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Valtra Unlimited Studio Introduces New Option: Articulated Steering on N Series Direct Models

Valtra Unlimited: Articulated steeringValtra has offered several articulated tractor models throughout its history, most notably the Terra, X Series, F-line and XM Series. Articulated steering is now once again available as a Valtra Unlimited option on N Series Direct models.

The latest solution combines articulated steering with turning front wheels, making the tractor extremely agile. It can even be driven sideways to an extent, thus eliminating soil compaction on fields and allowing streets to be ploughed or swept safely along the sides. The articulated steering and rotating front axle are automated, so the amount of articulated steering reduces as the speed increases. At high speeds the tractor is steered normally through the front wheels. The driver can also adjust the ratio of articulated steering to front axle steering according to the situation.

Articulated steering is available as an option on N123, N143 and N163 Direct models. N163 Direct models feature a stepless transmission, powerful 160 l/min hydraulics, front axle stiffening, 171 horsepower with power boost and a top speed of 50 km/h. The tractors can be fitted with standard Valtra front loaders or heavy-duty solid beam loader loaders. With the articulated steering option, the N163 Direct is 60 centimetres longer and 300 kilos heavier than standard models. The weight distribution is 45 percent over the front axle and 55 percent over the rear axle.

The same options are available with the articulated steering than with other Valtra tractors, including a steel fuel tank for forestry tasks and an SVC cab with enhanced side visibility for municipal tasks.

The articulated steering option has been developed together with Valtra’s partners Afcon Oy and LH Lift Oy.

Previous studies have shown that articulated tractors can perform front loader tasks 35-40 percent faster than standard tractors. Speed is increased both by the enhanced agility and the fact that the front and rear of the tractor can be driven sideways without having to drive the tractor forwards and backwards.

The articulated N163 Direct will undergo testing in the winter and spring of 2014. Series production will be phased in at the Valtra Unlimited Studio at the end of 2014.

 

Valtra S Series Wins Gold Medal

The fourth generation Valtra S Series has received great international attention since its introduction at last year’s Agritechnica. Most recently the model S354 has been awarded a gold medal at the Polagra Premiery Fair of Agricultural Mechanization in Poznań, Poland. 

This prestigious gold medal is awarded to innovative products that feature modern and state-of-the-art technology. The jury consisted of experts in agricultural science, agricultural administration and the fair organisers. It was chaired by Professor Grzegorz Skrzypczak, PhD, Rector of the University of Life Sciences in Poznań.

The Polagra Premiery is one of the most important agricultural trade fairs in Poland and attracts more than 40,000 visitors from 16 countries.

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.

Technology Experts Were at Agritechnica to Showcase Precision Farming Products

By Bernhard Schmitz

AGCO’s new technology strategy, FuseTM Technologies, was a major component of AGCO’s presence recently at Agritechnica, the world’s largest exhibition of agricultural machinery and equipment. Held in Hanover, Germany, from November 12-16, 2013, the show attracted 450,000 visitors from across the globe.

Fuse Interactive Smart Farm

The Fuse Technologies interactive smart farm operated on a video game platform and showed how Fuse products help growers in each phase of the crop cycle.

Show attendees could experience Fuse products and learn more about the strategy in several ways. The Fuse booth was located at the center of the AGCO floor plan, where visitors could interact with touch screen stations to learn about the Fuse connected strategy.

The Fuse booth also included the interactive smart farm display that showed how Fuse Technologies helps growers through each phase of the crop cycle. Eric Hansotia, Senior Vice President of Global Harvesting and ATS, and Helmut Endres, Senior Vice President of Engineering Worldwide both visited the Fuse booth and interacted with the Fuse smart farm screen.

After learning about what Fuse is and how it helps growers, visitors could venture out to each brand area—Challenger, Fendt, GSI, Massey Ferguson and Valtra, as well as Fella—which featured technology stands staffed with experts ready to answer attendees’ precision farming questions.

Show attendees could interact with each brand’s precision farming products, especially some of the new products that made their debut at the show such as VarioGuide Light and the latest AgCommandTM integrations.

Additionally, AGCO’s own Matt Rushing, Vice President of Product Management, Advanced Technology Solutions (ATS) and Electronics Functional Group, was on-hand at the Massey Ferguson stand to explain the Fuse Technologies strategy: click here to see the video.

To see photos from Agritechnica 2013, visit our Facebook page.
To learn more about Fuse Technologies, click here.

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

Valtra Unlimited Studio Takes Customising To The Next Level

The new Valtra Unlimited customisation studio has opened at Valtra factory in Suolahti, Finland. The studio can fit any accessories and equipment that are not available directly from the production line during the normal manufacturing process.

As its name suggests, the Unlimited studio can fit any equipment that the customer orders as long as they work and that they comply with traffic regulations and requirements for type approval.

If a customer wants a tractor painted gold, or a driver’s seat covered in special leather, the Unlimited studio can oblige. In practice most equipment wishes will be related to the tasks to be performed by the customer’s tractor, such as auxiliary hydraulics, reversing cameras, forest equipment, central lubrication systems, flashing lights etc. In addition to customised features, all Unlimited tractors come with stylish Unlimited floor mats, seat covers, steering wheel logo and decal.

Initially the Unlimited service was offered only in Finland, but from autumn 2013 Valtra begin offering it also to customers across and beyond Europe. Customers can order Unlimited options directly from their Valtra dealer, so neither the customer nor the salesperson has to transport the tractor back and forth to fit additional equipments. In principle, everything from the initial order to warranty matters are handled by the same place.

For more information and an overview of the most popular Unlimited accessories visit www.valtra.com/unlimited.

Alcohol lock
An alcohol lock is only one example of the Unlimited studio offering. In many municipalities this safety feature is required on tractors used for road maintenance.

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