Friday, 26 March 2021 10:55

A very smart retrofitting kit

Written by  Mark Daniel

Lemken's smart iQblue connect for TIM (tractor implement management) has recently been certified by the independent Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF).

This makes the company the first manufacturer to be awarded this certification for implement control.

The smart iQblue connect retrofitting kit, already awarded a silver medal at Agritechnica 2019, offers the opportunity to use the benefits of TIM control for smart tillage. Combined with the ISOBUS interface of the tractor, iQblue connect allows data to be exchanged between the tractor and implement. This lets the implement control tractor functions such as ground speed or spool valves automatically.

The flexible retrofitting solution permits existing tillage implements to be automated by installing and iQblue connect module, which can also be used on a range of implements. Connected to the tractor via its ISOBUS interface, the module also features GPS and a mobile data connection for communication purposes. The system automatically adapts to the implements it is connected to at any time and therefore substantially reduces the user's workload.

When fitted to a plough, GPS-based workig with control is easily achieved. With iQblue connect transmitting implement data on the plough's GPS position, and current working width, to the TIM which enables the hydraulic control unit on the tractor to automatically control the cylinder for the plough's working width. This ensures that the plough always produces a precise and straight furrow.

At the same time, it also allows operators to plough towards a target furrow, vastly increasing the efficiency when ploughing wedge-shaped fields.

For semi-mounted cultivators, the working depth can be detected by a sensor, using iQblue connect to collect the area-specific target working depth from digital maps. From this, the TIM adjusts the working depth of the tine section and levelling tools to the changing soil conditions in the field via the tractor's hydraulic system.

An important prerequisite for using iQblue connect is that the tractor has TIM functionality with AEF certification.

AEF is a neutral, multi-vendor organization that works to promote the increased use and standardisation of electronics in agricultural technology. Its members include all leading agricultural technology manufacturers.

iQblue connect is compatible with implements by other manufacturers and will be available from October 2021.

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