The biennial international farm machinery show SIMA is due to open its doors in Paris this Sunday (February 26), with a number of the 1,780 exhibitors set to make significant launches.
Among the highlights is likely to be the autonomous Case IH Magnum tractor, which will be making its first European appearance following its autumn unveiling in the USA. In addition to being able to operate on its own in the field, via tablet/computer-based remote monitoring and a full safety sensor package, the cabless Magnum can drive itself between fields where these are connected by private roads. While a commercial launch is not expected for some time, elements of its technology could soon become part of production tractors, says the maker.
John Deere’s first tractor offering battery power does look likely to be ready for commercial production, though, depending on plans to be confirmed as the show by the company. With as much as 300 kW of electrical capacity available, the machine is said to offer sufficient power for most implement types, and eliminates the need for PTO shafts. Also due to make its debut is French hedge trimmer maker Rousseau’s electric rotor drive.
AGCO’s Challenger brand will be marking the 30th anniversary of the launch of the eponymous rubber-tracked crawler, while there also looks likely to be news from stablemate Massey Ferguson, in the form of new tractors, combine features and materials handling equipment. Meanwhile, ARGO’s McCormick brand is to unveil a second-generation range of six-cylinder McCormick X7 Series tractors, with five models featuring Stage IV FPT engines, and including a new X7.690 flagship offering up to 226hp. Transmission options include VT-Drive stepless and a new PS-Drive semi-powershift from ZF, with five ranges and six powershift steps, plus intelligent shifting and other new features.
Away from tractors and other self-propelled equipment, diet feeder specialist Keenan looks likely to follow up the EIMA launch of its first vertical auger feeder with the possible addition of a self-propelled machine to its range. This is yet to be confirmed, though, and details of its plans will be unavailable until the opening day of the show.
SIMA is always a big launch event for French manufacturers, with France being one of the largest European markets for farm machinery. Multi-line firm Kuhn says it will be showing a number of developments for its cultivation and drilling, application, feeding and field maintenance ranges. Key innovations are expected to include the new Multispray automated nozzle control system.
SIMA takes place at the Parc des Expositions, close to Charles de Gaulle airport, from where shuttle buses run to the show. Metro trains also connect the airport, the Eurostar terminus at the Gare du Nord station in the centre of Paris, and the show venue. Tickets (€38) can be purchased at the entrance, but access is likely to be speedier for those who have pre-purchased tickets for the discounted €28 rate (€23 for groups of 10+) via the www.simaonline.com website. Students can pay €20 when pre-registering. The show continues until Thursday March 2, from 0830 until 1800 each day. If you are going to the SIMA show, come and visit the Agriaffaires Stand in Hall 5 A – F035!Google+