New Holland is recognised with five silver medals at Agritechnica 2011
• Intelligent Trailer Braking System: best in class road safety and stability
• Smart Key: improved operator and fleet management
• SynchroKnife™ drive: increased harvesting uniformity, comfort and quality for combine headers
• Braud 9090X Olive harvester: enhancing harvesting efficiency by up to 20% and more than doubling harvesting speed to improve Super Intensive Olive operations’ productivity
• ECOBraud: Sustainable Viticulture, reducing the in vineyard carbon footprints by up to 40% and improving operator safety
New Holland has further confirmed its industry leading status as a full-liner equipment manufacturer with five Agritechnica silver medals in the three key business segments: tractors, harvesting equipment and speciality machines.
The judgesrecognised the productivity and sustainability of the New Holland innovative solutions: the Intelligent Trailer Braking system, the Smart Key, the SynchroKnife™ central drive, the Braud 9090X Olive harvester and the ECOBraud sustainable viticulture approach.
Intelligent Trailer Braking System: best in class road safety and stability
The Intelligent Trailer Braking system enhances safety by automatically controlling the valve which regulates the braking force exerted on the trailer in relation to the tractor’s deceleration, thereby creating an equalised braking effect between tractor and trailer. An electronic control system, which modulates the trailer brakes, ensures uniform tractor and trailer braking to eliminate the ‘pushing’ effect, which can ultimately lead to dangerous jack-knifing.
This system enhances transport safety when decelerating with the transmission or the engine brake, as this reduction in speed is sensed, and the same process of trailer brake modulation occurs, to ensure the trailer reaches the target deceleration as quickly and safely as possible. This controlled and harmonised braking force means that the stopping distance of the tractor and trailer combination is virtually the same as that of the tractor alone when decelerating.
Smart Key: improved operator and fleet management
The Smart Key provides farmers and contractors with a productivity enhancing tool both for the operator and fleet management. It also combats the increasing prevalence of farm machinery theft.
Each operator will be given their own, unique Smart Key which will significantly improve their day-to-day operating experience. Each Smart Key is equipped with a fully programmable radio frequency identification chip with a unique key identifier that enables fleet owners to control the operators working attitude and the fleet usage.
Personal Smart Keys assigned to the operators can be programmed to work with selected machines within a fleet (up to 40 machines can be assigned to every key), or as a ‘master key’ which is compatible with all machines. This ensures that operators can only start the machines which have been pre-specified for their personal key.
Moreover, a single key is compatible with all New Holland products, eliminating the need to carry multiple keys. Specific machine parameters can be linked to each key, for example limiting the top road speed on machines driven by ‘rookie’ drivers. Individual operators can recall their preferred machine settings via the IntelliView™ monitor, which automatically recognises the key owner upon start-up, enabling them to get straight on with the job, reducing unproductive time spent inputting personal preferences every time.
The system can also record individual operator profiles, such as their average fuel consumption, hectares worked and eventual operator misuse, and these are transmitted via telematics to the management software. This enables farm managers to assign individual tasks to the most efficient operators for increased profitability. It also provides large agribusinesses with an electronic record of hours worked for simplified accounting.
Individual SmartKey profiles are managed via the machine’s IntelliView™ monitor (for machines not equipped with a touchscreen display, technical support and programming are conducted by the local dealer). In order to access the electronic Key Management Menu (KMM), which defines the key profile, or profiles, for that particular machine, the user defined Vehicle Access Code (VAC) is used. Via the KMM, keys can be added or deleted, or a back-up can be made. An expiry date can also be set for individual keys to prevent machine misuse when on contract hire or during use by casual labour. A unique VAC can be chosen for every machine, or the same VAC can be used for the entire fleet.
SynchroKnife™ drive: increased harvesting uniformity, comfort and quality for combine headers
New Holland has revolutionised the way headers are powered with the centrally mounted SynchroKnife™ drive. It ensures an even weight distribution across the entire header for increased stubble height uniformity. Furthermore, these perfectly balanced headers ensure advanced header height control mechanisms, such as Auto Float™ II, work more effectively.
