Tractor Implement Automation (TIA) enables automated adjustments of electronically controlled tractor functions. The implement communicates with the tractor via the ISOBUS. The following functions can be automated by TIA:
Currently implements supporting TIA are available from John Deere, Grimme®, Krone®, and Horsch® companies.
Grimme is a trademark of Grimme Landmaschinenfabrik GmBH & Co. Krone is a trademark of Bernard Krone Holding GmbH and Company. Horsch is a trademark of Horsch Maschinen GmbH Limited Liability Company.
The automation makes baling easy and accurate. Recurring actions are triggered automatically. The tractor is stopped when the bale size is reached and the tying is triggered. The gate is opened, the bale ejected and as the bale is unloaded the gate is closed again. The only operator action remaining is to forward the reverser. The tractor is put to stop if a plug occurs, which avoids damages to PTO and increases the unplugging efficiency. In summary Growers benefit from the following advantages:
John Deere Machine Sync utilizes the John Deere Machine Communication Radio (MCR) to communicate digital data between the machines relative to position, speed, direction of travel, and in the case of combines, grain tank status. Once pairing occurs between a combine and a tractor, Machine Sync controls the tractor´s speed and steering (AutoTrac™ assisted steering system), mimicking the movements of the combine and facilitating the efficient on-the-go unloading of the combine. Additionally, Machine Sync provides all machines within a single network real-time logistics visibility for every machine as well as grain tank fill status for all combines within the network.
Grimme is a trademark of Grimme Landmaschinenfabrik, GmbH & Co. KG. Krone is a trademark of Bernard Krone Holding GmbH and Company. Horsch is a trademark of Horsch Maschinen GmbH.
John Deere Manure Sensing enables real-time constituents measurements in liquid organic fertilizers using the field-proven HarvestLab™ sensor (NIRS) which, in this case, can be installed and flexibly moved between various application systems including umbilical/drag line systems and across several slurry tanker brands. The near infrared (NIR) sensor is able to measure the key constituents of liquid manure ingredients such as total nitrogen, ammonium-nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and dry matter with more than 4000 measurements points per second during application in the field. With John Deere Manure Sensing, slurry application can now be based on a nutrient target rate (kg/ha) for one ingredient with an optional limit rate for a second ingredient, and if desired, also based on a prescription map. It enables very precise application of organic nutrients with an agronomical optimized site-specific fertilization rate in kg/ha instead relaying on an estimated average nutrient level by applying a certain amount of m³/ha.
John Deere 6x30P, 6R, 7R, and 8R Tractors with AutoPowr™ (IVT™) or e23™ transmission equipped with Tractor Implement Automation (TIA) can achieve the desired application rate faster and more precise than any rate control system (with flow based regulation only) in a fully automated and comfortable manner. If due to hilly conditions and heavy engine load, for example, the tractor cannot reach the required speed, the fully integrated systems with partnering slurry tanker manufacturers like Fliegl Agrartechnik, Samson Agro, and Joskin can additionally allow the flow adjustment accordingly.
The automation is executed through a mechanical feeler on the front implement. The sugar beet row is identified through this sensor and a steering signal is sent to the tractor to keep it on track. A precise steering system is needed to keep the tractor wheels from running over the row of sugar beets and pushing them further into the ground complicating the digging process. The steering automation is supporting the driver in an extraordinary way, especially during long working hours and at night.
A sensor on the potato planter combined with TIA enables a Grimme controller to adjust the tractor’s hitch height in order to maintain a constant planting depth.
This constant planting depth ensures uniform and optimized growing conditions while reducing wear and fuel consumption by keeping the tillage implement at just about the right depth.
The automation enables automated speed control, meaning as soon as the bale chamber has reached the optimal filling or the operator starts the tying process manually the tractor will come to a stop (Fortima and Comprima). With the Ultima, continuous work is possible due to speeding up and down for tying and bale ejection. Both Comprima and Ultima use onboard hydraulics to open the tailgate while the Fortima does it automated through the tractor’s selective control valve (SCV).
Tractor Implement Automation (TIA) will also be compatible with Horsch Maestro planters equipped with the Horsch E-Manager Terminal (red cover). Based on implement feedback the working speed will be automatically regulated in order to keep seed placement accuracy and coefficient of variation at the desired level while maxing out the working speed. While using the AutoSpeed functionality the operator can adjust the precision of the seed placement. The Maestro will command the speed adjustment to the John Deere Tractor based on the deviation from the target speed. In this way the variation coefficient are kept as constant as possible.
The optional TIA makes baling even easier. This exclusive system manages most of the baling process and gives the grower the following advantages:
When used with a John Deere ISOBUS tractor, electric selective control valve (E-SCV), and AutoPowr™ transmission, the system will be able to:
The only action remaining is to forward reverser and manage the steering.
There are two levels of Tractor-Baler Automation:
Gate automatically opens and closes. To resume forward motion, the operator has to either take the reverser out of forward, into neutral position, and back to forward position or press and hold the brakes before it comes to a complete stop and let off brakes to move forward.
The Baler interface displays information that is needed. The 900 Series monitors provide all required information:
Adjustments can also be managed from the operator’s station:
The Tractor-Baler Automation solution is available for:
John Deere tractors:
NOTE: New 6R FT4 models do not require iTEC, since May 2015 ISOBUS option includes TIA
John Deere balers:
NOTE: Premium round balers can run on any tractor that is ISOBUS compatible (or made ISOBUS compatible with wiring harness).