RACINE, Wis. — Four Case IH products have been selected to receive
the prestigious 2012 AE50 awards. Sponsored by the American Society of
Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), the AE50 awards annually
recognize the most innovative new agriculture equipment worldwide. This year’s
Case IH award recipients include the independent grain tank cross auger control
in Case IH Axial-Flow® 30 Series combines, the MagnaCut Fine Cut Chopper for
Axial-Flow combines, the Robo-Sharpener and the Steiger® 600 tractor.
The award-winning products were announced in the January/February issue of
ASABE’s Resource magazine. They also will be recognized at the Agricultural
Equipment Technology Conference on February 14 in Louisville, Kentucky.
“ASABE has consistently recognized Case IH for developing innovative
agricultural equipment that helps farmers Be Ready to tackle the challenges and
opportunities of today’s agriculture industry,” says Kyle Russell, Senior
Director of Marketing for Case IH. “With customers’ input, Case IH creates
products that meet the demands of their business while maximizing
For two decades, the AE50 awards have recognized the best products introduced
in the agricultural, food and biological systems industries. An expert panel
selects up to 50 winners based on commercial impact, contributions to
agriculture and engineering, and advancements in engineering and technological
significance. To qualify for the distinct awards, each development must have
been produced, advertized and made available for sale in the 2011 calendar
About the winning Case IH equipment:
Independent Grain Tank Cross Auger Control, Axial-Flow 30 Series
The independent cross auger control increases efficiency contributing to
higher unload rates and ultimately reduces wear and tear on auger systems and
components. It does this by allowing operators to shut down cross augers while
the vertical and horizontal augers continue moving grain during unloading,
helping to remove all the grain in the vertical and unload tubes. With larger,
17-inch augers and wider openings in the unload sump, the combine can handle
more grain, increasing efficiency in the field. The ability to shut off the
cross augers and clean out the vertical and horizontal auger reduces weight and
improves efficiency. These features allow load rates to increase up to 4.5
bushels per second while maintaining the highest quality grain sample in the
Standard on the Case IH Axial-Flow® 9230 combine, the cross-auger control is
optional on the Axial-Flow 7230 and 8230 models.
MagnaCut Extra Fine Cut Chopper for Axial-Flow Combine
With 120 rotating knives, the MagnaCut Extra Fine Cut Chopper is one of six
residue management options for Case IH Axial-Flow combines. The fixed counter
knives are adjustable from the fully retracted position, with incremental
settings up to the fully engaged position allowing the producer to select the
proper chop quality to match his residue requirements. In addition, new slip
joints protect the knife blades from foreign objects to prolong knife life.
Spreading capabilities are also improved, making planting and tillage easier for
Ideal for fine residue chopping, especially in Western Canada, the MagnaCut
Extra Fine Cut Chopper is available on the Case IH Axial-Flow 7230, 8230 and
9230 combine models.
Robo-Sharpener for True-Tandem 330 Turbo Blades
The new Case IH Robo-Sharpener™ is the only wavy blade sharpener in the
world. Designed for sharpening the wavy or regular tillage blades on the Case IH
True-Tandem™ 330 Turbo, it is the first manually supervised field-service robot
that gives operators the flexibility to use it where they need it.
The Robo-Sharpener is equipped with a trolley system, allowing it to roll
along a rail from blade to blade. A gang driver rotates the blades at ideal
speeds, sharpening edges in minutes. This balance also keeps heat away from the
blade, so the steel integrity is not compromised.
Because it is a mounted implement, there is no worry about finding level
ground; sharpening can happen in the field, farm yard or service bay.
While labor and travel costs vary by area, using the Robo-Sharpener from your
local Case IH dealer can save operators up to 85 percent compared to the cost to
re-blade an implement.
Steiger 600 Tractor
Boasting 670 peak engine horsepower, the Case IH Steiger® 600 tractor
delivers extra engine horsepower to navigate steep hillsides, tough residue
conditions, or to meet the higher PTO and hydraulic power demands of today’s
larger, more productive implements. The power-packed 12.9-liter engine is Tier
4A emissions compliant and equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)
technology for up to 10 percent fuel savings.
The Steiger 600 is available in wheeled or the exclusive Case IH Quadtrac®
configuration, which uses four independent tracks with a positive drive system,
to minimize ground pressure, reduce compaction and improve traction.
Featuring one of the largest and quietest cabs in the industry, with
exclusive four corner cab suspension, the Steiger 600 is designed for the
ultimate in comfort during long days in the field. Steiger tractors feature an
exclusive 40-degree, right-hand swivel seat that provides operators with a more
ergonomic field of vision to see the front of the tractor, while also monitoring
the implement behind. Cab controls have been relocated to the upper right-hand
side of the cab within easy reach, while the most frequently used functions are
contained in the new MultiControl Armrest console. The MultiControl Armrest can
also accommodate the optional Pro 700 monitor, which is the largest touch screen
monitor offered for easy tractor and implement control. Common to all Case IH
high horsepower tractors, the console brings 85 percent of tractor operations
into one easy-to-operate controller that fits easily into the operators hand for
ergonomic single point operation.
Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to
collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive,
reliable equipment – designed to meet today’s agricultural challenges.
Challenges like feeding an expanding global population on less land, meeting
ever-changing government regulations and managing input costs. With headquarters
in the United States, Case IH has a network of dealers and distributors that
operates in over 160 countries. Case IH provides agricultural equipment systems,
flexible financial service offerings and parts and service support for
professional farmers and commercial operators through a dedicated network of
professional dealers and distributors. Productivity enhancing products include
tractors; combines and harvesters; hay and forage equipment; tillage tools;
planting and seeding systems; sprayers and applicators; site-specific farming
tools and utility vehicles. Case IH is a brand of CNH (NYSE: CNH), a
majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Industrial S.p.A. (FI.MI).