New tractor for Agricultural and Biological Engineering

New Holland is providing Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences with a new, state-of-the art, row-crop tractor to be used as a training aid by faculty and students in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

The 110-horsepower New Holland T6060 Elite tractor, equipped with the industry's most advanced performance features, replaces the department's 20-year-old tractor. It will be used primarily for instruction by the University's agricultural systems management and biological engineering classes.

"It will provide students hands-on training with a tractor fully equipped with the latest power, electronic-control and precision agriculture capabilities," said Roy Young, professor and head of agricultural and biological engineering. "They will be able to monitor its performance and to analyze and diagnose its operations under various conditions."

By using a high-tech tractor, students will receive the type of hands-on experience needed by today's agricultural and biological engineers and technical professionals to design increasingly sophisticated, more productive tractors, noted Young.

"To aid in the training, New Holland also is providing its computer-based electronic service tool for diagnostics and calibration, as well as technical publications and service support software so instructors can effectively demonstrate the sophisticated electronics, electronic fuel management, hydraulics, precision guidance system and other components to their classes," he said.

"The New Holland brand and New Holland dealers have a long history of employing Penn State graduates to staff engineering, testing and other positions,” said James Hilton, associate professor of agricultural and biological engineering. “We are delighted to be able to use this high-tech tractor in our classes and look forward to continuing this university-industry partnership in education and research programs."
 

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Last Updated March 19, 2009