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In a field demo, John Deere unveiled its new Machine Sync technology that provides combine location and bin-fill status to the grain-cart operator. It then allows the combine operator to control the location of the tractor and grain cart for automated on-the-go unloading (hands-free), locks the grain cart into position and then adjusts it as needed for optimal cart filling. On their new combines, Deere says 45-50% of the time a grain cart is being filled on the go.
“Harvest is like a square dance,” explains Chris Batdorf, product marketing manager, John Deere ISG. “You need a lot of people in the right place at the right time. And now, the music gets faster.
“The combine operator can push a button to let the grain cart know to come to unload,” he says. “Once the cart arrives in the operational zone, the driver can let go of the tractor wheel. The position and ground speed are automatic so as the combine speeds up and down, the cart syncs and travels with it.”
The virtual operational zone is about 100 x 230 ft., and if you separate from the zone, just drive close to it again and hit “resume.”
In addition, Deere’s introduced a new, first-on-the-market Machine Communication Radio, which can create an in-field, high-speed wireless network to facilitate machine-to-machine communication. It’s designed to enable up to 10 vehicles in a single network within a three-mile radius.