SmartTouch for Valtra’s 4th Gen

Valtra is expanding its fourth generation N and T Series ranges with the introduction of new high output models and the SmartTouch armrest on all Versu and Direct models. Source: AFDJ eNews

All new models comply with the EU’s Mother Regulation, and 60 km/h transmissions are available.

Valtra SmartTouch integrates the ergonomic armrest with a multifunction drive-lever, valve switches, rear-linkage and PTO control, a touch screen terminal and push button control pad, bringing all tractor functions within easy reach of the operator.

With the exception of the driver’s seat and air conditioning, Valtra SmartTouch allows the operator to control everything in the tractor.

Functions can now be accessed with a maximum of two swipes or taps, and the design makes it impossible to get lost in the menu, bringing benefits to farmers who want to take advantage of precision farming technology and take farming to a completely new level.

SmartTouch has been designed and engineered in Finland, and it was awarded the Red Dot design award in April 2017.

The SmartTouch user interface is equal to the S4 Series, which was introduced at SIMA Show in February 2017.

Driving a powershift tractor has never been closer to CVT driving than it is now. The speed can be increased by pushing the lever and decreased by pulling while at the same time controlling the strength of acceleration or deceleration.

There is no need to change between lever and pedal mode, as they work in prefect sync all the time. Drive lever driving is not possible with any other powershift tractor except for the Valtra Versu Series.

The drive lever with programmable function buttons allows the driver to operate the machine without lifting his/her hand.

The lever has been positioned vertically on the armrest to allow for a natural hand position when commanding the drive speed by pushing or pulling the lever. The design allows the operator to rest his/her thumb while not operating the rocker switches, and the soft rubber material prevents the hand from slipping away from the lever while driving in rugged terrain.

The vehicle is controlled by moving the lever both sideways and forward and back, like a computer mouse.

The nine-inch touch screen terminal has been designed to allow easy customisation of the tractor controls and access advanced features, such as various counters, the U-Pilot headland management, Auto-Guide and other precision farming options.

The terminal is easier and more intuitive to use than a modern smart phone: an interactive picture of the tractor helps locate and access all functions easily in less than three taps or swipes of the screen.

Valtra SmartTouch allows the operator or fleet owner to set up an unlimited amount of user or implement profiles, if needed. The displays for the optional Auto-Guide automated steering, ISOBUS implement control and safety camera are fully integrated, eliminating the need for additional monitors and thus improving visibility from the cab.

Anyone, whether they have used a touch screen before or not, can operate this terminal with little to no training.

The “One Step Less” approach ensures that the operator does not “get lost” in the menu, which significantly eliminates complexity and frustration. The navigation steps are minimised, and navigation is intuitive based on pictures and the actual location of the function on the tractor.