Frankfort, Germany, September 30, 2011 — This year's Agritechnica will be bigger than ever and this is also reflected in the number of innovations presented. With over 2600 exhibitors from 48 countries in 24 halls, Agritechnica 2011 promises a huge display of innovations. From among the over 300 innovations presented, an impartial commission of experts appointed by the DLG and judging on the basis of stringent criteria has selected altogether two innovations for Gold Medals and 39 innovations for Silver Medals. The winning exhibitors are:

Gold Medals

Guide Connect “Electronic Drawbar” AGCO GmbH Fendt, Marktoberdorf, Germany Hall 9, Stand C11

For the first time farmers are offered a system in which a driverless tractor on the field automatically follows another tractor driving ahead. The two vehicles communicate via radio and are steered by a high-precision GPS steering facility. The driver of the leading tractor monitors both vehicles and has full access to the operating controls of the following tractor. Running two tractors simultaneously greatly increases the productivity of the driver. The two smaller tractors can be used more flexibly than one large tractor with similar overall rating and reduce the load on the soil.

NON-STOP Round Baler-Wrapper Combination “Ultima” Bernard Krone GmbH Maschinenfabrik, Spelle, Germany; Hall 27, Stand G15

Producing round bales is a demanding harvesting operation. The goal is to achieve optimal bale form and compaction with uniformly tied and wrapped bales. Modern baling systems enable high working rates, but these have to be interrupted for tying and unloading. The Non-Stop development allows work comprising compacting, tying and unloading to be performed continuously. The intelligent control of a preliminary chamber with a preliminary baling function allows automatic operation. The speed of travel of the tractor is adapted to the  workload of the baler. The automatic procedure relieves the burden on the driver. The machine throughput can be increased by up to 50 %. This raises the working rate and the machine utilization capacity. This high-grade combination enhances work output and quality and lowers energy and labour costs.

Silver Medals

Olive harvesting machine; New Holland Agriculture Equipment Spa, Torino, Italy; Hall 3, Stand D06

This newly developed machine boosts harvesting efficiency in the increasingly important super intensive olive plantation sector by approx. 20 %. To this end harvest-zone-dependent shaker systems have been developed that conserve the tree and the new blossoms. The passage can be adapted to the crown thickness. The new technology more than doubles the working rate.

“Smart Key”- Intelligent electronic key New Holland Agriculture Equipment Spa, Torino, Italy; Hall 3, Stand D06

The conventional universal key is given an RFID-chip that only allows the driver to use machines for which he is authorized. Accordingly not only can vehicle insurance-specific requirements (immobilizer) be satisfied, but also person-specific authorizations for use can be issued. Now each driver only needs one key for all the machines, a key that even fits old machines without any RFID technology. The vehicle automatically takes over the driver-specific settings stored in the key and enters the driver identity in the work documentation.

Regulating device relieves load on front power lift; AGCO GmbH Fendt, Marktoberdorf, Germany; Hall 9, Stand C11

Using the terminal, the contact pressure of ground-guided implements (e.g. mulchers, mowers or snow ploughs) can be adjusted from the driver's position and during travel. Thanks to active recognition of ground unevenness through a position sensor mounted at the front lift unit, the relieving pressure is adjusted automatically. This achieves high dynamic adaptation to changing ground contours while maintaining the same contact pressure at the implement.

Fendt Cargo Profi - Automated front loader with weighing facility; AGCO GmbH Fendt, Marktoberdorf, Germany; Hall 9, Stand C11

The function range of the front loader is distinctly extended with the aid of additional sensor technology and thus allows new functions. Two end positions for beam and tool can be pre-selected and accessed automatically (memo function), thus limiting the working range. The results obtained by an integrated weighing system with inclination sensor are documented. Also features a vibrating function, speed-dependent damping and end position damping. Operation by the user is completely integrated in the tractor terminal.

John Deere Active seat II -Even lower vibration exposure; John Deere Vertrieb, Bruchsal, Germany; Hall 13, Stand C30

Active Seat II is an innovative driver’s seat concept with active components consisting of electrical/electronic components. By contrast with the previous hydraulic system, the use of an electrically operated system leads to distinctly faster response, a further reduction in vibration exposure and at the same time a 90% reduction in the necessary power requirement (54 W instead of 500 W).

