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Regional Launch of Global Fuse Technologies Strategy Well-Received in Spain.

The 9th European Conference on Precision Agriculture held in Spain set the perfect stage for the EAME (Europe, Africa and Middle East) regional launch of AGCO’s new global precision farming initiative, Fuse™ Technologies.

The mid-July conference took place in Lleida, Catalonia under the auspices of the International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA) and the Universitat de Lleida (UdL).

Matt Rushing, AGCO Vice President of Product Management, Advanced Technology Solutions (ATS) and Electronics Functional Group presented the new global technology strategy at the conference: “Fuse™ Technologies will encompass all of AGCO’s core product brands, enable a deeper integration with our technology suppliers, and impact all stages of the farming life cycle from enterprise planning, planting, and seed growth to application, harvesting and grain storage.”

ECPA field demonstration showcases VarioGuide technology on a Fendt 939 tractor

ECPA field demonstration showcases VarioGuide technology on a Fendt 939 tractor

The Fuse strategy presentation was well received by the audience. ECPA participants appreciated the concept of an open approach – that data from one information system can be used on various systems. The AGCO team and conference participants had good discussions at the AGCO Fuse stand about the current product offerings and the strategy to bring the different technology solutions closer together.

During the field demonstration at ECPA the performance of AGCO’s technology offering was demonstrated on the Fendt 939 using the Varioterminal 10.4. The VarioGuide™ system showed the high accuracy that can be achieved when the VariotronicTI automatic function is used. In addition to accuracy, a high operator comfort is guaranteed.

Fuse Technologies encompasses current products like the one demonstrated at ECPA, and will include all future technology products and services. To learn more about our specific on and off board technologies and how Fuse supports farmers throughout the entire life cycle of farming, click here.

Dr. Bernhard Schmitz is the Commercial Manager of ATS Products for EAME based in Marktoberdorf, Germany.

Fuse Technologies: Connecting Your Farm Enterprise Like Never Before

AGCO brands worldwide offer leading edge technologies for today’s precision farmers. And now, with this week’s launch of our new global connected precision agriculture strategy, Fuse Technologies, we are boosting our commitment to not just today’s technologies, but to the future of precision farming.

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Fuse Technologies is a consolidated approach that supports our customers throughout the entire crop cycle from enterprise planning to planting, applications, harvesting and grain storage. Fuse Technologies helps our customers’ ensure their machines are always running and coordinated in the right place at the right time – resulting in increased yields and profits. A major focus of this new, long-term direction will be ensuring an “open” approach to the development and support of new technologies, as well as a focus on the seamless integration of these technologies through our customers’ agriculture equipment and grain storage monitoring systems. What do we mean by “open”? Initially, Fuse Technologies will enable connections between AGCO brand fleor a completely “open” system in which our mixed fleet customers will be able to connect all their equipment and grain storage systems into a single, optimized network. This means farmers will have ultimate flexibility to choose the service providers they prefer.

Five key “pillars” form the foundation of the new strategy:

  • AGCO Brands: AGCO is a global provider of agriculture solutions through a unique offering of brands and products that deliver the AGCO vision of “High-tech Solutions for Professional Farmers Feeding the World.”
  • On & Off Board Technologies: Seamlessly integrate all of your farm assets-resulting in higher yield, less input costs and greater profits.
  • Support & Training: A new global call center and leading-edge product training means you get the expertise and answers to run your operation more efficiently
  • Dealer Network: One of the world’s most extensive dealer networks gives you global access and support – any time, any place
  • Service Providers: Connect with preferred service providers and enjoy the freedom and convenience to continue working with business partners that you trust.

As part of this long-term commitment to connectivity, AGCO is more than doubling its investments in engineering, IT, marketing, training and product support. Fuse Technologies encompasses current products, and will include all future products and services. To learn more about our specific on and off board technologies, including Auto-GuideTM 3000, AgControlTM , and VarioGuideTM, and how Fuse supports farmers throughout the entire life cycle of farming, visit http://agcocorp.com/products/precision_farming.aspx.

