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New Fendt 800 Series to debut at this year’s Australian Henty Machinery Field Days

AGCO Australia will use this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days to unveil the award-winning Fendt 800 Vario tractors, aimed at raising the stakes in the important 200hp to 280hp segment.

New Fendt 800 Series to debut in Australia at Henty Machinery Field Days

The new 800 Series models feature Fendt’s fuel-saving selective catalytic reduction (SCR) engine technology, renowned Vario CVT drive train and electronic Tractor Management System (TMS) to deliver outstanding performance and lower operating costs.

The new Fendts arrive in Australia boasting a world record for low fuel consumption. With new styling, new engines, a new cab and new operators console they provide a complete package for professional operators.

Fendt product manager Konstantin Blersch says Fendt owners know that the German-engineered tractors make sense economically and the latest technology has taken this to a new level.

“Fendt tractors are traditionally cost-effective in terms of output per hectare, and they also retain their resale value like no other brand. Now SCR technology means Fendts are even more economical to operate.

“This was proven earlier this year when the 828 Vario with an SCR engine achieved a new world record for low fuel consumption in the German DLG Powermix test. Its fuel use was measured at 245 g/kWh. That is 23 percent below the average for tractors in that class.

“All four new models in the 800 Series feature the 6.06-litre, six-cylinder Deutz SCR engine. The new models extend from the Fendt 822 Vario (220hp) up to the Fendt 828 Vario (280hp).

By treating the exhaust gases after combustion, SCR not only reduces emissions, it allows the engine to be set for optimum power and performance and that means lower fuel use.

The efficiency of this engine technology is enhanced by the Fendt Vario transmission. The Vario transmission is a hydrostatic-mechanical power split drive. With increasing speed, the share of the mechanical power transmitted through the planetary set increases giving exceptional efficiency.

The electronic TMS links the engine and transmission, and adjusts the engine rpm and travel speed automatically to ensure the tractor always operates at optimum economy.

All models have a number of new features that make work easier and more efficient. They include a panoramic cab and Variotronic operating system.

Konstantin Blersch says the cab gives outstanding visibility and lots of space to move around in.

“The 800 Series cab offers a roomy 3.5m3 work space with panoramic views and an ergonomic workstation with all controls at arms-reach.

“For the first time, all tractor controls, ISOBUS implement controls, VarioGuide auto-steering, camera connections and VarioDoc job-documentation are combined into a single 10” touch screen terminal.

“Intuitive controls provide easy navigation through all functions with the same operating logic. This system won accolades when released in Europe,” he says.

Sound levels in the cab have been significantly reduced to an impressive 68dBa, providing a quiet work environment. Further comfort comes from the pneumatic three-point cab suspension that reduces vibrations to a minimum. Climate control air-conditioning comes standard for the Australian market.

The new Fendt 800 Varios also feature a hydraulic system with load-sensing technology and significantly higher lift limits than previous models. All models can be specified to deliver 110, 160 or 193 litres per minute.

The lift capacities of the 800 Vario models are significantly higher than previous models. The electro-hydraulic rear power lift can manage heavy rear-mounted implements while the front lift is integrated into the structure of the tractor and can handle heavy front-mounted tools.

The new Fendt 800 Series has won a number of major awards in Europe, including 2010 Machine of the Year for the top tractor class at Germany’s Agritechnica exhibition and the 2011 Tractor of the Year at the EIMA exhibition in Italy.

“We’re looking forward to unveiling the new Fendt 800 Series at this year’s Henty Field Days. These are state of the art tractors and we can’t wait to show customers the impressive new features that reinforce Fendt’s reputation as the industry leader, adds Konstantin.

The Henty Machinery Field Days is one of the largest field day events in Australia. Approximately 800 exhibitors over three days attracts more than 50,000 people to the Southern New South Wales region every September.

Are you going to this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days?

Happy Earth Day From AGCO!

Earth Day is a time to reflect on maintaining a healthy environment and taking care of the planet we live on. Farmers rely on the Earth daily to produce enough food, fuel and fiber to supply the entire world, but they also have to rely on the right technology in order to produce effectively and efficiently. AGCO makes it easy to choose the right technology that works for farmers and works for the environment. AGCO SISU POWER provides engine technology solutions to help the world’s farmers comply with cleaner-air regulations without compromising their ability to deliver food to the table. In 2010, AGCO  was one of the first manufacturers to achieve EPA Tier 4 interim approval for off-road engines utilizing e3 SCR technology. AGCO’s e3 technology delivers exactly what modern agriculture demands- cleaner emissions, improved economics and reliable performance.

Last year, AGCO was featured on “The Green Room” on the Discovery Channel’s Earth Day special showcasing environmentally responsible companies. You can see the video below:

Did you know that the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts? Source: EarthDay.org

What are some of the ways you celebrate the Earth and take care of your land and water resources?

Increased Efficiency From Challenger and Massey Ferguson Tier 4 Interim Tractors

Professional producers purchasing interim Tier 4-compliant Massey Ferguson 8600 Series and Challenger MT600D Series high-horsepower row crop tractors will experience greater efficiency and lower operating costs beyond those delivered by Tier 3-compliant machines, thanks to engineering advancements featured in these 2011 models. Producers also will have access to increased horsepower as Massey Ferguson introduces the fifth model in the Series, the new MF8690 featuring 290 PTO horsepower. The popular Challenger MT600D Series also will be expanded to five models with the introduction of the MT685D at 290 PTO horsepower.Massey Ferguson 8600

“As we launch new machines with additional levels of environmental compliance, we’re striving to provide our customers with both engineering advancements and new design features that deliver added value to their operations,” says Mike Alvin, product marketing manager for high-horsepower tractors. “Our 2011 models do just that through refinements to our e3 Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. These changes allow us to further improve fuel efficiency and improve diesel exhaust fluid use efficiency, meeting interim Tier 4 emissions compliance without compromising engine performance. These improvements also offer the operator some nice savings on operational costs.Challenger MT600D

“In addition, we’ve improved operator comfort and convenience through updates to the cab and the external design of these machines,” Alvin adds.

