Archive for October, 2010

McCormick MC Series: a new Look with Enhanced Performances

Monday, October 25th, 2010

McCormick Tractors have launched their new four-cylinder MC range at the Ploughing Championships in Athy recently. This re-vamped range offers 3 new models: MC110, MC115 and MC130 which now include a modern four-post cab, newly designed bonnet and mudguards as well as some modern practical design features.
Key to the success of this range was the fact that customers had a lively four-cylinder Perkins tractor fitted with the same gearbox, back-end and hydraulic system which is common to the six-cylinder McCormick MTX range. So it is no surprise that McCormick is keeping with these same trademark features in this new range and focusing more on additional comfort and efficiency levels for the operator.
The MC features engine power outputs of 101hp, 110hp and 126hp, thus this range combines the compact size of the lower-spec CX models, with the transmission and superior hydraulics of the six-cylinder MTX range. The 1104D turbo-after-cooler Perkins engines fitted on the MC range ensures optimum fuel to air mix ratios and provides enhanced torque back-up.
On display at the event was the MC130 (pictured), featuring a completely new stylish look. The cab is classed as the Deluxe four-post design and a Low-Profile version is also available where height is at a premium. Featured for the first time on the MC is a roof window, aimed at the front loader users. Also this new design creates better airflow from a new air conditioning and ventilation layout, improved all-round visibility, increased headroom and a new modern instrument panel.
More changes can be noticed outside; where four work lights are set into the corner panels on the sharp looking two-colour roof panel. The roof also houses a new air conditioning system with filters, more easily removed for servicing through a side access cover.
The three models feature a 16×12 or 32×24 creep transmission with power shuttle and four powershift speeds. A key feature on the MC is the load-sensing variable flow pump with 109 litre per minute oil flow which ensures economical use of the hydraulic system. To reduce fuel consumption the hydraulic pump delivers oil only when required and delivers a high flow at low engine rpm, reducing the need to rev the engine to obtain high hydraulic output. Headland power take-off management is standard alongside electronic control of the three-point linkage and draft/traction control system.
Overall these changes to the MC range have maintained the appeal of this all round tractor on farms where the jobs vary from grassland work, tillage work and transport work to loader operations.

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Monday, October 25th, 2010


AT RWM 2010, JCB previewed a brand new dedicated material handler for the waste and recycling industry. The 20-tonne JS20MH will target public and private waste management companies handling municipal solid waste (MSW) in civic amenity sites, transfer stations, materials recycling facilities (MRFs) and also specialist material recycling companies.

Set to join JCB’s established JS200W Wastemaster – a conventional wheeled excavator adapted for the needs of scrap and waste handling industries – the JS20MH will capitalise on the company’s expertise in the production of high performance, reliable and durable wheeled excavators and shares the engine and hydraulics with the proven JS175W model. However, the undercarriage is a completely new design and features a centralised slew turret for increased all-round stability and uniform lift performance throughout the 360 degree rotation.

This result is consistent operation and true material handler characteristics, aided further by a slew gear box which delivers increased slew accuracy while loading. Purpose-built for the waste and recycling environment, the machine will be available with fixed or hydraulically raised cab for loading containers, giving improved vision and safety on site.

Powered by a 92 kW (123 hp) engine and fitted with a 5.7 metre straight boom, the JS20MH will be tailor-made for excellent material handling performance. The options are a 4.0 metre gooseneck dipper for scrap applications or a shorter 3.0 metre straight dipper for waste applications – each creating a smaller rig than the JS200W Wastemaster. The maximum achievable pin reach is approximately 9.5 metres.

An intelligent reversible fan gives optimum cooling performance and a Turbo II air pre cleaner provides additional engine filtration. Cab guarding, front and rear light guarding and red and white chevrons on the excavator’s rear end combine for machine protection and on-site safety while operator comfort is enhanced by an air-conditioned cab. All of these features will be included as part of the standard JS20MH specification.

JCB Handler


Monday, October 25th, 2010

As the second half of the twelve month MINI E field trial begins this week, the outcome of interviews and objective data collected from the first three months, of the December to June 2010 phase of the trial has now been analysed.  The key results show that MINI and the BMW Group are gleaning valuable learning that will help shape the specification and operating characteristics of its Megacity vehicle which will make its debut in 2013.

