John Deere Synchronization System is now available on forage harvesters and tractors – thanks to this development, machines can communicate on the go. This allows operators to steer the tractor and trailer parallel to the travel of the combine and makes harvesting easier.
John Deere Machine Sync was first introduced in 2012 and since then this integrated system has remained the only one on the market. Synchronization based on the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNNS) allows combines automatically control the speed and direction of tractors and trailers relative to the combine. This improves crop safety and relieves some of the operator’s workload – especially effective when working at night and during long day shifts. In addition, the system eliminates unloading waste and prevents damage to machines and crops, even when driving at high speeds.
The technology is applied not only to combine harvesters, but also to other machines involved in the harvesting campaign and providing continuous loading of crops into trailers: now the line of equipment for which this system is available has been expanded to include self-propelled forage harvesters and tractors. This option will be especially useful for farmers who harvest potatoes, carrots and other vegetables using trailed elevator-type equipment. Also, the system greatly facilitates the process of planting vegetables and increases its productivity.
Synchronization requires JDLink telematics, StarFire satellite receiver and 4th generation Premium display with automation enabled. When ordering a new tractor or self-propelled machine, all these components are usually pre-installed during the factory assembly, but it is also possible to retrofit the existing equipment with the system.