Elevāt, a global IoT connected machines SaaS innovator, announced that Versatile, a division of Buhler Industries Inc., deployed the Elevāt Machine Connect platform across its entire tractor line for Model Year 2022. Since starting tractor production in 1966, Versatile has remained a leader for articulating four-wheel drive tractors.
“We manufacture all our tractors in our factory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As the only Canadian agricultural tractor manufacturer, we pride ourselves on our leadership in manufacturing, assembly, and research and development,” said Erron Leafloor, Versatile.
“When we decided to integrate IoT telematics software, sensors, and gateways into our tractors, we wanted to ensure the solution we implemented provided a seamless experience for our entire dealer network and our customers. We chose to work with Elevāt because of their willingness and ability to tailor their solution and the portal to our unique requirements. We have just begun to deploy the CBX system by Elevāt in our tractors; our dealers and end users are already excited about the benefits,” continued Leafloor.
“The team at Versatile came to Elevāt looking for a solution that would support remote diagnostics, predictive maintenance and deliver capabilities like over-the-air (OTA) updates, geofencing and geotracking, and proactive telematics reports. Also, advanced features like virtual technician support and command and control supported Versatile’s dedication to advanced innovation. They also wanted a fully white-labeled portal experience that aligned with the Versatile brand and delivered a customer experience that supported Versatile’s long-held commitment to customer service,” said Adam Livesay, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Elevāt.
Versatile is offering two new tractors for 2022, the 2022 4WD and 2022 Delta Track, both of which feature advanced hydraulic systems.
The company’s four-wheel drives and Delta Track are equipped with a standard 53 gpm (201 lpm) pump or an optional 106 gpm (401 lpm) high-flow pump hydraulic system. The closed-center, load-sensing hydraulic system provides ample capacity for implements that demand high hydraulic flow by providing pressure and flow on demand. When no hydraulic power is required, the system goes into low-pressure standby to conserve energy, providing more power at the drawbar.
An optional 106 gpm (401 lpm) high flow pump is available on the Delta Track.
Finger-tip controls manage the hydraulic functions and hydraulic flow can be increased and decreased using the monitor. Hydraulic settings can be displayed on the monitor for quick reference.
“Hydraulics are a critical power transmission system in our tractors, utilizing a significant percentage of our engine horsepower in some field applications. With the aid of telematics, we are able to better understand the power needs of our hydraulic system so that we can improve its performance, and the overall efficiency of the tractor, in the future,” Leafloor said. “We use electronically controlled valves and various hydraulic system monitoring sensors throughout our tractors. Current capabilities, along with future functionality, of our telematics system will allow it to track usage trends and fault codes from the entire hydraulic system to better support our customers with maintenance and service needs.”
Elevāt Machine Connect provides a scalable mobile machine IoT solution.
“One of the biggest challenges for agricultural machines is they are often geographically dispersed and this makes routine checks costly and time consuming. Hydraulic systems are a critical system for the operation of tractors,” said Livesay. “Remotely monitoring these systems helps eliminate manual processes and saves time and money.
“Elevāt cloud-based IoT monitoring means sensors can be installed to monitor hydraulic systems from anywhere in the world. Once a data connection is established, minimum and maximum values can be set and condition alerts can be automatically sent. In addition, for manufacturers, the ability to customize the Elevāt Machine Connect portal means they can provide a full customer experience that allows end users to track the data that is most important to their operation.”