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.

Arm and forest

The IBC is ahead by an arm's length

John Deere's advanced and intelligent boom control IBC works effortlessly. The operator steers the grapple and the boom adjusts automatically to the grapple movement.

A man sitting in front of a 1070G harvester

IBC for 1070G!

"As an average I process 10-15 stems more in an hour with IBC than without it." Janne Junnonen, Lamerit Oy.

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.

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Ease and speed

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. Left mini lever controls the horizontal movement of the grapple.

 

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Vertical movement

The right mini lever controls the vertical movement of the grapple.

 

End damping in IBC

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.

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.

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.

IBC for harvesters

Intelligent Boom Control is taking the use of harvesters to a completely new level. With the harvester’s IBC, the operator controls only the harvester head while the system takes care of the boom’s movement.