With the continuous and unstoppable evolution of smart homes, it seems it would only be a matter of time for connectivity to reach other spaces and environments. This is especially true for industries that demand accuracy and real-time updates to flourish.
Against this background, Japanese firm Yanmar asks “why not smart fields?” In a huge event in Bangkok, the company introduced its YM351A and YM357A, which will form the backbone of their tractor lineup in the region in the coming years. “With the entry of the YM into the burgeoning Southeast Asia tractor market, Yanmar is poised to deliver 21st century agriculture toward improving lifestyles and delivering value to the region’s farmers,” says Yanmar Agribusiness Corporation president Hiroaki Kitaoka.
Kitaoka and the company qualify “21st century agriculture” as technology that can streamline operations and create new value for farmers.
For example, Yanmar knows that farming in the region cultivates rice in wet paddies and a range of dry field crops such as corn, sugar can and the like. To lower costs and maximize income, field contractors often demand highly-efficient lightweight and reliable 50 to 60 horsepower tractors. Both YM models can work both rice paddies and dry fields, and can haul loads, and feature advanced geolocation functions toward improving work efficiency and profitability.
They achieved this by focusing on great ground clearance, which is the key to powering on in muddy conditions or passing over crops without damaging them. Meanwhile, the models also have a maximum turning angle of 55º. The YM can perform a wide range of work and has a specially mated newly-designed rotary tiller that limits soil traveling into the rotary for reduced power loss.
With a flat deck and deluxe suspension seating, the YM is comfortable and easy to operate. Operators can stop or start PTO operation with one touch of a button. Unsurprisingly, we have Ken Okuyama to thank for this ease of operation. The Yanmar Holdings director and renowned industrial designer—known for such projects as the Enzo Ferrari, the Ferrari P4/5, the Maserati Quattroporte V, and several Shinkansen trains—is responsible for the YM tractor’s design.
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Perhaps its most interesting feature is its connectivity. SMARTASSIST-Remote allows users to access vital operational information about their tractors through an intuitive user interface which can even be accessed from a smartphone. Its geolocation features allow the operator to see exactly where their equipment is and how it is working. The technology can also issue warnings when machinery is operating outside preset parameters or if the equipment moves beyond designated boundaries. This means reduced downtime, greater earnings, and peace of mind for farmers.
The models also come with a powerful and efficient Yanmar direct-injection TNV diesel engine that realizes high power with low fuel consumption and superb durability.
The engine incorporates a Monoplunger fuel injection pump atomizes fuel at high pressure as well as a unique and improved combustion chamber shape. Gear ratios are matched to work speed for best performance with 8 forward and 8 reverse gears. Gear ratios widely overlap all speed ranges to deliver the best torque for the work speed, using less fuel. A full-synchromesh gearbox ensures smooth changes, even while working.
Founded in Osaka in 1912, Yanmar was the first to succeed in making a compact diesel engine of a practical size in 1933. Then, with industrial diesel engines as the cornerstone of its enterprise, Yanmar has continued to expand its product range, services, and expertise to deliver total solutions as an industrial equipment manufacturer. As a provider of small and large engines, agricultural machinery and facilities, construction equipment, energy systems, marine equipment, machine tools, and components, Yanmar’s global business operations span seven domains.
The YM Tractor will go on sale in Southeast Asia from early 2019 and is expected to be progressively deployed globally in coming years.
For more information, visit yanmar.com.