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Automation Through Open Lines of Communication

Whether between vehicles in the same field, between implement and tractor or between you and an operator, better communication can drive new levels of efficiency.

Effective communication helps any farm operate more smoothly and efficiently. Until now, that mostly meant one-on-one interactions among co-workers and family members. Today — and into the future — the next level of communication means interaction with and between equipment. Case IH defines this advancement as the Coordination & Optimization category of automation.

Developed through extensive Customer Driven Product Design research, the five categories of automation help bring structure to current and future technology needs. The Coordination & Optimization category covers manned vehicles only and several already-available technologies, along with great potential for future advancements.

Data-driven communication

Technology developed and available through Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) uses data sharing to deliver efficiency across the farm. Here are a few examples of how this sets the stage for current and future offerings:

AFS Connect advanced farm management system provides you dashboard access to your equipment on any device, so you have access to location, diagnostics, fuel and engine stats — just like you would see it in the field.

It’s easy to imagine how AFS Connect ultimately can provide the conduit for communication among vehicles in the field and beyond. For example, as the grain tank fills on your Axial-Flow® combine, a signal can go out to the tractor pulling a grain cart or to determine the ETA of a truck returning from the elevator.

Path planning. Tractors, combines, windrowers and sprayers equipped with Case IH steering and guidance tools, including AFS AccuGuide and AFS AccuTurn, can achieve year-to-year repeatable accuracy at sub-inch levels. Path planning improves efficiency in several ways:

  • Determine the most efficient way to work a field.
  • Reduce skips and overlaps to save on fuel and labor costs and better manage seed, fertilizer and other inputs.
  • Simplify operation.
  • Control traffic to minimize field compaction for improved agronomic performance.

ISOBUS Class 3 technology. ISOBUS is the universal protocol for electronic communication between implements, tractors and computers. ISOBUS Class 3 technology introduces GPS inputs, two-way communication and two-way control, so the implement and tractor work together for maximum efficiency.

Consider how any of these ISOBUS Class 3 functionalities can bring value to your operation:

  • Variety tracking: Use data from planting for up to 30 seed varieties per field in conjunction with yield and moisture data tracked at harvest to easily and accurately analyze variety performance.
  • As-applied mapping lets you record exactly what’s being applied and generate a map for records and future analysis.
  • Reduce repetitive action when operating Case IH RB5 round balers. The technology automatically stops the tractor when target bale size is reached; automatically applies bale wrap; automatically raises tailgate, ejects bale, lowers tailgate.

If you would like to learn more about how effective communication among your equipment and implements can help you achieve even greater efficiencies on your farm, talk to your Case IH dealer about the latest technological advancements from Case IH.

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