Lindner presents the continuously variable Lintrac 110
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The centrepiece is the TMT11 gearbox - In addition, the Lintrac is compatible with the TracLink Pilot and thus ready for the age of autonomous driving - Production will begin in the summer of 2018 - Lindner is set to conquer new markets
The family-owned company Lindner from Tyrol expands its Lintrac series. After the Lintrac 90 now comes the Lintrac 110. “We are delivering a compact, manoeuvrable and continuously variable tractor suitable for mountain farming and grassland cultivation, viticulture, forestry and urban applications,” says managing director Hermann Lindner. The maximum permissible total weight is 8 tonnes, with a payload of around 3.5 tonnes. “This means that the compact Lintrac 100 is perfect for cross-company operations. Professional users can work with larger implements like baling presses.”
The LDrive will make the Lintrac 110 particularly easy to operate. Lindner will start pilot production in June 2018. Series production of the agricultural and urban service versions will start in the summer of 2018.
Technology in the Lintrac 110
The centrepiece of the new tractor is the continuously variable TMT11 gearbox from ZF. “It has a larger rear axle, compared to the TMT09 of the Lintrac 90,” explains Managing Director of Technology Stefan Lindner.
The TMT11 is designed for an output range up to 110 HP and has all the well known features of a ZF, including power shift reverse (Power Shuttle), stationary control (Powered Zero) and continuous acceleration from standstill to maximum speed without interruption of power flow. The driving speed between 0 to 40 km/h for forward driving and 0 to 20 km/h for reversing is realised in the TMT11 via mode switching (mode I: working mode; mode II: transport mode) and drive range switching. “Mode switching as well as drive range switching have been fully automated, which means that continuous driving without interruptions to the power flow has been realised with a minimum amount of components and maximum comfort and functionality,” says Stefan Prebeck, Development Manager for Agricultural Machines at ZF.
The 4-cylinder engine from Perkins (113 HP, 450 Nm torque) with particulate filter represents efficiency and power. It is powered by diesel fuel only. The variable-displacement pump of the working hydraulics provides 88 litres. “It is especially important to us that the drivers of the new machine can work with maximum comfort. Which is why we have designed the cab to offer more space and even better visibility,” says Stefan Lindner. Lindner has reinforced the 4-wheel steering, which will also give the Lintrac 110 above-average manoeuvrability. The further improved lighting system offers optimal visibility during long night-time operations.
Reinforcing core markets, targeting new countries
With the new Lintrac, Lindner intends to strengthen core markets and explore new export areas. “The continuously variable technology will offer great benefits for professional users in our core markets in Austria, Germany and France. And we are also prepared for new markets. The export focus lies on areas such as Scandinavia, Great Britain and Ireland,” says Export Manager David Lindner. The export rate of the family-owned company from Tyrol currently amounts to over 50%. In the Austrian ranking list for standard tractor vehicles, Lindner scored second place for the first 8 months of 2017.
Autonomous driving in grassland areas
Experts agree that autonomous driving is becoming increasingly important in agriculture. “Which is why we are developing the TracLink Pilot together with ZF Friedrichshafen. This means we are offering highly automated driving functions for grassland areas,” says Hermann Lindner. Currently, an intensive test phase is under way. “The Lintrac 110 is designed in a way that allows for it to be retrofitted for autonomous driving as soon as it will be permitted.”
“Our prototype shows how agriculture can also profit from mega trends like networking and artificial intelligence,” says Mark Mohr, Automated Operations Project Centre Manager at ZF, about the test vehicle based on the Lintrac 90 which ZF has equipped with a range of intelligent systems. By equipping the vehicle with various cameras, LIDAR and radar sensors and processing their signals with the deep-learning capable control platform ZF Po AI, the tractor is capable of achieving a 360 degree surround view with person recognition.An additional GPS system in connection with the steering, hydraulic and continuous gearbox system makes it possible for agricultural processes to run automatically. They can also be activated via an app. “When the vehicle is stationary, it is safely secured by engaging the electromagnetic parking brake,” explains Mohr.
Example process of optimisation: A sensor-based assistance system captures cut edges, field borders and swaths and automatically keeps the tractor on track, making the work process more efficient and easing the strain on the driver. Safety is ensured by the above mentioned surround view, which is not only monitored by the tractor but can also be accessed by the farmer via a practical tablet in the cockpit. With the “copy and paste” function, the tractor learns the driven route. After the first tour, the tractor is thus able to work the given area automatically (without a driver) while constantly ensuring the safety of its surroundings thanks to person and object recognition.
Another example for a practical application is the “follow me” function which allows the tractor to autonomously follow a preceding tractor vehicle. If each vehicle is equipped with different implements, this means that for example two work steps can be combined in one route.
