AFC uses camera based technology to reduce stress, fatigue and spillage and increase productivity.
John Deere Active Fill Control is the next step for higher productivity and efficiency during forage harvest. For operators it is impossible to monitor the spout position every second while operating a self-propelled forage harvester (SPFH). Field conditions can vary including hilly terrain, wet soil and soft ground, down crop, obstacles, etc. Also, SPFH operators are challenged with a significant amount of communication and coordination. All this constantly requires the operator to multitask and react quickly to changing conditions. If the spout is improperly aimed for only a few seconds the result can be hundreds of kilos of lost forage.
This is where operators can experience all the benefits of an automated filling system, including spout steering, flap automation and fill strategy execution. The camera automatically detects trailers and the current fill level once alongside the forage harvester, ensuring consistent filling of trailers and allowing the operator to fully focus on machine behavior and optimization in order to maintain peak performance at all times.
Working days during harvest are long and often go through the night.
Active Fill Control includes an additional light-emitting diode (LED) spout light package that ensures a steady fill, even in darkness. The design has also been optimized to ensure functionality under varying light, dust, shading or rain conditions.
John Deere Active Fill Control improves operator comfort and reduces operator fatigue in the field.
Active Fill Control automatically detects the trailer next to the forage harvester and automatically begins filling with a preselected fill strategy. The operator can focus more on machine behavior and optimization and worry less about the spout and flap steering. After headland turns, the spout will automatically return to the last filling position. The fill status of the trailer can be monitored via video overlay on a separate display, like the GreenStar™ 3 (GS3) 2630 Display causing less tension on operators neck and back. Utilizing these capabilities forage harvesting gets much more convenient, especially during long working hours and for less experienced operators.
John Deere Active Fill Control is a fully integrated solution from John Deere. Once installed, it can be fully utilized in three easy steps:
|Step 1:||Set up desired fill level and fill strategy in the self-propelled forage harvesters (SPFH) CommandCenter™ console|
|Step 2:||Engage Active Fill Control on the hydro handle|
|Step 3:||Begin experiencing all the benefits of Active Fill Control|
As soon as Active Fill Control is engaged by the operator the system will continuously look for a trailer in the camera field of view and fill it automatically, once detected. Never has forage harvesting been easier.
Monitor the fill progress on a video screen
The forage harvester operator has the option to simultaneously monitor the filling progress on any video screen mounted in the cab. No need to turn the head anymore and lose view of the crop flow.
The operator will see the following information on the video screen: