ISOBUS solutions for  green  benefits
ISOBUS solutions for green benefits

ISOBUS solutions for ‘green’ benefits

Tractors Spa
Argo Tractors Spa Company profile
03-11-2020 | |
ISOBUS solutions for  green  benefits
ISOBUS solutions for green benefits

Simple access to ISOBUS will provide new data and machine control opportunities for more ‘green’ and cost-effective orchard and vineyard operations.

The data collection and equipment operation benefits that ISOBUS electronics bring to tillage and grassland farming could soon be helping fruit growers and vineyard owners too.

RETE IDEAgri

A collaborative project in Italy – the network RETE IDEAgri – has brought together agronomists, tractor and equipment manufacturers, and agricultural machine component suppliers to develop simpler data gathering and display solutions.

The participants aim to create an ISOBUS solution suitable for the cultivators, sprayers and other small-scale implements used in vineyards and orchards that will bring ecological as well as work quality and economic benefits.

Antonio Salvaterra, marketing director at Argo Tractors says: “The digitisation of work parameters makes it possible to control and reduce costs, while also minimising any environmental impact of mechanical operations and offering opportunities for scheduled maintenance policies.”

ISOBUS Green project

Argo Tractors, whose comprehensive range of 70-112hp Landini Rex 4 machines is among the most popular specialist power units for top fruit, orchard and vineyard operations worldwide, is a leading participant in the ‘ISOBUS Green’ project.

Others include leading suppliers such as Arag, Comer, COBO, Frandent, Salvarani and Walvoil, supported by the innovation centre Fondazione REI.

“We already equip our Rex 4 specialist tractors for an ISOBUS installation, which includes a touch-screen display with the possibility to add auto steering and a single multi-function joystick for tractor and implement functions,” notes Mr Salvaterra.

“These make good use of the limited space in a specialist tractor’s cab but most of the small implements our tractors operate do not have ISOBUS functionality – yet with such technology we see considerable potential for improvements in cultivation, spraying and fertiliser application, for documentation and traceability, and for machinery scheduled maintenance.”

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ISOBUS solutions are being developed for small implements used in vineyard, top fruit and orchard operations handled by Landini Rex 4 specialist tractors. - Photo: Argo Tractors

ISOBUS solutions are being developed for small implements used in vineyard, top fruit and orchard operations handled by Landini Rex 4 specialist tractors. – Photo: Argo Tractors

Power harrow manufacturer Frandent is also convinced by this argument, to the extent that it plans to install new COBO Easyfit sensor-transmitters on its implements that wirelessly communicates with a receiver connected to the tractor’s ISOBUS network.

“The individual implement will be identified every time it is connected to the ISOBUS system on a Rex 4 tractor, and then the hours it works and field area it covers will be recorded,” explains Antonio Salvaterra.

“Based on advice from the manufacturer, the owner can then properly schedule routine servicing and also anticipate when pre-emptive maintenance of key components such as bearings will minimise downtime in a busy season.”

Performance guidance

Another function of COBO Easyfit helps operators of Rex 4 tractors achieve optimum performance and fuel economy with different implements.

Using the power harrow as an example again, once the optimum set-up for tasks such as weed control cultivation between rows of vines has been determined and entered on the touch screen, operators will see a graphic display of parameters such as pto speed, engine speed and fuel consumption.

Together with the working speed, the operator also sees a big green ‘tick’ when the optimal settings are being used. “At present, growers must rely solely on the skill and experience of the operator – but in all areas of agriculture skilled workers are increasingly in short supply,” says Antonio Salvaterra of Argo Tractors.

“With ISOBUS technology for smaller implements and bespoke information displays, we can help less experienced operators achieve the best results for an effective outcome at lowest cost and environmental impact.”

Tractors Spa
Argo Tractors Spa Company profile

Argo Tractors Spa with its headquarters in Fabbrico, Reggio Emilia, Italy, manufactures agricultural tractors under the Landini, McCormick and Valpadana brands and belongs to the Argo Industrial Group. Argo Tractors SpA has tripled its production volumes in little more than 15 years, with a remarkable growth in concrete results: the group turnover amounts to €500 million. The enterprise numbers 1,650 employees and has 5 manufacturing plants, 8 business branches in various parts of the world, 130 overseas importers and 2,500 dealers. Statistics that have allowed the Landini, McCormick and Valpadana brands to achieve a significant standing in the domestic tractor market and to become one of the most important international players, thus confirming the value of a successful group strategy.

Tractors Spa
Argo Tractors Spa Company profile

Argo Tractors Spa with its headquarters in Fabbrico, Reggio Emilia, Italy, manufactures agricultural tractors under the Landini, McCormick and Valpadana brands and belongs to the Argo Industrial Group. Argo Tractors SpA has tripled its production volumes in little more than 15 years, with a remarkable growth in concrete results: the group turnover amounts to €500 million. The enterprise numbers 1,650 employees and has 5 manufacturing plants, 8 business branches in various parts of the world, 130 overseas importers and 2,500 dealers. Statistics that have allowed the Landini, McCormick and Valpadana brands to achieve a significant standing in the domestic tractor market and to become one of the most important international players, thus confirming the value of a successful group strategy.