Lindner is number two in the Austrian tractor market – export ratio of 50 percent – the company is very satisfied with business development in Switzerland – French market being managed more intensively – headcount in Kundl remains stable
The Austrian family company Lindner sold 384 tractors in Austria in the first six months of 2016 – a year-on-year increase of seven percent. With a market share of 15.5 percent, Lindner is in second place in the Austrian standard tractors ranking. CEO Hermann Lindner: “The overall market remains in decline, shrinking by more than six percent in the first six months of the year. The structural change being experienced in the agricultural sector is not yet over. Product prices are substantially impacting people’s willingness to invest.” Lindner has largely been able to compensate for this with a clear strategy of targeting niches and innovations such as the stepless Lintrac model. “Moreover, our customers, such as milk and organic farmers, are putting increasing emphasis on mainstays and specialisation,” states Lindner. In 2015, over 1,300 tractors and transporters left the plant in Kundl.
Lindner also highlighted the fact that the company’s headcount, at 221 employees, has remained stable even in a challenging economic environment. “We need good personnel to be able to bring technically high-quality products to the market.” The training of apprentices has always been of particular importance at Lindner: There are currently 13 male and two female apprentices working at the company.
The family-run company’s export ratio is 50 percent. Head of Exports, David Lindner: “We increasingly focused on high-potential foreign markets in the past financial year – most notably Switzerland.” In 2015, Lindner doubled its sales of tractors and transporters to the Swiss market to 160, and intends to emulate this success in 2016. “Lintrac has been particularly well received in Switzerland,” explains Lindner. “Nearly one-third of the stepless, four-wheel drive tractors manufactured are sold here.”
After an extended lull, the French tractor market has started to recover again – registrations increased by 13 percent in the first six months of 2016. “More than half of the tractors registered relate to the PS category that we are interested in, namely between 50 and 150 PS. This will amount to around 15,000 machines by the end of the year,” said Lindner. With this in the mind, the French market will receive even more attention – with an additional sales representative, with more language expertise at the Kundl plant, and an enlargement of the sales office in France by the end of 2017. David Lindner: “In the medium term, we would like to achieve a market share of two percent in France for the PS range relevant for us.”
Smart and stepless Unitrac in the pipeline
The next production innovation is already on its way: Lindner will present the new Unitrac 112LDrive in autumn 2016, with series production due to begin in spring 2017. With this new Unitrac model, Lindner has used its proven Lintrac stepless technology for its successful transporter series for the first time. In addition, Lindner presents its revolutionary TracLink system, which provides support when operating all cultivation machinery and guarantees a high degree of efficiency. Hermann Lindner: “The stepless Unitrac model is the smartest, most manoeuvrable and strongest Lindner transporter in our 70-year history. The vehicle will be particularly appreciated by professional municipal users and cableway operators.”
The Lindner vehicles: Geotrac, Lintrac and Unitrac
At its plant in Kundl, Lindner manufactures Geotrac tractors, the stepless Lintrac model and Unitrac transporters. The vehicles can be used for mountain and grassland farming, on cultivated land, as well as for cableway and municipal uses.
The Geotrac series 4 currently comprises eight models, ranging from the Geotrac 64, which is ideal for use on steep terrain, to the high-performance Geotrac 134ep, which is the most powerful tractor in the history of the Austrian agricultural machinery specialist, with 144 PS. The tractors’ technical highlights include the panorama comfort cabin, cabin suspension, dynamic ride control, front hydraulics and a high-performance hydraulics system with a separate oil supply. All tractors are equipped with Perkins engines.
The Lintrac model is the first stepless standard tractor with 4-wheel drive. Other technical highlights include the high-performance hydraulics by Bosch and the particularly easy LDrive handling. For operations in mountainous and grassland areas, the Lintrac combines the features of tractors, gradient mowers and farm loaders in one vehicle, significantly reducing the investment required by farmers. When mowing using the three-metre mower, the Lintrac was impressive, with a consumption of just 6.4 litres per hectare in a test run – this represents up to 50 percent less than comparable two-axle mowers. Other application areas include winegrowing, forestry and the municipal sector.
Lindner has been manufacturing Unitrac transporters in Kundl for the municipal sector, cableways and farmers for more than 20 years. There are currently in excess of 3,000 Unitracs, with 10,000 add-ons, in use across Europe. There are over 80 Unitracs in the City of Vienna’s vehicle pool alone. They are used to clear away snow in the winter, and to transport materials and sweep roads in the summer.
