John Deere honored as Top 100 Global Innovator
John Deere has been named a Thomson Reuters 2012 top 100 Global Innovator.
The program honors corporations and institutions at the heart of innovation as measured by a series of proprietary patent-related metrics. The list is an initiative of the Intellectual Property Solutions business of Thomson Reuters, according to a news release.
The Top 100 methodology rewards companies in four key areas: overall patent volume, patent grant success rate, global reach of the portfolio and patent influence as evidenced by citations.
The research uses a number of key patent and financial indexes to rank innovative practices in companies around the world.
Thomson Reuters said the 2012 Top 100 Global Innovator companies created additional jobs, performed better in revenue and invested more in research and development in the past year when compared to other companies.
The Top 100 list represents a diversity of industries. The full report is available on the internet at top100innovators.com.
According to a Deere & Co. news release, examples of recent product innovation at John Deere include:
7760 Cotton Picker
Since its introduction, the John Deere 7760 Cotton Picker has revolutionized cotton harvesting by bringing customers innovative technology that for the first time allows the harvesting machine to also package the cotton for transport and handling.
This results in breakthrough productivity for the entire harvest system, and extends benefits downstream through simplified logistics management at the gins, reduced losses throughout the system and higher quality cotton for the industry.
The new-to-the-world technology benefits John Deere customers and their customers alike, thanks to John Deere's focus on innovation across the value chain.
944K and 644K Hybrid Electric Wheel Loaders
Introduced to the industry at the 2011 CONEXPO, these two new products bring new technology and levels of performance to the construction industry. The 944K uses a John Deere designed independent wheel motor approach to provide industry leading power and serviceability to the largest wheel loader in John Deere's line.
The 644K uses an innovative combination of transmission and electric machine to create the most efficient and productive wheel loader in its class. Together they point the way to a future where customers don't have to choose between power and efficiency, they can have both.
The 6RE tractor's on-board 20 kW generator can power and control implements. More than just a power supply with a socket, John Deere closely worked with leading implement manufacturers in Europe to deeply understand customer needs and jointly develop innovation solutions and approaches for connectivity and control.