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Fuse Technologies Strategy Presented to Massey Ferguson And Valtra Dealers as Part of South America Launch

By Rafael Antonio Costa

AGCO’s South American Massey Ferguson and Valtra Dealers gathered recently in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Salvador, Brazil, for a comprehensive look at FuseTM Technologies: AGCO’s global precision farming technology strategy to provide farmers with seamless integration and connectivity across their operations.  By taking a more open approach to incorporating technology across the industry, Fuse will lead the way in providing solutions for the mixed fleet, multi partner farms of tomorrow.  Fuse provides new tools that allow the farmer to do this efficiently and effectively.

AGCO’s Matt Rushing and Eric Hansotia helped share the Fuse vision at the Massey Ferguson dealer training event in Argentina, with Bruce Hart and Rob Lindgren presenting to Valtra in Brazil.

AGCO’s Matt Rushing and Eric Hansotia helped share the Fuse vision at the Massey Ferguson dealer training event in Argentina, with Bruce Hart and Rob Lindgren presenting to Valtra in Brazil.

The Fuse message resonated with the South America dealers because there is arguably more coordination of machines in this region than anywhere else in the world. The capabilities Fuse Technologies is deploying over the next several years will ensure the machines are “talking” to each other, allowing the farmer to strip out the waste during the farming process.

Leading the way in the efforts to communicate the strategy, and enhancing the dealer’s knowledge base, is AGCO South America’s Advanced Technology Solutions (ATS) Product Marketing Manager, Rafael Antonio Costa.  Rafael was pleased with the number of dealers that attended the events—approximately 650 total—and the response to the Fuse Technologies strategy:

“The South American Fuse Technologies launches were very well received, and set the stage for what is to come in the next 3-5 years for AGCO’s dealers and customers.  It was encouraging to see the enthusiasm after the initial presentation, and the conversation that was generated as a result of the launch.  The dealer network in South America is professional and knowable of the technology solutions available to our customers.  This is imperative as we keep our farmers moving forward with new and innovative technologies.”

This recent dealer training reflects AGCO’s commitment to and global emphasis on precision farming technology, recently launched as Fuse™ Technologies. To learn more about AGCO’s on and off board technologies and the Fuse Technologies strategy, visit http://www.agcocorp.com/products/precision_farming.aspx.

Massey Ferguson DELTA Combine Wins Machine of The Year at Agritechnica 2013

The Massey Ferguson MF DELTA combine harvester has won the prestigious Machine of the Year Award at the Agritechnica Show in Hannover.

“Massey Ferguson is now reaping the reward of our investment in developing new and innovative harvesting machinery,” said Richard Markwell, Vice-President and Managing Director, Massey Ferguson, Europe, Africa and Middle East.

“We are very proud to receive the Machine of the Year Award I and must thank all our colleagues in the harvesting division for their innovative ideas, hard work and commitment that has resulted in this great achievement.

“Our clear goal is to deliver combine harvesters of the highest quality and upmost reliability. Our major investment in manufacturing and engineering development at Breganze is now delivering the results that have been recognised by this award,” he said.

The wide range of novel, innovative features on the MF DELTA combine help improve harvesting performance and increase efficiency while reducing power and fuel consumption.

AGCO ATS Dealer Training in Christchurch – Innovative Solutions for New Zealand Farmers

AGCO’s New Zealand Dealers gathered recently in Addington, Christchurch, for comprehensive training in Advanced Technology Solutions (ATS) including System 110 Guidance, System 150 and System 350 Auto steering and AGCO’s telemetry system, Agcommand.

 AGCO’s extensive dealer network gives farmers access to the resources and benefits of these new and emerging agricultural products. Dealer training empowers dealers with the knowledge and expertise needed to provide customers with high end precision farming solutions and the know how to suit progressive farmers. AGCO’s precision farming technologies enable farmers and contractors to optimise their operations, reduce input costs and achieve greater efficiency and profitability.

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 In New Zealand, the highly professional dealer group attending the training included dealer principals, sales staff and technical support staff. All were given the opportunity to evaluate the systems on display in real time with a mix of Valtra, Fendt and Massey Ferguson tractors equipped with AGCO’s technology products.

 Taking an active role in enhancing dealers’ knowledge base, AGCO Australia’s ATS Product Manager, Jeremy Duniam, was pleased with the training that included classroom style learning as well as practical demonstrations of the products.

 “The dealer training was extremely productive and was received very well by all participating. It is always rewarding to see dealer staff remain behind after the day sessions have finished to spend more time getting familiar with the systems. The dealer network in New Zealand is very professional in their approach. Their knowledge of ATS solutions will equip New Zealand farmers with innovative technology solutions, which is the future of farming.” Jeremy said.

 This recent dealer training reflects AGCO’s commitment to and global emphasis on precision ag technology, recently launched as Fuse™ Technologies. To learn more about AGCO’s on and off board technologies and the Fuse technology strategy, visit http://www.agcocorp.com/products/precision_farming.aspx.

AGCO $40 Million Paint Center Opens in Hesston, Kansas

AGCO officials cut the ribbon Aug. 16, 2013, celebrating completion of a two-year, $40 million revitalization project to equip the Hesston, Kan., manufacturing facility with the latest finishing and paint technologies.

