The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has named LAFORGE’s PowerFold® automatic folding system for front hitches the winner of a 2016 AE50 award.

AE50 awards honor the year’s most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the food and agriculture industries. The PowerFold® will be featured in the January/February 2016 special AE50 issue of ASABE’s magazine Resource: Engineering & Technology for a Sustainable World.

“We are pleased and honored to once again receive an AE50 award for one of our products related to front hitch technology”, says Lars Paulsson, Vice President of LAFORGE Systems Inc. “The PowerFold® allows for folding and unfolding of the tractor’s front 3-point hitch by simply pushing a button in the cab. It’s a big step forward in enhancing comfort and safety for tractor operators,” Paulsson continues, “and it solidifies LAFORGE’s position as the undisputed leader in front hitch technology.”

Companies from around the world submit entries to the annual AE50 competition and up to 50 of the best products are chosen by a panel of international engineering experts. The judges select products that will best advance engineering for the food and agriculture industries.

The AE50 awards program is sponsored by Resource to emphasize the role of new products and systems in bringing advanced technology to the marketplace. These engineering developments help farmers, food processors and equipment manufacturers cut costs, enhance quality and increase profits.

Resource, a magazine geared to agricultural, biological and food system engineers worldwide, is produced at ASABE headquarters in St. Joseph, Michigan. The publication is read by thousands involved in the agricultural, food and biological industries.

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