AGCO recently unveiled Ideal, its new series of top range axial combines, in Breganze, Italy. The new generation of combines is the result of a global “Voice of Customer” study. The findings showed that there is a need for an entirely new platform, prompting AGCO’s R&D team to start from a “blank sheet of paper,” according to the company.

“The Ideal combine is the result of many years of R&D, countless engineering hours, committed teamwork, and leading industry expertise,” said Martin Richenhagen, AGCO chairman, president and CEO.

Ideal is the first high capacity combine of its kind with such a narrow body and is designed for convenient road transportation, the company said. It will be available in three of AGCO’s core brands: Challenger, Fendt and Massey Ferguson and will debut at Agritechnica in November 2017.

The new combine will be launched into different markets in 2018. Ideal will be offered in 3 different models, 7, 8 and 9, will be available with tires or tracks.

Close to 50 combine prototypes were built and tested in the lab, on the field and around the globe in varying environments to develop a unique combine that is able to be used for all crops and operate in all conditions, in all parts of the world.

The Ideal combine also features the latest patented innovations from AGCO’s Fuse Connected Services division, is fully connected, offers an automated combine adjustment system and real time crop flow visualization, the company said.