The committee at Agritechnica has awarded four gold medals and 33 silver medals. Here are some of the selected silver medal winners. All winners are published in the Innovations magazines (click here for an online PDF).
Automatic PTO speed change from Same Deutz-Fahr
This system allow the PTO gear unit to be switched under load. Depending on the engine load, switching takes place automatically between nominal PTO shaft speed and eco shaft speed. This is of particular benefit where conditions of use change frequently and it expands the spectrum of the eco PTO shaft applications considerably – instabilities in the operation are avoided.
Hydraulic engine brake concept from Same Deutz-Fahr
This concept system provide hydraulic engine braking by choking the oil flow of the working hydraulics and at the same time closing the electronic fluid couple of the fan. Compared with previous versions, this system achieves a higher braking rate. For safety reasons the braking effect is limited depending on the steering angle.
Exchangeable hydraulic couplings from Fendt
Depending on the farmer’s set-up, ½", ¾", standard or optionally appropriate flatface couplings (FFC) can be screwed into a universal coupling block. For the first time it is possible for customers to change over or retrofit from standard to flatface couplings. Together with the coupling block and FFC, this secures a leakage-oil-free break-away function and minimizes flow losses and dirt influx into the hydraulic system. Hitching and unhitching under pressure becomes possible and oil losses are minimized.
Hitch Assist from John Deere
Mounted on the rear of the tractor, the tractor can be moved forwards and backwards from outside the cab. This makes the hitching process easier and also safer. The system is operated with the hand-brake activated and can thus also be used on slopes.
LINTRAC 90 from Lindner Tractor
The goal of this concept tractor is to provide four-wheel-steering on a standard tractor. This front-loading tractor achieves almost the same functionality as a wheeled loader (partially thank to its infinitely variable drive) and can save the farmer having to invest in an additional machine. In order to improve the maneuverability and suitability of the tractor for front loading operations, the rear axle can be steered too.
Grain Quality Camera from Claas
Most of the work to optimize combine adjustments is carried out by a simple visual check of the harvested material in the grain tank. Yet, looking into the grain tank is not only difficult do, but can also deceive. The Grain Quality Camera from Claas is a high-resolution, color camera on the elevator head. It produces pictures of the threshed material in the crop flow. The images are evaluated to measure non-grain components and broken grain and the results are shown in the operator terminal display as bar charts, including boundary level warnings. In addition, for the first time the driver is able to see the color images continuously and thus distinguish between loose and adherent non-grain components.
Cornrower from New Holland
The Cornrower is a chopping corn head attachment that reduces the harvest residue at the corn header with special knives and deposits it in a swath using elbow-shaped deflector panels. This forms the windrow for cobs and cleaning tailings from the combine. The finished swath provides a clean material which can be baled and used in renewable energy production.
PCS - Precision Combiseeding from Pottinger
With the PCS-Precision Combiseeding implement Pöttinger presents a novel, innovative concept that has a dual purpose–grain drilling and precision drilling (e.g. corn, sunflower) in a single machine. One machine allows four applications: grain seeding, corn seeding with or without fertilizer and corn seeding coupled with under-sowing (erosion control). The machine features sensors to monitor seed distribution and displays incorrect and double placement per row on the monitor.
Smart Irrigation System from John Deere
With the Smart Irrigation System, John Deere presents an innovative concept for row crops (e.g. corn) that allows the farmer to plan and control site-specific and plant-specific irrigation, based on real-time measurements of the soil water content and wireless transmission of the measurement data to the office computer using a web-based expert system. The complete solution offered contains John Deere’s high-precision, RTK-controlled installation of subsurface irrigation, a special soil moisture sensor for measuring the soil water content in several layers, wireless data transmission (alongside water content and air temperature and humidity, also rainfall quantity, solar radiation, etc.), different subsurface irrigation tape (optionally) for precise water distribution, and a head station with coordinated components (pumps, filters, valves, fertilizer infeed, etc.).
Working depth guidance from Lemken
When working on rugged ground, long tillage tools particularly work too deep when crossing over a hump and too shallow when passing over a short dip. Customary traction reinforcement systems that act exclusively on the drawbar and not via the three-point hydraulic lift admittedly allow good ground adjustment under these conditions – but the load transmission to the tractor is uneven. In the new control system the load acting on the support wheels is continuously measured and serves for hydraulic control of the roller position. If the support load drops, the roller is raised – the tillage machine works into the ground until a pre-set support wheel load is reached again, and vice versa. The effect of the traction reinforcer is virtually constant despite the control.
Boom guidance from Horsch
The Leeb boom control allows even sprayer boom performance. This type of active boom guidance is the basic module for application at a very low distance over the crop. Precise adaptation of the boom to the field contour is made possible by de-coupling the boom from the chassis. This minimizes the negative influences of wind on drift behavior. The Horsch Leeb boom is mounted almost friction-free (ball bearings) close to the centre of gravity. This system has been made possible by using an extremely fast proportional hydraulic valve and developing a new control software with gyroscopic sensors.
easyFlow by AgroTop
EasyFlow is a closed, contamination-free unloading system for liquid plant protection products from small containers and canisters. The system consists of a tank and canister adapter. The tank adapter mounted on the implement side has a flushing water supply line. The canister adapter is screwed onto the canister (sealed or unsealed) using a cap nut. The fastening is secured by a bow handle and unloading is only possible by rotating this. The opening path can be controlled infinitely variably via the turning angle of the bow handle, thus regulating the speed of unloading. Once the desired amount has been reached, unloading is ended by turning the bow handle to the right and the closing piston is automatically locked. If a canister is emptied completely, it can be cleaned immediately via the flushing water connection. The cleaning fluid is also conveyed into the tank.
"LaserLoad" from Krone
A controlled laser scanner identifies the truck-trailer train driving behind the forage harvester and controls the throw curve. This avoids feed losses at the start of chopping. Automatic parallel loading in normal chopping operation is also possible with this system. The laser head is moved up and down by electric motors resulting in a three-dimensional map. Mathematical algorithms determine the top frame of the collection vehicle and adjust the throw curve accordingly. The automatic loading of the following collection vehicle means an enormous relief of the operator’s workload, especially at the start of harvesting and chopping the crop from the field. At the same time feed losses are minimized, so that in practical operation time and cost savings are achieved and at the same time the workload of the harvester driver is relieved.
ICT- Implement Controls Tractors from Claas
The ICT (Implement Controls Tractor) software is an electronic system for optimizing the process and performance of tractor-implement combinations. The software uses the assignment parameters of a mounted agricultural machine to control the pulling tractor. Here the system is used for the first time in a square baler/tractor combination and allows the baler to run permanently at optimal performance via an automatic speed control. It is possible to choose between the working modes "maximum performance" and "maximum bale quality". In the case of faults or overloading of a unit, the PTO shaft is switched off automatically. Monitoring of the work components pick-up, knotter, cutter rotor and gatherer in the baler allows the workload to be substantially relieved. The automatic control of driving speed to achieve optimum performance leads to performance improvements of the machine combination and hence to savings in costs.
All winners are published in the Innovations magazines (click here for an online PDF)