John Deere “H” front loader - Automated front loader with electrohydraulic parallel guideJohn Deere Vertrieb, Bruchsal, Germany; Hall 13, Stand C30

The new front loader generation offers programmable target positions of the loader beam and loader tools and electronic self-positioning (electrohydraulic parallel guide) of the loader tools over the entire lifting range. Through the setting at the tractor terminal the tractor and front loader form a functional unit.

Potato suite - Better potato quality through complex access of the
lifter to the tractor; Grimme Landmaschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG, Damme, Germany; Hall 2, Stand C33; John Deere Vertrieb, Bruchsal, Germany; Hall 13, Stand C30

With a view to optimizing the quality of the work performed by the lifter, the lifter takes over control of the tractor with a hitherto unknown scope of functions. Accordingly the tractor is steered by the lifter, the travel speed is regulated depending on the slip of the haulm chain, the separator workload and the filling level of the digging belt, the hydraulic supplementary controls are accessed and the headland management is activated. Equipment parameters necessary for this are stored in extended scope in the ISO-BUS.

Complete grape harvester V 6060 - Grape harvesting with maximum safety
New Holland Agriculture Equipment Spa, Torino, Italy; Hall 3, Stand D06A

Multiple-stage safety concept with wheel load determination reduces not only the danger of tipping, but also other risks encountered on the farm. Moreover through the consistent use of electronically regulated hydrostatic drives in conjunction with engine management, fuel consumption has been reduced by over 30 %. This means not just lower operating costs, but also a distinct improvement of the CO2 balance in correspondingly sensitized markets.

Intelligent trailer braking system, New Holland Agriculture Equipment Spa, Torino, Italy; Hall 3, Stand D06

With the throttle of a continuously variable tractor, a tractor-trailer duo can be braked comfortably without actuating the brake pedal. As a consequence the trailer brake is not activated and so the trailer cannot push the tractor out of the track. This used to be a source of – sometimes fatal – accidents. The award-winning system measures the tractor deceleration and calculates the deceleration forces at the drive axles. The thrust force that is dissipated via the targeted braking of the trailer is calculated from the difference. This keeps the tractor trailer duo stable and accidents are avoided. The system works without any additional measures on the trailer and is thus compatible with all non-muscular energy braked trailers including modern ABS technology.

Electronic Braking System (EBS) with Roll Stability System (RSS) - Stable as a road train; Bernard Krone GmbH Maschinenfabrik, Spelle, Germany
Hall 27, Stand G15

Krone has adapted the electronic brake and stability system known from road trains (truck-trailer combinations) to the special conditions of agricultural trailers. This not only boosts the braking safety of farm trailers, but also actively stabilizes any developing instability of the tractor-trailer duo by selectively braking individual wheels. This is becoming increasingly important as transport units become ever larger and faster.

“Vertical Lift System (vls)” and “Smart Handling” driver assistance systems - User-friendly overload protection; Weidemann GmbH, Diemelsee-Flechtdorf, Germany; Hall 6, Stand C25; CLAAS Vertriebsgesellschaft, Harsewinkel, Germany
Hall 13, Stand C17

The response of the overload protection interrupts the work movement of a telescopic loader/telehandler and reduces the load carrying performance. With the novel driver assistance system, the telescopic arm is automatically retracted slightly before the overload situation is reached, so that the overload protection does not interrupt the flow of work. This coupling of lowering and telescopic movement can also be used for automatic vertical load lowering or lifting, which contributes to reducing the stress for the driver.

Smart Chassis - Mechatronic Carrier Platform
Ludwig Bergmann GmbH Maschinenfabrik, Goldenstedt, Germany
Hall 27, Stand C26; Fachhochschule Osnabrück; COALA Kompetenzzentrum, Osnabrück, Germany Hall 19, Stand E19

The novel universal chassis actively integrates rolling stabilization, traction management, gradient compensation, level regulation, lifting axle and weighing function, in modular fashion. The mechatronic carrier platform is designed to take any mounted agricultural equipment and can be fitted with the said features as options.

