Machine electronics should be studied on the basis of the nascent ISOBUS standard . This is the term used to refer to ISO 11783 "tractors and machines for agriculture and deforestation: serial network for control and communication". The standard was born in the mid-nineties from the need to standardize and centralize the control system and the human-machine interface in systems composed of tractor and work tools, such as seeders, sprayers, transport wagons. Before the introduction of ISOBUS, each electronically controlled work tool brought with it one or more control devices to be placed in the cabin.
ISOBUS technology, of which DICKEY-john is one of the architects, induces a radical change in the tools available to operators for the conduct of their work. In the cabs of the tractors come real on-board computers that supervise the machine and support the farmer in carrying out the operations, trying to alleviate the most frustrating ones thanks to new techniques in the joint automation of the tractor-implement system. ISOBUS technologies are easier to use, immediate to understand and standardize the command and control of tools even if they come from different manufacturers.
The ISOBUS system was created to automate a series of information regarding the traceability of campaign operations , one of the functions that will be increasingly required in the future to give added value to agricultural products. Thanks to the ISOBUS system, a single graphic terminal (defined by the Virtual Terminal standard) placed on board the tractor can control all ISOBUS compatible tools and manage variable rate maps , sending to the part ISOBUS on the machine side automatically changes the dose when the equipment moves from one area to another with different prescriptions.
DICKEY-john offers the IntelliAg virtual terminal 10 "color that can be installed on board any tractor to steer the isobus equipment such as equipment conversion kits born without this technology, equipping them with the necessary electronic, sensorial and attautive parts. A great opportunity for those manufacturers of medium and small agricultural equipment wishing to enrich their commercial proposal with the most modern technologies adopting them in the first plant, as for farms that having ISOBUS tractors available to adapt the agricultural machines in their possession.
Currently, fertilizer and sowing kits are already available and more are coming.