Agricultural equipment manufacturer, AGCO, held its largest new equipment launch ever in Kansas City, Mo. this week.
The launch on Aug. 8 and 9 introduced 15 new models of equipment from combines to tractors to planters, mowers and windrowers.
Among the innovations unveiled was V-Cool, a new cooling system configuration that places the radiator and all cooling units for the air conditioner, hydraulic systems and air-to-air intercoolers in a V shape below a hydraulically driven, variable speed fan.
Prior designs have stacked cooling units one behind the other, resulting in problems with hot air from one unit being pulled into another or problems with debris collecting between units and interrupting air flow.
The V-Cool system also features a reverse thrust "purge" cycle in the top intake fan that reverses the fan and blasts away chaff or debris. It can be triggered when sensors detect reduced air flow, higher engine temperatures or reduced engine speed. It can also be manually operated or set to purge at timed intervals.
Several new products in the lineup also feature the AGCO Power diesel engine technology trademarked as e3 Selective Catalytic Reduction, a clean air technology that moves the exhaust reduction process outside the engine after combustion, resulting in an engine that runs cleaner and cooler without lost performance or fuel efficiency.
Included in the 2012 product launch for AGCO were:
Hesston by Massey Ferguson WR9700 Series Self-propelled Windrowers; White Planters 8936-30 Planter on Tracks; Massey Ferguson 9500 Series Axial Combines; Sunflower 9800 Series Air Drill and Sunflower 9900 Series Air Carts; Hesston by Massey Ferguson 2170XD "Extra Density" Large Square Baler; Hesston by Massey Ferguson DM1300 Series Butterfly Mower System; Sunflower 9600 Series Conventional Drill; Sunflower 4600 Series Disc Ripper; Sunflower 1800 Series Tandem Disc Harrow; Sunflower 1700 Series Offset Disc Harrow; System 350 Automatic Steering; Challenger MT500D Series High Horsepower Row Crop Tractors; Massey Ferguson7600 Series High Horsepower Row Crop Tractors; RoGator High-clearance Applicators and TerraGator High-floatation Applicators.
AGCO will be showing its new products at the Farm Progress Show Aug. 30-Sept. 1 in Decatur, Ill., Husker Harvest Days, Sept. 13-15 in Grand Island, Neb., the Big Iron Farm Show, Sept. 13-15 in West Fargo, N.D. the Farm Science Review Sept. 20-22 in London, Ohio, the Sunbelt Ag Expo, Oct. 18-20 in Moultrie, Ga., and the Agri-Trade 2011, Nov. 9-12 in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.