Precise unloading on the go

The days of jockeying between the grain cart and combine seem to come to an end. New Holland and Raven are introducing Raven Cart Automation, a system that synchronizes combine and grain cart movements to ensure a streamlined activity while combining and unloading simultaneously on the go.

“Raven Cart Automation is a benefit for farmers and operators seeking to enhance control in the field and minimize traditional harvest time pain points like grain spillage and operator fatigue,” explains Paul Welbig, product marketing director, precision technology for New Holland. “With this technology, we’re empowering farmers and operators to reclaim their time, reduce fatigue and stress and navigate their fields with precision to amplify their productivity.”

Alleviating harvesting pain points

Though automation is in the name, the drivers in the combine and grain cart remain. Raven Cart Automation syncs combine movement with the grain cart. It functions as a driver-assist technology in the tractor, allowing the combine operator to dictate positioning and speed of the grain cart during cart filling process.

The system activates once the grain cart driver is within range of the combine, approximately 200 feet (70 meter), then the ability to sync the cart to the combine’s auger becomes available. To connect, the tractor operator engages automatic steering and propulsion, enabling the combine operator to control the bin positioning, speed and direction of the grain cart.

Once the grain cart is full, driving capabilities are re-engaged for the tractor operator to navigate to the unloading point. Through coordinated combine and tractor motions, the system helps reduce grain spillage and operator fatigue that’s typically associated with manual unloading while on the go.

Designed for ease of use, Raven Cart Automation features a simple user interface with just a few buttons ensuring operators can effortlessly navigate and command the system. The technology stands out for its utilization of a real-time point-to-point radio connection between the combine and tractor, aligning with the GPS-based AB line set by each system.

Harmonized harvesting process

When using the system, operators can sync up to six tractors with one combine that is set up with the system. The technology’s ability to connect to multiple tractors allows the combine operator to orchestrate a harmonized harvesting process and manage complex operations with precision, suitable for large operations. On the flip side, small- to mid-sized operations can offset labor constraints or shortages by supplementing technological assistance with Raven Cart Automation. This feature is applicable for any operation with a vested interest in improving operational efficiencies, no matter the area harvested.

Compatibility and connectivity are also core aspects of this technology. Raven Cart Automation is available for most New Holland tractors with CVT/PST transmission (model year 2020 or newer) and seven CR combine models (model year 2015 and newer) CR6.80, CR6.90, CR7.80, CR8.90 CR9.90, CR10.90 and CR11.

Precise unloading on the go

Wednesday, 14 February 2024

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