The key findings from the first six months of the UK field trial are as follows:

  • MINI E usage differs only marginally from a control group of MINI Cooper and BMW 116i drivers in terms of average journey distance, daily mileage and frequency of use.
  • Before the trials began, users expected limitations in terms of range and charging times.  In practice these have only proved to be barriers in a very few specific cases.
  • Users felt reassured that both the MINI E itself and the charging process are completely safe.
  • There was a very strong feeling from both private and fleet users that renewable energy should play an important role in future electricity generation.  There was also a strong feeling that the battery of an electric vehicle (EV) should be charged using renewables to optimise the ecological advantages of an EV.
  • The BMW Group is trusted to provide a technically mature solution to the challenges presented by EVs.
  • Users reported a need for more interior space for journeys requiring more passengers and more storage capacity.
  • Users felt strongly that public charging facilities for EVs were desirable and even essential.  However, at the same time, the majority claimed that they coped without public charging facilities.
  • In summary, users liked MINI E’s lack of noise, the convenience of home charging, low off peak power charges, not having to go to a petrol station and queue, driving a zero emissions vehicle, MINI E’s acceleration characteristics and regenerative braking.
  • Drawbacks include current mileage range for certain journeys, limited carrying capacity and sub-optimal car performance during the extremely cold weather conditions in December 2009 and January 2010.

MINI E average trip distance mirrors that of cars in the same segment

The National Travel Survey reveals that the average single trip length for car users in the UK is 8.6 miles, a distance almost exactly matched by MINI E drivers at 8.5 miles.  Using the same survey data, 90 per cent of all trips are 15 miles or under, while another eight per cent  are between 20 and 35 mile.  Only two per cent are above 35 miles.  Using a control group of MINI Cooper and BMW 116i customers these statistics are reinforced, MINI Cooper drivers averaging 7.3 miles and 116i drivers only 6.8 miles.  The conclusion to be drawn from this is that there are no objective limitations on average daily use for MINI E drivers.

The same conclusions can be drawn by analysing average daily distance driven.  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirms that 22.8 miles is the average private daily mileage across the UK.  For MINI Cooper and 116i it is 27.0 and 26.1 respectively while, again, MINI E experience slots right in the middle at 26.7 miles.  The conclusion is that MINI E daily driving use matches cars in a similar segment almost exactly.

Reasons for non use

Naturally not all trips could be taken in the MINI E.  Reasons quoted by users for not using their MINI E were for longer journeys (89 per cent said this had occurred for them) and limited space, either for carrying shopping or because they needed more than two seats.  Lack of space was quoted by 67 per cent of users for not using MINI E on odd occasions.  These are characteristics that the future Megacity vehicle will address.

Charged experiences

The process of charging MINI E from the charging box supplied and fitted at users’ homes was convenient and appreciated by the MINI E pioneers.  On average the cars were charged every two to three days.  Two thirds of users charged their car three times a week or less while only six per cent charged daily.  It is clear that users quickly adapted to charging overnight when electricity costs are cheaper and it also suited the daily routine of the drivers.

When asked whether users saw a need for a public charging infrastructure 87.5 per cent agreed that it is necessary, with only 12.5 per cent seeing no need.  However 75 per cent of all users also said they could use their MINI E without a comprehensive charging infrastructure.

In summary the home charging was seen as safe and easy to operate, users easily adapted to a charging routine and most charged their MINI E overnight.  Actual charging times were seen as efficient with some users becoming so happy with it they found it more convenient than having to queue up at a petrol station.  Participants would like a public charging system but did not need to rely on one.

Renewable energy

All users, both fleet and private, feel that renewable energy generation should play an important role in future electricity generation.  There is a similar agreement from users that it is important to charge the MINI E batteries with renewable energy with 100 per cent of fleet users and 89 per cent of private drivers holding this opinion.  However, only 22 per cent of private and 72 per cent of fleet, drivers thought that EVs should be exclusively powered by renewable energy.

The $64 million question – would they buy one?

Would this early experience of MINI E encourage the pioneers to buy an electric vehicle?  The initial conclusion from the first phase of the trial is a resounding, but qualified, ‘yes’.  The MINI E drivers all appreciated the use of a zero-emissions car that removed emissions from their immediate environment, the reduced reliance on fossil fuels and the lower noise pollution inherent with an EV.  They also appreciated the dynamic acceleration characteristics of MINI E and its regenerative braking performance.

