Four Gold Medal Innovations from Agritechnica

October 28, 2013 11:34 AM

 In less than two weeks the world’s largest ag machinery show opens its exhibit halls. In preview of the show, the Agritechnica organizers have awarded their innovation awards including these four gold medals:

AirSep pneumatic impurities separator for potato harvest, manufactured by Grimme, Damme, Germany

GRIMME Stationaere Anlage mit AirSep

In potato harvesting the systems used for separating impurities such as stones and dirt clods are predominantly mechanical. However, these are limited in performance efficiency, and especially with multiple-row harvesting machinery frequently represent a bottleneck. By combining a perforated conveyor base and an uplift airstream flowing through from below, a pneumatic separator device in which the direction of crop flow and hence the machine-specific potato throughput are retained without restrictions. During the passage through the separation area the tubers are virtually kept gently floating above the vibrating conveyor base, while the heavier stones and clods drop down and are passed via a segmented lock to a removal belt. The quality and performance of separation can be adjusted from the tractor to the composition of the material being harvested by altering the combination of air flow rate and the inclination and frequency of the conveyor base.


AXMAT: Automatic spreading pattern adjustment of a twin disc fertilizer spreader, manufactured by
RAUCH, Sinzheim, Germany and MSO Measuring and Positioning, Bad Münstereifel, Germany.


With AXMAT, Rauch presents the world's first solution featuring automatic online measuring of fertilizer distribution and automatic adjustment of a disc fertilizer spreader to the fertilizer type in the tank and the desired working width. For the first time high fertilizer distribution precision is achieved automatically with the aid of microwave sensors and an automatic adjustment system on the fertilizer spreader. An arm swiveling about the distributor disc of a disc fertilizer spreader provided with microwaves records the spread fan position beneath the fertilizer spread fan, without contact, and sets the spread pattern automatically to the desired working width with the aid of the rotatable tank bottom and dosing aperture. During the spreading process, the spreading pattern is monitored permanently and the discharge point of the fertilizer to the distributor disc is readjusted automatically as required. The novel, automatic self-setting of the fertilizer spreader to the required working width makes it possible to achieve higher precision than is otherwise encountered in conventional adjustment practice and achieves this without the need for any spreading test on the field. The permanent self-monitoring of the spread fan also allows automatic online readjustment of the setting system to the set working width in response to changing fertilizer batches or changes in weather conditions.

Merlo Hybrid telehandler – Turbofarmer 40.7 Hybrid, manufactured by Merlo S.p.A, Cervasca, Italy

Merlo 40 7 Hybrid

For the first time a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will be offered for agricultural use with the option of switching the drive between electrical and diesel-electrical. In the electric mode the 30 kWh lithium battery powers the machine – it works quietly and emission-free and can thus also be used in closed buildings. In the hybrid mode the diesel engine operating at constant speed supplies the power for traction drive and charges the battery at the same time. This drive architecture makes it possible to halve the rated output of the diesel engine without restricting the effective work of the loader. In addition, during the low-load or idling phases that frequently occur in telehandler use, the drive can in turn be powered purely electrically, as a result of which the fuel costs and CO2 emissions in conjunction with the downsized engine can be reduced by up to 30%.


Online Simulator for operating harvesting machinery and tractors, manufactured by CLAAS, Harsewinkel, Germany

CLAAS Online Simulator1
The CLAAS Online Simulator captures all data from combines and tractors and then maps it dynamically on a computer. Machinery operators can thus be trained in operating a complex harvesting machine or tractor independently and outside operating times, online and interactively at the computer. With the aid of evaluated telemetric and process data, virtual control devices and operating elements, the software largely represents real operating conditions and procedures of a machine. This allows optimal training for the complex operation of harvesting machinery to be carried out already prior to harvesting work. Such training makes it possible to substantially boost the technical potential of the harvesting machinery already during the first days of use for harvesting. Operating faults and damage to machinery can be reduced in this way. New drivers can be familiarized quickly with the machine. Experienced drivers can refresh their knowledge through regular training and continuously improve their performance potential.

Agritechnica takes place every other year in Hanover, Germany. This year the event will be held November 12 to 16 (with preview days on November 10 and 11.) The event is organized by DLG (the Germany Agricultural Society), and  working on the basis of strict criteria, a neutral Commission of Experts assigned by DLG selected altogether four innovations deserving a Gold Medal and 33 innovations meriting a Silver Medal from the submissions.

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