Rigitrac EWD 120 - Individually controlled, electrically driven
wheels on the tractor RIGITRAC Traktorenbau AG, Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland
Hall 4, Stand F10a; EAAT GmbH Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany; Hall 27, Stand C56f; Technische Universität Dresden, Lehrstuhl für Agrarsystemtechnik, Dresden,
Germany; Hall 19, Stand E22

The electrical individual wheel drives can be steered individually with great precision, so that torques can be built up in targeted fashion around the high axle (Torque Vectoring). In hillside locations this provides safety-related driving advantages and on level ground creates the prerequisite for optimizing traction. Power output of up to 80 kW can be delivered to power external implements.

Antislip Regulator (ASR) – for land rollers; Lemken GmbH & Co. KG, Alpen, Germany; Hall 11, Stand B4

Especially on sandy soils, furrow press rollers with large diameters can push up the soil. The impulse wheel of the drilling combination measures the actual speed of travel and compares it with the rotary speed of the furrow press roller. If earth builds up, slip occurs at the roller. By integrating the land roller ASR in a TIM system (implement controls tractor), the slip measurement at the furrow press roller can be used to regulate the three-point lift at the tractor. Weight is shifted from the roller to the tractor rear wheels or an implement chassis until the slip
is eliminated. Consequently, especially at light locations, uniform depth guidance
and interruption-free use are linked with uniform draught requirement.

Automatic Coulter Pressure Regulator; Lemken GmbH & Co. KG, Alpen, Germany;
Hall 11, Stand B4

The automatic coulter pressure regulator ensures constant seed placement depth independently of changes in ground conditions or speed of travel. The central hydraulic coulter pressure setting of the OptiDisc double disc coulter with depth guide roller that comes as standard creates the prerequisites for this. A sensor at the depth guidance roller measures the changes in pressure and supplies the data for the central coulter pressure regulation. As pressure changes at the depth guidance roller are compensated by the automatic coulter pressure system, the pressure at the depth guidance roller and hence the seed placement depth remain constant, irrespective of changing conditions. On passages from sandy loam over a loam or clay elevation to a sandy depression, the pressure of work for the driver is relieved, as he no longer needs to adjust the coulter pressure manually. Uniform field emergence creates the basis for good stand development and reduces inputs of fertilizer and plant protection agents.

Rauch SPREAD CONTROL; Rauch Landmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Sinzheim, Germany
Hall 15, Stand D36

The SPREAD CONTROL for disc fertilizer spreaders offers the option of both automating and optimizing opening and closing of the dosing valve at headlands and in wedge-shaped fields. By contrast with systems known to date, the optimal switching positions can be calculated precisely on the basis of parameters of the material properties of the mineral fertilizer. The different structures of spreading patterns that vary from fertilizer to fertilizer due to the different particle flight attributes are taken into account here. Spread Control thus operates independently of previous imprecise empirical values of the tractor driver when it comes to switching the dosing valve on and off. At the same time Spread Control provides the basis for optimized fertilizer distribution in wedge-shaped fields (section control facilities), where working widths do not match tramlines and in the case of slanting tramlines. The optimal switching positions in the field save on fertilizer, avoid oversupply or undersupply of the plant, significantly improve quality and conserve the environment. The tractor driver can concentrate on operating and monitoring the machine.

GEOspread Kverneland Group Deutschland GmbH, Soest, Germany
Hall 5, Stand C38

GEOspread is a GPS section control facility with an online point of application adjustment. Centrifugal spreaders featuring GEOspread help the user to automate and optimize spreading at field boundaries, on the headland and in wedges in the field. Simply reducing the flow rate and speed of a disc results in negative changes in the spray pattern. GEOspread goes a good step further here, as only an “online point of application adjustment” caters properly to a section control facility on spreaders with optimized spray patterns. A second servomotor changes and modifies the point of application adjustment online and hence the fertilizer ejection angle, depending on the GPS position, and at the same time adapts the flow rate accordingly. The spreader disc speed remains constant while this is happening in order not to exert any negative influence on the transverse distribution. GEOspread can be used on a cross-manufacturer basis on all universal
terminals that support ISOBUS section control facilities.

