Watch the 2021 SIMA Innovation awards digital ceremony
Category: SOILS AND CROPS
SMART GUIDED SYSTEMS (USA)
Smart-Apply® Intelligent Spray Control System™
Spraying system based on the LiDAR which identifies canopy and foliage density with precision; then controls each nozzle individually.
The Judges' remark: "While plot-based modulation of phytosanitary treatments in arboriculture was already possible in relation to biomass, this LIDAR detection system coupled with a nozzle-by nozzl cut-off mechanism is a notable breakthrough. Without degrading the quality of spraying, Smart Apply opens the way to instantaneous and ultra-localised modulation, significantly reducing the volumes of pesticides and the environmental impact of applications."
The new spreading technology.
The Judges' remark: "The precision of the spreading of solid fertiliser using centrifugal force has made huge progress in the past 10 years, in particular through synergies between manufacturers and research institutes in increasingly-controlled environments. The solution offered by Sulky, maintains this precision The solution offered by Sulky, maintains this precision but at much higher working speeds, therefore considerably reducing the use and environmental impact of artificial fertilisers."
Sowing and weeding robot.
The Judges' remark: "In this booming area of agricultural robotics, your versatile system for drilling and mechanical weeding through the accurate location of the sown seed is an original feature that the judges appreciated. In any case, it saves the robot from the difficult subsequent surveying of the crop while offering a working area consistent with high added value crops."
Category: FORM HARVEST TO STORAGE
The new-generation optical sorter for unwashed potatoes.
The Judges' remark: "This is an optical potato sorter used during the placement into storage of unwashed potatoes. The solution’s major standout point is that it harnesses artificial intelligence in image analysis. It thus opens up the opportunities of sorting waste, but also sorting the harvest according to quality level, with substantially better working conditions for the operation in a crop sector where the quality of crop production is a significant factor in its valuation."
NEW HOLLAND AGRICULTURE (ITALIE)
Analysis tool for nutrients during harvest.
The Judges' remark: "The NutriSense™ innovation is based on near-infrared nondestructive technology, operating on whole grains and in real-time, as practised on other crops. Here, it has been transposed onto a combine harvester which offers promising analytical prospects through the acquisition of new and geo-referenced protein, starch and oil data. This enriched data will allow a better understanding of agronomic mechanisms and make it possible to optimise practices, particularly nitrogen fertilisation."
An original device dedicated to ventilation.
The Judges' remark : "In addition to the thermometry-controlled automation offered by this innovation, the energy efficiency and most of all the reduction in insecticide needs during storage appealed to the judges. The last of these factors, raising toxicological and eco-toxicological challenges is taken into full consideration here in an innovation whose cost of acquisition allows for a reduction in energy costs."
Category: LIVESTOCK FARMING AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
Autonomous Self-Propelled Mixer
The Judges' remark: "Aura is an autonomous self-propelled mixer which, like conventional machines, incorporates a silage loading module. This robot does not need any preparation. It offers daily multi-distribution of rations. The performances achieved in terms of precision, localisation and safety mean that the robot reduces the farmer’s time spent on feed to a minimum."
Panneaux Cogen'Air® Thermovoltaïques
Thermovoltaic fodder drying solutions.
The Judges' remark: "Cogen’Air is a hybrid solar panel which simultaneously produces electricity and heat thanks to a technical material innovation. The heat is used to dry fodder, and the electricity is sold back to the electricity supplier, or self-consumed. A smart regulation system coordinates the whole system, to guarantee rapid and efficient drying, the automatic operation of the dryer and controlled ventilator consumption."
2-in-1 tipper for the transport of liquid and solid materials.
The Judges' remark : "DEGUILLAUME offers a two-in-one trailer for the transportation of liquid materials and solid materials. The Fusion trailer helps to avoid empty transport runs. The driver feeds the digester with organic matter and leaves with a load of digestate."
Category : PARTS, SERVICES AND ONBOARD ELECTRONICS
The innovative universal controller that makes electric winegrowing machines and attachments intelligent.
The Judges'remark: "The VitiDrive controller by Vitibot transforms a simple conventional electric motor into an intelligent motor, capable of managing itself autonomously or through the supervision of a control centre with information fed back in real time such as temperature, energy consumption, speed, torque, etc. This innovation increases the operating autonomy of the robot, offering the possibility for the robot to extricate itself from blocked situations and the possibility for many acknowledged winegrowing equipment suppliers to offer electrically driven attachments adaptable both on robots and on conventional electric or diesel tractors. And these attachments could therefore benefit from advanced supervision and automation."
Cenius-TX Zone Finder
Tool which enables real-time soil mapping during tillage.
The Judges' remark : "Cenius-TX Zone Finder permet d'établir des cartographies de sol en temps réel lors du travail du sol grâce à la mise en relation des données du tracteur (consommation, patinage, charge moteur) et de celles du déchaumeur Cenius-TX (profondeur de travail, inclinaison, pente). Ce système n'utilise aucun organe de mesure supplémentaire, il ne fait qu'exploiter et mettre en interaction des données mesurées par des capteurs présents de série sur la majorité des tracteurs et se fait en temps masqué puisque ces mesures ont lieu lors d'une étape de travail du sol."
NEW HOLLAND AGRICULTURE (ITALIE)
Pressure sensor in the cleaning system
Cleaning system pressure sensors.
The Judges' remark : "The solution developed by New Holland incorporates pressure sensors into the cleaning box, which helps to accurately measure the difference in air pressure above and below the upper grid. This very accurate measurement of the harvesting mat on the grid is supplied in real-time to the driver, who can therefore take action on the losses ahead of the sensor located behind the box."
ZÜRN HARVESTING (ALLEMAGNE) & BOUILLE CONCEPT (FRANCE)
ZÜRN TOP CUT COLLECT
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KRONE FRANCE (FRANCE)
KRONE EASYNET loading trolley for VariPack round balers.
The Judges' remark: "Inspired by a prototype developed by farmers and used in organic farming, this weed harvester is supplemented by the collection of weed flowers and seeds above the level of the crop. This helps to avoid future contamination and thereby improve weed control. In addition, the harvested biomass can be fed into a digester, and therefore, for all these reasons it clearly deserves the special award for the agro-ecological transition."
MSA Auvergne / ASFAUVERGNE / Jean-Noël ALLARY
I like using telescopic lifting and handling machines safely
The Judge's remark: "Thanks to this easy net loading mechanism, which is mounted as standard on most of the balers in this range, KRONE EASYNET combines improvement in safety with easy working conditions, which is enough to justify the special award for occupational health & safety!"