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Systems & Components cabins at Agritechnica

February 24th, 2017

Cabin testing procedures ensure operator safety

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Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 24th February 2017– Agritechnica 2017 will feature Systems & Components, the specialist show that provides an international platform for highlighting the latest developments relating to engines, transmissions and other parts – including cabins – used in the construction of agricultural machinery.
“As many as 10,000 different components are needed to build a modern tractor, and all of them are included and will be presented in the special show,” said Raffaele Talarico, project manager for Systems & Components.
Everything from the smallest washer to complete engine assemblies will be on display, as the supply industry and OEM engineers/developers come together at Hanover’s Exhibition Grounds in mid-November. Included among the exhibitors in the Systems & Components show will be companies that create cabins for tractors and other self-propelled machinery.
The cabin is an important part of every farmer’s life, and as well as being comfortable and functional, it must also be safe. There are recognized standards for establishing that they are fit for purpose, and in Europe, one of the principle bodies responsible for testing cabins is the DLG (German Agricultural Society), the organizer of Agritechnica and Systems & Components.
In fact, DLG’s Technology and Farm Inputs Test Center at Gross-Umstadt, south-east of Frankfurt, has been carrying out safety tests on cabins since 1965.
“Initially rollover tests were carried out in the fields, enabling us to gather experience and accumulate knowledge on cabin safety,” says Thilo Keunecke of the test center’s Automotive Engineering Department. “Today, rollover protection structure (ROPS) and falling object protection structure (FOPS) tests are carried out by static testing.”
Four DLG employees – two test engineers and two technicians – are involved in cabin testing at Gross-Umstadt. They can certify conformity with standards including ISO, EN, SAE, OSHA, ECE and the OECD Code.
“We need separate test cabins for the type approval and ROPS tests, and as this is a physical test, applying substantial forces to different parts of the cab, they will be destroyed during the process,” says Keunecke. “The cabins need to be mounted on the vehicle chassis, or a frame with the original mountings, and the cabin is ‘naked’, which means without doors, roof, screens or interior padding. For the agricultural ROPS test, we also need the steering wheel and the driver seat fitted, because these dictate the extent of the cabin’s safety zone.”
Testing begins well before launch
Tractor cabin manufacturers can be involved in the testing process well before new designs are launched onto the market.
“After the prototyping phase, a series of simulations will be carried out on the cabin to check its resistance in case of heavy objects falling from above, and also against rolling over,” said Lukas Pernter, the project manager of tractor cabins at Lochmann (www.lochmann.eu), an exhibitor at Systems & Components.
“Afterwards, if positively evaluated by our specialized partner DLG, the approval for agricultural machines and special vehicles will be released,” he added.
The DLG’s cabin test station is just one example of the expertise that the organization brings to European agriculture, and it is fitting that many of the cabins on show in the Systems & Components section of Agritechnica 2017 will have been tested at Gross-Umstadt.
More information on the DLG’s cabin testing activities can be found at www.dlg.org/cabintests.html
Editor’s notes:
Systems & Components is a special feature of Agritechnica 2017, which takes place from 12-18 November at Hanover’s Exhibition Grounds. More than 452,000 visitors and 2,892 exhibitors attended the event in 2015, making it the world’s largest trade fair dedicated to agricultural machinery and technology.
More information for visitors and exhibitors can be found online at www.agritechnica.com
Media contact:
Malene Conlong
Tel: +49 69 24788237
Email: M.conlong@dlg.org

Agritechnica theme promotes smarter farming

February 24th, 2017

Introducing: Green Future – Smart Technology

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Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 24th February, 2017 – Agritechnica will have an overall theme for the first time this year. It has chosen “Green Future-Smart Technology”, which recognizes the need for today’s agriculture to be sustainable in terms of ecology, economy and human resources. It also suggests the way to achieve this is for farmers to use all the available knowledge about interactions of plants and soil, technology and labor to develop appropriate farming systems.