For Massey Ferguson, 2011 model numbers will not change. However, the Challenger Series designations will become MT600D. Each series will continue to offer machines with PTO horsepower ratings of 205, 225, 250 and 275.

Engineering Enhancements

  • A nearly 50 % increase in pressure within the common-rail fuel injection system to more thoroughly atomize fuel, improving diesel use and lowering overall fuel usage.
  • Addition of an industry-exclusive pivoting cooling system helps improve fuel efficiency by capturing, cooling and directing unburned fuel back into the fuel system.
  • A new DEF injection system featuring a NOx sensor measuring the exhaust before it enters the diesel exhaust catalyst. The system then injects the most appropriate rate of DEF needed to match the engine load and best oxidize the emissions being produced to reach the interim-Tier 4 95 percent NOx reduction requirement. This real-time injection process varies the DEF rate, averaging about 5 percent DEF to diesel, but lowers the overall DEF use as compared to the previous system.
  • Maintenance-free diesel oxidation catalyst designed to be in service for the lifetime of the machine.
  • The only operator-required activity is addition of DEF to the resized tank. These 2011 models feature a 167-gallon diesel tank and a 16-gallon DEF tank for a 2:1 diesel to DEF refill ratio as well as less frequent refueling to keep the machines in the field and working longer.

Cab Comfort and Operator Convenience Updates

  • More conveniently placed controls and a new CAN software customized control keyboard improving operator comfort and efficiency. The keyboard includes controls for the 3-point hitch, depth, cruise speed, hydraulic lock function as well as A and B engine presets.
  • New right-side integrated cab steps, with adjustable bottom step offer better operator access.
  • New placement and increased capacity of the diesel and DEF tanks make refills easier and less frequent while a more open-style fender option is another change for the 2011 models.

How much do you think this increase in fuel efficiency could save you in a year?

Today’s Agriculture into Consumer Products

Even before this weekend’s Earth Hour encouraging people to switch off their lights around the globe for one hour and commit to additional energy saving actions, there has been a lot of talk about how humans can become more self sustainable by using our natural resources more viably; in our daily lives with our daily products. Pepsi is one company striving to improve sustainability with innovative technology leveraging agricultural products.

In America, 1500 plastic water bottles are consumed every second. Pepsi has taken a charge at creating a greener water bottle containing renewable materials as switch grass, pine barks and corn husks. PepsiCo hopes to make future versions of the bottle with orange peels, potato peels, oat hulls and other agricultural byproducts from its foods business.

PepsiCo plans to make several hundred thousand bottles in a pilot program next year and roll them out more widely later. They have not stated which brands will get the bottle first. But PepsiCo did say the undercover research and development project spanned four countries and took several years.

“We’re learning our way,” said Denise Lefebvre, senior director of advanced research at PepsiCo. “We want to make sure all the science is absolutely right.” PepsiCo says the bottle looks and feels like existing beverage containers, and protects beverages equally well.

“The beauty of the technology is, we’ll be able to use a lot of different types of biomass,” said Lefebvre. “Our intent is certainly to create a closed-loop system.”

The PlantBottle technology will also appear in Heinz bottles, under a partnership with the ketchup-maker, and possibly in bottles for Honest Tea, a Maryland company Coca-Cola just acquired. The PlantBottle is made partly with natural sugars found in sugarcane ethanol from Brazil. Odwalla, a Coca-Cola juice brand, plans to switch to the PlantBottle within the next few weeks. If you would like to read more about this visit PepsiCo. Source: LA Times.

Technology is helping humans create a use for agricultural products other than for feeding the world. A more sustainable world is created through agriculture with modern technology. Here at AGCO, we are working to create clarity of that vision by measuring our sustainability initiatives and helping farmers pioneer the future in agriculture with improvements in technology.

Do you know of some other ways technology is being used to develop new consumer products from agriculture?

Valtra Biogas Tractor Tests Continue

Valtra showed the biogas concept technology on the Valtra N101 tractor at the SIMA exhibition in Paris earlier this year.

Equipped with front loader, front linkage and front PTO, the N101 is a compact and versatile tractor. This makes it ideal for husbandry farms, municipalities and contractors that have the possibility of refueling with biogas. Valtra Biogas Tractor

Without making any changes to the original diesel engine, 70 to 80 percent of power is generated by biogas. The dual-fuel engine functions like a diesel engine. The gas is injected with the intake air, and combustion occurs when a small amount of diesel fuel is injected into the cylinder. If biogas is not available, the engine can run completely on diesel fuel.

The test drivers have been very satisfied with the tractor. The performance is equal compared with an ordinary Valtra N101 and the diesel fuel consumption is reported to be very low, some 3 litres per hour. The 2010-2011 winter has been exceptional cold but the tractor has been functioning without problems. The tests will continue through 2011 in Skåne, Sweden.

The Valtra biogas tractor concept was developed in cooperation with Afcon Oy, Alt-Control Oy, RAP Clean Air Systems, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Ecocat Group, Biogas Syd and Lantmannen Maskin.  Source: Valtra News

Do you think biogas will become a good fuel alternative?