Case IH marks 175th anniversary of founding firm with European unveiling of autonomous tractor at SIMA

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The first major international show of its 175th anniversary year will see Case IH unveil to European farmers the very latest from the brand’s innovation team, in the form of the autonomous Magnum tractor revealed at the US Farm Progress Show last autumn.

While the machine is currently a concept, it will be complemented on the Case IH stand at the SIMA show in Paris by recent product introductions including the updated Quantum, the revised Farmall C, the new Luxxum and the upgraded Maxxum, plus uprated round and square balers and new precision farming technology.

While auto-steering and other automated machine functions are already helping to improve life for operators, long hours in the field are often still essential, while sourcing staff sufficiently qualified and prepared to work them is becoming difficult. Designed to relieve drivers from long hours in the tractor seat and allow farm businesses to make better use of labour, while making possible unmanned work around the clock, the Autonomous Concept Vehicle (ACV) even offers the potential to automatically adapt to weather events, and can work alongside existing machines. The ACV has been awarded a silver medal in the SIMA Innovation Awards.

Case IH is also revealing imminently-available new precision farming technology revealed at SIMA, including AccuTurn, a new tractor option which automates the process of turning on the headland and entering the next chosen swath. Also on show will be the benefits of the Case IH RTK+ network, designed to provide seamless correction signal coverage with RTK accuracy and maximum uptime.

A number of new tractor models and updates also make their debut at the show, alongside the 2017 Tractor of the Year, the 270/300hp Optum CVX. Available in standard, Multicontroller and CVX continuously-variable transmission versions, the latest new Maxxum models incorporate new styling and lighting, a single-piece windscreen, upgraded steering wheel, various new seat options and Class II/III ISOBUS options, plus improved front axle suspension and an engine brake option.

With the latter models compatible implements can be operated via ISOBUS through the AFS terminal, and as a Class III system tractor functions can also be controlled by compatible implements.

The new Luxxum series spans three Stage IV-engined models of 99, 107 and 117hp (rated), using Case IH’s Hi-eSCR system. Transmission is a new 32F/32R four-range powershift with powershuttle and fully-automatic shifting, while also new are front axle and cab suspension options.

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