HeadlandControl; Amazonen-Werke H. Dreyer GmbH & Co. KG, Hasbergen-Gaste, Germany; Hall 14, Stand A20

The "HeadlandControl" border spreading facility allows optimized fertilizer spreading in field boundary areas. The field boundary areas consist of different types of side sections such as headlands and wedges in the fields, each with multiple overlapping of spread fans. Nowadays correct border spreading is only possible in a few boundary areas. HeadlandControl consists of an automatically switchable, disc-integrated border spreading facility (AutoTS) and a spread fan software for steering the border spreading facility that takes the three dimensional properties of the spread fan overlap into account and adapts spreading accordingly. The "HeadlandControl" software is installed on the AMAPAD ISOBUS operating terminal and communicates with the machine via ISOBUS. The distribution characteristic within the spread fan is always modified to match the respective boundary or overlap areas. The results to be expected from the planned subsequent connecting trips are taken into account from the start. The border areas are neither over-fertilized nor under-fertilized. Optimal use is made of the fertilizer and the yield potential is fully exhausted in the boundary areas too. All the environment-related conditions can be satisfied and optimal plant availability minimizes leaching out. The automated work procedure relieves the burden on the driver.

WindControl Amazonen-Werke H. Dreyer GmbH & Co. KG, Hasbergen-Gaste, Germany; Hall 14, Stand A20

"WindControl" was developed to compensate wind influence when using centrifugal spreaders. The objective is to fertilize field areas uniformly in accordance with specifications even under difficult wind conditions. The spreader is equipped with a weather station that captures the wind conditions prevailing in the spread fan area at any time as regards force and direction. An adjusting mechanism combined with control software changes the rotational speed of the spreading discs and the points of fertilizer application in order to compensate wind-related changes in the spreading angle. It also takes different types of fertilizer with different grain size distribution into account. The material properties of the fertilizer affect their floating speed in the air. The measured floating speed in the air can in turn be used to determine the drag coefficient/cw-value. These captured levels are stored in the job computer so that it is possible to use the corresponding properties of the various fertilizer varieties for a calculation model. The data determined by the weather station mounted on the fertilizer spreader are used to calculate necessary corrections in the job computer and the spreader unit of the fertilizer spreader is set accordingly. The result is a transverse distribution pattern that remains stable even under wind influence. This optimizes the fertilizing effect and helps to prevent polluting of waterways. It also extends the possible operating periods.

Nozzle function monitoring by sensors; Sensory nozzle monitoring
INUMA Fahrzeug-Service und Maschinenbau GmbH, Aschara, Germany
Hall 15, Stand A08 Nozzle-Monitor 750T
TeeJet Technologies GmbH, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Hall 14, Stand D02 Nozzle function monitoring by sensors
Lemken GmbH & Co. KG, Alpen, Germany
Hall 11, Stand B41

The liquid flow rate through each individual nozzle is recorded by sensors fitted at each nozzle holder. The applicants use different sensors for this. This type of sensory monitoring has distinct advantages over conventional monitoring via visual checks, as any damaged or clogged nozzle in the spray boom can be reliably ascertained. Malfunction of an individual nozzle is shown automatically and without any delay on the terminal display, so that the user can rectify this at once.

Terminal software for residual quantity management
Amazonen-Werke H. Dreyer GmbH & Co. KG, Hasbergen-Gaste, Germany
Hall 14, Stand A20

“AcuraSpray” is a software for the new Amapad-Terminal from Amazone that consists of the modules “Smart Refill” and “Work-to-Zero”. It times tank refilling optimally and provides for minimal residual quantities. Smart Refill notifies users of the right filling time with minimal empty runs by comparing the area to be treated and the tramlines ahead with the product remaining in the tank. If the residual quantity in the tank is no longer sufficient for a further tramline, the user receives a message to fill up again. This prevents the equipment from running empty in the middle of a tramline and thus avoids unnecessary runs. With Work-to- Zero, the last tank filling is matched to the application rate in such a way that at the end of the treatment no residual area is left untreated and there are no unnecessary residues in the tank. The tank content is adapted automatically to the application rate by measuring the current tank content and calculating the area still to be treated. An excessively high residual quantity leads to an increase in the application rate, while insufficient product in the tank leads to lowering of the application rate. As Smart Refill determines the residual area still to be treated very precisely, it is ensured already on calculating the final filling that any deviations from the set application rate are purely minimal.

