Case IH is introducing new Quadtrac and Steiger AFS Connect™ series tractors for the 2021 season with specific features for the European market, and incorporating new technology designed to ease the data recording and transfer requirements central to modern large-scale farming. They also benefit from similar cab comfort and control upgrades to those introduced initially on the Magnum AFS Connect series launched in 2019.
Quadtrac AFS Connect™ tracked tractors (eight models from 525-692 max hp) and Steiger AFS Connect™ wheeled versions (six models from 469-558 max hp) gain new features and enhancements including:
AFS Connect factory-fitted enhanced connectivity as standard
AFS Pro 1200 display
AFS Vision Pro operating system
AFS Vector Pro receiver
New Case IH MultiController armrest
New cab interior with enhanced automotive-grade materials and styling
New heating/ventilation/air conditioning system
New electro-hydraulic remote valves
Display software improvements
When developing the AFS Connect technology embedded into the new tractors, Case IH engineers focused on making data capture simple and data transfer seamless to ensure it can help enhance productivity. AFS Connect enables two-way data transfer between the machine and the farm office computer to allow farmers to manage with precision their farm, fleet and data from their office or mobile device.
The AFS Pro 1200 display: A control terminal with 12in screen providing comprehensive operating data, and incorporating remote display viewing to allow farmers and – where owners grant permission, dealers – to remotely view the screen, plus easy Bluetooth pairing to link a mobile device, four exterior camera feeds and high screen visibility day and night.
AFS Vision Pro operating system: uses a smart phone/tablet operating style for ease of use and can be controlled via either the touchscreen or a rotary dial according to preference.
AFS Vector Pro receiver: streamlines guidance correction options, ranging from base (WAAS and AFS 1) to medium (AFS 2) to high (RTK and AFS RTK+) accuracy levels.
AFS Connect Steiger and Quadtrac tractors feature a cab interior that boasts improved controls and automotive-grade materials designed to enhance operating simplicity, control and comfort, with the ultimate aim of boosting productivity.
The online Case IH AFS Connect portal provides the gateway to managing the new tractor series for the farm owner or manager, enhancing farm, fleet and data management from a desktop PC in the office or at any location when using a mobile device. With secure data transfer to and from the portal via the cloud, users can log in to AFS Connect to view current field operations, fleet information, agronomic data and more, as if they were present in the cab. Owners and managers can also choose to share selected agronomic data down to field level with third parties such as agronomists.
Added connectivity also provides more support features aimed at reducing downtime and keeping operators in the field. Remote display viewing allows the farmer/manager or dealer to view exactly what an operator is seeing on the new AFS Pro 1200 display in the cab for problem identification and insight. Dealers can also remotely upload software updates, and use remote service support to remotely identify maintenance and service needs without needing to visit the machine.
Case IH continues to offer both powershift and continuously-variable transmission options in this sector of the articulated wheeled/tracked tractor market. The fuel-efficient PowerDrive powershift transmission is capable of up to 20% faster acceleration with each gear change, providing enhanced operator comfort, particularly on the road or when moving between fields.