This slim profile solution is neatly situated under the header floor, which maintains smooth crop flow into the header for improved feeding characteristics, as well as reducing non-functional width, and decreasing potential snagging of valuable standing crop by eliminating bulky side-mounted gearboxes.
The central location of the SynchroKnife™ drive has reduced mechanical complexity by eliminating the need for secondary gearboxes on draper headers. Dual opposing hydraulically driven knife drives have substantially reduced the stress on the knife bar which has consequently improved reliability and reduced the likelihood of costly, productivity impacting downtime during the intensive harvest season.
Furthermore, this system has considerably increased in-cab comfort by reducing the vibrations reaching the operator. These heads are designed to fit CR and CX8000 ranges of combine harvesters.
Braud 9090X Olive harvester: enhancing harvesting efficiency by up to 20% and more than doubling harvesting speed to improve Super Intensive Olive operations’ productivity
The worldwide production of olive oil is steadily growing and in order to increase productivity and to control the associated cost increases, growers are moving towards super intensive plantations which require highly mechanised harvesting techniques.
New Holland, together with growers, has developed the pioneering new Braud 9090X Olive that can increase harvesting efficiency by up to 20% and more than double the harvesting speed for significant improvements in productivity.
The model features a shaker frame that has been engineered by design with dedicated front/middle and rear rollers that package the tree before and after shaking for optimal harvesting. The harvesting head can work in three dimensions and both guides and clamps the foliage to ensure a smooth flow into the patented dual-articulated Noria baskets, which subsequently convey the olives into the hoppers.
New Holland’s renowned double harvesting shaker system, has been expressly designed to overcome the significant resistance forces encountered when harvesting olives from trees, which are ten times higher than those of conventional, liana style vines.
The main shaker system is composed of 2x17 rods which act upon the rigid part of the tree together with the additional 2x4 tight rods that harvest the upper and flexible part of the tree where the highest quality olives are found.
An additional second patented shaker system with 2x4 rods increases the harvesting efficiency at the very top of the tree. This state of the art technology has significant benefits in terms of harvesting efficiency, with over 95% of olives harvested at a constant forward speed of approximately two kilometres per hour. Thismeans olives are picked at their optimum ripeness for the very highest returns for producers.
ECOBraud: Sustainable Viticulture, reducing the in vineyard carbon footprints by up to 40% and improving operator safety
ECOBraud, New Holland’s Sustainable Viticulture program, is aimed at increasing productivity and profitability whilst reducing the environmental impact of viticulture and is an integral element of the Clean Energy Leader strategy. ECOBraud encompasses the complete range of New Holland viticulture equipment, including Braud grape harvesters and speciality tractors, and will enable a reduction in the carbon footprint in the vineyards by up to 40%. This will directly contribute to a 10% reduction in the overall carbon footprint of each and every bottle of wine produced.
New Holland’s new range of Braud 9000 multi-function harvesters has set a new benchmark in terms of carbon reductionand increased harvesting safety. The Intelligent Management System (IMS) which controls principal machine functions in relation to load can today reduce fuel consumption by up to 31%. When combined with the controlled rate application of fertilisers, a total reduction of the in-vineyard carbon footprint of 40% will be achieved .
Operator safety is enhanced by conducting an on-board diagnosis of eventual principal malfunctions and subsequently alerts the operator as well as automatically stopping the machine or disengaging the self-levelling system to prevent potentially dangerous situations arising. The operator is also protected against accidental misuse as a whole host of functions, including forward speed, levelling and hopper empting can only be performed when the operator is present.
A real-time stability indicator uses a network of sensors which transfers data, such as the exact weight on each wheel, lateral slope, ground conditions, hopper fill level and distribution and the use of multifunction equipment, in real-time to the on-board computer.
This information is then combined to alert the operator when the vehicle approaches its stability threshold via the intuitive IntelliView™ III monitor. This active safety device is available in multifunction mode, as well as when harvesting on difficult terrain.
The machine’s height and the lateral position are automatically adjusted, with zero operator input, to prevent eventual accidents and to increase overall harvesting safety, even when operating in the most difficult and undulating terrain and during high speed road transport.