BoomWash - Automatic outer cleaning of
spraying booms Amazonen-Werke H. Dreyer GmbH & Co. KG, Hasbergen-Gaste, Germany; Hall 14, Stand A20

BoomWash is a boom cleaning facility that cleans the exterior of the spraying boom automatically on completion of the plant protection job. Prior to final folding in, the two boom packages are cleaned by four nozzles that are moved along the boom on a carriage mounted beneath it. The operator can start the cleaning operation from the driver’s cab using the “Amadrive” operating terminal and carry out the operation on the field before the plant protection agents start to dry, and without entering into contact with the agents himself at all. The high-pressure nozzles ensure that the system works effectively, saving time and water. The prerequisite is a new integrated clear water pump, such as forms part of Comfort Package 2 of the Pantera 4001. This allows user-kindly and proper equipment cleaning for farmers, and by reducing spot inputs it also enjoys high ecological relevance.

Quantofill M - Dosing unit for liquid plant protection agents; agrotop GmbH, Obertraubling, Germany; Hall 14, Stand C23

Quantofill M is a dosing facility that draws the required quantities of liquid plant protection agents from the original package and passes them contamination-free in the correct sequence to the tank of the application equipment. It automatically calculates the respective required quantity of up to five different plant protection agents for the necessary volume of treatment fluid. After dosing each individual preparation, the unit automatically flushes and cleans itself at the last filling, including any product still in the lines in its calculations. A package rinsing device also provided can be used to rinse the empty containers, and the rinsing fluids can be passed on to the plant protection equipment.

Machine Sync; John Deere Vertrieb, Bruchsal, Germany; Hall 13, Stand C30

Grain unloading during harvesting with several combines on large fields or in small-structured regions often becomes the performance-limiting factor, as the driver of the unloading vehicle knows neither the precise tank filling level in the combine nor its position and direction of travel in the field. This is a problem for unloading logistics, especially on hilly fields, during night work and where many small fields are harvested. John Deere’s logistics optimizing system consists of a transmitter-receiver system between the combine and the tractor. The tractor driver sees the position, direction of travel and tank filling level of the combines on his monitor. He can also pinpoint the coordinates to find the combine on small fields. The combine with most product in its tank is then approached first in order to avoid waiting times and unnecessary travel on the field. Machine Sync is thus an optimizing aid for grain unloading on the field and between fields, and consequently a trail-blazing further development.

Central knife drive for cutter units; New Holland Agriculture Equipment Spa, Torino, Italy; Hall 3, Stand D06

Customary knife drives for cutter units are mounted either at one side, or in the case of large working widths of more than ten to eleven metres on both sides. When mounted on both sides, the drives have to be synchronized to minimize vibrations of the otherwise not simultaneously counter-rotating blades. Furthermore, the cutter unit becomes wider because the knife drive is mounted at
the side. The wider drive housing can lead to losses when dividing the grain crop
stands. That is why New Holland’s central knife drive is located in the middle of the cutter unit, between cutting table and guide shoe, and drives two counter-rotating knife halves outwards. The design allows easier expansion to larger cutting widths and works with just as little vibration as a simple knife drive. By comparison with one-sided drives, the cutter unit weighs the same on both sides and the two side housings are narrower. This facilitates handling and stand division. Moreover the hydraulic drive is regulated speed-dependent and switched off for turning manouevres, thus optimizing cutting quality and wear behaviour. It therefore represents a trail-blazing detail improvement in grain harvesting.

Speedtronic; Grimme Landmaschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG, Damme, Germany
Hall 2, Stand C33

In the case of ring or transfer elevators in potato harvesting machines, the circulating speed is generally set once manually to the maximum necessary performance rate during harvesting of a field in order to avoid clogging of the upward conveyor element. This setting oriented exclusively to operational
reliability is frequently too high for varying crop throughput rates and involves a
higher risk of damaging the potatoes when feeding the elevator and transferring the tubers to the collection vehicle. Through the sensor-controlled “Speedtronic” that optimizes filling levels, the circulating speed of the elevator is varied automatically in such a way that the greatest possible filling level of the conveyor elements is assured. This sustainably reduces the mechanical stress for the potatoes at the transfer points and additionally relieves the driver of time-consuming manual control functions.

