Electronics make agricultural machinery smarter, more powerful, more precise and more efficient.
The concept of ISOBUS is: communication through a common language, independent from device and manufacturer. This has become especially important since many different manufacturers started developing electronic hardware and software applications to avoid functionality issues. Knowing that machinery on a farm might consist of equipment from different manufacturers, ISOBUS ensures standardised communication interfaces. Thanks to its reliable and secure operations, the number of machines equipped with ISOBUS is significantly increasing. The benefits of using ISOBUS technology and its wide range of functions are obvious.
Our tractors can be equipped with ISOBUS, which allows to use a wide number of features. They include TECU, which works as a kind of “job computer” on the tractor. In addition, a rear (and optionally front) socket is available to connect an ISOBUS certified device from any manufacturer. Inside the cab, a terminal socket on the b-pillar allows to connect any ISOBUS compliant terminal. To operate an ISOBUS device, you can equip our machines with the iMonitor3, which is fully ISOBUS compliant. It is available in two sizes and provides various features – and many of them don't even need to be activated.
The concept developed by DEUTZ-FAHR includes the ability to use only one clearly structured terminal for all features – this provides maximum working comfort and a better overview. As a result, it is very simple to control, set and adjust device functions. If supported by the device, frequently used functions can be assigned to buttons on the armrest. Depending on the configuration of the tractor, you can assign up to 19 functions (10 buttons on the armrest, 9 shortcut keys on the iMonitor). Due to the high ergonomic operations, this makes daily work much easier.
Regardless of which combinations are used or whether the machine is a baler, loader wagon, seeder, spreader or sprayer, the user screens of all devices are displayed on the iMonitor. The structure and display surface of 8” and 12” iMonitors include many ISOBUS functions that make the application not only easier, but also more precise, more effective and more efficient.
Furthermore, with our solution you reduce costs of operating material, fertiliser or crop protection, and, let's not forget it – time! Automatic section control with up to 200 automatically controlled sections or variable application rate control makes it possible to guarantee that the crops' protection product and nutrients are applied exactly in the right spot at the right time and in the correct amount.
ISOBUS simplifies not only communication between machines, but also between software applications. The ISO-XML data format ensures reliable exchange of data from and to the iMonitor, for example with a FMIS. This simplifies and significantly reduces the effort of keeping documentation.
The standard version of the iMonitor includes a large number of functions. We know that working with multiple complex applications at the same time is becoming more and more usual. As a result, customers often install a second terminal in the cab hat to achieve a better overview of the different features. We provide a very much better solution for this scenario: XTEND. This excellent function allows you to enlarge the display area by simply connecting a tablet or smartphone to the iMonitor's Hotspot via WLAN. Once you download the XTEND app on your mobile device, it can be used to either display the guidance application or to control all ISOBUS-UT functions via shortcut keys for AUX- assigned buttons. The Universal Terminal is displayed on your device while other applications, e.g. guidance, can be displayed on the iMonitor. Thanks to the wireless connection, users can operate the tablet even when outside the cab, e.g. for machine calibrations. All of these features make XTEND a very user-friendly and cost-efficient solution to achieve the best overview of all your applications!
TIM (Tractor Implement Management) is a new ISOBUS feature which allows for bidirectional communication. This means that some functions are no longer controlled by the driver when on the tractor, but by the tractor itself. As a result, some functions can even be automated. In other words: the device controls the tractor. DEUTZ-FAHR is the first tractor manufacturer to receive TIM certification from AEF. This allows any AEF TIM certified implement to control tractor functionalities such as hydraulics, vehicle speed, PTO or the hitch. For a secure and reliable automation of functions, both tractor and device must be certified. TIM increases efficiency and quality of work. With automated processes, the work is much easier thanks to fewer manual operations, which additionally reduces the driver's efforts. Our tractors have been ready for TIM certification for some time and have already been tested with many types of equipment from different manufacturers. Speak to your sales dealer to get it activated on your machine!
HERE IS AN OVERVIEW OF ALL FUNCTIONALITIES:
UT: Any attachment can be controlled with the Universal Terminal in the iMonitor. In full screen mode, the UT can be shown across the entire screen size
AUX-N: With Auxiliary Control (new), function buttons on the armrest are used to control the implement. In addition to the MaxCom joystick, buttons on the cross lever are also available. Depending on the installed options, this provides up to 10 controllable functions. The iMonitor offers 9 additional shortcut keys that can be freely assigned. Really convenient: steering system functions, such as the engagement of the automatic steering system, can also be assigned to the buttons.
TC-GEO: Additionally offers the option of recording or planning side- specific data. The iMonitor3 (12") can process application maps, for example. The variable rate control allows a very precise regulation of output to save recourses and even increase yield. Our combine harvesters can generate yield maps in combination with the Yield Trak system.
TC-BAS: the iMonitor provides ISOBUS TC-BAS functionality which ensures that the documentation is in ISO-XML data format. This includes all total values that are relevant to the activity performed. The benefit obtained is compatibility for sharing data, e.g. between a farm management system through the iMonitor or with other manufacturers and providers. Tasks can easily be imported to the task controller of the iMonitor and/or the finished documentation can be exported afterwards.
TC-SC: This function automatically switches sections of the ISOBUS implementation (e.g. sprayer, spreader, planter) depending on GPS position and overlap. The iMonitor3 can easily work with up to 200 sections! This feature is already available as standard in all iMonitors.
TECU: The tractor ECU is the “job computer” of the tractor. Information such as speed or PTO speed are provided centrally here. In addition, a socket on the rear (and optionally front) of the tractor and a terminal socket in the cab on the b-pillar are included. This also allows to connect any ISOBUS compliant display from other suppliers to the display or to operate an ISOBUS implementation.
TIM: Communication in two directions. Information can be transferred from the device to the tractor. A device can use the Tractor Implement Management System (TIM) to automatically control certain tractor functions. This includes: driving speed, spool valves, hitches, PTO.