Intelligent Boom Control IBC

Intelligent Boom Control

Intelligent Boom Control IBC

John Deere introduced Intelligent Boom Control (IBC) for forwarders in 2013. With IBC, boom control is precise, fast and easy because the operator can focus on controlling the grapple rather than the boom joint movements.

IBC was also introduced for harvesters in 2017. In the harvester, IBC has been adjusted to the work cycle; the trajectory and functioning of the boom adjust automatically to the harvester's work phases.

User experiences

Patrik Aittamäki from the forest machine company Metsäkoneyhtymä Aittamäki Oy in Finland comments on the test drive experiences.

Patrik Aittamäki from the forest machine company Metsäkoneyhtymä Aittamäki Oy in Finland comments on the test drive experiences.

Jarno Pikkarainen from the forest machine company Motourakointi Pikkarainen Oy in Finland shares his experiences of IBC.

Jarno Pikkarainen from the forest machine company Motourakointi Pikkarainen Oy in Finland shares his experiences of IBC.

Johnny Granvik from the forest machine company Granvikin Metsätyö Oy in Finland tells us what he thinks about IBC.

Johnny Granvik from the forest machine company Granvikin Metsätyö Oy in Finland tells us what he thinks about IBC.

John Deere 1110G

Ease and speed

Intelligent Boom Control is available as an option for forwarders. With IBC, the boom is very precise and easy to operate: the operator controls the boom tip directly instead of controlling independent boom joint movements. It also considerably reduces the number of tuning parameters needed and increases the durability of the boom structures and hydraulic cylinders.

Operators can adjust the overall speed of the IBC system to accommodate their needs. They can also adjust the speed between various boom parts or change it by manually using the extension boom during operation. Switching between IBC and conventional boom control is done with a press of a button.

John Deere 1910G

Electrical cylinder end damping

The IBC system features electrical end damping for all the main boom movement directions. The system dampens the cylinder end movements softly and stops strong blow-like loads in the end positions, making for smoother operation and also improving the boom’s durability.

John Deere harvester and trees

Easy

IBC controls intelligently the use of extension in different stages, which makes work much easier giving the operator more time to plan the next move.

Harvester and trees

Accurate

The boom is very accurate and steady even with longest reaches.

A part of harvester boom

End damping

The end damping stops the blow-like loads of the cylinder ends and the operator does not need to watch for boom positions. Work is more fluent and the boom structures and hydraulic cylinders last longer.

Harvester and trees

Fast

When the harvester head is driven to the tree, it moves automatically to the cutting height. After the cutting, when the boom is drawn in, the harvester head moves automatically to the processing height.

Harvester and trees

Slope mode

The boom tip automatically follows the desired trajectory. The slope mode adjusts the trajectory for working on a slope.

Easy and fast

Manoeuvring the harvester head between trees is now as easy as grabbing a coffee cup with your own hand. The boom responds calmly and the system takes care of the boom’s movements comprehensively.

Harvester IBC grafics

Intelligent control of the boom turning improves the control of movements.

Harvester IBC graphics

The boom tip automatically follows the desired trajectory.

Harvesteri IBC graphics

The harvester head is driven to the optimal harvesting height.

Intelligent Boom Control

With IBC, the boom is very precise and easy to operate: the operator controls the boom tip directly instead of controlling independent boom joint movements.

The system is switched on and off with the press of a button.

The system dampens the cylinder end movements softly and stops strong blow-like loads in the end positions, making for smoother operation and also improving the boom’s durability.