Case IH launches 7th generation of Magnum AFS Connect tractor
Three core components work together to create the AFS Connect specification of the new Magnum range: the AFS Pro 1200 operator display terminal, the AFS Vision Pro operating system and AFS Vector Pro satellite receiver.
Case IH has launched the 7th generation of its flagship conventional tractor, the Magnum AFS Connect. Some of the most significant upgrades are inside the cab and the tractor itself, resulting in the new Magnum AFS Connect designation and a machine that helps the operator and owner to manage farming operations with new levels of precision.
The range for the European market comprises the following models – Magnum 280, Magnum 310, Magnum 340, Magnum 380 and Magnum 400 – with respective maximum power outputs of 351, 382, 409, and 435hp.
The Magnum 400 is available with 21/5 PowerDrive transmission only, offering 40 and 50kph at reduced engine speed. All models feature 8.7-litre FPT Industrial Cursor 9 six-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled engines which use the latest FPT Hi-eSCR2 technology to meet EU Stage V emissions legislation, with 13 patented developments, including a new catalyst, resulting in cleaner combustion. Models 340, 380 and 400 can also be specified in rear-tracked Rowtrac configuration. As before, the tractors have a rear lift capacity of up to 11,700kg while lift capacity of the front hitch, where fitted, is 4,090kg. Six remote valves are available at the rear and three at the front. Specifying a front linkage does not now limit the number of rear spool valves. Hydraulic pump capacity options are 160, 221 or 282 litres/minute.The range has been extended with the introduction of the Magnum 400 for even heavier and more demanding applications.
At the heart of the new Magnum models lies the recognition of the importance of data to today’s farmers. That encompasses not just operating data such as the location of their machines, how they are performing and what they may require in terms of supplies such as fuel, but also data such as field records – area worked and rates of application, for example. All of this data can now be recorded and transferred securely in real time on the move with the AFS Connect telematics technology inside the new Magnum models. As a result, the new tractors allow owners and operators to adjust, manage, monitor and transfer data the way they want.
AFS Connect is based on Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) precision technology, but takes this a step further with new hardware and software, including a new display, operating system, receiver and completely redesigned hardware environment, allowing for remote display viewing, remote support capabilities and more. The new technology is contained within a redesigned cab interior equipped with new controls and displays.
New Magnum AFS Connect technology developments provide a two-way link between the new AFS Pro 1200 display in the cab and the Case IH AFS Connect portal available through the mycaseih.com website. This provides the gateway to management of data generated by the Magnum series tractor and the activities for which it is used. It allows farm managers to manage with precision their farm, fleet and data from their office or mobile device, monitoring current field operations, fleet information, agronomic data and more, with these activities recorded in real time. Secure wireless data transfer means no requirement for manual movement of data using USB memory sticks, eliminating the associated risk of loss or damage. Farm owners and managers can also then have the freedom to share selected agronomic data with third-party partners of their choosing – such as their agronomist – and tractor operating data with their dealer, to help identify service or operating issues and get the best from their machine.
AFS Connect technology also makes it possible for remote display viewing of the tractor’s AFS operating screen by farm owners, managers and – with permission – the dealers supporting their equipment, providing exactly the same screen view the operator is seeing on the AFS Pro 1200 display in the cab. This can help identify problems and allow deeper insight to be gained into how they are caused and how they might be addressed. If users agree, dealers can also use remote service support to remotely identify maintenance and service needs and, if required, to identify the types and numbers of any parts needed before visiting the machine.
Three core components work together to create the AFS Connect specification of the new Magnum range: the AFS Pro 1200 operator display terminal, the AFS Vision Pro operating system and AFS Vector Pro satellite receiver. These elements allow users to configure tractor management and precision farming functionality in the way they prefer.
The new AFS Pro 1200 display uses AFS Vision Pro operating system allowing the operating system to be configured to the operator’s preferences. In addition to touchscreen operation, pre-programmed hot keys allow certain functions to be accessed more easily on the move in the field.
The three AFS Connect elements work together to enable seamless communication between tractor owner, operator and, with the owner’s permission, third parties such as their dealer and, for example, the farm agronomist. With remote display viewing, dealers can help address operational questions in real time, while two-way wireless data transfer means, for instance, that a variable-rate prescription map could be sent wirelessly to the tractor for seed or fertiliser application.