Today's agriculture today is difficult to imagine without automated control systems for agricultural machines and processes. Automation and optimization of agricultural production processes has become a key topic of the Hannover 2011 exhibition in Hanover.
A growing number of machines are equipped with on-board computers, which optimize not only the technological process, but also the logistics and economics of the production of certain crops.
At Agritechnica in 2009, the German Agricultural Society (DLG) awarded the Gold Medal for the "Intercompany Management Concept with ISOBUS" developed by the ISOBUS Research Center (Competence Center ISOBUS, Wallenhorst), Germany (initiated by the firms Amazon-Werke, Grimme, "Krone", "Kuhn", "Lemken" and "Rauch").
In collaboration with several agricultural machinery companies competing with each other, the world's first intercompany concept of easy-to-use control systems for ISOBUS compatible agricultural machines was implemented.
A single terminal mounted on the tractor can control various ISOBUS compatible with machines from different manufacturers. Today, several more companies have joined this program, and their number has reached ten.
At Agritechnica 2011, out of 2 gold and 39 silver medals, most were awarded for developments related in one way or another to ISOBUS or similar systems.
Our suppliers did not stand aside either. Three DLG silver medals were awarded to Grimme and one to Rauch:
- Together with Arvato System GmbH and Lakos Computerservice GmbH, Grimme presented a logistics management system for the sugar beet production process - from harvesting to processing at a sugar factory. The ISOLOG system works with standardized ISOXML data, which allows automated information exchange between the sugar beet planter, beet harvester, heap harvesters, crop transport companies and the sugar refinery. The innovation consists in combining the hopper weighing system of sugar beet harvesters with time, need and cost-optimized planning of all technological operations in the production and transportation of sugar beets.
- The second development awarded a medal at the exhibition was the joint development of Grimme and John Deere - the Potato Suite system. A potato harvester equipped with this system drives a tractor. Depending on the load of the separating working bodies, the tractor speed is automatically changed. In addition, the combine has access to the tractor's hydraulic systems and controls the machine in the headlands. The required parameters are saved in the ISOBUS Universal Terminal.
The speed of the feed conveyors and unloading elevators is often set by the operator at the maximum value in order to avoid possible clogging. Such a regime often leads to an increased risk of damage to tubers when falling onto the elevator and unloading. Thanks to the “Speedtronic” sensor-controlled optimization system, the speed automatically changes depending on the degree of filling of the conveyors. This reduces the amount of mechanical damage and eliminates the need for manual adjustments by the operator.
Rauch, a company specializing in the production of fertilizer spreaders, received a silver medal for the Spread Control system for controlling a spreader. Unlike existing systems, an accurate calculation of the optimal opening of the manure spreader flaps on headlands and wedges is made for the first time. This takes into account the properties of various fertilizers that affect the range of the particles. Thus, the “Spread control” system does not depend on the subjective experience of the machine operator to turn the spreader on and off. At the same time, the system creates a database of the optimal distribution of fertilizers on the wedges with an inappropriate track gauge or curved track. Thanks to the optimum switching points, fertilizers can be saved and insufficient or excessive spreading can be avoided.
In general, the exhibition turned out to be very interesting and worthy of the attention of modern potato producers, who once again were able to learn a lot of new, useful information, conclude profitable contracts and are fully equipped for the upcoming season.
From the Editor:
And once again we want to congratulate our winner of the essay competition ("Why I want to visit the Agritechnica 2011" exhibition),
The editors of the Potato System magazine held this competition together with the German Agricultural Society (DLG). The winner received the right to participate in the event for free. Travel tickets, hotel accommodation, and exhibition tickets were paid by the organizers of the competition.
The winner was Alexander Martyanichev, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the Nizhny Novgorod State Engineering and Economic Institute. It was his essay that was named the best and, in the opinion of the editors of the Potato System magazine and foreign colleagues from the German Agricultural Society, deserved to win.
Why I want to visit the exhibition "Agritechnica 2011"
Agritechnica is a global trade fair, and every time high-quality machinery manufacturers from all over the world come to Hannover. Thus, this is a unique opportunity to see everyone at once in one place. Otherwise, it would take more than one year to get to know everyone. And it is very important to keep abreast of the latest innovations and technologies, especially if you work in the field of education. After all, you will not tell today's students what a tractor or seeder was like 20-30 years ago, much less teach how to work on such a technique. It's not professional.
Therefore, whenever possible, I do not miss the opportunity to keep abreast of the latest innovations. I study specialized literature, try to attend various events not only in Russia, but also abroad. And this exhibition is not in the last place on my list. To paraphrase a well-known expression, we can say that you need to know leaders by sight. And, in my opinion, such events are the best way to make useful contacts! "