North American grain producers and custom harvesters now have access to a new computer-based, combine educational program from Case IH. This training program reinforces the Case IH commitment to the harvesting industry and improving customers' productivity.

The new E-Learning Combine Educational Courses are interactive programs, complete with photographs, illustrations, audio and video. The programs are divided into two course levels, directed to both novice as well as experienced combine operators.

Learn The Basics
The Level 1 course, titled "Fundamentals of the Combine," has learners exploring core combine principles. "It reviews historical harvesting techniques, including the Case IH 150-year heritage of manufacturing grain harvesting equipment, all the way up to today's modern combines," says Dan Renaud, cash crop training specialist for Case IH. "Various combine designs are detailed, such as the single rotor, twin rotor and conventional, along with how and why the designs differ in their operation."

Combine fundamentals, as well as how crops flow through the combine, also are reviewed: "From the header to the spreader, various combine functions are explained," says Renaud. "The learner can review different functions, such as feeding, threshing and separating, and discover how these combine functions or systems contribute to crop processing."

Periodic test exercises are included to assist with comprehension, and to ensure the learner is gaining valuable knowledge on how modern combines process the crop.

Operate A Combine At Your Computer
The second, more advanced course, called the "Theory of Combine Settings and Adjustments" expands on the basic combine information from the first course.

Level 2 challenges the learner to build a more solid understanding of the combine operation, and develop the skills and techniques to optimize performance of both the headers and the combine. Specific details on settings and adjustments are included in the review of each functional system, as are operational tips on proper setup and adjustments to maximize capacity, performance and grain recovery.

Throughout the advanced course, the learner is provided with in-depth theory of the operation, to gain a better understanding of how the combine is designed to operate. "This advanced knowledge base further supports the learner in understanding the adjustments needed to maximize throughput, performance and grain recovery," Renaud adds.

Combine performance evaluation techniques such as a "Kill Stall" procedure also are discussed. As with the Level 1 course, photographs, illustrations, audio and video help ensure complete understanding.

Both the Level 1 Fundamentals of the Combine and the Level 2 Theory of Combine Settings and Adjustments e-learning courses can be purchased direct from Case IH or through local Case IH dealerships. To order direct, call 1-800-635-4913 to connect to the Case IH Document Management Center. Please indicate the appropriate course code number: Combine Fundamentals USMHAFA1C1EN or Theory of Combine Setting & Adjustments USMHAFAZC4EN. Payment of $45/course can be submitted either by check or credit card. Shipping is an additional charge.

For more information, please visit www.caseih.com/na