Case IH ClearVU tech plat­form Ama­zone WindCon­trol sys­tem

Ama­zone’s new WindCon­trol sys­tem tack­les the age-old spread­ing dilemma: wind

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Ama­zone is fight­ing the age-old spread­ing dilemma – wind – with its new WindCon­trol sys­tem, which is de­signed to au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just lat­eral dis­tri­bu­tion ac­cord­ing to wind speed and di­rec­tion.

Built on Ama­zone’s re­cently in­tro­duced Ar­gus Twin spread­ing pat­tern mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem, which uses 14 radar sen­sors to mon­i­tor the spread­ing pat­tern of the left and right spread­ing discs, the WindCon­trol ups the ante.

“This tech­nol­ogy com­pen­sates for any change in spread­ing pat­tern due to vari­a­tions in fer­tiliser qual­ity dur­ing start-up, brak­ing, trav­el­ling on slopes or if the spread­ing vanes are worn,” says Craig Hop­kins, Claas Har­vest Cen­tre prod­uct man­ager – Ama­zone. “It also op­er­ates dur­ing bor­der spread­ing or sec­tion control, en­sur­ing the most ef­fec­tive use of fer­tiliser and ease of op­er­a­tion.”

Where WindCon­trol dif­fers is with its high-fre­quency wind sen­sor, which mon­i­tors wind speed and di­rec­tion and trans­fers this in­for­ma­tion to the ma­chine’s elec­tronic unit.

The job com­puter then cal­cu­lates any ad­di­tional set­tings and au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs the spread­ing pat­tern of each disc.

“For side winds, the disc speed to the wind­ward side is in­creased and the de­liv­ery sys­tem ad­vanced,” Hop­kins says. “At the same time, the disc speed on the down­wind side is re­duced and the de­liv­ery sys­tem de­creased.

“An alarm is sent to the op­er­a­tor when the sys­tem is no longer able to com­pen­sate for heavy wind or fre­quent gusts. In ef­fect, WindCon­trol in­creases the amount of time op­er­a­tors can be in the field, know­ing that spread­ing op­er­a­tions are still be­ing car­ried out with op­ti­mum pre­ci­sion.”

The wind sen­sor is mounted to the spreader and au­to­mat­i­cally folds in or out when the spread­ing discs are switched on or off.

WindCon­trol tech­nol­ogy will be avail­able as an op­tion on all ZA-TS-mounted and ZG-TS-trailed spread­ers from spring 2018 on­wards.

Im­ages: The WindCon­trol job com­puter cal­cu­lates any ad­di­tional set­tings and au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs the spread­ing pat­tern of each disc

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