“The new theme was chosen to evoke a number of meanings and moods,” says Marie Servais, Project Manager of Agritechnica. “It not only taps into the idea of agriculture cultivating crops to feed the planet, but will also demonstrate how producers around the world are using clever ideas to drive agriculture forward.

“And, of course, the use of technology is central to today’s farming. New, smarter means of production will play a key role in a more profitable and sustainable future for agriculture,” adds Servais.

World agriculture is suffering from problems relating to resources like water, soil quality and quantity, biodiversity and even labor for the agricultural workforce. In addition, the effects of pest resistance, nutrient losses and climate change continue to accumulate.
Working towards a “green future” means finding solutions that support sustainable farming systems, and that requires farmers to manage their processes in a smarter way. Making the most of new technical developments to support farmers in optimizing their production processes is also important, so “smart technology” will be the key to success.

What are smart technologies?
Smart technologies are not necessarily high-tech, but can simply be ways that help to better organize specific jobs; reduce energy consumption; help protect the soil; optimize nutrient and water use; or help to identify pests and weeds, and treat them very specifically.
Some examples of smart technology at each stage of the crop-production process include:
  • Tillage – improved tillage technologies, for example combining tillage with fertilizer application (side dressing); strip till (to combine deep tillage with no-till); and better straw management after harvest.
  • Seeding – combining seeding and fertilizing; site specific seed densities; and adaption of cultivar choice to site specific characters.
  • Fertilizing – fertilizer planning; soil testing; sensor-based fertilizing; improved spreaders for nutrient allocation.
  • Plant protection – forecast models; pest detection (sensors, drones and satellites); drift reduction; reduction of spray rates and single-plant treatment.
  • Harvest – reducing harvest losses; detect optimal harvest times (sensors, drones and satellites); improve logistics; and better residue management.
  • Software – management systems; field catalogues combined with forecast models or decision support models; and data-management.
  • Overall – improve working conditions for farmers.
As the world’s leading farm machinery trade fair, Agritechnica is THE platform for the presentation of new developments in agriculture. While these are mainly related to technology, there are also exhibitors offering services and consultancy. Traditionally, Agritechnica always offers a broad technical program including special shows, discussion panels and forums inviting exhibitors and farmers to discuss specific topics with experts. This means the exhibition has the products, experience and know-how to offer smart technologies to support farmers in practicing smart farming for a green future.
A meeting place for Europe’s farmers
And of course, the Green Future-Smart Technology theme not only applies to farmers from Agritechnica’s home country, Germany. It is just as relevant to visitors from other European countries including France. Mixed beef and arable farmer Jean Luc Didier, who is based in Haute Marne, says Agritechnica has become an integral part of his planning.
“It is part of my broader philosophy to see what other farmers are doing, how they work and how I can advance my own business,” he adds. “The fair enables me to see the latest trends and it helps me find and buy the right equipment for the right job. It has such a wide variety of manufacturers and special features.”

Mr Didier is also attracted by the number of smaller specialist manufacturers that regularly exhibit at the show – companies that he says have a high level of technical expertise, and interesting products and services that are not always represented at French shows.
Like most visitors, Mr Didier says he always leaves Agritechnica with the desired information and the right contacts in his pocket! This makes the event an invaluable tool for professional farmers, and is likely to encourage even more French farmers to visit the event this year.
Editor’s notes:
Agritechnica 2017 will be held from 12-18 November at Hanover’s Exhibition Grounds. More than 452,000 visitors and 2,892 exhibitors attended the event in 2015, making it the world’s largest trade fair dedicated to agricultural machinery and technology.
Agritechnica is organized by DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft, or German Agricultural Society) which was founded by the engineer and writer Max Eyth in 1885. Based in Frankfurt am Main, it provides an independent and open forum to promote the exchange of knowledge and shaping of opinion in the agricultural and food sectors. Around 200 full-time employees and about 3,000 voluntary experts are engaged in working on behalf of the DLG’s 27,000 members. The organization’s well-known test center for technology and farm inputs, which is the largest of its kind in the world, is accredited and recognized nationally and internationally.

