John Deere technology recognized by SIMA

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John Deere has won a Silver and two Special Mention awards at this year’s SIMA show in Paris, France (February 26-March 2), in recognition of its latest research and development work.

The Smart AutoLube system, which automatically greases all the lubrication points on the tractor, and its ISOBUS controlled implements were awarded the Silver prize at the 2017 Paris International Agribusiness Show. Controlled by the tractor’s command center display, the driver can choose between auto, custom and manual modes, with greasing intervals and quantities dependant on tractor usage and loads.

A John Deere spokesperson said, “For a 6R Series tractor with 1,000 annual operating hours, greasing time of the vehicle and its implements can be reduced by 21 hours a year, while the improved maintenance regime will extend the machine’s life expectancy, service costs and resale value.

The company’s Sustainable Energy Supply for Agricultural Machinery (SESAM) tractor is the industry’s first to be fully battery-powered and received a Special Mention award in recognition. Based on the 6R Series chassis, the prototype produces 130kW of continuous power, has an adapted DirectDrive stepless transmission, and a speed range of 3-50km/h. The tractor is emission-free and develops high torque at low speeds, with no energy losses when idling.

In standard mode, one of two maintenance free electric motors operates the drivetrain and the other is used for the power take-off and auxiliary systems. If required, both motors can be linked together in order to supply full power, either for driving on the road or for hydraulic work.

Currently, one battery charge lasts for up to four operating hours in typical mixed mode operations or for around 34 miles of road transport work, while charging time is about three hours and designed to last for 3100 charging cycles.

The Exact Apply intelligent spray nozzle system also received a Special Mention award. Featuring six nozzles on a rotating turret and two electrically-operated liquid valves and can manually switch between two nozzles, as well as independently controlling the flow rate and spray pressure.

All the products will be on display at SIMA 2017 show in Paris later this month.

February 17, 2017

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