Equipment Roundup: Autonomous Positioning, Cool STEYR, More Lift for the Shop

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
STEYR, CNH Industrial's Austria-based tractor brand has been awarded a 2022 'iF Design Award' for its cool Terrus CVT Tractor. (Photo courtesy of CNH Industrial)

In this Equipment Roundup, DTN/Progressive Farmer looks at HCC Inc. announcing an autonomous louver positioning system, STEYR winning a product design award for its Terrus CVT tractor, LiftWise offering a new LiftMaster, Bobcat Company planning a new assembly plant in Rogers, Minnesota and South Korean agricultural machinery maker TYM investing into manufacturing facilities in Georgia.

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HCC Inc., a manufacturer of assemblies for harvesting equipment has announced its latest product, SieveSense, an autonomous louver positioning system. HCC said its louver positioning sensor enables automatic cleaning shoe adjustments on the fly in variable crop conditions, terrain environments and cleaning shoe loading conditions.

Current louver position technology requires the operator to set a one-time louver position with manual updates during operation. SieveSense, HCC said, autonomously accounts for every variable that can influence the louver position -- terrain, crop condition, shoe shake and other variables. Algorithms adjusts louver position without operator involvement.

SieveSense also features a predictive maintenance benefit that proactively monitors the overall health of the mechanical system. The internal accelerometer monitors the shoe condition to flag irregularities or impending shoe failure.

"We knew that the way in which combine operators historically interpreted louver position was only an estimate," said David Young, director of engineering at HCC Inc. "Then, we simply asked the question, 'what would happen if it were more exact?'"

The answer was clear, Young said. Increasing louver position accuracy results in improved harvest efficiency and reduced operator workload. "Everything is aimed at efficiency right now," explained Young. "We're not going to grow more corn or soybeans. The challenge is finding ways to do it with fewer people and resources."

HCC is a designer and manufacturer of pickup reels, sieves, chaffers, and other components for OEM manufacturing and harvesting equipment.

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STEYR, a regional agricultural tractor brand of CNH Industrial has been awarded a 2022 'iF Design Award' for its Terrus CVT Tractor.

STEYR won in the Product Design category for its new Terrus CVT tractor, produced at the brand's St. Valentin, Austria manufacturing facility. The award was given for the Terrus' "combination of function and form, blending a bold and rugged exterior design with a premium interior focused on operator comfort and ergonomics."

The cab has been restructured to create a better working environment and now serves as a 'command center' in which style has purpose, STEYR said.

Founded in 1953, iF Design is widely known as a symbol of design excellence.



The new LiftMaster 7000 from LiftWise allows users to lift or lower heavy parts into position for maintenance or other needs.

The LiftMaster 7000 has a lift-off capacity of 5,500 pounds and a full capacity of 7,000 pounds. A pump handle is used to raise and lower the table with a maximum lift height of 38 inches. For maneuverability, the LiftMaster 7000 includes 6-inch-diameter swivel wheels and locking casters.

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Bobcat Company has announced plans for a new $13 million assembly plant in Rogers, Minnesota.

The new plant will add 225,000 square feet in production capacity for the company, along with another 100 full-time positions, as part of its manufacturing footprint in the Midwest region.

The Minnesota location will produce electrical harnesses and other sub-assembly components.

The addition of the Rogers facility adds to Bobcat's manufacturing plan and support investments in facilities across North America, including a recent $26 million expansion at its facility in Litchfield, Minnesota, and $70 million expansion in Statesville, North Carolina.

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TYM, a leading South Korean agricultural machinery maker, is investing more than $20 million into manufacturing facilities in Georgia.

The investment plan includes construction of a 142,500-square-feet, an expansion of its current parts center and the establishment of the TYM Technology Institute (TTI) for service education. The expansion is expected to produce 150 jobs in Georgia.

TYM Group is currently among the top five tractor manufacturers in North America, with total manufacturing market share of more than 10% in the North American tractor market under 100 hp market. TYM has production facilities in four states and has plans to increase its annual tractor production in North America from 30,000 units to 50,000 units.

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