NIRS system for determining ingredients of fresh and ensiled crop
CLAAS Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH, Harsewinkel, Germany
Hall 13, Stand C17 John Deere HarvestLab – Content measuring for harvest
crops; John Deere Vertrieb, Bruchsal, Germany; Hall 13, Stand C30

Grass and maize have become established as a commodity for livestock farms and biogas plants. Billing criteria applied so far, based on yield and dry matter, are no longer sufficient for quality-oriented payment. With NIRS technology and precisely established calibration curves, it is now possible to determine the ingredients such as sugar, starch, protein, ADF, NDF and crude ash alongside the moisture content online during harvesting. This results in information for quality-driven trading, as well as indications for the use of production equipment. It also allows improving and optimizing of the ensiling and digestion processes.

Comprima - Baler/Wrapper Combination with automatically height-adjustable wrap
stretching unit; Bernard Krone GmbH Maschinenfabrik, Spelle, Germany; Hall 27, Stand G15

When round balers with variable-size baling chambers are used to harvest silage, bale diameters can vary depending on the various purposes for which the bales are used. For neat and uniform wrapping processes, the wrapping units then have to be adjusted manually to the respective size, using crank handles, spanners or screw-drivers. With the help of a rotation angle sensor, the working height of the plastic wrapper now adjusts automatically to the bale diameter. Bales with diameters of 1.0 to 1.75 m can now be wrapped without any compromises.

Hydro-pneumatic and tractor-integrated mower relief CONSTANTFLOAT
with computer-supported regulation; Bernard Krone GmbH Maschinenfabrik, Spelle, Germany; Hall 27, Stand G15

As working widths and technical resources grow, the weights of mower units rise too. The higher feasible working speeds increase the challenges made of “floating” cutting. Relieving the pressure of the cutter bar has proved successful for conserving forage quality and extending machine life. The CONSTANT-FLOAT regulates the contact pressure automatically, not only via pressure and bladder accumulators in the mower unit, but also in combination with an open control with the tractor and angle sensors at the cutter bar. This ensures continuous and always active relieving at all cutter bar positions.

Moisture Cable; Bintec GmbH & Co. KG, Schwandorf, Germany;
Hall 6, Stand E12

Automatic drier control using measurement data (temperature, grain moisture and atmospheric humidity) represents one way of improving efficiency in the drying process. It allows the volume of air and heat to be adapted to drying progress and the performance to be distinctly improved. The Moisture Cable from Bintec now offers an opportunity for the first time to record this information continuously throughout the stack of grain and to document drying progress. This equipment can be retrofitted in all existing driers and supply the data required for automation. Real time and automatic regulation of the drying process are thus linked to form reality.

Seedector - System for measuring piped product flow, e.g. in
drilling machines and pneumatic fertilizer spreaders; MSO Messtechnik und Ortung GmbH, Bad Münstereifel-Schönau, Germany; Hall 17, Stand G11

Suggested short title: “Radar equipment for real time measurements of product flows”“Seedector” is based on a new technical solution for measuring piped product flows with radar technology. The reflection of the microwaves emitted by the moved product flow or the individual grain is used to measure the flow rate or count the grains. The sensor system with integrated intelligent electronics can be used e.g. on drilling machines to monitor longitudinal and transverse distribution, for real time detecting of partial blockages, to check switching off of units or to measure multiple assignations. The new method features a simple and flexible design and is characterized by compact construction, easy retrofitting, low costs and resilience to soiling. With these advantages – e.g. over optical solutions – radar technology possesses considerable potential for use in agricultural machinery and equipment.

RTK CLUE – the key to low-cost RTK correction signals; Reichhardt GmbH, Hungen, Germany; Hall 16, Stand A09

In view of the high costs involved in procuring an RTK station or using RTK services, many farmers have so far been hardly able to use the advantages of high-precision GPS steering systems for relieving the burden on drivers, section control or data management. “RTK CLUE” now offers an option for larger-scale and above all low-cost use of this technology by joining several – already existing – RTK stations. The participants themselves select suitable RTK base stations and determine the cooperation and the costs. The technology, building on ISOBUS, uses mobile radio and internet and is independent of specific manufacturers as regards the RTK base station, the rover on the vehicle, the operator terminal and the farm software. In addition – as required – data of another RTK network can also be used.

