让拖拉机和实施彼此“谈话”

With the high cost of equipment, it is increasingly important to verify the compatibility of a tractor and implement configuration. Fortunately, information is readily available that enables the farmer to take the guesswork out of this procedure, writes Stehan Cloete.

让拖拉机和实施彼此“谈话”
Farmers are often faced with the challenge of having to ascertain the compatibility between a tractor made by one manufacturer and an implement made by another. Here a John Deere 8RX is towing a Horsch implement.Photo: Supplied
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Many farmers have doubtless experienced this scenario before: you buy an implement, at great expense, capable of achieving everything you need, only to realise that your tractor does not have the ability to control the implement or make use of all its functions.

You then contact your supplier and discover that neither the implement nor the tractor manufacturer wants to take responsibility, leaving you stuck with an insurmountable problem.

这是一个可以出现的问题,无论您是专业供应商还是提供提供一系列解决方案的公司都会出现。农民常常使用一个品牌的拖拉机与另一个品牌的实施结合使用。在许多情况下,没有其他选择。

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如果这些机器使用不同的电子系统,则每种工具将需要一个单独的终端如果要充分利用组合的功能。

These incompatible proprietary solutions, or ‘island solutions’, can lead to a cluttered tractor operating station.

If you’d prefer to stick with just one terminal, you may not be able to use the tractor-implement combination to its full potential.

In short, individually, both tractor and implement may offer loads of electronic features, promising economic benefits as well as convenience.

But, in combination, these features may not be available at all or may only be with difficulty, because the implement and the tractor’s terminal do not speak the same language. You will then have to be content with less than you expected to get.

The Solution
农业产业电子基金会(AEF)推出了一个免费的应用程序,使客户能够验证原始设备制造商(OEM)的Isobus机器之间的兼容性。这些包括大多数主要拖拉机和实施制造商,每个季节都增加了更多。

所有合作伙伴都同意ISO 11783作为电子通信的通用协议。然而,这标准本身就不够清晰,导致OEM释放不适用于在该领域的许多制造商之间的不起作用。

这导致了AEF制定指导原则,以确保跨制造商的兼容性。
At the same time, the AEF wants to end confusion about compatibility between machinery from different brands by providing customers with the relevant information before they buy a tractor or implement.

Advantages
How can you as farmer benefit from this AEF app? Firstly, cross-manufacturer compatibility is valuable information to have before going into a sales discussion.

Let’s say you’re looking for a new sprayer to use with the tractor you already own. With AEF’s database at your fingertips, you know you do not need to buy an additional terminal to use the sprayer. But the sales representative, not knowing your tractor’s capability, might say that you need another terminal!

Or when buying a tractor, you will know you can operate any implement you have with the control devices you buy, such as terminals or joysticks.

其次,该应用程序允许销售代表事先知道农民可以期望的特征。如果您在设备的市场上,销售人员然后可以为您提供有关您可以使用的功能的详细信息,并将现有的机器与公司提供的产品一起使用。

The Tools
The AEF ISOBUS Conformance Test ensures operational reliability for users and products. The test is a guarantee to users that the certified functionalities can be used in field.

The test is carried out by five independent institutes: the ISOBUS Test Center in Osnabrück, Germany; Reggio Emilia Innovazione in Reggio Emilia, Italy; Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory in Lincoln, Nebraska, in the US; DLG in Groß-Umstadt, Germany; and Kereval in Thorigné-Fouillard, France.

All too often, farmers’, dealers’ and manufacturers’ lack of knowledge is a source of frustration. It often takes considerable time to find answers to questions such as:

  • 如何找到我的Isobus拖拉机的完全没有人兼容的工具,以使利益最佳使用?
  • Is the implement I already own ISOBUS-certified and compatible with the tractor I intend to buy? And if it is, which functionalities can I use with both of them?
  • 如果我的Isobus组合不起作用,拖拉机是否是拖拉机或制造商的经销商服务?
  • The AEF database is designed to answer these questions and benefit customers, dealers, sales and service personnel.

Download
All AEF-certified products have a label and will also be included on the AEF’s database. This makes it far simpler and more transparent when deciding on the purchase of a new machine.

Make sure to verify the compatibility before committing to a transaction, or insist on a compatibility verification.

The AEF ISOBUS database is available for download from the Apple Store (iOS) and the Google Play Store (Android).

Stehan Cloete, a mechanical engineer, is the director of AgTech Africa.

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