Trelleborg has been awarded a gold medal at the 2017 SIMA Innovation Awards for its soon-to-launch Variable Inflation Pressure – VIPTM – system. Developed in partnership with tractor manufacturer AGCO FENDT. The VIPTM system is a smart and autonomous complete wheel capable of self-adjusting the pressure of a combine harvester’s tyre according to its precise load during operation, optimising the tyre’s footprint in order to reduce soil compaction.
Held at SIMA’s pre-exhibition press conference in Paris, the SIMA Innovation Awards were launched in 1931 to honor the agricultural industry’s most innovative equipment, products, techniques and services.
Paolo Pompei, President Trelleborg Agricultural and Forestry Tyres, who received the coveted award, commented at the ceremony: “To receive the ‘SIMA Innovation Award’ Gold Medal is a tremendous honour for us. It gives us great pride that the agricultural industry recognises Trelleborg’s long-standing commitment to developing innovative solutions.”
Piero Mancinelli, R&D Director, Agricultural and Forestry Tyres at Trelleborg Wheel Systems commented: “Precision Farming technologies are, today, in use across over 5% of cultivated land which is projected to reach 20% within the next decade. As a result, driverless machines and robots connected with the Internet of Things (IoT) are fast becoming a reality in modern agriculture, helping farmers to produce more, with less.”
The VIPTM system consists of a set of sensors measuring several parametres including load, pressure, temperature along with an electronic central processor controlling a compressor and a valve to adjust the pressure. The VIPTM system is directly integrated on the tyre rim.
“By determining and adopting the right tyre pressure without manual intervention, farmers can reduce soil compaction over 10 percent, resulting in a five percent higher crop yield. This can be achieved while allowing full connectivity with the farm network, mainframe as well as VIP App interface and machine fleet,” concluded Mancinelli.