractor, but also steers the speed of travel of the combination depending on the windrow density. The windrow form is determined with ultrasonic sensors mounted at the front of the tractor. As the data are collected ahead, the tractor has sufficient time to respond and adapt its speed. The system not only has a target value for speed, but also controls acceleration. It operates in combination with a sophisticated sensor system on the loader wagon at all relevant speeds of travel and improves the efficiency of the overall process, at the same time distinctly relieving the burden on the operator.

 


 

John Deere: John Deere Tractor-Implement Automation

On the basis of an extended ISOBUS protocol, John Deere enables certified implements to access safety-relevant tractor parameters (e.g. speed/strategy of travel, hydraulics, PTO shaft). John Deere demonstrates this option with the example of a round baler in order to enhance its performance capability and relieve the workload of the driver. After the bale chamber is filled, the tractor stops automatically; following the wrapping operation the tail flap is opened and closed by the baler activating the hydraulic control valves of the tractor. This not only makes it possible to automate the entire procedure, but also does away with the need for the hitherto necessary double equipment with electro-hydraulic control units on the baler.

 

 

 

Fliegl: Toplift Lifting Cover

 


Cargo in high cone-shaped heaps can also be covered quickly and safely using the hydraulically actuated cover hood. This prevents the air stream generated from blowing away the harvest and foods are protected against bird droppings and rain. This not only means greater safety for other road users, but also does away with the need for manual covering at a height of up to 4 m and so improves user safety.

 

 








Claas: Intelligent database for plant protection agents




 

Integrating the proPlant database with current day-to-day information about all licensed plant protection agents into the Agro-Net plot file greatly facilitates plant protection operations for farm managers. By coupling with the web-based database, the user is not only on the safe side as regards licensed products, but is also actively supported in selection of agents. In combination with the plot file information on plant stands, the field and its history are compared with the indication list of the plant protective agent database and agents are proposed in line with requirements laid down under licensing law. The innovation not only promotes safety, but is also expected to save time for stand management.

 

 

 

Lemken: QuickConnect

Coupling system brings the mounted implement closer to the tractor

 






















Lemken: VariExtend

Infinitely variable sprayer boom

 

 











Biso: Ultralight 800


Aluminum Soybean platform

 









 

 

Previously from Agritechnica:

 

The Dirty Job of a Fendt

 

Silver Awards at Agritechnica (Part 1)

 

Agritechnica: Show-Stopping Tractors   


Four-Axle Tractor at Agritechnica

Innovations Get Gold at Agritechnica

 










 

Silver Awards at Agritechnica (Part 1)

Nov 10, 2009

Every Agritechnica, the top innovations introduced at the event receive a gold or silver medal.

 

Here is the first wave of silver 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 through Nov. 14.

CNH: Automatic fan speed setting in sloping terrain















 

Customary slope compensation systems for combine cleaning only react to lateral inclination. If a combine harvests in the rise and fall line, during uphill work this can lead to blowing over of grain and non-grain constituents from the cleaning unit and hence to elevated grain losses. During downhill travel the layer thickness on the screens increases and higher quantities of non-grain constituents enter the grain tank; if the layer thickness is too high this also leads to higher grain losses. The speed control of the New Holland cleaning blower independently of the slope gradient is the first to adjust the blower speed automatically to the respective combine inclination in uphill and downhill work depending on the crop. This allows uniform work quality and work output during harvesting on sloping fields without the driver having to intervene, thus facilitating work, and is a trail-blazing detail improvement in grain crop harvesting.
 

CNH: Gentle on the soil and relieves the burden on the driver
 



















New Holland's ABS system offers not only the generally known safety benefits but also caters to the specific demands of agriculture. For instance it allows the popular individual wheel braking and correspondingly small turning radius during headland operations for the first time. The inner wheel in the bend is delayed specifically in proportion to the steering angle without causing any blockage with damage to the track. The system also serves as a starting aid on hillsides, is gentle on the soil and relieves the burden on the driver.
 

Pottinger: Automatic knife grinding system for loader wagons
 

 
Grinding knives on loader wagons has so far been known as time consuming and non-ergonomic work. Pottinger has succeeded in developing an automatic grinding machine for individual knives in loader wagon cutter units. The automated grinding operation can be carried out several times a day during transport. The complete hydraulic drive is designed simply and maintenance-kindly. Constantly sharp knives with a high cutting quality for efficient performance of work are now possible on loader wagons too.
 






