Digitalization of the Farm
Today’s farm is more connected and intelligent than ever, with the help of AGCO advances such as Fuse Smart Farming and innovations from Precision Planting.
Fuse Smart Farming
Fuse is a leading global innovator of open smart-farming solutions that enable customers to maximize functionality, profitability and sustainability across the entire farm operation. Fuse acts as AGCO’s hub for innovation between the core brands, as an entry point for global technology partnering, and as the open platform that brings the innovation of the broader agricultural technology market together—all for AGCO customers’ benefit.
Swiss Future Farm Launches in Switzerland
AGCO’s Swiss Future Farm gives life to a common goal—making digital agriculture visible, tangible and accessible. The 81-hectare site in the Swiss canton of Thurgau tests machinery and smart-farming solutions from AGCO and partner companies, acting as an educational and consultative center of excellence for interactive digital agriculture that serves the farmers and agribusinesses of Europe, as well as around the globe. The Swiss Future Farm joins AGCO’s Zambia Future Farm and the Precision Technology Institute in aiding the development of new solutions and demonstrating existing systems with exciting growth potential. Founding partners include AGCO, the Swiss Agricultural Vocational Training Centre (BBZ Arenenberg) and GVS Agrar, a Swiss importer and manufacturer of agricultural solutions.
Technology Spotlight: AGCO Connect
The foundation of Fuse smart farming is AGCO Connect, the machine-focused telemetry solution that connects a farm’s fleet, turning valuable agriculture and machine data into improved uptime and efficiency across the farm operation and throughout the crop cycle. AGCO has committed itself to fully connect all fleets, beginning in 2019, where customers can track and optimize individual machine and fleet performance. AGCO Connect provides not only the value of telemetry to the machine pool, but also creates the strong, broad foundation onto which other smart farming solutions can be built.
“There have been many situations where AGCO Connect has helped me operate my business, but in my opinion, GPS location data is the most important. I have several fields in an area about 40 kilometers away, and when I send my employee out to a field, I cannot be sure where they are later that day. With the help of AGCO Connect, I can quickly check where they are and how they are progressing.”
—Anssi Mennala, Vanha Olkkola farm, Finland
Connect-ready farm machines rolled out across Europe in 2018
Advancing Agronomy with SmartFirmer from Precision Planting
SmartFirmer puts eyes inside every furrow with a seed-firmer sensor that measures organic matter, moisture, residue and temperature. Farmers can now optimize hybrid selection, population, depth, fertility and row cleaners in real time—sensing their soil on the fly to ensure proper, consistent germination. Precision Planting specializes in the agronomic aspects of plant growth, developing precision-farming solutions that ultimately lead to better yields compared to conventional methods under the same conditions.
bushels per acre can be saved by solving for problems when seeds are being planted
Digitalization of Manufacturing
The digital transformation of AGCO manufacturing continues worldwide. Lean enterprise philosophy drives core understanding of our business processes and value streams, allowing AGCO to identify and successfully integrate digital tools such as wearables, robotics, IoT, factory visualization and shop-floor integrated feedback loops with recordable and sustained results. AGCO plants around the world are implementing pilots and production-level use of cobots, hybrid laser weld robots, automated guided vehicles, 3D printing, augmented reality/virtual reality, machine sensors, exoskeletons, human sensor technology, and more.
Our global plants are rapidly becoming centers of excellence and showcases for Industry 4.0 manufacturing technology and processes. Global assembly lines have been modernized, with automated systems of welding, industrial painting equipment based on nanotechnology, and advanced measurement for quality control. People, processes, machines and products are able to make decisions based on real-time information.
Smart Manufacturing Gaining Ground
Using lean principles and augmented reality, AGCO has initiated a new era of how our machines are made. As new technology is introduced, we encourage our employees to problem solve in their areas, using their expertise and creativity to ensure potential gains in efficiency are captured. For example, the use of augmented reality technology has provided great value in assembly and quality processes where easy and quick access to hands-free instructions is needed. Now AGCO is piloting this technology in areas such as welding and paint preparation.
IDEAL Combine Gaining Traction
The IDEAL combine from AGCO, available under the Fendt and Massey Ferguson brands, signals a revolution in harvesting worldwide. IDEAL has exceeded expectations in terms of market interest. The first combine in years developed from scratch, IDEAL features special technology and an advanced sensor array, and its grain handling system delivers the largest grain tank volume and highest unloading rate in the market.