ISOBUS Steering Systems; Bernard Krone GmbH Maschinenfabrik, Spelle, Germany;
Hall 27, Stand G15

For the first time self-propelled harvesting machines (Big M and Big X) have connections for ISOBUS-based steering systems. These machines can
thus be equipped with an automatic ISOBUS steering system in Plug&Play fashion.
This allows free choice of steering system manufacturer, so that each user can
select the optimal technology for him (e.g. GPS, laser, camera technology). The
steering systems can be quickly transferred from one farm machine to the next for flexible use. By providing new (or retrofitting existing) self-propelled machines with connections for ISOBUS steering systems, Krone demonstrates further customer benefits of the consistent translation of ISOBUS technology into practice, away from stand-alone solutions and toward cross-manufacturer use of technologies such as e.g. automatic steering or navigation systems.

ISOLOG Grimme Landmaschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG, Damme, Germany
Hall 2, Stand C33; arvato Systems GmbH, Gütersloh, Germany; Hall 16, Stand B10
Lacos Computerservice GmbH, Zeulenroda-Triebes, Germany; Hall 16, Stand D 16

ISOLOG is an interdisciplinary online logistic management system for the entire beet value chain, from drilling to harvesting and right through to the sugar beet factory. The system operates with standardized ISOXML data that allow automatic data exchange between beet drill, beet lifter, clamp coverer, collection/transport teams and sugar beet factory. The innovation consists in combining the weighing hopper system of beet lifters with the time, demand and cost optimized planning of all operations in the process chain of beet logistics. Possible error sources attributable to manual data capture are largely eliminated. Master data only need to be captured once and are available to all actors. The data sovereignty rests with the grower who decides on any passing on of data.

CLAAS Agrosystems GmbH & Co. KG, Gütersloh, Germany; Halle 16, Stand A10
Amazonen-Werke H. Dreyer GmbH & Co. KG, Hasbergen-Gaste, Germany; Halle 14, Stand C18; Horsch Maschinen GmbH, Schwandorf, Germany; Halle 12, Stand C40
Kamps de Wild B.V., Zevenaar, The Netherlands; Halle 15, Stand B30; Lemken GmbH & Co. KG, Alpen, Germany; Halle 11, Stand B41; SGT Schönebeck, Atzendorf, Germany; Halle 15, Stand B30a; ZUNHAMMER GmbH Gülletechnik, Traunreut, Germany; Halle 17, Stand C41

TONI – TELEMATICS ON IMPLEMENT bundles the direct data transfer of the complete working unit (tractor and mounted implement) on the farm computer. The farm manager thus has at his disposal the data of the machinery fleet currently in use in real time during the job performance. If necessary, it is possible to optimize settings during the assignments. The data of tractor united and mounted implement are bundled and transmitted on a crossmanufacturer basis via the ISOBUS. Application rates can thus be very precisely documented. Logging and analyzing data help to uncover performance reserves, coordinate machine settings and plan manpower and fleet assignments optimally. Partners of Claas Agrosystems in producing the software are the firms Amazonen Werke, Horsch Maschinen GmbH, Kamps de Wild BV, Lemken GmbH & Co.KG, SGT Schönebeck and Zunhammer GmbH. The medal honours their joint commitment.

P3-Sensor - Precision Plant Protection Sensor; Agri Con GmbH, Jahna, Germany;
Hall 16, Stand E04

The P3-Sensor is an ultrasonic sensor developed and patented for plant production. The low-cost and robust ultrasonic sensory system allows plant stands to be recorded independently of light. The sensor captures growth height, the number and position of the leaf levels and the biomass. In conjunction with the sensor, agronomic algorithms allow precision and situation-related adjustment of application rates in plant protection work. Thus depending on the standing crop, the travel speed, spray pressure and spraying rate can be adjusted. The swift response time means that the low-cost sensors can be retrofitted directly on the spraying boom of plant protection equipment. The sensor technology can be expected to tap other fields in addition to the use of growth regulators.