It was awards season last week at the Agritechnica Show in Hanover, Germany.
Along with product launches, there were award ceremonies that would give the Oscars a run for its money.
The big winner was AGCO, coming away from Hanover with some major titles that will adorn their advertising campaigns for the next few years.
Awards from a jury of journalists in 23 European countries were presented at a special ceremony, including their overall Tractor of the Year 2016, the powerful Fendt 1050 Vario.
A new award this year, the Tractor of the Year 2016 Best Utility, went to AGCO stablemate, the Massey Ferguson 5713 SL.
The Golden Tractor, for the Design 2016 award, went to the striking Valtra N 174 V.
In awarding the overall title Tractor of the Year 2016 to the 517 horse power Fendt 1050 Vario, the judges noted it is the world’s most powerful standard tractor.
The 1000 Series Fendt occupies a new power segment, fulfilling demand for ever more powerful standard tractors which are also manoeuvrable and versatile.
The judges also praised the innovative VarioDrive system that provides independent hydraulic drive to the front and rear axles.
This, they commented, offers a driving experience very similar to the most sophisticated cars.
The Fendt VarioDrive had already picked up another award. It merited a Silver Medal award in the German Agricultural Society’s (DLG) Agritechnica Innovations 2015.
The innovative power-train system constantly compares and adjusts the speeds of the front and rear axles, thereby eliminating any excessive wheel slip and avoiding torsional effects in the power-train in all situations.
’Pull-in-Turn’ is a feature that reduces the turning circle. As ground speed increases, the system uncouples the hydromotor on the front axle, to increase the efficiency.
This is further increased by reducing the gearbox input speeds.
The system enhances the overall drive-line efficiency, prevents reactive power, and makes for soil-friendly operation.
A new tyre pressure regulation system was awarded a Gold Medal in the innovation awards.
The Fendt VarioGrip Pro offers unique benefits in productivity of changing from 0.8 bar (field work) to 1.8 bar in only 30 seconds.
Older systems were slow, and they required the engine to be revving at high speeds to provide the necessary drive power for the compressor while the tractor is stationary.
The new innovation uses an additional high-pressure tyre inside a bespoke and newly developed tyre.
This internal tyre serves as an accumulator which allows the inflation pressure to be altered very quickly.
The air is pumped into the internal tyre through a simple rotary union which also ensures it cannot escape.
The valves involved and the pressure sensors are powered through inductive transmission inside the axle.
This quick tyre pressure control system reduces the time spent in road travel, and allows field work at the correct low and soil-friendly pressures.
The new system will be available at the end of 2016 as an option on the larger Fendt tractors.
Fendt were further rewarded with Silver Medals for their Integral drive on Fendt Former 12555X, Fendt 360° camera for X/P series combines, and Fendt Grip Assistant.
Fendt were again on the top step to receive another award for the Fendt 1050 Vario, the recipient of a prestigious public opinion award.
From a total of 27 machines, 100,000 Machine of the Year People’s Choice votes went to the Fendt machine.
Peter-Josef Paffen, Chairman of the AGCO/Fendt Management Board said, “How a jury decides is one thing. How the entire public decides is a totally different thing.”
The Best Utility winner in the Tractor of the Year competition is a tractor which I are sure will grace many Irish farmyards.
The competition judges said they had no doubts about the win for the Massey Ferguson 5713 SL, praising the compact dimensions of the All in One system that ensures the tractor’s AGCO Power 4.4 litre, four-cylinder engine meets the Stage IV/Tier 4 final emission regulations.
This further improves exhaust gas cleaning without compromising power, efficiency, maintenance, ground clearance or, visibility.
This advanced technology uses a special ‘swirl system’ to thoroughly mix the exhaust gases and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) such as AdBlue.
With ‘All in One’ technology, the Selective Catalytic Reduction system and Diesel Oxidation Catalyser are contained together in a compact assembly that tucks away neatly under the right-hand side of the cab.
This enables the MF 5713 SL to have one of the slimmest steep-nosed bonnets in its sector, yielding excellent manoeuvrability and outstanding visibility.
Valtra added to the AGCO success with the design accredited award.
The stunning Valtra N 174 V was said by judges to sport a ‘modern, dynamic, compact and cool look’.
Valtra’s design philosophy is that form follows function.
Every detail of the new N Series is designed with a purpose in mind: to improve productivity, minimise the total costs of ownership, and make the working day of the driver comfortable.
The very compact design and a high level of functionality, ergonomics, visibility and comfort reach a new level in N4.
As always with Valtra tractors, the N Series cab is also designed for reverse driving, with TwinTrac.
Dr Rob Smith, AGCO’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Africa and Middle East said “We are delighted with the success of each of our brands.
“The awards demonstrate AGCO’s commitment to providing the best solutions for its customers, wherever they are in the world and within whatever segment they operate”.