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Share of exports in the 2013/2014 financial year stands at 41 percent – New Lintrac, sold-out until April 2015, scheduled to yield additional growth – New innovation centre acts as multi-functional sales and customer service centre
Lindner, the Tyrolean specialist for agricultural machinery, increased revenues marginally in its 2013/2014 financial year to EUR 77 million. The financial year finished on 31 March. By way of comparison: The Kundl-based family-owned and managed company achieved revenues of EUR 76.5 million in 2012/2013. General Manager Hermann Lindner: "We are aiming for revenues of EUR 80 million in the current financial year. Growth is expected to come particularly from the new Lintrac." The first infinitely variable tractor with a steering rear axle will enter production in November 2014. "The level of interest is high; the Lintrac is sold out until April 2015," says Lindner.
Foreign markets are an important pillar of Lindner's strategy. The share of exports in 2013/2014 stood at 41 percent, two thirds of which were generated by the German and Swiss markets, followed by France, Italy and Slovenia. Hermann Lindner: "In the mid-term we aim to increase the share of exports to 50 percent."
New Lindner innovation centre opened in March 2014
In recent years Lindner has increased its focus on research, development and innovation. The R&D ratio has increased from two to more than three percent. In addition, an average of 2.5 percent of revenues are invested internally every year.
In spring, for example, Lindner opened a new innovation centre in Kundl following investments of more than four million euro. "The innovation centre is a multi-functional sales and customer care centre which has been built paying particular attention to sustainable construction methods," says Lindner. The building materials have been sourced from the region and the building comes close to passive-house standards as a result of its triple glazing and energy-saving components. A photovoltaic-based façade produces environmentally-friendly power.
The usable floor space of the innovation centre, which also includes modern training facilities, amounts to more than 2,000 square metres. A further attraction of the new building is the Lindner Museum with its innovation gallery: showcasing the highlights of more than 65 years of Lindner history. The range of exhibits extends from old-timer tractors to exciting interactive elements.
1,500 tractors and transporters
Every year, Lindner manufactures around 1,500 Geotrac tractors and Unitrac transporters in Kundl. These vehicles are used in both Alpine and low-land agriculture as well as on plantations, vineyards and by municipalities. Lindner employs 221 personnel – a third of whom also work part-time in the agricultural sector. In 2014, Lindner received the Trigos Österreich award for its holistic social and environmental commitment.
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Innovation is very important to the Tyrolean family company. Last year, the new Lindner Technology Center was opened in Kundl and five percent of turnover was invested in modernisation and development during this current business year 2009/10. "We focus especially on the continous development of our vehicles to further strengthen our position as innovation leader in agricultural machines," says CEO Hermann Lindner.
The companys innovation leadership shows in positive market data: "By achieving a market share of 15 percent in the first half year of 2009 we reached third place of standard tractors," says Lindner. Demand for the Geotrac-Series 3 and 4 is very high. "Geotrac 73 is still the best sold tractor modell in Austria, the complete series is at the front of the range."
Strength made in Tyrol
The Series 4 is a strong multiple-use machine that is used in agriculture, on farms, in communal service and in forestry. Hermann Lindner: "With the Geotrac 124, the strongest modell in our history, we entered the tractor segment with over 100 PS last year."
Performance, economy and innovative technology are the key elements of the Series 4 whose flagship is the Geotrac 124. The 4-cylinder Perkins motor in the 124s has 126 HP and 550 Nm torque. Geotrac 114 has 116 HP while the 104 has 106 HP and an ideal weight-performance ratio. "Our Common-Rail technology makes the vehicles work performance-oriented while consuming less fuel," says Lindner.
During professional mowing, transportation or work with a cable winch: the series 4 by Lindner are all easily handled. The Series 4 is equipped with an IBC-monitor allowing the steering of the vehicle electronics system over a monitor. Lindner: "The 124 is the first tractor worldwide with LED-technology. The tractor therefore can be used 24 hours a day, even during arduous night work." The axle-driven front hydraulic system ensures optimal steering.
Lindner was the first tractor producer to equip driver cabins with ROPS and FOPS. ROPS means Roll Over Protective Structure and FOPS stands for Falling Object Protective Structure.
Innovation is a first for the transporter generation Unitrac. Lindner presented the first Design-Transporter on the market with the Series 2. The range was expanded with the Unitrac 82. This is a multi-use uncomplicated transporter for agricultural use that can be re-equipped according to use.
Presently, more than 1.700 Unitrac vehicles are used year-round in communities, professional farms, construction and transportation companies - for instance, in Vienna, Innsbruck and leading cableway companies in the Alps.
The Tyrolean tractor producer Lindner is owned 100 percent by the family. In the business year 2008/2009, 1.350 Geotracs and 200 Unitrac-Transporters were produced in the Tyrolean plant in Kundl. During this current year, Lindner plans on building 1.550 vehicles. The company employs 210 persons, turnover was at 65 million Euro in 2008/09.