YANMAR PRESENT AT AGRITECHNICA 2019 - STAND D20, HALL 5
- Yanmar Sets New Value Standard - New YM3 Tractor Series
- Yanmar Implements Smart Agriculture in Europe
Yanmar Sets New Value Standard - New YM3 Tractor Series
World-leading tractor manufacturer YANMAR targets reliability and affordable performance with the launch of the new YM Series of compact utility tractors.
Yanmar has responded to the budgetary demands and reliability requirements of customers with the introduction of the new YM3 Series compact utility tractors. Operating in the 47 to 60 horsepower range, the new models – YM347 and YM359 – complement the existing YT3 Series in the company’s range and are designed to provide users with many of the features and benefits associated with the Yanmar brand, but at a more affordable price.
Furthermore, the two new models have been designed following extensive research and consultation with customers and users. The result is a pair of new models that offer all the safety and comfort features that customers expect with a level of power, productivity and reliability that makes the new models ideally suited to a range of applications including and farming, landscaping, and golf course maintenance.
Both the YM347 and YM359 are supplied with Yanmar SMARTASSIST Remote (SA-R) as standard. This advanced telematics system allows owner and operators to monitor the status and location of the tractor by computer or smartphone via a dedicated app.
The system also generates alarms and notifications if operating parameters are exceeded, helping manage maintenance and reducing downtime. Yanmar’s SMARTASSIST-system also helps in the planning of work operations for even greater efficiency.
At the heart of the two new models is a powerful and field proven Stage V Yanmar direct-injection TNV common rail engine that utilises advanced electronics to optimise combustion by electronically controlled fuel injection. That combination provides reduced fuel consumption for lower running costs. In addition, the engine is less susceptible to stalling, even in tougher traction applications, so productivity is increased. That engine drives through a fully-synchronised 12 x 12 transmission that provides smooth speed shifting throughout the range. Two or four-wheel drive is selected using a simple lever.
Both models feature a front axle from existing Yanmar YT3 tractors that has been proven across Europe, Japan and the US. A 50 litre fuel tank allows both the 1,860 kg YM347 and 1,990 kg YM359 to operate for a full working day without refuelling for maximum uptime and production. A locking fuel cap protects against theft and vandalism. A slanting-nose design provides excellent forward visibility for enhanced safety and greater operational accuracy.
Well Protected Comfort
Both new models are operated from a comfortable and well-appointed operator’s station that is protected by a mid-mounted ROPS frame. Controls have been ergonomically-designed and positioned within easy reach from the adjustable suspension seat to minimise driver fatigue and maximise productivity. Both models are equipped as standard with a Power Take Off (PTO) and valves and control levers for rear-mounted implements for optimum versatility. A three-point hitch is compatible with Category I and II implements and attachments.
Meanwhile, the floor area is spacious and free from obstructions, reducing trip hazards and making the tractor even safer to operate & to enter. An accessory socket is fitted as standard and allows the driver to charge a mobile device or smartphone on-the-go. The compact dimensions of the two new models also make them the ideal choice for applications where space is at a premium. Equipped with narrow tyres, the units are just 1,420 mm wide, allowing them to pass easily and safely between trees and lines of crops without causing damage.
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Yanmar Implements Smart Agriculture in Europe
Yanmar will be introducing its “SMARTASSIST” ICT technology platform in Europe, a key component of its world-leading Yanmar Smart Agriculture technologies which are scheduled to be showcased at the world’s top trade fair for agricultural business, Agritechnica 2019.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that by 2050, the world’s population will have grown to 9.6 billion, and that food production will need to double in order to meet the needs of an increasingly affluent and urbanized population. Faced with the twin threats of a dwindling agricultural workforce and growing demand for food, and confronted with the challenge of a climate that is changing in unpredictable ways, major agricultural producers from Europe and North America, to China, Korea and other Asian nations are devoting ever greater resources to agricultural research.
With the Yanmar agricultural business’s vision of “Developing Agriculture into Food-Value-Chain”, the company promotes ever more comprehensive ways to increase farmers’ profitability by providing solutions at key agricultural process touchpoints. Yanmar’s Smart Agriculture embodies this approach by meeting the challenge of producing more food with a smaller workforce. Employing a data-driven approach to agriculture that takes advantage of the latest advances in autonomous technology together with advanced communications and satellite positioning technologies, Yanmar’s Smart Agriculture provides innovative solutions to increase farmers’ profitability and productivity in a new “sustainable agriculture”.
“The launch of SMARTASSIST together with the YM3 tractor is a major cornerstone of our European business. With the various solutions that are available globally, we are poised to deliver 21st century agriculture towards improving lifestyles, delivering value and providing sustainable solutions to the region’s farmers,” said Yanmar Agribusiness Corporation President Mr. Hiroaki Kitaoka.
Yanmar’s Smart Agriculture technologies are embodied in the precision work realized by its robot tractor launched in Japan last year. Greatly easing the farmer’s workload, the robot’s technologies are being deployed to combines, rice transplanters and other equipment, in the service of greater comfort and farmer productivity.
A key component of Yanmar’s Smart Agriculture is Yanmar’s proprietary SMARTASSIST technology which not only optimizes agricultural work, but also streamlines agricultural management. Agriculture is changing in the 21st century, with ever greater consumer demands for safer, higher quality food and the need to realize higher incomes for farmers. Fundamental to solving these problems is an approach that uses data to visualize agricultural knowhow that was previously only accessible though long experience or intuition and integrating these insights and solutions into a new agriculture. Yanmar is tackling these challenges in a “sustainable agriculture” that is easier on the environment. In one example, remote sensing technologies utilize special drone-mounted cameras to collect data for analysis maximizing crop yields and minimizing fertilizer and pesticide use.
As Yanmar looks towards the next 100 years, Yanmar Smart Agriculture looks set to play an ever more important role in meeting the world’s food needs. By employing advanced technologies to realize solutions, Yanmar will support farmers’ incomes and protect the riches of the planet for future generations.