John Deere has been awarded the gold medal for innovation by the 2019 Agritechnica organising committee ahead of this year’s event. The award is a recognition of John Deere’s ongoing efforts to develop advanced technology solutions, and beats nearly 300 companies in the same category.
The gold-medal winner was the all-new John Deere eAutoPowr, the world’s first first electromechanical split-path IVT, which was developed in partnership with Joskin, specialist in the transportation of agricultural machinery. Its infinitely variable transmission provides maximum reliability and durability compared to other gearboxes, while the integrated generator delivers up to 100kW power for external applications and implement electrification.
“John Deere invests more than five per cent of its sales in research & development, and the medal demonstrates our innovative strength,” said Dennis J Docherty, John Deere’s Vice President Sales & Marketing. “We are particularly proud of our ongoing collaboration with industry partners and service providers. Partnering and system openness are the main success factors for the further digitalisation of the farm industry. Our company is developing innovative solutions that allow farmers and contractors to make more profit from their field operations.”
“We have strengthened our worldwide network of research associations, and all John Deere’s product platforms as well as the European Technology Innovation Centre (ETIC) at Kaiserslautern are significantly involved,” added Martin Kremmer, Director of ETIC Kaiserslautern. “We also benefit from our collaboration with universities and research institutes when it comes to advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation systems and electrification.”