A focus on efficiencies and productivity has earned Case IH three prestigious AE 50 Awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).
The annual AE50 awards recognise the best products introduced in the previous year for the agricultural, food and biological systems industries. Case IH won awards this year for its 88 Series Axial-Flow combines, Magnum 335 suspended axle design and its Automatic Productivity Management (APM) system for Steiger, Quadtrac and Magnum tractors.
The AE 50 awards are conferred by a panel of industry experts who rank innovations based on commercial impact, contributions to agriculture and engineering and advancements in engineering and technological significance.
“These awards illustrate our commitment to developing products that really work for our customers,” says Case IH Marketing Manager Stuart Brown . “We’re always looking at ways to improve our equipment and build in productivity-enhancing features to deliver more value and profit to growers.”
88 Series combines
Case IH’s new range of Axial-Flow combines includes six models, including three in the 88 Series, so growers can be sure there’s a model suited to their needs.
The 88 Series combines have been redesigned from the ground up, and the range includes the 325 hp 7088 in addition to the 265 hp 5088 and the 305 hp 6088.
Major new industry innovations noted by the AE 50 panel include: a new, simplified feeder reverser design that is low-weight and requires no maintenance; a unique stationary engine air screen with vacuum system for improved cooling and increased time between cleaning; and new automated quick-fold grain tank covers controlled from the cab. Clean grain elevator capacity has been increased by 15 percent, a two-speed header drive is an option, and the 88 Series now shares a common feeder/header interface with the Case IH 20 Series Axial-Flow® models.
These new combines retain the single rotor design that has made Axial-Flow the first choice combine for over 30 years thanks to its gentle, crop on crop threshing.
Automatic Productivity Management
Case IH’s Automatic Productivity Management (APM) system automatically adjusts engine speed and transmission gear for maximum fuel efficiency – in some cases improving fuel economy by up to 25 per cent, as demonstrated in the recent independent Nebraska tests.
The AE 50 Award was granted for the APM system for Steiger and Quadtrac tractors. This new control system automatically adjusts both the gear setting and engine rpm to the most fuel-efficient mode for a given load. The operator chooses either field or transport mode, and the APM system reduces engine speed whenever the implement load allows, automatically reducing fuel consumption and leaving the operator to concentrate on the work in progress instead of having to manually shift gears at just the right time and adjust the engine rpm with the throttle. In APM mode, the operator uses the engine throttle handle as a ground speed selector. Once the desired ground speed is attained, the APM system automatically adjusts the engine speed and transmission gear to provide maximum fuel economy.
As well as being offered on the Steiger and Quadtrac ranges, APM is also standard on new 2009 model Magnums. With one button functionality, the system means even inexperienced operators can work with optimum fuel efficiency while reducing fatigue.
Magnum 335 suspended axle
The AE 50 panel found that the saddle suspension in the new axle on the Case IH Magnum 335 greatly improves traction control, steering control, ride comfort, and axle weight-carrying capacity of the tractor. All of this is achieved by installing the axle into a saddle and then mounting the saddle to the frame.
When the tractor is operating, the saddle forces all axle osculation to take place in the saddle, and all up-and-down motion to be managed by the saddle moving vertically relative to the frame. Simplifying the axle suspension motion has led to the superior performance of this suspension system.
The new suspension innovation is in addition to a host of features – including APM – that help the Magnum deliver outstanding productivity. Three new Magnums have recently been added to the range – the 180, 190 and 210, with PTO horsepower ratings of 150, 165 and 180.