Gold Medal For Valtra N103 HiTech 5

Valtra N103 HiTech 5Valtra has received a gold medal at the Agrotech exhibition in Kielce, Poland. The award, which was presented by Polish Minister of Agricultural Affaired Mr Stanislaw Kalemba, honours the Valtra model N103 HiTech 5 as a cutting-edge solution in constructions and ergonomics.

For more information about the N 103 HiTech 5 visit Valtra.

AGCO Announces Tier 4 Final/Stage IV Engine Strategy

Earlier today, AGCO announced its Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engine emissions strategy for its AGCO POWER diesel engines.  The updated after-treatment system will continue to offer an effective method for farmers to reduce emissions without compromising power, efficiency or fuel economy.AGCO POWER logo

Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO of AGCO said, “Our objective was to develop emissions technologies that delivered a consistent solution for cleaner air while producing efficient options for farmers through to Final Tier 4 US and Stage IV EU. This was our focus when we introduced our e3 Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology in 2009 and continues to be our focus as we move to the next generation of emission reduction.”

AGCO will continue to use its proven e3 SCR technology in its AGCO POWER engines to address the needs of Tier 4 Final/Stage IV engine requirements. In select specific models, a small amount of cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (cEGR) will also be added in order to ensure emissions compliance while minimizing fluid consumption and improving power balance. AGCO has established leadership and experience with both SCR and cEGR from launching both technologies on tractors in Tier 3/Stage IIIa.

“AGCO knows this technology well. We were the first to launch SCR technology in the off-road market in North America and have many years of working experience with both emission reduction technologies,” commented Matt Rushing, Director of Product Management, Global Electronics and Global Engines at AGCO. AGCO has led the industry in the continued development and improvement of SCR technology and has worked with industry partners to establish the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) and AdBlue® infrastructure to support SCR technology use.

AGCO has kept the customers’ needs paramount since launching its e3 SCR technology in 2009.  “We wanted to develop a solution that would bring farmer input costs down, allow us to increase power levels and lower fluid consumption – all while offering reliable emissions reduction technology,” added Mr. Rushing.

Customers can expect that there will not be any changes to the way that they operate and maintain their future Tier 4 Final/Stage IV AGCO equipment. AGCO POWER engines will operate efficiently delivering total fluid economy (diesel fuel and DEF) that will meet or exceed the same fluid consumption levels as in AGCO’s Tier 4i/Stage IIIb machines.

Mr. Richenhagen stated, “We are confident that this is the best solution for both our customers and the environment. At AGCO, we are proud to deliver compliance without compromise. Our e3 solution delivers exactly what modern agriculture demands — cleaner emissions, improved economics and reliable performance.”

Connectivity in the Field – Bluetooth or WiFi?

Do you ever have issues with your Bluetooth head set not getting the best reception, even though your phone is in your pocket?!? Have you ever had your smart phone run out of batteries before your day is over? Are you worried about other people accessing information you are transmitting between your devices via Bluetooth or Wifi? Below you will find  Pros and Cons of the two different ways for devices to communicate with each other.

For wireless machine to machine communication – Bluetooth is the easiest and least expensive way for seamless communication. Bluetooth is secure as you have to “pair” the devices before they can communicate with each other. Bluetooth also takes up less energy to connect, thus saving a little more battery life on your smartphone. It is restrictive in distance, 10 meters, which is great for driving your pick up down the road, but what about combines communicating with each other in the field? Bluetooth has been around since 1994 and recently has been making leaps in bounds for stronger wireless communication.

Wireless Fidelity a.k.a Wi-Fi is available at almost every street corner, rural café, and truck repair shop. Does Wi-Fi have a chance in taking over what Bluetooth has been building on for almost 20 years? Wi-Fi was introduced 3 years before Bluetooth, but began with different use cases. Wi-Fi is more complex than Bluetooth and requires configuration of hardware and software, Wi-Fi will also soak up more of your precious battery life. Both communicate over a 2.4 GHz frequency level; Wi-Fi is more expensive but can also communicate of distances up to 100 meters. Have you thought of using Wi-Fi for a connection between two devices, but not for the internet? With a few extra steps, this could be the answer to your problems of needing a longer distance base for wireless communication.

Can you see yourself wanting your machines in the field to communicate with each other? Would you prefer to use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi? WHY?!?