The DLG has organized trade exhibitions in the agricultural and food sectors for more than 125 years. It launched Agritechnica, which is held every two years, in 1985. The event initially took place in Frankfurt am Main, before moving to its current home in Hanover in 1995. DLG also organizes EuroTier, which alternates with Agritechnica at Hanover’s Exhibition Grounds; EnergyDecentral; the DLG Feldtage; and, with Koelnmesse, Anuga FoodTec.
Media contact:
Malene Conlong
Tel: +49 69 24788237
Email: M.conlong@dlg.org

New emissions standards put engine technology center stage at Systems & Components

February 24th, 2017

Engine manufacturers to exhibit their strategies at Agritechnica as off-road engines face new Stage V exhaust emissions rules

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Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 24th February, 2017 – In two years, January 2019 will mark the latest development in off-road exhaust emission regulations when the European Stage V standard is introduced for engines with power outputs of less than 56kW and more than 130kW – those between these two power levels will have to comply 12 months later. As this will eventually affect all new self-propelled farm machines, engine technology is expected to be a hot topic at Agritechnica 2017.
The world’s leading engine manufacturers will be taking part in Systems & Components, a special show within Agritechnica that provides an international platform for highlighting the latest developments in engines, transmissions, hydraulics and other parts for agricultural machinery and related industries. This will allow them to put their engine solutions in front of everyone with an interest in the forthcoming changes, from the major tractor manufacturers to individual farmers wanting to know how the new technology might affect their tractor operating costs.
“Engines are core to any tractor or self-propelled vehicle,” says Raffaele Talarico, the project manager for Systems & Components. “This makes them an important part of our special show, and emission legislation is clearly a key area for these companies. Systems & Components is the ideal platform to explore the different emissions reduction strategies, and farmers can also look at engines in close detail.”
The new Stage V standard was introduced into European Union (EU) legislation in September 2016, and further tightens exhaust emission rules under a process that began in the mid-1990s and saw the first Stage I engines appear on farms in about 1999. Compared to the Stage I standard, the latest Stage V engines achieve a 94 percent cut in the mono-nitrogen oxides NO and NO2 (NOx) and hydrocarbons it produces, and a 98 percent reduction in the amount of soot, otherwise known as particulate matter (PM).
Stage V is mainly being introduced to further reduce PM, but for the first time there will also be a limit on the number of particles emitted (PN). This will force engine manufacturers to focus on the very small particles that are currently released into the atmosphere.
The past 20 years have seen a succession of new engine technologies introduced to deal with the ever-tightening emissions standards. This has brought several new engine-related parts and concepts into the public consciousness, including diesel oxidation catalysts (DOC), diesel particulate filters (DPF), exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR). To meet Stage V, most engines will use all these technologies.
Level playing field for all manufacturers
Andreas Ai, who is manager for Tractor & Vehicle Technology at the DLG’s Test Center for Technology and Farm Inputs, says that all manufacturers are operating on a level playing field by having to meet the same standards to sell their tractors and self-propelled vehicles in Europe.
“The engine makers and tractor manufacturers have faced a heavy investment program in the past 30 years to design and build engines that were able to meet the increasingly stringent emissions rules,” he says. “But they had no choice if they wanted to sell their machines in the EU.
“What we can say is that today’s agricultural machines have a lower impact on the environment for each kW of power they produce,” Ai adds. “And with the first mainstream battery-powered vehicles – charged from renewable power generated on-site – starting to appear on farms, the level of damaging emissions may well keep on reducing without further changes to diesel engine emissions regulations.”
Editor’s notes:
Systems & Components is a special feature of Agritechnica 2017, which takes place from 12-18 November at Hanover’s Exhibition Grounds. More than 452,000 visitors and 2,892 exhibitors attended the event in 2015, making it the world’s largest trade fair dedicated to agricultural machinery and technology.
More information for visitors and exhibitors can be found online at: www.agritechnica.com
Media contact:
Malene Conlong
Tel: +49 69 24788237
Email: M.conlong@dlg.org

Systems & Components at Agritechnica is all about connections

February 24th, 2017

Special show dedicated to Systems & Components returns to Agritechnica for the third time – Presents the perfect opportunity for machinery manufacturers to meet systems suppliers – Theme for 2017 is “Stay Connected”, promoting connections between systems, companies and people.

