The German machinery manufacturer Eidam Landtechnik is presenting a prototype of its autonomous tractor at Agritechnica 2023. Eidam is launching the tractor under the name Innomade TK100.
Eidam Landtechnik has chosen a completely unique autonomous tractor concept: the drive unit of the Innomade TK100 is articulated steering connected to a portal frame. The portal frame has a console in the middle with a lifting mechanism. A second lifting mechanism is mounted on the rear of the frame, which is supported by a set of wheels. The single-axle drive unit has a lifting mechanism and PTO (Power Take-Off) at both the front and rear.
The autonomous tractor is completely new and not yet tested. At the Agritechnica trade fair, the machinery manufacturer equipped the vehicle with a cutting roller in the lifting mechanism, one of the products that Eidam Landtechnik also produces itself.
Text continues below picture
A 102 hp methane engine powers the vehicle, referred to in German as ‘Triebkopf’. On board the Innomade TK100 are gas tanks. They contain enough fuel to run for eight hours at 80% capacity or six hours at full power.
The drive of the wheels and the PTO is hydraulic. Optionally, the rear wheels can also be equipped with drive or kingpin steering. In addition, the drive unit can be used without the portal arm. With a swivel wheel in the nose, the vehicle could then rotate around its axis.
Eidam Landtechnik plans to test the autonomous tractor TK100 in practice for the first time next year. To be continued.