Argo Trac­torsʼ driver as­sist sys­tem awarded at Eima

The Ad­vanced Driv­ing Sys­tem for the Lan­dini REX 4 re­ceived the cov­eted Tech­ni­cal In­no­va­tion Award 2018, which is given dur­ing EIMA, the trade show ded­i­cated to farm­ing equip­ment held in Bologna.

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“At Argo Trac­tors – said Antonio Sal­vaterra, Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor of the in­dus­trial group based in Reg­gio Emilia – we be­lieve that this award fur­ther val­i­dates our con­tin­ued re­search ef­forts aimed at im­prov­ing com­fort, safety and per­for­mance, which are at the core of our cor­po­rate mis­sion”.

Spe­cialty trac­tors re­quire a great deal of ef­fort on the part of the oper­a­tor, who needs to control both the ve­hi­cle and im­ple­ments. Based on this con­sid­er­a­tion, the Ad­vanced Driv­ing Sys­tem aims to en­hance oper­a­tor com­fort by mak­ing it eas­ier to control and man­age op­er­a­tions rather than driv­ing the ve­hi­cle. Lan­dini REX 4 is equipped with an in­no­va­tive hy­brid driver as­sist sys­tem that uses cut­ting-edge mecha­tronic tech­nolo­gies to as­sist op­er­a­tors in ma­noeu­vring both in field and road op­er­a­tion, that makes steer­ing stiffer as a func­tion of speed – us­ing the same prin­ci­ple adopted in cars – and causes the wheels to re­turn to the cen­tral po­si­tion au­to­mat­i­cally af­ter a turn.This new tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tion also of­fers con­nec­tion to satel­lite guid­ance, mem­o­ri­sa­tion and control of wheel po­si­tion dur­ing slope and in-fur­row op­er­a­tion, and off­sets the ef­fects of ex­ter­nal stresses on trac­tor steer­ing ac­cu­racy. In ad­di­tion, the oper­a­tor can man­age the func­tions of the ma­chin­ery from a sin­gle ter­mi­nal, as the mon­i­tor con­fig­u­ra­tion au­to­mat­i­cally changes ac­cord­ing to the func­tions used.

Op­ti­mal ef­fi­ciency in field op­er­a­tion is en­sured by a mul­ti­func­tion “all-in-one” joy­stick con­trol­ling hy­draulics (up to 7 elec­tro-hy­draulic spool valves), elec­tronic man­age­ment of daily hours of op­er­a­tion, field and ser­vice reg­is­ters via Lan­dini Fleet Man­age­ment pro­to­col, as well as by the avail­abil­ity of real-time re­mote di­ag­no­sis. All of this can be con­ve­niently man­aged from the trac­tor fleet man­ager’s desk.

In­tro­duc­ing this tech­nol­ogy brings many ad­van­tages. Firstly, the oper­a­tor is free to con­cen­trate on row op­er­a­tions, while the trac­tor ECU takes care of driv­ing, record­ing hours of op­er­a­tion, con­sump­tion and ser­vice re­quire­ments thanks to the IoT ser­vice, a world pre­mière in spe­cialty trac­tors. Ad­di­tional ad­van­tages ben­e­fit the fleet man­ager, who re­lies on a web plat­form to man­age sched­uled main­te­nance and trou­bleshoot­ing and man­age field reg­is­ter upkeep au­to­mat­i­cally. Last but not least, trac­tor ben­e­fits from on­go­ing di­ag­no­sis, which re­duces ex­po­sure and mon­i­tors the me­chan­i­cal and elec­tronic stresses typ­i­cally as­so­ci­ated with con­ven­tional driv­ing.

Argo Trac­tors Spa is a com­pany of the Argo In­dus­trial Group based in Fab­brico (Reg­gio Emilia, Italy) and pro­duces trac­tors un­der the Lan­dini, McCormick and Val­padana brands. Over lit­tle more than 15 years, Argo Tract ors Spa has tripled its pro­duc­tion vol­umes with a re­mark­able growth in terms of hard fig­ures: a con­sol­i­dated turnover of 500 mil­lion Euro, 1,800 em­ploy­ees, 6 pro­duc­tion plants, 8 com­mer­cial sub­sidiaries through­out the world, 130 im­porters and 2,500 deal­ers. These fig­ures en­abled the Lan­dini, McCormick and Val­padana brands to be­come es­tab­lished as lead­ing brands in the do­mes­tic mar­ket for trac­tors and a lead­ing player in in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, show­ing ev­i­dence of the Group’s win­ning strat­egy.

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