A ribbon cutting was held Aug. 16 to celebrate the completion of AGCO's $40 million paint center at its Hesston, Kan., facility. Participants included (from left): Robert Ciecko, vice president of manufacturing for AGCO Hesston Operations; Bob Crain, senior vice president, general manager AGCO North America; Kansas Governor Sam Brownback; Brad Fideldy, project engineer and Hans-Bernd Veltmaat, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer.

A ribbon cutting was held Aug. 16 to celebrate the completion of AGCO’s $40 million paint center at its Hesston, Kan., facility. Participants included (from left): Robert Ciecko, vice president of manufacturing for AGCO Hesston Operations; Bob Crain, senior vice president, general manager AGCO North America; Kansas Governor Sam Brownback; Brad Fideldy, project engineer and Hans-Bernd Veltmaat, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer.

“We fully understand how important a high-quality finish is to our customers and dealers, and the impact it has on machine life and resale,” says Bob Crain, senior vice president and general manager for AGCO North America. “That is the reason we invested in this new E-coat and powder paint facility. It is the most advanced and extensive coatings application center in the North American agricultural equipment industry today, and we’re excited to start using it!”

The electrocoat (E-coat) and powder paint processes at AGCO are equivalent to those of the automotive industry and provide a thorough, consistent, durable finish on each part, enhancing the overall quality and longevity of the final piece of equipment.

The new 200,000-square-foot state-of-the-art dip and powder-coat paint facility consolidates AGCO Hesston Operations’ two paint stations into one streamlined, efficient building. Parts for all products manufactured in Hesston will be painted and finished there before being assembled into final products. Nearly 75 percent of parts will go through the 17-step E-coat process, which involves dipping parts in a series of solutions that remove all rust, scale and laser oxides, then applying a high-performance corrosion- and weather-resistant finish comparable to that used in the automotive industry. The E-coat primer is applied using a high-voltage and high-amperage charge for 180 seconds, ensuring thorough coverage. After curing in one of 10, 375-degree F ovens, parts receive a powder topcoat with one of five colors, then another final oven cure.

AGCO's state-of-the-art dip and powder-coat paint facility is the most advanced and extensive in the North American agricultural equipment industry today. The 17-step E-coat and powder-paint process removes all rust, scale and laser oxides, and then applies a high-performance corrosion- and weather-resistant finish, enhancing the overall quality and longevity of the final piece of equipment.

AGCO’s state-of-the-art dip and powder-coat paint facility is the most advanced and extensive in the North American agricultural equipment industry today. The 17-step E-coat and powder-paint process removes all rust, scale and laser oxides, and then applies a high-performance corrosion- and weather-resistant finish, enhancing the overall quality and longevity of the final piece of equipment.

The remaining 25 percent of parts, including gearboxes and drives, components that cannot withstand heat, and parts that are best painted after they are assembled, will be painted using a liquid coating system.

Farm equipment has been built in Hesston, Kan., since 1947, and today, the Hesston manufacturing facility builds Hesston by Massey Ferguson hay harvesting equipment; Gleaner, Challenger and Massey Ferguson combines as well as White Planters; and its nine manufacturing lines produce as many as 45 pieces of farm equipment per day, depending on the season. Today, with more than 1,400 employees, AGCO is the largest employer in Harvey County and much of the surrounding area.

AGCO Precison Ag Expert Quoted in Iowa Farmer Today

Last month, Aguimar DeSouza, Senior Global Marketing Specialist for the AGCO Technology Solutions (ATS) team, was quoted in Iowa Farmer Today discussing how precision ag usage increases as the user experience improves. Below are his thoughts on the topic.

“Since the first yield monitor systems were produced around 1996, two main challenges OEMs and precision ag companies faced on the adoption of their products were the interface between operators and the technology, and the understanding and management of the data collected.

Aguimar DeSouza is Senior Global Marketing Specialist for the AGCO ATS team based in Duluth, Ga. USA

Aguimar DeSouza is Senior Global Marketing Specialist for the AGCO ATS team based in Duluth, Ga. USA

Ag OEMs and independent precision ag companies discovered that the profiles of machine operators around the world were different and this difference created a natural barrier for operators to use the new technology. In South America and Eastern Europe the problem faced was the level of education of the operators; in North America the issue was the age of owners/operators.

By understanding these differences the ag OEMs and independent precision ag companies began to develop products that were much easier to use and more intuitive. Within the last few years new display interfaces have been introduced and products have become much easier to use. All these changes have increased the adoption of precision ag technologies around the world year after year.

Now ag OEMs and independent precision ag companies are working hard to make the data collection, analysis and management easier. The recent public announcements related to connected strategies such as AGCO’s Fuse™ Technologies and from other OEMs have indicated that the industry understands the value of data collection, analysis and management. The final goal is to provide a technology that will allow farmers around the world to connect their assets via a wireless network, receive and send data, make management decision, manage their fleets, etc., in more efficient ways.

I would say that the ag OEMs and independent precision ag companies understood the differences of their customers around the world and started to produce solutions that met their customers’ needs. Precision ag technologies will continue to guide the future of agriculture around the globe!”

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Aguimar DeSouza is Senior Global Marketing Specialist for the AGCO ATS team based in Duluth, Ga. USA.