The agricultural equipment market is cyclical, as it depends on farm income, changing interest rates and overall farm profitability.
Farmers have to strike a balance between various useful capital-intensive investments. They will challenge equipment manufacturers on robustness as well as upfront cost of agricultural machinery.
Given climate and harvest period uncertainty, downtime has a price that farmers cannot afford to pay. The level of upfront investment for agricultural machinery with the latest technologies also has a strong impact on purchasing decisions. It is only natural in this context that SDF constantly revisits its design and production costs and timeline.
Further, stricter environmental regulations on carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), as well as customer interest in limiting fuel consumption, confirm that manufacturers need to constantly and quickly adapt their equipment offer. The latest European (Stage IV) and United States (Tier 4) regulations require an 80 percent cut in nitrogen oxides compared with previous levels, already down 50 percent compared to Stage IIIA/Tier 3.
SDF is adjusting its FARMotion signature engine technology accordingly.
“In order to give final customers new state-of-the-art tractors, concepts like time-to-market and value-for-money are becoming more and more important for our company”
Lubrication systems are an essential component of an engine. The systems play a fundamental role in ensuring high efficiency in fuel consumption and engine emissions as well as lowering the maintenance needs of the vehicle. Therefore, SDF continuously evaluates its traditional lubrication systems to improve the general performance of its FARMotion engine.
To complement testing and reduce development times, the SDF Engine Validation Department switched to model-based systems engineering (MBSE). MBSE enables them to considerably reduce iterations between the design and testing phases. The department started with different simulation software, but quickly decided to change to Simcenter Amesim.
“ By using Simcenter Amesim, the development phase can be reduced significantly, up to 30 percent in some cases.”
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Drastically cut time-to-market
Improve product price
Enhance lubrication system
cycle by up to 30 percent
Switched the testing stage
approach from trial-and-error
to validation only
Improved system performance
by optimizing parts definition