CROPS EU-project

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P09 Case New Holland Belgium NV – CNH (BE)

CNH or Case New Holland is a world leader in the agricultural and construction equipment businesses. Created in 1999 through the merger of New Holland N.V. and the Case Corporation, CNH is a global company, supported by 39 manufacturing facilities, of which 23 are in Europe, comprising 25,000 employees and about 11,500 dealers in 160 countries but with a major footprint (>50%) in Europe. CNH unites the knowledge and heritage of its four Case and New Holland brand families, all backed by the strength and resources of its worldwide commercial, industrial, and product support and finance organizations while offering customers the choice and specialization they expect from each brand. Through this enterprise and innovation, vision and commitment, CNH's brands provide customers with a full range of equipment to meet needs for all regions, from its industry-leading tractors to specialty grape harvesters and massive combine harvesters in agriculture, from agile skid steer loaders to powerful hydraulic excavators in construction.One in three combine harvesters and backhoe loaders and one in four tractors sold come from CNH. The CNH innovation group has participated in national and international projects and has brought them to the market as well diseminated the results at conferences and field demonstrations. CNH closely cooperates with schools and universities throughout Europe via its trainee program to get future engineers involved in the daily challenge to produce innovative research for future machinery to support the current and future businesses of customers.

Major activities in CROPS

CNH will be one of the system definers, and system integrator/demonstrator, focusing mainly on the application workpackage in orchards (WP6). It will investigate, develop, and demonstrate concepts of selective grape and apple detection and harvesting. CNH has currently (RTK) GPS and laser steering solutions as well as a grain sample inspection system on the market. Based on this expertise, CNH plans to collaborate with the other partners toward realizing real solutions for selective harvesting. The experience of CNH with ISO and virtual terminals will contribute to the project, in which different systems will be integrated and work together.