Pottinger: Intelligent Loader Wagon Combination (together with John Deere)
 
Pottinger uses the new opportunities offered with the "intelligent loader wagon" that if necessary not only stops the tractor, but also steers the speed of travel of the combination depending on the windrow density. The windrow form is determined with ultrasonic sensors mounted at the front of the tractor. As the data are collected ahead, the tractor has sufficient time to respond and adapt its speed. The system not only has a target value for speed, but also controls acceleration. It operates in combination with a sophisticated sensor system on the loader wagon at all relevant speeds of travel and improves the efficiency of the overall process, at the same time distinctly relieving the burden on the operator.
 
 

Krampe: Bandit roller belt wagon


Loading and unloading of this body trailer are carried out via a fabric belt that is wound up alternately by hydromotors mounted one at the front and one at the rear end of the cargo platform, thus moving the cargo. The advantage of this design over a push-off wagon is the higher payload and lower hydraulic power requirement. Delicate goods like potatoes can be unloaded gently, and pallets and general cargo can be set against the tail flap and carried forward for loading. 




 




Belarus
: Belarus 3023 220 kW standard tractor


The 220 kW standard tractor has a diesel-electric drive with modern control electronics and good efficiency levels. The front PTO is powered electrically and its rpm speed is thus largely independent of the internal combustion engine. Up to 172 kW electric power can be passed on from the internal DC high voltage network to external users that display corresponding power requirements.
 










Hagele: Cleanfix Pulstronic


The fan vanes on the Cleanfix Pulstronic can be turned about the longitudinal axis not only to clean the radiator, but also to save drive energy. Depending on cooling requirements the vanes can be positioned in any intermediate position. This allows a control circuit that processes PWM or CAN bus signals of the engine controller and regulates the exact vane position via a position sensor to be integrated in the adjustment mechanism. By contrast with the visco-coupling there is no power consuming coupling slip, regardless of the fan output. In addition the "Flex Tips" fitted at the vane ends are slightly oversized so that they are ground into shape in operation in the front area of the cowl. This effectively avoids air recirculation and additionally enhances efficiency.



Krone: Front mower EasyCut 32 CV Float

 
Pushed headstock with integrated spring weight alleviation and novel spring balancing kinematics provide uniform ground pressure under all operating conditions. The EasyCut 32 CV Float is the first front mower with pushed headstock and integrated mower weight alleviation that at the same time allows uniform ground pressure to be maintained through the novel "Float" spring balancing kinematics. Accordingly the advantages of the "pushed" front mower are combined with those of the "trailed" mower without applying any additional load on the front axle as has been necessary so far with other header designs, representing advantages above all on sloping terrain. The extra benefit of the uniform ground pressure is unique.
 



Krone: VariStream

 
Variable crop flow system in self-propelled forage harvester reduces resistance material flow to cut wear, saves energy and relieves the engine. In the Krone VariStream system the front part of the drum base is hinged to the shearbar. When the shearbar is adjusted after grinding of the knives, the drum base in the front area automatically follows. There is thus no "dead space" between the shearbar and drum base that could impair the flow of crop negatively. The rear part of the drum base is mounted on springs and can thus yield under large quantities of feed. At low crop flows, the base returns to the original position thanks to the springs. The risk of clogging is lower, a uniform crop flow is retained and the ejection performance of the chopper drum is not reduced.




Previously from Agritechnica:
Four-Axle Tractor at Agritechnica

Innovations Get Gold at Agritechnica




 

Four-Axle Tractor at Agritechnica

Nov 09, 2009

It was concealed until Agritechnica’s preview day, and it took a big sheet to cover Deutz-Fahr’s XXL 1630. The eight-wheeled tractor was built as prototype by a partnership between the company and a German university.

 

The 600 hp tractor features a 18F/6R full powershift transmission. Designed as a towing machine–the tractor doesn’t have a rear PTO–the rear loading platform can carry up to 13.7 tons.

 

Our friends at profi have their full report, click here.

 

Here's the Deutz-Fahr Agro XXL profi VideoThe commentary is in German, but the video speaks for itself.


















Unveilling at Ag Leader

Nov 02, 2009

Ag Leader has a big announcement. It’s so big there web site looked like this on Nov. 2.














 

 

Nov. 3 is the announcement date, and from the sounds of it, it’s worth visiting AgLeader.com to see what’s up.
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