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Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 24th February 2017 - The majority of visitors to Agritechnica go to see the trade stands full of farm machinery that’s been developed to make their businesses run more smoothly and efficiently, but a growing number of industry professionals are now attending to meet the suppliers who manufacture the systems that create today’s agricultural machines.
Taking place from 12 to 18 November as a sub-brand of Agritechnica 2017, Systems & Components provides visitors with an opportunity to see the latest systems, modules, components and accessories of interest for those working in agricultural engineering and related industries.
The exhibiting companies are industry leaders, established mid-size companies and start-ups from the following sectors: engines, drive systems, hydraulics, cabins, electronics, and spare and wear parts – as well as the corresponding software that manages today’s machines.
The special show also tackles other issues of industrial engineering including supply chain management, flexible manufacturing, individual production, intelligent maintenance management, networked production, self-organized adaptive logistics and customer integrated engineering.
Raffaele Talarico of DLG Italia, a subsidiary of Agritechnica’s organizer DLG, is responsible for the concept and technical program of Systems & Components, a specialized show within Agritechnica. First held in 2013, it is an international platform for highlighting the latest developments in transmissions, engines, hydraulics and electronics for agricultural machinery and related industries, and in 2015 it attracted more than 100,000 professional visitors from engineering, management, R&D, procurement, research and academia.
A strong driver of innovation
If the previous Systems & Components shows are any indication, the supply industry will once again present itself as a strong driver of innovation and a solution provider for agricultural machinery.
Machinery from the sector, and the components used to manufacture it, is now highly complex, and the optimal design and coordination of mechanical, hydraulic and electro-mechanical components and their connection plays an essential role in the engineering of machines.
Systems & Components teaches how a universal approach in agriculture increasingly requires a close exchange between everyone involved in the value chain.
The importance of staying connected
This approach takes a further step this year as Systems & Components 2017 focusses on the interaction between systems in agricultural machinery. “Today’s extremely complex machines demand a large number of synchronized mechanical, hydraulic, electric and electronic components. This requires ‘connectivity’, not just of components, but also between humans and companies,” says Raffaele Talarico, project manager of Systems and Components.
As part of Agritechnica – the world’s number one platform for agricultural machinery with 98,000 international visitors from 115 countries and more than 452,000 visitors in total – Systems & Components offers the possibility to bring people and knowledge together from around the world.
A visitor survey from Agritechnica 2015 showed the interests in the different sections within Systems & Components as:
Engines and related components, 35%;
Axles, transmissions and related components, 29%;
Hydraulics and related components, 43%;
Electronics and related components, 37%;
Cabs and related components, 17%;
Spare and wear parts, 46%.
A comprehensive technical program
As well as the traditional displays within Systems & Components, the show will also be about sharing expertise during seven days of expert dialogue through more than 30 English-speaking forums. These will address the most important issues affecting the industry.
And, of course, there will be the opportunity to establish new connections through Agritechnica’s cross-industry approach. There will be every opportunity to meet international professional visitors from management, R&D, procurement, research and academia, and to establish direct contact with farmers and contractors.
Editor’s notes:
Systems & Components is a special feature of Agritechnica 2017, which takes place from 12-18 November at Hanover’s Exhibition Grounds. The feature offers suppliers an international professional platform to present systems, modules and components for the agricultural engineering industry and related industrial sectors. More information for visitors and exhibitors can be found online at: www.agritechnica.com.
Media contact:
Malene Conlong
Tel: +49 69 24788237
Email: M.conlong@dlg.org