There are, of course, barriers to a possible future purchase.  Both the current driving range and the carrying capacity for passengers and cargo are viewed as limiting factors.  Also, the sub-optimal performance of the car in very cold weather needs improvement.

On balance, though, all were convinced about the viability of electric vehicles in an everyday UK road environment and to a man, and woman, all claimed that taking part in this study had increased their enthusiasm to buy an EV as well as reducing the time frame in which they plan to do so.

There is the small question of price as well.  Like all drivers their purchase intentions are price-sensitive.  However almost half of the users stated that they would pay one third more than a conventional MINI in order to benefit from the advantages of a more sustainable form of personal mobility.  This implies a UK acceptable price of around £16,000.  The strength of purchase intention would be increased with improvements to luggage and passenger space.

“ The early learning from this first stage of the MINI E trials has given us very positive feedback and pointers as to where we will need to improve” explained Jochen Goller, Director of MINI UK.  “One has to remember that MINI E, despite being very thoroughly engineered for its task, is in the end a modified existing production MINI Hatch.  An EV designed from the ground up will be able to address some of the criticism on packaging and driving range.  That is precisely the reason we are holding these trials.”

“We are very confident that the full 12 month trial under real road conditions with real people will help us greatly in producing an exciting and extremely efficient vehicle for the urban environments of the future” Goller continued.  “We are truly grateful to the 80 pioneers who are helping to shape the future of the sustainable electric car.  They are people who care about the future of our planet as much as they do about the mobility of its inhabitants”, he concluded.

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of The Technology Strategy Board said, “We created the Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator competition to act as a catalyst for industry, the public sector and academia to come together to create low emission vehicles and provide solutions to powering them. Many trials have already begun and it is planned that within the next six months around 340 vehicles will be on the UK’s roads. The majority of the vehicles are electric, with a small number being plug-in petrol/electric hybrids. The information gained from this project will make an important contribution to the future plans of manufacturers and their partners, to develop low carbon vehicles for the mass market.”

The future is Megacity

BMW Group’s strategy to meet the needs for a sustainable future has four strands.  Today, there are exceptionally efficient internal combustion engines, both diesel and petrol-powered, which are now being joined by hybrid technology taking an initial step towards the electrification of the driveline.  The next step is a fully electric vehicle which will be available for customers in 2013.  The Megacity Vehicle (MCV) combines all of BMW Group’s expertise in lightweight engineering, electric drive technology and dynamic driving characteristics in one unique, ground-breaking vehicle.

BMW engineers are developing a revolutionary LifeDrive concept that comprises a completely new vehicle architecture adapted to the demands of future sustainable mobility.  The entire powertrain, the electric motor, power electronics and the battery system, are all being developed in house.  LifeDrive consists of two horizontally separated, independent modules. The Drive module integrates the battery, drive system and structural and crash functions into a single construction within the chassis.  Its partner, the Life module, consists primarily of a high-strength and extremely lightweight passenger cell made from Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics (CFRP). Furthermore, the new vehicle architecture opens the door to totally new production processes which are both simpler and more flexible, and use less energy.

Carbon fibre bodywork not only provides immense strength but is also extremely light.  Using this form of construction will reduce car weight by 250 to 350kgs which in turn will offset almost all the extra weight created by the batteries.  The Megacity will be the first volume-produced automobile to employ the significant benefits afforded by carbon technology.

The MINI E field trial is informing the design and development process for Megacity which will provide a practical, efficient and sustainable answer to the demand for zero-emissions urban mobility.

Mini E

Mini E

New additions to the Puma CVX family

Monday, October 25th, 2010

New additions to the Puma CVX family

Three new Puma CVX models for all-round applications

Case IH expands the Puma CVX series in the 131 and 160hp power range / for the first time with EfficientPower technology – lower fuel consumption – higher performance.

Thanks to the huge worldwide success of the Puma CVX, Case IH is now extending this series of tractors with three new models. The Puma 130 CVX has a power rating of 131 hp (171 hp maximum power with Power Management), the Puma 145 CVX has 146 hp (188 hp maximum power with Power Management) and the Puma 160 CVX is rated at 160 hp (203 hp maximum power with Power Management).

