Following the recent announcement that the Case IH Steiger® Quadtrac® 620 was named “Machine of the Year 2014” in the XXL tractor category at Agritechnica in Germany, four more Case IH products were given national recognition for their innovation and efficiency.
Recently the Case IH Patriot® 2240 sprayer was awarded the 2013 CropLife IRON Product of the Year award at the 2013 Agricultural Retailers Association Conference and Exposition in Miami, Fla. The publication’s staff selects the five finalists from email nominations and comments made at trade shows and events. The Product of the Year winner is then determined based upon a month of online voting on the CropLife website and Facebook page.
Sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), the AE50 awards annually recognize the top 50 most innovative new agricultural products introduced during the past year. Case IH award recipients include the 4412 folding corn head, the grain handling system capacity on the Axial-Flow® 230 series combines and the Steiger Rowtrac™ tractor. An expert panel of engineers selects the winners that rank the highest in innovation, significant engineering advancement and impact on the market served. These award-winning products will be recognized at the ASABE Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference on Feb. 11 in Louisville, Ky.
“Our products are built using Agronomic Design, which gives producers more agronomic advantages to help them create a better growing environment and maximize their return on investment,” says Eric Weaver, director of marketing for Case IH. “Clearly producers, engineers and industry leaders alike recognize the innovation Case IH builds into its product lines.”
About the winning Case IH equipment:
Patriot 2240 Sprayer
The Case IH Patriot 2240 sprayer proves that bigger isn’t always better with a smaller, lighter design that offers a narrower footprint than its larger family members. This new addition to the Patriot family keeps the Case IH trademark cab-forward, rear-engine configuration to ensure optimum weight distribution to minimize compaction or rutting potential. It also maintains the best-in-class trailing-link suspension, which offers a superb ride. The Patriot 2240 has more ground clearance than any competitive sprayer in its class, and it offers two boom lengths, two plumbing configurations, a centrally located service center and a wide range of precision agriculture technology, including Advanced Farming Systems® (AFS) AccuGuide™ autoguidance and the exclusive AIM Command® spray system.
Fuel savings is another area where the Patriot 2240 shines. The new Tier 4A-compliant 165HP, 6.7-liter Case IH FPT engines use Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)-only systems, which have already successfully proven they can offer fuel savings of up to 10 percent over Tier 3 engines.
4412 Folding Corn Head
The Case IH 4412F corn head was designed for easier road transport between fields with key customer requirements in mind: cleaner picking, faster harvest, easier service and grain savings. This head allows operaters to pick more corn at higher ground speeds with the heavy-duty drives engineered for high-speed harvest and high-yielding corn hybrids. They also have larger-diameter stalk rolls to increase stalk processing, longer stalk roll knives that give a wider operating range and patented corn-saving louvers to maximize grain savings.
The entire 4400 lineup of Case IH headers is the result of the combined $60 million Case IH investment in header research and development, and the expansion of the Combine Header Center of Excellence in Burlington, Iowa.
Axial-Flow 230 Series Combines Grain Handling System Capacity
The Case IH Axial-Flow 230 series combines set the industry benchmark for grain quality and savings, regardless of the crop or field size.
The grain handling system was enhanced in several ways. The cleaning fan was refined with new fan outlet ducts, providing improved air flow into the cleaning system. The bottom sheet angle of the clean grain pan was increased, moving grain more efficiently across a wider range of conditions. The clean grain cross auger has a new transition cone, improving the transition of grain from the cross auger into the clean grain elevator. The transition from the clean grain elevator into the inclined delivery auger includes a new transition, continuing the enhanced grain movement. When all of these improvements are combined, the combine can see up to an 8 percent increase in machine capacity. Bottom line, the producer will see more bushels per hour and more acres per day.
In addition, the new independent cross auger control gives operators more flexibility during the challenging grain cart fill process, providing the ability to independently turn off cross augers and empty the unload auger.
Every 230 series combine comes with manual quick-folding grain tank extensions with the option to operate this feature from inside the cab. This allows producers to quickly fold the clean grain incline auger and extensions for road transport, storage or protection from inclement weather.
Steiger Rowtrac Tractor
Case IH extended its track technology with the new Steiger Rowtrac, proving again that four tracks are superior to two in row-crop applications. With up to 500 horsepower, the Steiger Rowtrac puts more power to the ground to pull larger implements in row crops like planters, field cultivators and fertilizer or specialty applicators. Row spacing options include the 20-, 22-, 30- and 40-inch with 16-, 18- or 24-inch tracks, providing adaptability and versatility for different cropping systems.
The undercarriage features a new advanced suspension system with rubber “donuts” that act like shock absorbers to keep the suspensions from shifting from side to side. This allows the tractor to remain accurate on the row. The Steiger Rowtrac also boasts the industry’s heaviest frame, welded using ½-inch-thick steel, and it saves operators money with its best-in-class fuel economy from the Tier 4 B Case IH FPT engine. Factory-installed AFS AccuGuide autoguidance increases efficiency and accuracy in both forward and reverse.
RACINE, Wis. (January 20, 2014)