KUBOTA TECHNICAL REPORT No.51 JANUARY 2018
- Feature Theme: Kubota, a Leading Company in Next-generation Farming with ICT
We have made “Kubota, a Leading Company in Next-generation Farming with ICT” the feature theme of Kubota Technical Report No.51, aimed at the realization of future agriculture. Along with introducing products applying the automation technology raised above, like tractors and ricetransplanters equipped with automatic steering technology, tractors enabling remote monitoring and cooperative work, and the KSAS Drying System as an example of PDCA-style agriculture, we also introduce the development of the Assist Suit, which enables labor reductions in harvesting and packing work. This report will give you some idea of how Kubota has taken on the challenge of “future agriculture” with the technology we have accumulated over the 127 years since our founding.
Kubota's Efforts in Next-generation Farming
Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer
General Manager of Research and Development Headquarters
Japanese agriculture has reached a great turning point due to factors such as a significant decline in the number of farmers because of aging, and the liberalization of agricultural imports. In such circumstances, it will be necessary to change Japanese agriculture into an attractive, profitable business for the professional farmers supporting it, to allow Japanese agriculture to develop. To this end, Kubota is advancing R&D on smart agriculture ( precision farming based on the use of data;  ultra-labor saving based on automation) using ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and the IoT (Internet of Things) and its diffusion as Next-generation agriculture. To this point, Kubota has launched the KSAS (Kubota Smart Agri System) with regard to  precision farming, and a rice-transplanter with automatic steering and an automatically operated tractor (the SL60A Agri Robo Tractor) with regard to  ultra-labor saving. In this article, we raise the targets that we have worked towards with these products and the state of our R&D.
Moreover, we also raise the future concept of a smart agriculture total solution combining  and , and the issues that we will have to clear towards its realization and diffusion, and show our way of thinking about overseas expansion.
Development of WIN-1 Winch-type Power Assist Suit
Farm Machinery Implements and Products Engineering Dept.
Farm and Industrial Machinery R&D Dept. I
Domestic agriculture, which has many problems such as rapid aging and labor shortages, is under pressure to change. One solution is to promote the further activities of women and the elderly in agriculture. On the other hand, mechanization has progressed in domestic agriculture, but there are still many people carrying heavy loads, especially in vegetable and fruit farming. The work of stacking 20 kg containers filled with crops from ground to shoulder height is a heavy strain on the waist, arms and upper body of workers. To respond to these demands, Kubota has worked on the development of a power assist suit that assists both the waist and the upper body. As a result, Kubota produced the WIN - 1, which adopts a unique assist system with a winch, realizing easy operation and natural control, and started selling it in 2017.
- Power Assist Suit
- Stack Works
- Reduce Labor
- Weight Reduction
- Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics
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- Development of Electric Actuator for Field Water Management System