The exterior appearance of the new Puma CVX series reflects its compact design. The rear section of the hood is now much narrower. As a result the view of the working area in front of the tractor is further improved. The short wheelbase provides great manoeuvrability and a small turning radius. As a result, the three new Puma CVX models are ideal all-round tractors.The new Puma CVXs are powered by the very latest engine technology. The engine is a 6.7 litre, six-cylinder, common-rail turbo-diesel equipped as standard with Engine Power Management. This system delivers up to 30 hp more power, depending on the situation, increasing performance by up to 22 percent for transport jobs or PTO work, for example.

The Puma CVX models offer the most powerful Power Management system currently available, delivering more additional power than any other tractor in this class.

Clean performance thanks to new EfficientPower technology

The three new Puma CVX models are the first Case IH tractors to be equipped as standard with EfficientPower technology. Experience in the field shows that more than 10 percent can be saved on fuel compared to conventional engine technology. At the same time, engine performance is improved, providing a better response. Part of EfficientPower technology is the post-treatment of exhaust gas based on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR). In addition to meeting strict Tier 4 emission regulations, it also reduces fuel consumption.

SCR is based on an adapted system that has already been used with great success on trucks. Unlike other systems, no changes are required to the cooling system of the tractor. As a result, there are no technical compromises and operational reliability is increased.

The hydraulic performance of the Puma CVX has also been optimised. Lifting power is now up to 8.3 tonnes, allowing even really heavy mounted implements to be handled with ease. In addition, the hydraulic oil flow rate available has been increased to up to 140 litres per minute. Up to eight hydraulic remote valves and a power beyond connection are available.

Best in class in many criteria

The new Puma CVX models feature all the strengths of the Puma CVX series – simple operation, highest productivity, economical operating costs, comfort for the driver and quality in manufacturing and servicing.

“Thanks to the ongoing technical developments of a range of systems, we have been able to increase the productivity of the new Puma CVX models by around ten percent. In key areas these tractors are the best in class and deliver top performance, low fuel consumption and have powerful hydraulics. Of course, the new Puma CVX models have inherited all the other strengths of the series – from the unique control concept to the quietest cab and legendary driving comfort,” reports Franz Josef Silber, Case IH Product Manager for this series.

Straightforward control concept for more comfort

The new models are equipped as standard with the new MultiController armrest. The operator is able to control all key functions with a single hand without moving away from the Multicontroller: transmission settings such as cruise control or forward/reverse shuttle, as well as 3-point linkage and remote valves. Everything else is controlled using the Intuitive Control Panel (ICP) integrated into the armrest for perfect ergonomics. The MultiController armrest is integrated directly into the driver’s seat so that it follows every movement. The position of the MultiController armrest can also be adjusted electrically as an option.

The electro-hydraulic joystick can be used to operate a front loader, mid-mounted remote valves or the rear-mounted remotes. Mechanically controlled remote valves are also available for the first time in this series.

Intuitive control concept at your fingertips

The Integrated Control Panel – the ICP – is integrated into the new

armrest and is designed to ideally complement the operation of the Multicontroller. Easy-to-use touch-sensitive keys are provided for controlling various tractor functions. The keys are arranged logically over an image of the tractor, prompting less experienced drivers to intuitively select the right control.

This panel features an intuitive layout to enable easy operation of the key tractor functions.

Well-equipped for advanced farming

The new Puma CVX models are also ideally equipped for Advanced Farming System techniques. All tractor functions, plus the Accuguide™ steering system with data mapping and ISOBUS-compatible machines, can be easily controlled using one of the optional AFS monitors made by Case IH.

There is a choice between the new AFS Pro 300 integrated into the armrest, or the separate AFS Pro 600, both featuring colour touchscreen controls for easy operation. The integrated AFS 300 monitor is also equipped with an interface for up to three cameras.

Extended range of standard specifications

Case IH has made numerous improvements to details in the standard equipment for the new range of models. The front axle is now category III (4100 kg) with category IV (4900 kg) also available.

All new Puma CVX models are produced at the St. Valentin plant in Austria and are available from autumn 2010 onwards.

EfficientPower technology on full Puma range with 2011

From 2011 onwards the big Pumas are fitted with EfficientPower technology as well.

