Case IH has received two Foglia d’Oro (Golden prize for innovation) at Fieragricola 2018, for its new AFS AccuTurn automated headland turning system, and the new Maxxum Multicontroller with ActiveDrive 8 semi-powershift transmission.
The company also won two Foglia d´Argento (Silver prize for innovation) in recognition of the technical innovation of the company’s new Quadtrac CVX high-horsepower articulated tractor, and the Adaptive Steering Control system.
Case IH was presented with theawards for technical innovation at a special ceremony at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia convention centre in Verona, Italy on the eve of Fieragricola 2018, the International Agricultural Technologies Show that takes place at the beginning of February.
Decided jointly by the show’s organisers and L´Informatore Agrario magazine, the awards recognise the most technically innovative products launched in the agricultural sector during 2017. In particular, they focus on the new technology introduced by each product, its impact on farming’s environmental and economic sustainability, the improvement it brings in terms of product quality, as well as its user-friendliness from the customer’s point of view.
“Farmers throughout the world increasingly understand the benefits that new technical developments bring to their businesses in terms of enhancing productivity, improving operator comfort and reducing costs, together with the advanced technology incorporated into the latest Case IH products. All of us within the company are therefore delighted that these new technologies have been recognised through such prestigious awards,” Peter Friis, Case IH Commercial Marketing Director for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, stated.
The new Case IH AccuTurn system automates headland turning, taking control of the steering on headlands to guide the tractor accurately into the next chosen pass, thereby improving driver comfort when performing repetitive tasks during long working days.
Enhancing the company’s existing AccuGuide auto-steering system, AccuTurn ensures that the machine steers as accurately during headland turns as in the rest of the field. Working with both trailed and mounted implements, it allows adjustment of parameters such as headland width, curve shape when turning and turn starting point.
The distance to the start of the turn is shown on the AFS terminal screen, and the AccuTurn system takes over once the HMC II headland management control system has raised the implement out of work and disengaged the tractor’s four-wheel-drive system. Activated with an unlock code from the local Case IH dealership, AccuTurn also works with all previous AccuGuide systems using AFS 700 terminals.
Case IH Maxxum Multicontroller tractors, ranging from 116hp to 145hp, are now available with ActiveDrive 8, an advanced 24×24 semi-powershift transmission with eight powershift steps in each of three ranges. Awarded Machine of the Year 2018 in the ‘Mid-Class’ category, it recently scored the highest fuel-efficiency ever recorded for four-cylinder tractor in DLG’s respected Powermix test.
Because the clutch pedal is not required, ActiveDrive 8 is suited to power-hungry tasks where maintaining momentum is critical, such as cultivations or operating large mowers. A true power shuttle, it ensures no loss of drive or traction during changes of direction on slopes, while a ‘brake to clutch’ feature improves stopping or when stacking bales with a loader.