Ideal (Combine Harvester) by AGCO
2018 - 2019, Platinum A' Agriculture, Horticulture and Fisheries Design Award Winner
Agco’s vision is to provide innovative high tech solutions for farmers feeding the world, ensuring profitable growth through an efficient customer service, innovation, quality and commitment. Drivers of the Ideal project were customers’ demand for efficiency, versatility, reliability, ease of use, simple interface and controls, automation, grain and straw quality. Ideal is a revolutionary, powerful combine, able to respond to the customers’ needs worldwide. Brands: Massey Ferguson®, Fendt®.
Ideal is Agco’s new platform of combine harvesters providing innovation, quality and growth to farmers. Ideal, the first high capacity combine with a narrow body, offers full connectivity, a complete, automated adjustment, Real Time Crop Flow visualization and a very efficient processing system. It outperforms on grain and straw quality, grain handling, power efficiency, capacity and optimization of complex harvesting operations with ease of use, comfort and a unique style.
Design Challenges
The biggest creative challenge in the Ideal project was to realize a combine meant to be the benchmark in the market both for performances and dimensions. Part of this challenge was also putting together different teams from all over the world, with diverse cultures and ISO metrics and come up with a common design able to outperform in all markets worldwide considering specific requirements: customer needs, quality, technical features, field requirements, soil conditions, road homologations.
Production Technology
Agco started from a clean sheet of paper involving all functions worldwide to ensure results: Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing, Service, Product Management, Parts, Marketing, Purchasing, Finance and IT. Ideal will be produced in 3 plants with a common platform, tooling and common suppliers for a global strategy. A new Flexible Manufacturing System for welding was implemented and work instructions are managed through a Team Centre system, according to the machine sequence in the assembly line.
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