EfficientPower model

Transmission choice

Max. power with power management

Max. power

Rated power with power management

Rated power

Puma 130






Puma 145






Puma 160






Puma 170






Puma 185






Puma 200






Puma 215






Puma 230






all figures according to ECE R120

For more information, please contact any CASE IH dealer or visit


Monday, October 25th, 2010


The new Case IH Magnum tractors are fitted with the latest EfficientPower technology to provide more power giving more productivity, along with an improved operator environment and outstanding fuel efficiency for higher performance.

EfficientPower technology

To meet 2011 Tier 4A emissions standards, the new Magnums employ Case IH Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology for maximum performance with the lowest possible operating cost. This exhaust gas cleaning system is a technological development in collaboration with Fiat Power Train Technologies (FPT).

The new Magnum 235 to 340 models rely on the proven 8.7-liter engine used in the Axial Flow 7120 combine. These engines provide the responsive power growth that Case IH Magnum customers are accustomed to for tough pulling conditions, enhanced with new engine Power Management capabilities. Power Management provides more than 35 horsepower extra, available for transport, PTO and hydraulic demands.

Increased horsepower in all models

Every  Magnum has increased horsepower to handle today’s implements. The new line-up offers five models – starting with the Magnum 235, with 274 peak engine horsepower and at the top of the range, the Magnum 340 with 389hp peak with Power Management.

Power Management

Rated RPM

Peak  RPM

Rated  hp

Peak hp

Rated  hp

Peak  hp

Magnum 235







Magnum 260







Magnum 290







Magnum 315







Magnum 340







all figures according to ECE R120

Magnum Operator Environment

The Magnum Surveyor™ cab still offers the same industry-leading space, all-round visibility and comfort that have defined the Magnum operator environment for decades.

It now includes the latest generation of Case IH operator control technology with the new MultiController Armrest console. Extensive customer feedback has further improved the control layout, putting key tractor functions at the operator’s fingertips.

A new suspended cab combined with front axle suspension and the Positive Response seat option gives you a smoother ride in the field and on the road than ever before.

New MultiController armrest is standard

The MultiController Armrest is now standard in all Case IH high-horsepower tractors. From the Case IH Maxxum up through the Steiger/Quadtrac® tractors, operators will find the same armrest and same controls, with the same look, feel and operation. This means less time spent to get familiar when jumping from the cab of one tractor to another.

A new AFS Pro 700 colour display is integrated into the MultiController armrest, and moves with the operator’s seat. The AFS Pro 700 allows control with modern simplicity, not only AFS AccuGuide autoguidance functions, but also other tractor functions, such as hydraulic flow. The AFS Pro 700 can be customised to display key tractor operating information most important to the individual for any given application.

Best possible fuel economy

While AFS AccuGuide makes steering simpler, Case IH also takes the effort out of selecting which gear and engine speed will achieve the best possible fuel economy while meeting power requirements. All Magnum tractors are equipped with the Automatic Productivity Management (APM) which automatically selects the most efficient gear ratio and engine speed combination. While APM is activated, the operator needs only to select the desired ground speed for optimised performance.

Fuel-saving Case IH SCR technology

Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology represents the best approach for high-horsepower agricultural equipment in 2011, especially considering the importance of fuel efficiency and reduction of unproductive time. The new Magnum engines are calibrated to do what they are designed to do best, deliver efficient combustion, which in turn contributes to EfficientPower technology.

The new Case IH EfficientPower technology uses SCR separate most of the emissions control away from the main engine function, unlike Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) systems being used by other manufacturers to meet Tier 4A government standards. This technology does not recirculate exhaust gas back into the engine. There is no need for a larger cooling system – or a diesel particulate filter that utilises a heat-producing and fuel-consuming ‘regeneration’ process typically needed to meet Tier 4A with EGR. In an SCR system, engine exhaust passes directly to the catalytic chamber where it is combined with AdBlue, a non-toxic, colourless, odourless mixture of chemical urea and purified water. AdBlue converts Nitrogen Oxide into harmless water vapour and nitrogen released through the exhaust pipe.

Additional new features to deliver more productivity for the range

To increase the versatility of the range new options are available as a factory fit. These include:

  • Front Linkage and PTO
  • Up to six remote valves

New styling and added strength

The new hood design of Case IH Magnum models is derived from a new surround frame that cradles the wider Case IH engine and accommodates an improved cooling system. The sculptured chassis maintains best-in-class steering manoeuvrability and incorporated strength in drive line housings, rear axle and rear linkage are built in to accommodate the increase in power and deliver greater productivity.